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.
The HX200V comes in at #44 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #456 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.
The following is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony HX200V history
The Sony HX200V is part of a family of products. You can read the complete range underneath.
Sony HX200V Gallery
You can see the HX200V from different angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Down below is a shot of the Sony HX200V with a softdrink to help you get a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the HX200V.
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.
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.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.
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.
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 45 which is bad, and means the camera is just not good to use for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support together with the capability to work with external lighting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.