Sony HX200V

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V front
 
Portability
66
Imaging
44
Features
55
Overall
48

Sony HX200V overview

Sony HX200V is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first launched on May of 2012. It uses a 18 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4896 x 3672.

Sony launched this model in an effort to upgrade the earlier Sony HX100V (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards launched the updated Sony HX300 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this model.

The HX200V comes in at #38 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #435 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. You can look at our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your customized requirements.

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Sony HX200V history

The Sony HX200V is part of a family of products. You can read the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX350 front thumbnailSony HX350
HX200V vs HX350
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2016
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX80 front thumbnailSony HX80
HX200V vs HX80
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2016
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX90V front thumbnailSony HX90V
HX200V vs HX90V
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H300 front thumbnailSony H300
HX200V vs H300
25-875mm
F3-5.9
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H400 front thumbnailSony H400
HX200V vs H400
25-1550mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX400V front thumbnailSony HX400V
HX200V vs HX400V
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX50V front thumbnailSony HX50V
HX200V vs HX50V
24-720mm
F3.5 - 6.3
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX300 front thumbnailSony HX300
HX200V vs HX300
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H200 front thumbnailSony H200
HX200V vs H200
24-633mm
F3.1-5.9
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX20V front thumbnailSony HX20V
HX200V vs HX20V
25-500mm
F3.2-5.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX200V front thumbnailSony HX200V27-810mm
F2.8-5.6
18MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H90 front thumbnailSony H90
HX200V vs H90
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX10V front thumbnailSony HX10V
HX200V vs HX10V
24-400mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX30V front thumbnailSony HX30V
HX200V vs HX30V
25-500mm
F3.2-5.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX100V front thumbnailSony HX100V
HX200V vs HX100V
27-810mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX9V front thumbnailSony HX9V
HX200V vs HX9V
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H50 front thumbnailSony H50
HX200V vs H50
31-465mm
F2.7-4.5
9MP1/2.3"2009

Sony HX200V Pros and Cons

Below is a list of good and bad points of the Sony HX200V based on things which are usually seen as necessary in a digital camera.

better than average battery power (450 CIPA)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18MP)
excellent zoom range (27-810mm 30.0 x zoom)
features face detection autofocus
features tracking autofocus
focusing manually
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
has HDMI out
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
nice screen size (3")
reasonably wide (27mm)
screen tilts
very good screen resolution (922 k dots)
very long zoom (810mm)
can't use external flash
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW format
lack of external microphone support
lack of headphone support
lack of Timelapse recording
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
more heavy than others in class (583 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Sony HX200V Sensor details

The Sony HX200V features the BIONZ processor chip. The sensor measurement in the Sony HX200V is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4896 x 3672 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 18MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 12800. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the HX200V's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The HX200V sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony HX200V dimensions

Sony HX200V has a weight of 1.29 lb (583 gr or 20.56 ounces) & the over all size of the camera is 122mm x 87mm x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Sony HX200V is heavier compared with various competitors.

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Down below is a shot of the Sony HX200V with a softdrink to help you get a feel for its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the HX200V.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V topview buttons dials

Sony HX200V Lens specs

The HX200V has got a fixed lens and a focal range of 27-810mm giving it a 30.0 x zoom which is ideal and is going to allow you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 27mm, the lens has an aperture of f2.8 which is somewhat slow and not good for low light situations and you will struggle to get good bokeh. You could also have to up the ISO setting producing noisy images. At the tele end, 810mm is great zoom and comes to f5.6 making it really sluggish and you might need to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Sony HX200V Connectivity

The HX200V has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer files and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Several applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Sony HX200V Video specs

The highest video resolution in the Sony HX200V is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance for video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD won't leave you with any room to downsample. The camera doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone socket which means that you get no control over the audio. It is probably best to have a look at another model in case you want better audio for your videos.

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Sony HX200V Weather Sealing

Sony HX200V doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions could affect the camera.

Sony HX200V Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony HX200V houses a 3" tilting display screen boasting a resolution of 922k dots.

Please be aware that the display has no touch support.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V screen and viewfinder Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

The View Finder details for Sony HX200V are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful for sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Sony HX200V Shutter specs

Sony HX200V continuous shooting rate is 10.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Sony HX200V Flash and Hot shoe specs

Sony HX200V has only in-built flash lacking external flash ability.

Sony HX200V Autofocusing specs

Sony HX200V has just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and exact compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which can be helpful for taking portraits of people.

It boasts 9 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking Autofocus for moving subjects. Sony HX200V has got manual focus when needed for low light situations or you need more exact focus control.

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Sony HX200V Battery life

The battery power (NP-FH50) on the Sony HX200V is fashioned to last for 450 shots with respect to the CIPA requirements making it higher than average for its class. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the highest (600) battery life for this class of cameras.

Following is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:

Sony HX200V for varying kinds of photography

The following diagram displays a analysis of the Sony HX200V for varying kinds of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony HX200V Portrait photography advice

The Sony HX200V has a rating of 46 which is moderate, and means the camera is relatively suitable to use for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support together with the capability to work with external lighting.

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has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (18 megapixels)
includes face detection focus
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Sony HX200V Street photography factors

With a average score of 51, the Sony HX200V is somewhat acceptable for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than competitors (583 grams)

Sony HX200V as a Sports photography camera

A decent sports photography score of 57 suggests the Sony HX200V is fairly acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great zoom range (27-810mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
has tracking autofocus
good battery life (450 CIPA)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF

Travel photography with Sony HX200V

Portability is pretty crucial in picking a camera for travel. Overall, the Sony HX200V gets a reasonable 57 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat appropriate to take on your trips.

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great battery life (450 shots)
sensor resolution is decent (18MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (27mm)
long zoom (810mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (583g)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Sony HX200V Landscape photography details

When you are planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Sony HX200V with it's modest grade of 51 as a landscape camera is somewhat suited within the current market.

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has manual focus
quite wide (27mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18 megapixels)
great battery (450 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse function

Sony HX200V Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging should have a articulating display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Sony HX200V is just not good for vlogging as it receives a bad score of 27.

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quite wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
lack of mic port
heavier than average in class (583 grams)

Sony HX200V Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the HX200V, here is a list of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph underneath will give you a bird's eye view of the HX200V compared to it's top scored rivals mentioned earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To browse through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched
2012-05-11
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Powered by
BIONZ
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4896 x 3672
RAW data
Highest native ISO
12800
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
27-810mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture
f/2.8-5.6
Macro focus range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Tilting
Screen size
3"
Screen resolution
922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech
XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
12.40 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
583 grams (1.29 lb)
Dimensions
122 x 87 x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7")
Other
Battery life
450 shots
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-FH50
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
One
Price at launch
$480