Sony TX200V

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V front
 
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 129g - 96 x 58 x 16mm
  • Introduced January 2012
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  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
43
Features
48
Overall
45

Sony TX200V summary

Sony TX200V is Sony's Ultracompact camera originally announced on January of 2012. It uses a 18 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4896 x 3672.

The TX200V is rated #4 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and overall #516 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. Please test our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your custom requirements.

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Sony TX200V family

The Sony TX200V comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can look at all earlier and new models along with important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX30 front thumbnailSony TX30
TX200V vs TX30
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX20 front thumbnailSony TX20
TX200V vs TX20
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX66 front thumbnailSony TX66
TX200V vs TX66
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX200V front thumbnailSony TX200V28-140mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX10 front thumbnailSony TX10
TX200V vs TX10
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX55 front thumbnailSony TX55
TX200V vs TX55
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T110 front thumbnailSony T110
TX200V vs T110
27-108mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX100V front thumbnailSony TX100V
TX200V vs TX100V
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T99 front thumbnailSony T99
TX200V vs T99
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX9 front thumbnailSony TX9
TX200V vs TX9
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T900 front thumbnailSony T900
TX200V vs T900
35-140mm
F3.5-10.0
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T90 front thumbnailSony T90
TX200V vs T90
35-140mm
F3.5-10.0
12MP1/2.3"2009

Sony TX200V Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Sony TX200V based on features which are generally regarded as crucial in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (64)
built-in flash
built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
comes with HDMI socket
environment proofing
features face detect autofocus
features tracking focus
good MP (18MP)
good sized screen (3.3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
OLED technology
relatively wide (28mm)
supports touch focus
touchscreen functionality
very good screen resolution (1,230 k dots)
can't use external flash
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have microphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly display
fixed screen
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual focus
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW format
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual exposure
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f4.8)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Sony TX200V Sensor info

The Sony TX200V houses the BIONZ processor. The sensor spec in the Sony TX200V is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4896 x 3672 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 18MP and supports a native ISO range of 64 - 12800. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the TX200V's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The TX200V sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V sensor size Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony TX200V dimensions

Sony TX200V weighs around 0.28 pounds (129 grams or 4.55 oz) and features outside measurements of 96mm x 58mm x 16mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.6"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Sony TX200V is similar as compared with other competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Sony TX200V beside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V dimensions scale

The top view under will show you the button design on the TX200V.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V topview buttons dials

Sony TX200V Lens info

The TX200V features a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be amazing however it will surely be helpful in certain circumstances.

At the widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.5 making it very slow and not ideal in low light situations and you might struggle to capture good bokeh. You would also need to boost the ISO which results in noisy photographs. For the tele end, 140mm comes with f4.8 which is fairly slow and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Sony TX200V Connectivity

The TX200V has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send pictures and oftentimes alter camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Some applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Sony TX200V Video info

The highest possible video resolution in the Sony TX200V is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance for quality vs file sizes but 1080p isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. The camera does not offer a mic and / or headphone port so you have got little control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for another model if you require better audio in your video clips.

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Sony TX200V Weather Sealing

Sony TX200V provides environment proofing which makes it a fantastic option to use for rough places. This is particularly valuable whenever you are unsure about the elements you might face for outdoor photography.

Sony TX200V Display and Viewfinder

The Sony TX200V houses a 3.3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 1,230k dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you can easily switch focus points plus adjust settings with your fingers.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V screen and viewfinder Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

The View Finder specifications regarding Sony TX200V are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are rather handy for sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Sony TX200V Shutter info

Sony TX200V is able to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Sony TX200V Flash and Hot shoe info

Sony TX200V has got only built-in flash with no external flash support.

Sony TX200V Autofocus info

Sony TX200V has got just Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and precise in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detect which is helpful for portraits.

It boasts 9 focus points to pick from. Sony TX200V has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to adjust where you focus. It also comes with Tracking AF for things that move. Sony TX200V lacks manual focus. Manual focus mode is useful for low light situations or you need more precise depth of field control.

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Sony TX200V Battery life

The battery life (NP-BN) in the Sony TX200V is made to last for 220 images according to the CIPA standards which is on par with its competition. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the best (320) battery life for this category of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Ultracompact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Sony TX200V for different categories of photography

The following chart presents a outline of the Sony TX200V for different categories of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Sony TX200V

The Sony TX200V receives a points tally of 37 which is subpar, and means the camera is not really suitable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & capability to utilize off-camera flash.

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good MP (18 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Street photography with Sony TX200V

With a very good points total of 68, the Sony TX200V is a good pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
has focus via touch
weather proofing
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Sony TX200V Sports photography information

A decent sports photography points tally of 50 suggests the Sony TX200V is fairly adequate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have excellent focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18MP)
offers tracking focus
environment proofing
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Sony TX200V

Weight is extremely critical when selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Sony TX200V gets a above average 72 as a travelling camera which is a respectable choice to take with you on your holidays.

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environment sealing
has touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (18MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Sony TX200V Landscape photography advice

For anybody looking to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony TX200V with it's reasonable grade of 47 as a landscape camera is somewhat appropriate within the current market.

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fairly wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3.3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
weather proof
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Sony TX200V

A vlogging camera should come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Sony TX200V is not really suitable for vlogging as it comes to a subpar score of 36.

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quite wide (28mm)
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic jack

Sony TX200V Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the TX200V, here is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall under the category of Ultracompact.

The diagram down below will give you an overview of the TX200V vs it's top rated rivals suggested earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might regard as alternate options. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V
Type
Ultracompact
Introduced
2012-01-30
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor
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
Max resolution
4896 x 3672
RAW files
Max native ISO
12800
Lowest native ISO
64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.5-4.8
Macro focus distance
3cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3.3"
Display resolution
1,230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech
1,229,760 dots equiv. XtraFine TruBlack OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
2 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.10 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
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
129 gr (0.28 lbs)
Dimensions
96 x 58 x 16mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.6")
Other
Battery life
220 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-BN
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
Single
Retail cost
$500