Sony Cyber-shot H200

Cyber-shot H200Product Classification: Camera

Title: Cyber-shot H200 : Sony DSC-H200

Release Date: Jan 2013

Manufacturer: Sony

Included: pouch, rechargeable battery

The highlight of the Sony Cyber-shot H200 camera is its ability to create superzoom pictures. An initial price of around $250 is really cheap when you compare this camera to the latest releases on the market. Of course we have to remember that this is an entry-level product which is trying to revive that struggling segment. The 26x optical zoom model brings to the fore the possibilities of using a hands-on camera to take great pictures. Of course the camera market has moved into the digital age and that means that many of the things that used to be done manually by the photographs are now automatic with the aid of a few buttons.

Sony DSC H200 Cyber shot

Features of the Cyber-shot H200

The Sony Cyber-shot H200 has a 22.3mm super-wide lens that can be extended to the equivalent of 580mm. That means that the images can incorporate a large spectrum of items. Moreover the camera allows you to pick up images that are far off and make them appear to be quite close. Although dim light will affect the delivery, once you are in better light the Sony Cyber-shot H200 comes into its own. In terms of design, they have taken much from the DSLR set. For example there is a mode dial but this time the options are restricted. However you get full manual elements with the exception of shutter/aperture priority.

The lack of a viewfinder can be put down to the modest price. You cannot expect miracles if you are paying less than $300. However the upside to this absence is that the camera is even more compact, enhancing its portability credentials. For your peace of mind there is also a 460k-dot LCD screen on the rear if you ever need it. The Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD sensor belies the camera’s price. It packs a 20-megapixel 1/2.3-inch structure. This set up allows more light to get into the sensor node, just like wild cats do when trying to see in limited light. You will need 4 AA-batteries but that is just a minor complaint.

Although it is not possible to change the lens, you do get a 26x Optical Zoom, more than enough compensation. The 22.3mm angle focal length gives you plenty of room to operate. There is also a SteadyShot optical stabilization feature for the novices who are worried about the mechanics of taking pictures. The pièce-de-résistance is the 20.1 megapixel sensor. It is capable of doing 720p HD video, a step-down from the top models but that is to be expected.

The rear is designed with practicality in mind. It has a 3-inch LCD screen in addition to a 4-position toggle which you can use for navigation purposes. The Sony Cyber-shot H200 has many in-built shooting models but you get the distinct feeling that you do not have many options to customize the image. Nevertheless the Scene, Panorama and Intelligent Auto features are not to be missed. The burst mode allows you to capture quick movements by taking a shot once every 0.8 of a second.

It almost seems as if the price justifies a number of failings for these entry-level products but the Sony Cyber-shot H200 needs no such justification. It is a good camera that does not break the bank. You would be very wise to consider it especially if you are not a connoisseur of photography.

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