The Good The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is a fast-shooting megazoom with excellent photo and video quality for its class, and plenty of shooting options to make casual and advanced shooters happy.
The Bad The HX200V lacks advanced bridge camera features like raw image capture, a hot shoe, or mic input. Some of its shooting modes and general operation can get confusing if you want to do more than leave it in auto.
The Bottom Line A lot of camera, both in lens and features, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is a solid choice for point-and-shoot users looking to do a little more than that.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V (Black)
On the surface -- and even a little beneath it -- the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is the same as its predecessor,. It has the same 30x zoom lens, 3-inch ultrahigh-resolution tilting LCD, and controls and shooting options, including manual and semimanual modes.
It does, however, have a new 18-megapixel sensor and image processor, giving you benefits like improved image stabilization when recording video; high-resolution stills while shooting video; and Sony's Clear Image Zoom, which digitally extends the zoom range to 60x. You also get more creative control in Intelligent and Superior Auto modes and nine creative picture effects. Its GPS functionality is improved, too, with support for logging your path while you shoot (though powering it on and off still requires too much digging through menus).
Most importantly, its autofocus system is faster, giving you a better shot at capturing sharp photos even when the lens is fully zoomed in. Overall, it is a better camera regardless of appearances.
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