Sony H200

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 front
 
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-633mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 530g - 123 x 83 x 87mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
67
Imaging
46
Features
31
Overall
40

Sony H200 summary

Sony H200 is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially launched on January of 2013. It comes with a 20 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5184 x 2920.

The H200 is placed #137 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over all #688 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. Please try out our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Sony H200 family

The Sony H200 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can find all past and current models as well as important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX350 front thumbnailSony HX350
H200 vs HX350
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2016
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX80 front thumbnailSony HX80
H200 vs HX80
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2016
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX90V front thumbnailSony HX90V
H200 vs HX90V
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H300 front thumbnailSony H300
H200 vs H300
25-875mm
F3-5.9
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H400 front thumbnailSony H400
H200 vs H400
25-1550mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX400V front thumbnailSony HX400V
H200 vs HX400V
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX50V front thumbnailSony HX50V
H200 vs HX50V
24-720mm
F3.5 - 6.3
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX300 front thumbnailSony HX300
H200 vs HX300
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H200 front thumbnailSony H20024-633mm
F3.1-5.9
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX20V front thumbnailSony HX20V
H200 vs HX20V
25-500mm
F3.2-5.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX200V front thumbnailSony HX200V
H200 vs HX200V
27-810mm
F2.8-5.6
18MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX10V front thumbnailSony HX10V
H200 vs HX10V
24-400mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H90 front thumbnailSony H90
H200 vs H90
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX30V front thumbnailSony HX30V
H200 vs HX30V
25-500mm
F3.2-5.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX100V front thumbnailSony HX100V
H200 vs HX100V
27-810mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX9V front thumbnailSony HX9V
H200 vs HX9V
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H50 front thumbnailSony H50
H200 vs H50
31-465mm
F2.7-4.5
9MP1/2.3"2009

Sony H200 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Sony H200 based on factors which are generally regarded as essential in a camera.

decently wide (24mm)
flash built-in
good resolution (20MP)
great minimum ISO (100)
great zoom range (24-633mm 26.4 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
includes tracking focus
screen size is good (3")
very long zoom (633mm)
bad battery life (240 CIPA)
does not have HDMI out
does not have headphone support
does not have microphone support
does not have Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect AF
lacks RAW format
manual exposure not available
more heavy than competitors (530g)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no manual focus
screen has low resolution (460 thousand dots)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Sony H200 Sensor details

The sensor size in the Sony H200 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 5184 x 2920 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 20MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the H200's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The H200 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 sensor size Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony H200 dimensions

Sony H200 weighs about 1.17 pounds (530g / 18.70 oz) & has outside measurements of 123mm x 83mm x 87mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 3.4"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Sony H200 is more heavy when compared with various competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Sony H200 beside a soda so you can get a sense of its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the H200.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 topview buttons dials

Sony H200 Lens specs

The H200 has got a built-in lens providing a focal range of 24-633mm making it a 26.4 x zoom which is outstanding and does enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.1 making it fairly slow and not great for low light events and you will find it difficult to get good bokeh. You would also need to boost the ISO giving you noisy pictures. Towards the tele end, 633mm is superb zoom and comes to f5.9 which is really slow and you might need to set slow shutter speeds.

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Sony H200 Connectivity

The H200 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy photos and in some cases change settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Sony H200 Video specs

The highest possible video resolution in the Sony H200 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You should aim for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone socket so you get no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to shop for another model in case you need good audio for your video clips.

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Sony H200 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Sony H200 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty situations.

Sony H200 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony H200 comes with a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder details for Sony H200 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be pretty useful.

Sony H200 Shutter specs

Sony H200 continuous shooting rate is 8.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500s.

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Sony H200 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Sony H200 comes with only inbuilt flash without external flash support.

Sony H200 Autofocus specs

Sony H200 comes with just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & precise when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect which is useful for portraits.

It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Sony H200 has no manual focus. Manual focus is useful in low light conditions or you require more exact depth of field control.

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Sony H200 Battery life

The battery life (4 x AA) in the Sony H200 is made to last for 240 shutters as per the CIPA requirements which is less compared to it's competition. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the best (600) battery life in this type of cameras.

Here is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the best battery life:

Sony H200 for different styles of photography

The following chart presents a rundown of the Sony H200 for different styles of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Sony H200

The Sony H200 gets a score of 39 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not appropriate to use for portraits. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support together with the flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
offers face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Sony H200 Street photography highlights

With a really bad rating of 45, the Sony H200 is just not appropriate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
more heavy than others (530 grams)

Sports photography with Sony H200

A moderate sports photography rating of 48 indicates the Sony H200 is reasonably adequate for shooting sports. A camera should have good tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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amazing zoom range (24-633mm 26.4 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (240 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus

Sony H200 Travel photography highlights

Weight is super crucial in picking a travel camera. All round, the Sony H200 gets a modest 53 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably adequate to take with you on your holidays.

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megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
very long reach (633mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
low battery life (240 per charge)
more heavy than competition (530g)
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)

Sony H200 Landscape photography factors

If you find yourself planning to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Sony H200 at it's really bad score of 41 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate compared to its rivals.

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fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
not so great battery (240 shots)
missing Timelapse recording

Vlogging with Sony H200

A vlogging camera ought to come with a articulating display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Sony H200 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a really bad score of 25.

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fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
slow max aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone jack
more heavy than others in class (530g)

Sony H200 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the H200, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph below gives you a summary of the H200 compared to it's highest ranked rivals mentioned earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To see a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced
2013-01-08
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5184 x 2920
RAW support
Highest native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-633mm (26.4x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus distance
20cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3"
Display resolution
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech
ClearPhoto LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30s
Fastest shutter speed
1/1500s
Continuous shutter rate
8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
6.80 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
530g (1.17 lb)
Physical dimensions
123 x 83 x 87mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 3.4")
Other
Battery life
240 photographs
Battery style
AA
Battery model
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
Single
Pricing at release
$250