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Sony Cybershot T200
Sony Cybershot T200

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Sony Cybershot T200

We've given the T200 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Sony Cybershot T200 has that familiar Sony style, but really distinguishes itself with its long range zoom and stunning LCD display. With its above average 5x optical zoom lens, the T200 gives you a greater range than the average ultracompact camera, and the Super SteadyShot image stabilization and Double Anti-Blur Solution helps reduce the blurring that results from shakes and jitters. The 3.5-inch touch screen LCD display is a real shocker, definitely the largest LCD available on a digital camera right now.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom / 10x digital zoom Auto focus and exposure
  • ISO 80-3200
  • JPEG file format
  • 3.5-inch widescreen (16:9) touch screen LCD display
  • Memory Stick storage media (31MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: DSCT200S
  • UPC: 843404012312
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2007

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Sony Cybershot T200 Reviews

Sony Cybershot T200 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor image quality (Paul Hargrave — 05/10/2009)

I love the design features of Sony cameras, but this model has terrible image quality. When you zoom into an image, you will see all sorts of smeary compression artifacts. I love the compact pocket size. I love how fast it turns on. I love how sony organizes the menu system of all it's cameras. But the image is the bottom line, and this camera produces poor images. I'm currently shopping for a new camera, and I won't even be selling the this model used because I can't in good conscience pass this camera on to anyone else.

  • 4.0 out of 5
It's Great!! (Amber — 01/23/2009)

I love this camera ALOT! I got it for my brithday, and I use it everywhere I go. I just haven't found a USB cord for my computer! :(

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pure Awesome (Greg — 06/18/2008)

I've only owned this camera for a few months and this is by far the nicest camera i've used in a long time! Worth the buy and is definitely an awesome camera for the long run!

  • 3.0 out of 5
sony cybershot vs casio and canon camera products (kymykat — 02/25/2008)

I got the Sony Cybershot as a gift this past Christmas 07. It isn't my 1st digital camera. Ive owned ten previous to the sony T200. It takes great pictures. The super close up's are super close up .....but here's the con's. Out of 20 shots only two will be perfectly clear and crisp. My casio with 8 mega pix produced put of 20 shot at least 15. same with canon. The touch screen needs to be calibrated a lot it seems. Yet strolling back at pictures, almost getting to the one I want to view again, and suddenly I'm back at shoot mode. The Sony's buttons are super,super sensitive. I get frustrated because then I need to start from begining again to stroll back to find that picture I want to show someone. yes it has index where you can see a bunch of pictures at a time. But I'm not 20, and I need the pictures to be reviewed as large as possible as Im skipping backwards, just viewing period! So for the money, picture quality, and what I think is the most important- EASE OF USE-The Casio Exilim EX-Z75 under $200 now, & the CANON Powershot SD750 are better products.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Not deservant of poor reviews! (Chaz Freutel — 01/16/2008)

I purchased this camera even after reading many of the negative reviews. I have found many of the typical comments to be inaccurate following my own use. Yes, it is a bit heavy but I have been very please with the pictures overall, including low light. I returned a new Olympus camera I purchased before Christmas to replace with the DSC-T200.
1. The functionality with the touch screen is outstanding.
2. The pictures in all categories are not quite as good as my Cannon SD600, but extremely comparable for the average to above average camera user. A-
3. Style - A++
4. Face Detection - B+
3. Smile Detection - B
4. Battery Life - B - I purchased a spare for $19 on-line and the combination is all I need.
5. 3.5" Screen - viewing - B+
6. Slideshow playback - A+
If you can afford this's worth it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb clarity (RAJ — 01/11/2008)

Dear Friends,

I have been using this camera for the past three months , i would have taken more than 800 snaps. i would strongly recommend all the camera buyer to go for this option.

Amazing choice to go for this T 200 MODEL.....

  • 5.0 out of 5
Picture quatliy is AWESOME (Dave — 01/10/2008)

Picture quality is impressive. Outdoors / Indoors with and with out flash. To get the most out of this camera you need to have some basic photography knowledge and an understanding of the features this camera offers. This is a solid top of the line pocket sized camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
awesome (dan — 01/05/2008)

this digital camera is awesome... the face detection and smile shutter and touch screen is just great. the 8.1 megapixels are so clear and it's just such a great device... only complaint is the battery life (which is on the short side... so keep an extra lithium ion battery on you if you can).

