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Sony Cyber-shot HX200V Digital Camera Review

Sony stands by a successful superzoom design, but goofs up by cramming it with too many megapixels.

October 17, 2012
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Speed and Timing

Speed is one of the HX200V's assets, thanks to a speedy BSI CMOS sensor. A nice handful of drive options are available, including two burst settings, plus a white balance bracket mode and three EV bracket modes. All of them are available at full resolution.

The HX200V is one of the fastest burst shooters we've seen among point and shoots, tied with its own predecessor the HX100V and Panasonic's FZ150 (we've yet to test the FZ200). We recorded just under 11 frames per second at the maximum speed. But the buffer fills up after 10 frames, and the camera is completely incapacitated for about 15 seconds after each burst. If it's pure speed you need, the HX200V satisfies, but we've seen cameras that are nearly as fast without the same recovery limitations.

A whopping six timer settings are available, including the standard 2 second and 10 second options. It can also set to fire after it sees one or two face enter the frame. Another option is to fire off a 10 frame burst after a 10 second delay, and timed bracket shooting is available as well.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Durability
  5. Photo Gallery
  6. Image Quality
  7. Sharpness
  8. Color
  9. Noise Reduction
  10. Dynamic Range
  11. Low Light
  12. Distortion
  13. Video
  14. Usability
  15. Ease of Use
  16. Handling
  17. Controls
  18. Speed
  19. Features
  20. Extras
  21. Video Features
  22. Specs & Ratings
  23. Conclusion
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