Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Brief Review

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  • 18.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 30x optical zoom with 27mm wide-angle
  • 3-inch swivel LCD
  • GPS and Compass
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Manual modes
  • WiFi Connectivity
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Final Grade: 89 4.45 Star Rating: Recommended

4.45 Star Rating: Recommended
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
18.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor; 30x optical zoom with 27mm wide-angle; 3-inch swivel LCD; GPS and Compass; Optical image stabilization; Manual modes; WiFi Connectivity; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Competing up there with the likes of Nikon's P510 and Panasonic's FZ150, the HX200V is competitive if not an outright homerun. Sony is never one to skimp on features, and the HX200V's fast 18.2 megapixel sensor, GPS tracker, and wireless functionality deliver in droves, but the camera is somewhat let down by its lens. While the lens should be the headliner on a superzoom camera, this one starts at a moderate 27mm and still falls short of the P5100's ridiculous 1000mm at the long end. Initial reviews have, however, been quite positive and have yet to find any real flaws in the HX200v. It looks like that new sensor is actually pretty good, besting its 16-megapixel predecessor at high ISOs while eking out a little extra detail (along with some more noise) in good light.

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