Sony Cyber-shot HX200V Super Advanced High Zoom Camera (18.2MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
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- 18.2 megapixels Exmor R, 30x optical zoom, Full HD 50p, 3D, 7.5cm LCD, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, GPS Log Recording
- Get closer with ultra-powerful zoom
- Blur-free Full HD movies, even when walking
- Easy DLSR-style manual controls
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Make No Compromises
It’s all about zooming in and getting the best possible picture, isn’t it? Perhaps you’re not ready for the step to digital SLR but you certainly want a camera that can reproduce your vision. One that takes care of everything automatically or works with your creativity when you want to experiment with manual settings. This bridge camera does all that for you, whether you’re shooting high resolution pictures, 3D panoramas or full HD video.
Getting You Right Up Close
How many times have you wanted to zoom in and catch the action without moving an inch? This camera gets you up to 30 times closer at the touch of a button. That means you can shoot photos with levels of detail and clarity that wouldn’t be possible with a low zoom.
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Keep Shooting in Low Light
Some of the most dramatic pictures are taken in that twilight between night and day. But the fact is, you need a pretty decent camera to capture it perfectly. How many times have you shot at dawn or dusk, only to get back home and be royally disappointed with the dark, grainy results? With this camera, you’ll have no such problem as it includes an Exmor R CMOS low light sensor.
Everything Sharp and Vivid
There’s nothing complicated about megapixels -- the more you have in your camera, the sharper and finer your pictures. No more fuzzy faces, diluted detail or blurred backgrounds. If you want to blow up a great shot of yourself and get it framed, it’s a sure bet you’ll see much more detail with a high megapixel camera. This one has plenty of pixels -- more than 18 million to be precise -- which is more than enough to make impressive large prints or crop a picture to focus on something specific without losing definition.
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Pro Shots with Ease
This camera makes taking professional-looking pictures a doddle. How? By including Optical SteadyShot for shake-free, blur-free photos or videos even while walking or zooming in and Superior Auto for completely automatic light and focus setting of up to 15 scenes*.
Be Bold Enough to Explore
Sometimes you want to do it your way to put your own touch and tone to a picture. Take full control and pilot your own photography with a range of DSLR-like manual functions, including manual ring for smooth zoom and focus, jog dial, White Balance shift, custom button and memory recall. Try it and you’ll never look back.
Films Sparkling HD Video
It’s a windy day on the beach. The parasol has gone cartwheeling towards the sea and all the family are in hot pursuit. Except you. A photo won’t quite bring out the comedy in the scene so you switch to video and start filming, all at the touch of a button and in glorious high definition. Look at the colours in the parasol, the detail in the surf, the perfectly reproduced panic in their voices – in stereo of course. Then when you get back home, transfer everything to your PC. PlayMemories software does everything for you in seconds so you can get editing or uploading or emailing in the time it takes to make a cuppa.
Intelligent Sweep Panorama
There’s times when the scenery is just so vast and never-ending that even a wide angle lens can’t catch it all. The solution -- Intelligent Sweep Panorama. You simply press the shutter while sweeping the camera slowly from one side to the other to create one panoramic image.
Looks Great in 3D
If you’ve got a 3D TV in your living room, why wouldn’t you want a 3D camera? This camera takes great 3D photos -- just press the shutter button and it takes two consecutive shots then analyses depth and clarity to create a single 3D image.
Tracks Your Adventures
Like travelling? Good, then you’ll appreciate having GPS on your camera. It tells you just where you took that shot of the mountains and displays your position on screen during your journey. You can relive your adventure when you get back home with online map views on your computer.
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Take portraits and other photos with natural blur, just as you would with a Digital SLR camera. Background Defocus mode is easy to use and allows you to choose low, medium or high blur. It’s the same kind of dynamic effect you see in the movies and really gives you the freedom to get artistic with your pictures. Great for sharply defined close-ups of people or flowers against a blurred forest or field.
Need a Creative Boost
Perk up your pictures easily using Picture Effects. Enhance mood and style by choosing from a full range of effects including Toy Camera, Partial Colour for stunning monochrome shots, Soft High-Key, trendy Pop Colour, watercolour and Illustration.
Let’s Face It, We Like Smiles
They’re natural, spontaneous, here one moment, gone the next. You just don’t have time to set up your camera for a quick smile shot so this one does it all for you. Smile Shutter automatically takes pictures when people smile -- great for brides and grooms, birthday celebrations and baby chuckles. Face Detection automatically adjusts exposure, focus and skin tone so everyone looks more natural.
