Sony DSC-P200 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

Review posted 7/6/2005

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The 7.2 megapixel Cyber-shot P200 employs a Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3X optical zoom lens, a large 2-inch LCD screen and other features and benefits typically found on more full-sized cameras. The stylish and durable alloy body is only one inch thin, comes in silver or red color and takes vibrant digital photos, capturing color and detail not commonly found in such a compact camera.

Powered by Sony's Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry, it features extremely fast start-up and shot-to-shot times, and puts extra speed and muscle behind automatic features like auto focus and auto exposure. You'll never have to worry about missing a shot because the camera is always at the ready. Capture up to 5 shots (7MP Fine) or as many as 100 shots (VGA Standard) in continuous burst mode at 1.1 frames per second.

Sony DSC-P200

Fully Automatic, Program AE, 9 Scene and Manual exposure modes allow you to capture the best pictures based on the shooting conditions and the photographer's experience level. The Multi-Point auto focus system automatically selects one of five AF areas to intelligently focus on the subject rather than the background. Shooting in dim light is no problem, the built-in AF illuminator will help to get a positive focus lock. Proper exposures are key for great pictures and the P200's light-metering system evaluates the frame using 49 reference points. In the advanced exposure modes you can choose the desired metering and focus mode for even more creative control.

Great still photos are just part of the picture. The P200 also captures and plays back high resolution moving images with sound too. The MPEG-VX Fine mode allows you to record MPEG video with 640x480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second (when using Memory Stick PRO compatible media.) Smaller resolution video capture is also possible for e-mail attachments or for use on a web site.

Transferring images and movies to the host computer is fast and easy thanks to its high-speed USB 2.0 data port that is "plug-n-play" with most modern operating systems. The camera is PictBridge compatible and can be connected directly to any PictBridge compliant photo printer without need of a computer. The P200 has power to spare and lets you capture approximately 310 shots per charge with the included InfoLithium battery.

Optional accessories include the VAD-PHC lens adaptor which allows you to attach wide- and tele-conversion lenses and filters. The Cyber-shot Station CSS-PHA lets you view slideshows on a TV or transfer images to a PC while charging the camera's battery.

DSC-P200 Major Features:

  • Sony 7.2 Megapixel effective CCD image sensor
  • Carl Zeiss 3x Zoom (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
  • Compact, lightweight and durable aluminum alloy body
  • MPEG Movie: 640x480 VX Fine w/audio at 30fps (Memory Stick Pro required),
    640x480 VX at 16fps, length limited only by media
  • Auto, Program AE, Full Manual plus 9 Scene modes
  • 5-shot Burst (7MP Fine) up to 100 (VGA std quality) at 1.1fps
  • Histogram display in capture and playback mode
  • 5 Area Multi-point AF; auto or selectable Spot AF point
  • 2.0" TFT color (134,000 pixels) LCD screen with Auto Brightness
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400
  • Adjustable color saturation, contrast and sharpness
  • Noise Reduction: Automatically cleans up long exposure images
  • 14bit A/D Conversion - allows a wider dynamic range from highlight to shadow
  • Built-in flash with Auto Fill, Red Eye Reduction and Slow Synchro
  • USB 2.0 Auto-Connect to host computer
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Memory Stick & Memory Stick Pro compatible, 32MB included
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible

The Sony Cyber-shot P200 is available now for less than $400.

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The Cyber-shot DSC-P200 and a CD for size comparison.

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7-Megapixel Cyber-shot duo, the DSC-W7 and DSC-P200.

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Sony DSC-P200 Specifications

Image Device: 1/1.8" 7.2 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD
Still Image Sizes: 7M 3072x2304
3:2 3072x1928
5M 2592x1944
3M 2048x1536
1M 1280x960
VGA 640x480
Recording Media: Memory Stick, Magic Gate or Memory Stick PRO Media
32MB Memory Stick supplied with camera
Memory Stick PRO is required for MPEG VX Fine recording.
Zoom: Carl Zeiss 3X Optical, 7.9 - 23.7mm (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm)
7 elements in 5 groups, 3 aspheric elements
Smart Zoom™ Feature: 0 - 14.0X (at VGA Resolution), 12X Total
Digital Zoom: Precision, 0 - 2.0X Range, 6X Total
Filter Diameter: 30mm (requires VAD-PHC lens adapter)
Auto Focus: 5 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual
Minimum Focus Distance: 19.7" (50cm)
Macro Focus Distance: 2.25" (6cm)
Shutter Speed: 1/8 - 1/2000 sec. (auto)
1 - 1/2000 sec. (program)
30 - 1/1000 sec. (manual, 46 steps)
Aperture Range: F2.8 - F5.6 (W), F5.2 - F10.0 (T)
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Color LCD: 2.0" 134K Pixel LCD Screen
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synchro Red-Eye Reduction: On/Off
Flash Effective Range: ~7.7" - 11.5 ft. (0.2 - 3.5m) in wide angle and and 1 - 8.2 ft. (0.3 - 2.5m) in telephoto.
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash
Burst Mode: 5 Shot (7M JPEG fine), 100 Shot (VGA JPEG std.), 1.1fps
Picture Effects: Sepia, Black & White
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400
Scene Modes: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Beach, Snow
Self-Timer: 10 Seconds
Video Output: NTSC/PAL Selectable
Still Image Modes: Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), Burst, Multi-Burst
MPEG Movie Mode: MPEG VX Fine with Audio (640 x 480 at 30fps),
(MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick PRO media)
MPEG VX Standard with Audio (640 x 480 at 16fps),
Video Mail (160 x 112 at 8fps) with Audio
Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
USB Terminal: Supports USB 2.0
Cradle Compatible: Yes with optional Cyber-shot Station CSS-PHA
Memory Stick PRO™
Media Compatibility:
Tested to support up to 2GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function
Compatible Battery: NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery
Supplied Software: Picture Package™ for Sony ver 1.6, Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows), USB Driver
OS Compatibility: Microsoft® Windows® 98/98SE/Me/ 2000/XP Home/XP Pro
Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/X (10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3)
Supplied Accessories: NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery, AC-LS5 Battery Charger, A/V and USB Cables, Wrist Strap, MSA-32A 32MB Memory Stick® Media, Software CD-ROM
Dimensions: 4 1/8" x 2 1/8" x 1 1/8" (104.5 x 51.5 x 27.9mm)
Weight: 5.0 oz (144g) Body; 6.3 oz. (180g) Body w/Battery, Media, Wrist Strap
NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.

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