The main feature on the H200 is its huge 26x optical zoom lens with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. With a 35mm equivalent of 22.3-580mm, the versatility of the this lens will outshine most others with its incredible wide and telephoto extremes. The Optical SteadyShot corrects for both horizontal and vertical movements, allowing you not only to shoot sharper still images but also record steady movies while on the move. With a maximum aperture of f/3.1-5.9, it has a very good range for a lens with this much zoom.
Working along with the 26x optical zoom lens is Sony's 20.1-Megapixel, 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD Imaging Sensor, giving you and extremely high resolution image. This allows you to make large prints of your images or crop them and still have a high resolution image for printing.
- iAuto: AF(W:Approx.20cm(0.66') to Infinity, T:Approx.200cm(6.56') to Infinity)
- Program Auto: AF(W:Approx.20cm(0.66') to Infinity, T:Approx.200cm(6.56') to Infinity)
Assisting with you low-light images is this small pop-up flash unit. While it is not incredibly powerful, if you are not using the full telephoto zoom, it will get the job done. At ISO Auto, it has a range of just over 22ft. (W) but shortens to just under 6ft. (T). Boosting the ISO to 3200 will double these distances, but there will also be a huge increase in the amount of noise in your images.
Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 460,000 dot Clear Photo LCD screen. This high resolution screen is sharp and easy to see in all lighting conditions thanks to its 5 levels of brightness adjustment. This makes this screen a pleasure to use as it is easy to see and will show you all of your shooting information in real time.
The body of the H200 has been kept very simple, showing only the most necessary controls. On the back we can see the Playback button, Menu Button, 4-way controller and "?" guide/delete button. The 4-way controller allows you to navigate and make menu selections as well as acting as shortcuts to a few of the most commonly used camera settings: Disp. Flash, Self-Timer and Smile Detection. The guide button brings up the in-camera guide to help you with any issues or questions you may have about the camera.
The top of the camera has been kept as simple as the back, featuring just 3 controls. At the left is the power button and to the right you will find the zoom control coupled around the shutter release button. Under that is the camera's mode dial.
Hidden on the right side of the camera you will find the USB input/output port. This port allows you to connect the camera to a computer or printer for direct printing or downloading your images. It also allows you to use the Sony PlayMemories program.
While it does feature a small internal memory, approx. 6-7 image capacity, you will need an external media source. The H200 will accept Memory Stick Duo, PRO Duo and PRO-HG cards by Sony as well as SD and SDHC cards. Higher speed cards are required for HD movie recording.
Powering the H200 is your choice of "AA" type batteries. For our tests we will be using Rayovac Platinum 2000mAh rechargeable NiMH batteries, but the camera will also run on Alkaline or Lithium batteries as well. We recommend rechargeable NiMH batteries because of their ability to be reused over and over, even though they are a slightly larger investment initially, they will save you money in the long run.