Sony DSC-H200 Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)



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  1. 62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Inexpensive Sony SuperZoom, February 21, 2013
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    This review is from: Sony DSC-H200 Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)

    This camera was pre-ordered from Sony and it arrived yesterday (2/20/13). I have been very impressed with the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10 that I bought here at Amazon a little over a year ago in their “Today’s Deals” that it might be worth the shot to give this a try. The software and hardware components must be very similar since the interface and pictures that both cameras produce tend to be very similar too which can be both good and not quite so good.
    The good:
    1. Tough to beat 20.1MP and 26X optical zoom in this price range plus Sony quality.
    1. Not that I intend to use it but “Face detection” works really well in timer mode; there is even a “Blink” alert.
    2. Very good pictures if you back down the EV -0.7 in both “Program Auto” and “iSCN+”.
    3. Panorama mode has “Standard”, “Wide” and “360” which is very easy to use.
    4. AA batteries !!! They are available everywhere no matter how remote a destination you go.
    5. Very easy to use for non-camera people.
    6. Beautiful rear display.
    7. DRO, Dynamic Range Optimization which is supposed to optimize the difference between light and dark parts of the subject seems to work really well.

    The not so good:
    1, The colors are slightly brighter than life so I use the Program Auto mode to correct this and bring the EV down to -0.7 which is not perfect but quite satisfactory. The setting does not keep in “iSCN+” mode.
    2. No hot shoe.
    3. No High Resolution Panorama mode like the DSC-TX10. The high resolution panorama mode gives you a 43MP panoramic image; this H200 is not even close at 5+MP.
    4. No Superior Auto Mode like the DSC-TX10. I have not done a side by side comparison with this camera and the DSC-TX10 but I like this feature.
    In Superior Auto mode, the camera shoots burst images based on the recognized scene, then creates a composite of the burst images (Overlay shooting). The camera automatically corrects the backlight and reduces noise by overlaying images, so a higher quality image results.

    I look forward to leaving the heavy expensive lenses associated with the SLR with realistic expectations and will update this review as more experience is gained with this camera.

    Update 3/21/2013:
    I added some pics on the “customer images” showing exposure differences and a few pics taken with this camera.

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  2. Andrea Polk says:
    44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good, easy to use, but there are better ones, April 2, 2013
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    Andrea Polk
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    This review is from: Sony DSC-H200 Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)
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    I received this camera from the Amazon Vine reviewer program. Unlike many of the reviewers, I’ll not be going into lots of technical information with my review. While I have used many digital cameras, I don’t consider myself a photographer, but rather someone who delights in great photographs. I am typical of a digital age intermediate user who snaps photos of scenery, pets, family and life events.

    Supplied in the box was the Sony DSC-H200 Digital Camera with 3″ LCD, a Sony shoulder strap, lens cap, lens cap strap, USB cable connector and 4 AA batteries (non-rechargeable).

    I inserted a SanDisk 16 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SDSDB-016G-AFFP card I had on hand to check out the camera, but would recommend a SanDisk Extreme 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB/s SDSDX-032G-AFFP card for optimizing the camera’s performance.

    First Impressions:
    The camera is substantial in size – not one you’ll toss in a bag or be able to fit into a pocket – and it doesn’t come with a case so that will be a recommended purchase along with your SDHC memory card, and perhaps some Energizer CHP4WB4 Recharge Smart AA/AAA Charger with 4 AA NiMH Batteries which are supported. Ni-Cd batteries will not work with this camera and are not supported, nor are lithium and manganese batteries. (Approximately 350 shots are estimated on one set of fresh AA batteries.)

    Made in China, the build quality of the camera is on par with others at this price point, but actually seems less well made than another older camera I own, Olympus SP-800UZ 14MP Digital Camera with 30x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch LCD which is similar in size and features.

    There is more plastic than metal on this camera; housing and controls, and the weight of it is in the lens and LCD 3″ display. There is no separate viewfinder on this camera, which while quite common these days, means that if your LCD goes out – you have no way of seeing what you’re taking a picture of with the camera (assuming it’s still operable).

    Basic Operations:
    Easy to set-up the directions are small, but clear and easy to follow.

    Entry level users will like the ability to get started quickly with this camera and that you can shoot both still images and movies in 720p (up to 29 minutes with large capacity SDHC memory card). The ability to shoot panorama shooting scenes with this camera is a nice addition too, and it works well.

    Scene selection is easy from the pre-sets, or you can leave it on ‘auto’ easy mode. Picture effects allow you to shoot photos with special looks that otherwise would take some tweaking with software.

