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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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Usability

Sony always offers a great mix of automatic and manual shooting options, and the HX200V sticks with the trend. The auto modes (particularly iAuto+) are much smarter than most hands-off modes, applying clever multi-shot processing tricks to improve photo quality when it's appropriate. You'll never have to think about it. A standard range of manual exposure modes are available, too, as well as a degree of control over processing options like contrast, sharpness, brightness, and noise reduction. The interface still feels caught in an awkward limbo, though, somewhere between a system that caters to casual photographers and enthusiast shooters. It lacks an effective hot key system or quick menu, feels a bit short on buttons, and offers no RAW processing, so hands-on photographers won't get the control they typically desire. But for novices, the extra modes and options could be distracting.

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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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