* Scenes include High Sensitivity, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Soft Skin, Anti Motion Blur, Backlight Correction HDR, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Advanced Sports Shooting, Gourmet and Pet Mode.
Cyber-shots Comparison Chart
|Image Stabilisation||Optical Steady Shot||Optical Steady Shot||Optical Steady Shot|
|Lens||G Lens||G Lens||CZ Lens|
|Colour||Black, White, Red||Black, Brown||Black|
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Top Customer Reviews
For background information, I am comparing this camera to my well-loved point-and-shoot Canon Ixus 90 IS. I have never owned a compact bridge or DSL camera before.
Here are my first impressions:
The body is well built and feels very sturdy. It weighs in at 613g including the strap, battery and memory card. When I add the weight of my case (bought separately) the weight goes up to 850g - this is heavy compared to my other camera, and I don't think I'll be taking it out and about for holiday snaps. For specific photo-trips though, the weight is OK.
Despite the weight, the camera feels very well balanced and so far I have not had any finger or wrist strain whilst taking photos.
The camera does not come with a memory card, but it does have some internal storage - sufficient for around 20 photos I think.
Even though it is an 18.2MP camera, the individual photos do not seem to take up too much storage space - around 3 to 4 MB per photo (about the same as my 10MP point-and-shoot camera).
I'm absolutely delighted with the photo quality produced. The auto setting is excellent, and the many extra settings allow for lots of creativity. I particulary like the blurred background setting - my portrait photos of my family have come out looking very professional.
The on-camera help facility is fantastic - if you press help it will display information that is relevant to wherever you are in the settings. I have learnt a lot aready about photography, although I do still have some way to go! You can even adjust the strength of the flash...I haven't tried this yet.Read more ›
The CMOS sensor @ 18.2MP works superbly and this is coupled to a high quality Carl Zeiss lens system and a 30X power zoom plus the digital zoom that then takes over remains pretty smooth, I think they must have tweaked the software that upgrades the image. I really liked the on-board manuals that you can call up at any time on the (large for a bridge) LCD rear screen. The camera was really easy to set up and was good to go as soon as I'd finished.
There's so much to like about this camera it's really difficult not to sound like I work for Sony. I really liked the 3D shoot and when I played it back through my TV it looked really good. The ability to shoot a panoramic view by simply moving the camera and it then stiches the image together for you is also great. The camera can also detect up to 8 faces, well for some reason I was a bit dubious about that until I tested it out. It did what it stated. Shot a bit of HD video (You need a class 10 card for best results) when my wife did a charity run for breast cancer recently and it came out brilliantly.
For the money this is a fantastic quality feature packed camera. If I have a gripe, and it nearly cost the camera a star, it's the lack of even a basic memory card supplied with the camera.Read more ›
It feels very well made and is quite comfortable to hold for a long period of time with both hands. Try to hold it with one hand and you discover that the grip is about one finger too short and after just a few seconds it gets very uncomfortable. The controls are easily reached and logically laid out although I found myself accidentally pressing the flash mode button with the palm of my hand when holding it single handed. There is a dial around the lens which can be used as either a zoom control or as a manual focus ring. Presumably this is to add to the SLR effect. This is marginally successful in zoom mode (although it does work in the opposite sense to most SLR zoom lenses which I found very annoying) but in manual focus mode I had less success. The natural way to use the manual focus is when you are looking through the eyepiece (more on that in a bit) but as the resolution is quite poor through the eyepiece it is very hard to see what is in focus.
The screen is very large and clear and easy to see in bright sunlight. It provides lots of good information about the various camera modes including the life of the battery in the current mode. Very handy for long days out to plan your camera use. The screen tilts out and can be placed horizontally at 90 degrees to the body viewable either from above or below. Very handy for holding the camera high and shooting above heads in a crowd for example. Or getting creative and using low angles. The viewfinder is a digital finder with fairly poor resolution. It automatically changes from screen to viewfinder when you hold the camera close to your eye - which is a nice touch - or it can be selected using a dedicated button on the camera.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We've had this camera several years now and it was definitely a purchase well made.
The image quality is excellent, not far off an SLR if you spend time playing with the... Read more
Not bad really to say the sensor is microscopic, amazing now what all the inbuilt software can achieve. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Picard