    Extracted color is fun. You can select one area of a photo to bring out the color with the rest of the photo in grayscale or muted colors.

    Automatic smile detection sensitivity can be adjusted, which is helpful if you’re dealing with subject that tend to grin more than openly smile! There is also automatic blink detection, which may be somewhat inaccurate if your subjects have a big grin or eyes that tend to get ‘squinty’ when they smile.

    Scene recognition automatically detects your shooting environment and adjusts accordingly. This works fairly well, but you may find color adjustments are brighter than what you’re used to seeing. This is something that’s easily fixed with software on your PC though.

    For more advanced users, you can adjust the ISO, white balance, brightness, contrast, etc…, too.

    LCD Viewing:
    The 3″ LCD is one of the best features of this camera. Images and videos are easy to view, retouch or delete using this viewer. Subjects are clear and easy for most to see, versus a traditional viewfinder.

    OS Compatibility Mentioned in Directions:
    There is ‘Play Memories Home’ software that can be downloaded (see directions) to allow you to import still images and movies from your camera to be viewed and shared on your Windows PC.

    Mac operating systems are not supported, however that just means you can’t use thee Play Memories Home software, not that you can’t use the camera and do the same thing via your memory card and other software with both PCs and Macs.

    Likes and Dislikes After Use:
    I like that this camera is affordable, easy to…

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  3. Kent J. Smythe says:
    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Starter Camera, March 28, 2013
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    Kent J. Smythe (CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Sony DSC-H200 Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)
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    I’ve played around with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 for the past three days, to get a feel of it and I’m truly impressed.

    I have several cameras that I use quite often and they all cost several times the amount of this camera, but it’s been a pleasure discovering all the things I can do with this great economical camera.

    This is NOT a camera where you look at the list of creative effects in the menu and get scared off, once you click on the effects for the first time, it all seems so simple and fun.

    The DSC-H200 is a wonderful first camera that won’t scare the new photographers off, and it has many impressive features to grow on.

    I was really impressed with the 720p HD movie mode and was doing great movie stuff right out of the box. I played my creation on my 60″ Sony HDTV after burning a Blu-Ray disc on my computer and it looks amazing. Some of my other cameras do 1080 HD, but the 720p looks mighty good.

    I LOVE the 4 AA batteries that power it up, they last a long time and replacements are EVERYWHERE.

    The pictures I’ve been taking look great, the 20.1 Mega pixels make the pictures look like you spent much more on your camera and I LOVE the 26x Optical zoom for really getting in there.

    I take the batteries out every night and when I put them in the next day, the time & day is still set correctly. This is something my other cameras don’t retain and I like it.

    The bottom line is this camera doesn’t cost much and it works great, a fine starting point that will get you excited about camera’s & photography and you can buy another Sony with more features down the line as you grow.

    I Love Sony Cameras!

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  4. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Love this camera!!, June 13, 2013
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    Sonia

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    This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80/W 16.2MP Wi-Fi Digital Camera with 8x Optical Zoom in White + Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 + Sony Camera Case + Replacement NP-BN1 Battery + USB Card Reader + Accessory Kit (Electronics)

    We bought this camera to replace our old one, and man are we glad we found this one! It is soooo fast and the pictures are soooo clear! It is a really nice little camera! My only thing is that online the white looks silver but believe me it is very white! Not a huge deal, this camera makes up for the fact that its not silver!

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  5. Paul Gimelberg says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Price, Fun easy to use camera, August 11, 2013
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    This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80/W 16.2MP Wi-Fi Digital Camera with 8x Optical Zoom in White + Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 + Sony Camera Case + Replacement NP-BN1 Battery + USB Card Reader + Accessory Kit (Electronics)

    Great Price, Fun easy to use camera. Small, pocket size. Takes good pictures in the dark. Awesome HD video quality.

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  6. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Missing stuff, July 4, 2013
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    This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80/W 16.2MP Wi-Fi Digital Camera with 8x Optical Zoom in White + Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 + Sony Camera Case + Replacement NP-BN1 Battery + USB Card Reader + Accessory Kit (Electronics)

    Although I got the main items (Camera, SD Card, Spare Battery and the case), some of the items advertised were missing (USB Card Reader, Memory Wallet, LCD Screen Protectors).

    If I knew that from the start, I`d have chosen another bundle with the same camera…

    Camera itself is everything you can expect from a point and shoot, which is exactly what I wanted.

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