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Sony Cybershot W200
Sony Cybershot W200

Hey! You should know that Sony has released a newer version of this product: the Sony Cybershot W350.

Sony Cybershot W200

We've given the W200 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Sony W200 made headlines when it was released with a 12.1 megapixel CCD, which of course has now been superseded by the 14.1 megapixel sensor found in the DSC-W350.  It's overkill, to be sure, but the numbers game is what draws people's attention.  The W200 received generally unfavorable reviews, so be sure to avoid it and head for one of the newer models.


  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 6x digital zoom
  • JPEG file format
  • Super Steady Shot image stabilization
  • Auto focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 80-3200
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Memory Stick storage (31MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: DSCW200
  • UPC: 27242712942
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2007

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Sony Cybershot W200 Reviews

Sony Cybershot W200 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very impressed (Erich — 01/09/2008)

It came down to a choice between the w200 and the cannon 950IS and I chose the sony because it had the higher reolution option and the store recommended it (even though the price tag was cheaper than the cannon). I am very impressed. Right out of the box I could not get the quality that I was looking for but I messed around with the options a bit and got my pictures looking sharp and perfect. My pictures are comparable to SLR and an amateur would not know the difference. There are too many menu options to list but if you cant adjust the settings to your liking than there is something wrong with you, not the camera. The camera is very small and compact and the construction is of very good quality. An all-metal case and all metal buttons. I like that it has a little weight to it for its size also. I only have two cons. One is that SONY refuses to put a normal USB connector on any of its products so you can only use their special USB cable that comes with the camera. The second is that the zoom does not zoom enough. I give this camera a 9.5 out of 10 or 1.98 thumbs up!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony W200 cybershot (Nikhil — 12/02/2007)

From the time of purchase, the sony W200 has not even given me the opportunity to be fed up of it, and has become an everyday, sensational tools for shooting all kinds of photos and even enhancing and encouraging me in shooting photos of my business fileds.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Outstanding features for the $ (D Spencer — 10/28/2007)

I'm once again impressed with Sony's digital cameras! This is my 4th digi cam, my 1st being a Sony Mavica... It still operates the same as my 1st Sony digi cam, so working with the W200 was immediately easy to work with, down to very precise settings.

In comparison to my Canon EOS 30D [a late model digital SLR], I'm stunned at the slight differences in quality and features compared to the huge difference in price!

In consideration of option Wide Angle & Telephoto lenses, Neutral Density Filter Kit and Polarizing Filters, I'm quite impressed with this camera that fits into my pocket, unlike my DSLR that requires a backpack to accomodate everything.

Another shocking option is the "Marine Pack" which allows me to shoot up to 132 feet down under! There's an external flash along with a critical, yet often overlooked Color Filter Kit that reduces the blue/green cast commonly seen in underwater photography.

All are at substantially less than my Canon accessories. Understand that the 2 serve completely different purposes for me, but I can't imagine most non-professional photographers outgrowing the Sony W200...

I shoot professionally and personally with all 4 of my cameras [I neglected to mention the last, being a Kodak, which I passed down to my adult son, who is very happy with it.]

I originally purchased the Samsung 10mp camera that is similar size and various specs to this Sony. I gave it to my other son because I wasn't impressed with the zooming, most particularly at closeup, which it does NOT do well at all. He would never utilize this feature, where it is critical for one thing I really need to do well for my clients.

This Sony digi cam also has a feature that many have, but it actually works, whereas the others I've tried don't! I shoot a lot of old records in State Archives, Courthouses, etc. where they often do not allow flash photography. And wow don't ya just love that flourescent lighting!!! This camera handles this better than any other point/shoot type that I've used so far. My SLR works excellent of course, but that's to be expected for a $1500 initial investment! The Sony shoots just as well as my SLR in these conditions, and it's the ONLY one that I've been able to find that actually does it well.

I can't see where anyone wouldn't be happy with this camera, unless you're a professional of course. Otherwise, you get a ton of camera for the $$$. Way to go, again, Sony!

