Sony DSC-P200 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200




Features & Controls



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

The Cyber-shot P200 features a Carl Zeiss 3x Zoom, 7.9 to 23.7mm (38 to 114mm equivalent), F2.8 - F5.2 zoom lens. It is constructed of 7 elements in 5 groups with 3 Aspheric elements. When powered down, the lens retracts into the body and is protected by a built-in shutter, no lens cap is necessary.

Equipped with a low-light AF-assist lamp (effective range up to 12.5 ft / 3.8 m Wide, 9 ft 2 1/2 in. / 2.8 m Tele), the 5 Area Multi-point, contrast detection autofocus system has a range of 19.7" (50cm) - infinity in normal mode and from 2-1/4" (6cm) - infinity in Macro focus mode. There is a 5-step manual focus adjustment with infinity available as well.


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

Conversion Lens Compatible with the optional VAD-PHC adaptor, you can add telephoto or wide-angle conversion lenses for greater magnification or wider field of view, as well as protective and special effect filters.

Compatible with the Sony VCL-DH0730 0.7x Wide Conversion Lens, the Sony VCL-DH1730 1.7x Telephoto Conversion Lens and the Sony VCL-DH2630 2.6X Super Telephoto Conversion Lens.




Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

The speedlight has modes for: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in and Slow-sync. The working range at ISO Auto is ~7.7" - 11.5 ft. (0.2 - 3.5m) in wide angle and and 1 - 8.2 ft. (0.3 - 2.5m) in telephoto. The flash squelches down nicely for macro exposures and has 3 power output settings.


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

Brighten up your photographs like never before with the optional HVL-FSL1B slave flash from Sony. It is designed to operate in sync with your Cyber-shot digital camera's internal flash without having to connect a cable.

The HVL-FSL1B is equipped with a light control switch and is compatible with the red eye reduction and pre-flash functions of your digital camera. It includes a bracket to make installation a snap.




Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

The eyelevel optical viewfinder provides ~85% frame coverage but lacks dioptric adjustment. The two LEDs indicate flash and focus status.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

The high resolution 2.0-inch (5.1 cm) color LCD has 134,000 (560x240) pixels and can be used for framing (with ~100% frame coverage), image review and menu access. The monitor can display a realtime histogram in record mode if desired.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

Controls on the back:

  • MODE DIAL with positions for: AUTO, Program AE, Manual, Scene (Night, Night Portrait, Candle, Snow, Beach, Landscape, Portrait) Movie and Playback.
  • ZOOM LENS CONTROL for Wide and Telephoto - also functions as Index and Magnify when in review mode.
  • MONITOR button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of information displayed.
  • 4-WAY CONTROLLER is for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images. The center button accepts menu selections. In record mode the 4-way buttons are used for: "Up" change flash modes, "Down" enable selftimer, "Left" is Quick View for reviewing the last image captured and "Right" is for Macro focus mode.
  • MENU button calls up and dismisses menu screens.
  • TRASHCAN button is for image deletion in review mode and is used to select the Image Resolution in record mode.




Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

The bottom I/O port provides an A/V output, video is NTSC or PAL, audio is monaural and a USB 2.0 (high speed) data port. It also allows the camera to be used with the optional Cyber-shot Station CSS-PHA and any PictBridge compatible photo printer.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

The P200 stores its data on Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO Cards. Memory Stick PRO (up to 2GB max) media is required for capturing the MPEG-VX Fine mode 30fps motion video clips. Sony provides a 32MB Memory Stick.


Number of Storable Photos (approx.)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200





Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

The P200 is powered by a proprietary NP-FR1 lithium rechargeable battery. Sony's Stamina technology provides up to 370 shots with LCD turned on or 500 shots with the LCD turned off with a fully charged battery. Approximately 160 minutes of movie recording with the LCD turned on or 220 minutes with the LCD turned off. And a total of approx. 410 minutes of playback time



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

Transferring images and charging your camera's battery has never been easier thanks to the optional CSS-PHB Cyber-shot Station from Sony. Just place your P200 on the CSS-PHB's base and it starts charging while providing a quick connection to your personal computer, television or PictBridge printer.

The CSS-PHB includes a USB cable for computer transfers and an audio/video cable so you can view your pictures and videos on your television. Also included is a wireless Remote Commander for easy control of your digital camera anywhere in the room.





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