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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 489 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design. The value for money and usability also get good comments, but many are less positive about the storage and contrast.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony DSC-W200

 

At the top of Sony's "W" series of point-n-shoot models is the DSC-W200, the most compact 12-megapixel camera in the industry (as of 8/2007). It is followed by the 8-megapixel DSC-W90 unit and the 7.2- megapixel DSC-W80 model. All sport Carl Zeiss® 3x...

The new W-series models incorporate selectable in-camera editing functions that can save you from hours of post-editing time at the computer. Equipped with Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer, the cameras can analyze captured image data and instantly...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200

 

The first 12-megapixel camera I ever used was the Canon EOS 5D which cost a cool $3,500 USD. That D-SLR uses a full-frame CMOS sensor, one of the two currently available. Because the imager is the size of a frame of 35mm film, there's no digital factor...

12MP resolution; optical image stabilization

Too much noise in less than ideal situations

The DSC-W200 is a good, solidly-built little camera but it certainly has its flaws.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200

 

What does Sony love to deliver most - besides overblown speeches about giant enemy crabs? Products that jam multiple components into delightfully, mysteriously small packages. With the 5.1-ounce W200, Sony manages to fit a 12.1-megapixel-image sensor...

Optical image stabilization, face detection techniques, and 9-point autofocus system generate handsome snapshots. Buttery smooth 3x (35 to 105-mm film equivalent) optical zoom. Fast shooting: 1.7 seconds from power-on to first shot and 0.6 second...

Outrageous $400 price tag - we've found 7-megapixel cameras with similar performance and image quality at almost half the price. 2.5-inch LCD has a grainy quality and mediocre detail.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200

 

There's little to complain about with the 6-ounce camera's design. There's no dedicated area to rest your thumb, which I thought would pose a problem, but the slightly indented mode dial fulfills this purpose without incident. The buttons are a bit...

Compact, attractive design; optical image-stabilizer; manual exposure mode.

Requires far more light for low ISO shots than most competitors; exceptionally long flash-recycle time and disappointing shot-to-shot performance; image-processing artifacts; LCD has poor off-angle viewing; proprietary USB cable.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200's 12-megapixel sensor raises the price of an otherwise decent snapshot camera, with little benefit. The W90 and W80 are better deals.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 Review

 

At first glance the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 looks like a fairly run-of-the mill compact camera, with an understated, compact silver body, 3x zoom lens (35-105mm) and 2.5 inch LCD screen. Look a little closer though, and you'll find that there are some...

On paper the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 promises to be one of the more interesting compacts around for the keen shutterbug. Ultimately, however, it's let down by a combination of poor image quality, mixed responsiveness and strange implementation of...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 Digital Camera - Express Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

While not as tiny as models in Sony's T-series, the Sony Cyber-shot W200 is still quite small and pocket-friendly, and boasts an impressive 12.1-megapixel CCD in its small body. Though compact in size, the Sony W200 offers an excellent range of...

Tiny size, portable and stylish ; Full manual exposure control, plus full auto mode when you need it ; Useful range of preset shooting modes ; Great overall color ; Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor ; Face Detection 2 optimizes exposure and focus for faces ;...

High barrel distortion is noticeable in images ; Fairly strong chromatic aberration ; Strong oversaturation in reds, may be more than many consumers find pleasing ; Slightly limited flash range ; Strong contrast under harsh lighting, camera also dims...

Also included on the W200 are nine preset shooting modes, which add flexibility in common, yet tricky conditions. Among the standard Twilight, Soft Snap, and Landscape options are also Beach, Snow, Fireworks, and two High Sensitivity modes (High and...

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 12.1-Megapixel Pocket Camera; Taking A Fun Camera Seriously

 

(Top): The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 is a shirt pocket-sized digital camera that's capable of producing very large, high-quality prints.

The workings of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200 can be learned almost entirely without reference to a handbook, simply by sitting down with it, turning on the LCD menu screen and toggling through the modes and commands. Each mode setting and function is...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W200 Digital Camera Review

 

Do you feel like needing huge prints? Here's the most compact 12 megapixels camera in the industry that features Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens, Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization and Face Detection Technology, as well as D-arrange Optimizer. Sony's...

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Brand name price Brand name quality must buy 4SONY fans"

 

In Technology Land, a 3 year old anything, mu... 

12.1M of goodness. Created a 16x20 print as a surprise gift for my mother's birthday. Printed via FedEx Kinko's. Turned out superb. I think of Nikon's commercial(s) with the people holding poster-size prints. I laugh because my P&S does it too

Since ownership is that since nearly first inital offering, I really have just a few cons associated with this fine camera

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"Brand name price Brand name quality must buy 4SONY fans"

 

In Technology Land, a 3 year old anything, much less digital camera is near extinct. Considering I paid under $400 for this camera (CNET in the upper right hand corner says $699.99) and is being sold currently for sub $200 or right around there, it has...

12.1M of goodness. Created a 16x20 print as a surprise gift for my mother's birthday. Printed via FedEx Kinko's. Turned out superb. I think of Nikon's commercial(s) with the people holding poster-size prints. I laugh because my P&S does it too!

Since ownership is that since nearly first inital offering, I really have just a few cons associated with this fine camera.

Product Specifications

The DSC-W200 combines the amazing detail of 12.1 MP resolution with high sensitivity for shooting without a flash even in very low light. Super SteadyShot image stabilization keeps blur to a minimum, and advanced high-tech features like Face Detection, D-range optimization, and in-camera retouching and red-eye reduction help bring out the best in every shot you take. For shooting and sharing on location, there's a large 2.5" LCD screen that makes viewing exceptionally easy. And HD (high definition) output lets you share memories in spectacular high definition clarity and detail on compatible HDTV screens.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.2in/2.3in
Weight:4.1oz/4.2oz
Width:3.6in/3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Gourmet / High sensitivity / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait / Underwater/Beach / Fireworks / High sensitivity / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:15MB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DSC-W200
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8/F/2.8-5.2/F/2.8-5.5
Max Focal Length:21.4mm/22.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.35mm/7.6mm
Optical Zoom:3/4
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Blue/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.72"/1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )/14.8 mm ( 1/1.72 ) / 14.8 mm ( 1/1.72" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200/6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 6400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:None/Optical
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