  • 5.0 out of 5
I may be a Sony convert... (IMJustCurious — 12/30/2007)

I've been using Canon 35mm and several Kodak digitals over my 30+ years of taking photos. Recently my Kodak V550 started failing after 2 years, so I took it in for service. I couldn't wait 3-4 weeks to get it back, so I decided to get another camera. I wanted one with a large screen where I could use it as a picture viewer (like an iphone) and one where the lens didn't extend when turned on... and was a wide angle like the Kodak V550. That's why I bought the Sony. I wasn't worried too much about 11x17 print quality because my pictures are viewed on the camera or on a website. What I like about the Sony T200 is that it controls the ISO of the film which allows me more control of natural light photos and photos using 'fill in' flash. When I use a slow ISO (80 or 100), the detail is very impressive! I also like the touch screen because it lets me see more options than having to push a knob to move through the choices. In general, in the few days I've been using the Sony, it's made me feel that I don't care if I ever get the Kodak back!

  • 2.0 out of 5
An example of form over function. Not worth the price. (Sean — 12/22/2007)

I just recently purchased this camera with a warning that I'd probably bring it back in two weeks cause of the picture quality. Turns out they knew what they were talking about. I tried taking pictures in a variety of settings and modes. I can't say that I'm pleased with the results of any of them. For a $200 camera the noise would be acceptable, but I'll be waiting for them to get a SD870 in for now.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Why not Sony? (so... nee? — 12/19/2007)

I spend 4 days researching about this camera and comparing it with everything else.
I was given a budget of 800AUD so I had plenty to chose from. I love compact, I love clear pictures.

If you
* like to zoom
* want clear pictures
* want beautiful detail
* want to capture real smile
* want to have a huge LCD screen
* want a Sony


It didn't disappoint me, I love it to death. It so nicely built, 8.1 megapixels, the detail are brilliant. Its macro is absolutely stunning. 5x zoom is perfect for young adults who are concert goers and want perfect detail.

The stabliser is good! It is so nice and so brilliant. I never have blurry pictures with that on (and correct setting)

Get it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Performance (Mathew — 11/25/2007)

Sony DSC T200 is a simply superb camera. Earlier I was owning DW model. I wanted to have a higher resolution and higher optical zoom camera. This is to capture picture during our family functions. My recent experience is that all the pictures have so nice and lively. One word of caution, you need to practice with this camera before you actually make use of this for the function or occassion. Night shots with this camera is amazing. My kids and wife too love this model and its simplicity. Slightly buliker than it appears.

In my opinon, this model is more for cool people.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad Picture Quality (vincent — 11/18/2007)

... my older Sony Cybershot DSC-F505 with only 2.1MP performs so much better.

Looking at the other reviews, I can see I am not alone. Really disappointing. Definately, not what you would expect from a Sony, much less their higher end model.

Even more disappointing is that I'd just received an email from their Canadian office in response to my email/concerns about this product and they directed me back to the country where I bought it. When you go to the Sony Worldwide site, they do not have a contact. Seems like they are not interested in how their customers feels about their product. And if you are going to buy a Sony, don't do so in your travels. ...emmm aren't people in more of a spending mood when they are travelling... I know I was...

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very Disappointing (vincent — 11/18/2007)

As a top of the line/most expensive point and shoot digital camera Sony has to offer, I find the overall performance to be disappointing.

If you are looking for a sleek, very portable digital camera with neat bells and whistles, this would be camera of choice. But if you are buying a camera for... ehm nice pictures, stay away.

In automatic mode, the pictures are tad of the yellow side. The pictures are grainy. At very high resolution 8.1MP, there is always a halo/shadow about the subject when picture is taken indoors. I have an older Sony Cybershot DSC-F505

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad picture quality (Tom — 11/12/2007)

Being a chap that trusts Sony products I was really looking forward to owning the DSC-T200 and assumed that Sony would have made a camera that produced fantastic photos as well as all the bells and whistles. Boy was I wrong! This is a great camera, apart from the fact that the picture quality is totally rubbish. My previous camera was a DSC-P200 (7.2MP) and this utterly trounces the T200 on picture quality. Sony have clearly upped the megapixels but thrown away all that extra data by compressing the image to two thirds the size of the images produced by the P200, what a waste! This produces dull, noisy images with a lot of compression artifacts to try and remove some of the noise. The manager in the Sony Center Croydon quite belligerently commented that in order to get the smile detection, touchscreen etc Sony has compromised on picture quality. Totally unacceptable! Don’t by this if you value your photos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Joseph — 11/12/2007)

