Sony DSC-T200 Review
Features & Controls
The DSC-T200 features a 5x Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar "folded" 5.8 - 29mm optical zoom with 35 - 175mm coverage (as compared to a 35mm camera.) The lens operates completely inside of the body. This is a high quality, all glass lens that is protected by the sliding lens cover, which also acts as the power On/Off switch.
The DSC-T200 is equipped with Super SteadyShot lens-shift system with two gyro-sensors that detect hand movement, and automatically calculate the compensation needed to provide a clear, crisp image. Sony was the first manufacturer to incorporate an advanced lens-shift optical image stabilizer into a camera with a folded-path lens system. This is what allows for a compact form; the lens does not have to extend from the body of the camera.
This model employs a 9 Area Multi-point auto focus system with a low-light focus assist illuminator. The working focus range is from 19.7 in. (50 cm) to infinity in normal mode and in Macro the coverage is from 3.1 in. (8 cm) to infinity. Using the Magnifying Glass Mode it can focus down to 0.4 for incredible close-ups.
The built-in flash has modes for Auto flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Slow Synchro and Flash
Cancel. The flash has a working range of: approx. 4 in. to 12. ft. (0.1m to 3.7m) at Wide angle
when ISO is set to Auto, or 4 in. to 24 ft. (0.1 - 7.4m) using ISO 3200.
On the top is the power button, Play mode button, Shutter release and the Zoom controls.
The back is completely dominated by a huge 3.5-inch Touchpanel Hybrid TFT LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels of
resolution. It's the only viewfinder and is used for image review, sharing and accessing the menu system.
This is a transmissive / reflective display that's visible even in the direct sunlight. Sony's "Clear Photo
LCD" technology provides higher resolution, contrast ratio and brightness. All of the controls are onscreen,
and you make menu selections by touching the desired value on the screen with your fingers or you can use the
included stylus pen.
The I/O and docking cradle connector is on the bottom above the memory card/battery door. You can also see the tripod socket. The included cable has outputs for USB 2.0 high-speed transfer to the computer or connection to a PictBridge printer, Audio-Video for display on a TV (video signal can be set for NTSC or PAL standard), Audio is monoraul and there's also a jack for an optional AC power adapter.
The T200 is the yet another "T" series model form Sony to feature high-definition
video output for viewing images on your HDTV.
Located on the bottom with the battery is the Memory Stick Duo card slot. The DSC-T200 has 31MB of internal memory and supports any capacity Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Pro Duo card up to 8GB. Data can be easily copied back and forth between the internal memory and flash cards.
Power is supplied by a Sony NP-BD1 3.6v 680 mAh InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack. Sony
quotes a battery life of approx. 250 images or 125 minutes. The battery is replenished out
of the camera with the included AC battery charger. This handy charger has fold-away prongs
for easy storage - no more lugging around an AC cord either.
Approx. Storage Capacities
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