Sony Cybershot DSC-TX200VEverything about the Sony DSC TX-200V screams a top shelf high-performance waterproof digital camera. On the surface, it appears to be a photographer’s dream because of the features and the look of the camera, but what may hold most consumers back is the cost. It is a really expensive ultra-compact that the manufacturer touts is capable of taking quality images and videos.

This model has a sleek glass panel face, its thin as a AA battery, stylish with a 3.3 OLED touch screen display. It is waterproof up to 16 feet and its dustproof. It features an 18.2MP CMOS sensor and 5X optical zoom. The DSC-TX200V captures excellent low light pictures and Full HD 1080/60p video.  What’s great about this camera is that it is capable of shooting images and video at the same time.  On the surface the TX200V appears to be a really nice camera despite the price, but is it really?
Key Specs For The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC- TV200V

  • Resolution:  18.2 megapixels
  • Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical Zoom: 5X
  • Display Size: 3.3-inch OLED
  • Certified waterproof to a depth of 16 feet  and dustproof
  • Full HD 1080/60p with dual record of stills and movies
  • Video limited to 29 minutes
  • GPS
  • Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Memory Expansion:  MicroSD card
  • Battery type: Li-ion rechargeable
  • Battery charged in camera:  Yes; USB cable connected to computer or wall adapter (included)
  • Colors: Silver, Black and Violet

Special Features of the Sony CyberShot DSC-TV200V

  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for blur-free movies even while walking
  • Optical zoom plus Clear image zoom
  • The 5X optical zoom extends internally
  • Continuous shooting, you won’t miss any of the action. Camera has a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects
  • The 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. The sensor enables advanced processing that reduces noise levels up to six times more than other sensors
  • Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject
  • Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images
  • Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot
  • Background Defocus where this model delivers the signature DSLR benefit where it takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a de-focused background keeping the subject crips and clear
  • Anti-blink Function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.
  • Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images
  • Intelligent Scene Recognition Intelligent Scene Recognition automatically detects 33 different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings for the shot
  • Natural Flash Mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, to capture more lifelike images
  • Motion Detection along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces

What’s in the Box

  • AC Adaptor AC-UB10
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Battery (NP-BN)
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Paint Pen
  • Battery Charger
  • Wrist Strap
  • Instruction Manual

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX200V

Feature Descriptions of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TV200V

10x Clear Image Zoom
The TX200V has a 5x optical zoom plus 10x Clear Image digital zoom technology to bring you close enough to your subject to capture details. A powerful image processor reduces graininess for crisper, more realistic, higher-quality images—even in close-ups.

Waterproof and Dustproof
Certified waterproof and dustproof.

18.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor
The 18.2MP ExmorR CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Carl Zeisslens. The sensor enables advanced processing that reduces noise levels, resulting in stunning low light images with great details.

High speed AF
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds, even in low light.

Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps
Capture full 18.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, which allows capturing of that action moment. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

Photo Creativity
Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject. Now you can view Picture Effects and Photo Creativity effects in real time on the camera’s monitor or in the viewfinder before shooting.  Checkout the images submitted by users by clicking here.

Slim glass design
This camera features a sleek, polished glass camera front without a protruding lens or control buttons, making it one of the thinnest cameras in its class.

Superior Auto mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Backlight Correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot.

GPS and Compass
GPS and compass record location data and camera direction as you shoot movies and photos. GPS Log lets users track a photographic journey and later view the path and images on a map. Map View in “PlayMemories Home” software, allows users to view images on a map showing where they were taken. The logged path and images can also be displayed on Google Earth.

Smile Shutter Technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select Smile Shutter and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity.  This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

 

Sony CyberShot DSC-TX200V Waterproof Digital Camera

Customer Reviews

This is the only one in its class that can go from kayaking to clubbing in style. The camera is compact, easy to use, and fun to play with. The pictures and the videos are impressive. Reviewing and sharing the images on the tiny screen is incredibly fun. They just look amazing . . .Read the entire review here.

This is an awesome little point and shoot, I am tempted to call it the best, but . . .Read the entire review here.

PROs

  • This camera is totally awesome – image quality is amazing, panorama shots are awesome, especially in 3D and HD
  • Video records in HD 1080P, it’s pretty impressive, smooth, clear and vivid
  • Image stabilizer is amazing, actually better than most camcorders
  • Fast start up and quick focusing
  • User friendly – in camera help menus even with keyword search
  • Camera is pretty close to a DSLR

CONs

  • The camera does collect fingerprints and smudge (cosmetics and sun blocks are the worst) and it shows
  • Not shockproof
  • Expensive
  • Not small enough to tuck into pocket
  • Accepts MicroSD/SDHC cards only instead of standard SD/SDHC cards
  • USB and HDMI interfaces are located inside the battery compartment which has been described as fragile and not well built
  • Not for outdoor use, can easily get damaged in backpack, frozen in the snow and cannot be used with any type of gloves

Is The Sony CyberShot DSC-TX200V Worth Buying?

Over all, this camera is probably a worthwhile purchase if you’re looking for a beautiful, sleek, thin and high performer.  Most consumers that purchase this model are very impressed with the quality of the images and video. The battery life is good unless you’re using video.

The most complaints about this model, involves the cost which is seen by most consumers as quite expensive for this type of point and shoot. Further, the smooth surface on the camera is a magnet for fingerprints and smudges and if you’re not careful will show up in your photographs.Some consumers have even complained about image and video quality. Images appear to be questionable because of the use of some of the photo enhancing features on the device.

Video is an issue for some consumers because it will only record 29 minutes of video at a time.  Further, one user states obtaining a horizontal line that shifts in and out on video and noted poor color saturation during video playback.

Is the Sony CyberShot DSC- TX200V worth buying? I would say yes. It has all the qualities consumers are looking for in a camera, including GPS, but it is quite expensive. It is not considered a rugged camera by most users because it is only waterproof and dustproof.  It is a great buy if you like the features and won’t be bothered by the fingerprints and smudges. Checkout the video below for more information and also see the DSC-TX200V up close.

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