I just bought this camera for my wife for our anniversary. We have 15 month old daughter and another child on the way in June 2008. One of the features that I really like is the multi-shot as I call it. You can take still photos about 1 sec. apart. This is great if you have a hard time getting your kids to smile. The screen is awesome. The touch screen makes navigation easy. However, the only downside is that it takes practice to know where you are navigating to. Us guys might have to break down and actually read the manual on this one. Otherwise, it is an awesome camera. There are a lot of cool features. You can hook it up directly to your TV for instant slideshows. You can even load music onto the camera for those slideshows. I highly recommend it. It is worth the price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Good (MesuT — 11/05/2007)

Good performance

  • 4.0 out of 5
pretty good (lrod — 10/23/2007)

I've owned my t200 for one week so far. I was at first skeptical about buying the camera after reading bad reviews about poor indoor photography. Therefore, the first thing I did was take various indoor photos. I took photos with flash, without flash and higher iso and i'm really satisfied. as far as seeing the pictures on my laptop, well, theyre perfect. the only pet peeve i did have was taking pictures with the twilight scenery option. you have to hold the camera very still to capture pictures at night. slight movement and your pictures come out blurry. other than that, no other complaints. i'm going to try the camera for another week and take more pictures and give another update.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Outdoor pics great, not so sure about indoor pics (yessir — 10/21/2007)

My initial impression of this camera is that it takes great outdoor pictures but the indoor ones are either blurry (even in autofocus mode) and grainy.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Keep You Receipt (Shawn — 10/18/2007)

I've had this camera for 2 weeks now and everything about the camera is great except the picture quality. The features and size are wonderful but the pictures leave a lot to be desired. Pictures taken out doors in full sunlight were great but pictures taken indoors were grainy and dull.
The best thing about the camera is the smile recognition feature. When this feature is turned on, it automatically takes the picture when the subject smiles . . . I still don't know how it does that. You can be tight lipped for 10 seconds but as soon as you show some teeth the shutter is activated automatically.
Despite all this I am returning it due to the poor picture quality. I expect better pictures from a camera in this price range.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Camera did not meet my expectations (hehussein — 10/14/2007)

Outdoor pictures in sunny weather conditions are fine. Night shots and indoor pictures are very disappointing. Tried various setting nothing worked. Night and indoor pictures look good on the camera's screen but horrible on computer.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera Ever Made (Rachel Bubbs — 10/13/2007)


  • 2.0 out of 5
Not worth it half of its price, period. (George P — 10/05/2007)

will make it plain and simple: this camera its not worth it half of the money it is priced for. Outdoors pictures are o.k. just like with most of the cameras, but indoors pictures will show ok on the camera screen but if you will look on the computerscreen or even beeter if you print 8x10 you will be very dissapointed about the picture quality. For some reasons the Sony has manage to fool its customers by making cameras to look good on its own screen but you will see the difference wants you conected to PC or even on TV, as per printing your pictures the indoors are just terible.
I own severeal cameras in the past including a professional one, and frankly the Sony keeps dissapoint me and my freinds who are Professionals photographers and just looking to get a small more portable one to carry around then with the SLR ones.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Hate it (delores — 09/27/2007)

missed wedding pics and pics of my daughter in her fair queen parade because the camera gave blurry or wouldn't take pics at all. Loved all the features at first. Until i couldn't take pictures. What good is a camera that doesn't take pictures. could have gotten same quality pics from a disposable camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera Ever (rachel bubbs — 09/24/2007)

Best camera ever made, biggest screen ever. Beautiful pictures!

  • 5.0 out of 5
i bought this because... (jody — 09/19/2007)

i love the touch screen on this camera and that makes it super easy to use, even for me without my glasses!! i was waiting to find a camera thats not confusing and this one delivers. reviewing the pictures is a cinch and i can even play them back to music. i cant wait to take more pictures outside, my cats are tired of having their portraits taken.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best choice ever made (juan martinez — 09/03/2007)

I can't put it down,it's so easy to use and awsome picture quality.