Oh, in case you're wondering why I didn't purchase the Sony SLR instead of the Canon? I waited for it to become available for over 9 months and just got tired of it never hitting the shelves. I finally cancelled my 9 month old order with an online vendor and bought the Canon, which shot 5fps [faster than the comparable Nikon at the time.] If the Sony had actually been available, I'd have gone with it. I don't regret my Canon purchase in case you're wondering.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera (Joseph T. Sinclair — 10/21/2007)

Normally I use a DSLR, but I didn't want to carry it around Europe on a tourist trip there in June. I took a W200 instead and took 1500 shots. I was very pleased with the photos and got a high percentage of keepers. The MPs might be a little too much, but the sensor is extra large, and the image quality is excellent. I would recommend this camera to anyone. The truth is that a lot of point & shoot cameras have great lenses and can take professional quality photos in the proper hands. The W200 is one of them.

  • 2.0 out of 5
dsc-w200 "disaster sony camera - w200" (se — 09/03/2007)

simple review: don't buy it. It's been back to sony's 3rd party repair shop (precision camera) twice. it's broken again & i am not even gonna bother. ciruit city wants my business more than sony does & they'll ultimlatey replace it so I can get a Canon. I agree with other reviewers. 12mega pix is unecessary. I got a lemon, but it was barely good when it worked. Did I say "I hate Sony!" yet? Somebody take this keyboard away from me....!!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good is the word. (Yogi — 08/11/2007)

ok, I'm all about picture quality, and the w200 is a good performer, but not consistently. I enjoyed it for the short time I had it, but the truth is, is that there are other cameras that are cheaper and perform just as good or better(like the cannon sd 750K or something like that). Don't be a MegaPixel Hog, and get obsessed by having more megapixels, at least for this camera, it is not any different than 7 or 8 mega pixels, seriously. I had the cybershot dsc T100 before this one, and they are neck to neck, but I would give the T100 the win, the downside to the T100, when viewing the images upclose, they became not grainy, but feathered, is the best way I can describe it. In the w200, this was not the case, they were clear, but it just did not have that 12 mega pixel chisp to keep it in my favorites. I've seen what 12 meg pixels can do, but those cameras cost least 2000 dollars. This sony cybershot is the not the one, sorry.

  • 3.0 out of 5
sony w200 (b.fieding — 08/11/2007)

very easy to fit in my pocket with case.very poor screen for viewing in was a gift or i would have returned canon sd40 and canon sd80 had much better screen and much better lens. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND BUYING SONY.THERE IS SOMETHING about canon brilliance in the final picture that even is better than my nikon 200 soft lenses compared to canon lenses.
also a 28mm lense would be better for all around use.

  • 3.0 out of 5
RE: Sony Cyber Shot Digital Cameras (Joe — 04/27/2007)

How about you stop dropping them retard. I mean seriously, if you break two cameras in a row by throwing them on the floor then maybe photography isn't your thing. Try shotput as a hobby.
Better idea; how about waiting for the camera to actually come out before giving it a negative review.

I've had my cybershot for 4 years now, and it taken alot of abuse, including a dent in the face of the lens housing where it connected with a guiness tap, and it's still going strong.

If the w200 is half the camera my V1 is, then I'm sold.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sony Cyber Shot Digital Cameras: (DC — 04/10/2007)

Be warned! These Sony Cameras are VERY cheap quality. I have had a (Carl Zeiss)lens housing break on BOTH a Sony Mavica + my P200.
They can not withstand ANY heavy jarring or even slight drops when the camera is powered on and the lens housing is extended.

They wanted 725$ to fix the Mavica (in 2005) - I loved that camera which made me buy the P200... and it's broken the same way in just over a year.
Granted that I use it most every day... but today I mounted it on a 2 ft tripod which tipped over (because it had to be plugged in) onto a carpeted floor and to my complete amazement it was completely unusable.

So the Mavica cost around $900 in 2003 and 725 to fix. P200 cost $350 in 2005 and I can't wait for the estimate.

I will sell it when it comes back.

The Pictures have been very dark since they day I got it. The flash will not stay have to set it each time.

It's just too complicated for simple picture taking.

The mavica took a superb picture each time, under any light or weather condition.
The Cyber shot's are a waste of money.

I now use a Nikon CoolPIx (which was only 200$) and it blows SONY away.

'nuff said