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Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX200V
18.2-megapixel digital camera with 30X optical zoom and built-in GPS
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Item # 158HX200K | MFR # DSCHX200V/B
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Our take on the Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX200V by Crutchfield's Woody Sherman
A camera that's as responsive and quick as your subject
Tired of snapping out-of-focus photos from the sidelines? Or, once you get home, discovering that your kid is too small to recognize in any of your pictures? The Cyber-shot® DSC-HX200V will get you close enough to snap all the details on the field with a powerful 30X Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar optical zoom lens that zooms to an incredible 60X in Clear Image mode. The 10 frames-per-second continuous shooting mode lets you hold down the shutter button and get 10 consecutive shots of the game-winning goal. High-speed auto focus makes sure that all your photos of your star athlete are sharp and detailed. And the light-sensitive lens and powerful flash will give you extra support in low light situations.
Get closer to the people you love
The camera finds the faces in your frame and automatically adjusts its settings to give you crisp, attractive photos of friends and family. Capture fleeting smiles with the help of "smile shutter" mode, which automatically snaps a picture when it spots a grin. If your subject starts to squint as you take a photo, an anti-blink function snaps two quick shots, and then records only the one with your subject's eyes wide open. And while the camera has many helpful smart auto features, you'll appreciate the many manual settings options when you want to explore some new creative directions.
3D Panoramic photos and 1080p HD movie mode
This camera boasts plenty of other cool features, too. Your zoomed-in shots will be rock-stable, thanks to an optical viewfinder that lets you naturally hold the camera close, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 3-way active mode. It enhances Sony's regular SteadyShot technology by additionally compensating for the effects of clockwise/counter-clockwise rotation on your shot. The big, high-resolution 3" LCD screen is angled and adjustable, so you can tilt it wherever you need to when you're framing your shots. You can create 3D panoramic photos that reach beyond the scope of an ordinary wide-angle lens by sweeping the camera horizontally or vertically across your scene the 'HX200V stitches several images together in-camera to form one seamless 3D photo that you can check out on your 3D TV when you get home. (You'll need 3D glasses, too.) The DSC-HX200V also offers an impressive HD movie mode, which lets you shoot ultra high-definition 1080/60p footage of all your special events.
Takes good photos, and better video than my camcorder. (Camcorder for sale!) it's a bit heavier than I might have preferred. I purchased a refurbished unit, while it works fine Crutchfield sent it w/o the power cord...they are having trouble finding a replacement part.
What's in the Box:
- Digital still camera (black)
- Lens cap
- Lens cap cord
- NP-FH50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (6.8 Volts/6.1 Wh/900 mAh)
- AC-L200C AC Power adapter with attached 67" DC output cord (DC Output: 8.4V/1.7A)
- 62" AC power cord
- Adjustable neck strap
- 40" USB cable (has Type A USB on one end and a micro USB connector on the other end)
- Instruction Manual (English/Spanish)
- Warranty sheet
- Online registration sheet
- PlayMemories Home sheet
- Accessories brochure
- 18.2-megapixel effective recording
- 30X optical zoom (60X with Clear Image interpolation)
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, and Memory Stick® PRO Duo media
- high-resolution, tilting 3" LCD screen (921,000 dots)
- delivers 1080/60 progressive frames-per-second HD video
- 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 29-870mm (16:9 still mode)
- light-sensitive Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar lens provides exceptional clarity and low light performance
- optical viewfinder for better stability and composition when tightly zoomed-in
- Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 3-way Active mode adds stabilization in clockwise/counter-clockwise directions
- shutter speeds up to 1/4000 sec. and ample manual settings increase your creative control
- powerful on-board flash gives extra range in low light settings
- 3D panorama mode assembles several images into one continuous photo
- advanced "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low light
- motion detection keeps your photos of moving subjects clean and crisp
- face detection controls focus and exposure for accurate portraits
- smile recognition holds shutter response until the camera detects that your subject is smiling
- anti-blink function captures two images and records the one with the least amount of squinting
- scene recognition chooses the appropriate scene mode based on your subject and shooting environment
- in-camera editing functions for retouching and special effects, including red-eye reduction
- Background Defocus mode creates eye-catching photos with the subject sharply defined against a blurred background
Connections and Dimensions:
- mini HDMI output (HDMI cable not included)
- high-speed USB interface
- 4-7/8"W x 3-1/2"H x 3-3/4"D
- weight (without battery or memory): 18.7 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-FH50)
- AC adapter
- micro USB cable
- shoulder strap
- lens cap with strap
- software CD-ROM
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27-810mm|
|Internal Memory||105 MB|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Sensor Size||1/2.3" CMOS|
|Highest Resolution||4896 x 3672|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||20.6|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V digital camera has a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD TruBlack screen with 921,000 dots. The LCD brightness control lets you set the brightness from 1 (dark) to 5 (bright).
Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD screen, the camera includes a 0.2" optical viewfinder (201k-dots equivalent). You can switch between the LCD screen and the viewfinder manually with the Finder/LCD button. The display will automatically switch to viewfinder as your bring the camera close to your eyes, and to the LCD screen when you move it away.
Dual Media: This camera has 105 MB of internal memory. This camera is also compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick Duo (still images only), Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2 only for movie recording), Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards (Class 4 or higher).
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG format and 3D still images in MPO format. Moving images can be recorded in AVCHD format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with Dolby Digital 2ch audio or MPEG-4 with AAC stereo audio.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 7.76mm (1/2.3") color Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately 18.9-million total pixels and 18.2-million effective pixels.
Lens: The camera is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (T-star) 30x zoom lens. It has a focal length of 27-810mm (35mm equivalent) for recording still images, 29-870mm for recording 16:9 movies, and 36-1080mm for 4:3 movies (when Movie SteadyShot is set to Standard). The aperture range is F2.8-8.0 (W) and F5.6-8.0 (T).
Clear Image/Digital Zoom: In addition to the 30x optical zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Clear Image Zoom or the Digital Zoom, or both. The amount of zoom depends upon the image size as follows:
|Image Size||Optical Zoom||Digital Zoom
(includes 30x Optical Zoom)
|Clear Image Zoom||Maximum Zoom Scale|
Optical SteadyShot: With Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, the DSC-HX200V uses a built-in gyro sensor to compensate for shaky hands, minimize blur, brighten images, and allow flash-free shooting to preserve the mood. Active 3-way stabilization reduces camera shake vertically and horizontally, as well as rotational.
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still images, the DSC-HX200V allows you to choose from six image sizes:
- 18M (4896 x 3672)
- 10M (3648 x 2736)
- 5M (2592 x 1944)
- VGA (640 x 480)
- 16:9-13M (4896 x 2752)
- 16:9-2M (1920 x 1080)
3D Image Sizes: The camera can record 3D still images in two sizes: 4:3 18M (4896 x 3672) and 16:9 13M (4896 x 2752). To view 3D images, you will need to connect the camera to a 3D-capable TV via HDMI.
3D Sweep Panorama: You can record multiple images while moving the camera in an arc, either horizontally or vertically. These images can be compiled into a 3D image, and played back on a 3D TV. The available image sizes include:
- Horizontal: 4912 x 1080
- Vertical: 3424 x 1920
- Horizontal: 7152 x 1080
- Vertical: 4912 x 1920
- High Resolution:
- Horizontal: 10480 x 4096
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record movies in AVCHD or MPEG-4 formats. Available image sizes and movie quality include:
|Movie Format/Quality||Average Bit-rate||Image Size|
|AVC HD PS||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60p|
|AVC HD FX||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60i|
|AVC HD FH||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60i|
|AVC HD HQ||9 Mbps||1440 x 1080/60i|
|MP4 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080/30fps|
|MP4 6M||6 Mbps||1280 x 720/30fps|
|MP4 3M||3 Mbps||640 x 480/30fps|
Note: You can shoot continuously for approximately 29 minutes. Maximum MPEG-4 movie file size is approximately 2 GB.
Burst/Bracket Modes: The camera offers two multiple-image shooting modes:
- Burst: The burst mode lets you shoot multiple images when you press and hold down the shutter release. Up to 10 images can be recorded at the highest resolution (18.2M) at approximately 10 frames per second. Focus, White Balance, and Exposure Value (EV) are set with the first image.
- Bracket: The bracket mode lets you shoot a series of 3 images, each with a different exposure setting--one at normal exposure, one under exposed, and one over exposed. You can select three different step values: 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV. You can also choose a bracket mode with the white balance at normal, shifted toward blue, and shifted toward red.
Self-Timer: You can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second or 2-second delay so you can be in the picture. Other timer modes include two Self-Portrait Timer modes which will capture the image 2 seconds after the face of one person or two people are detected, a self-timer continuous shooting mode (10 continuous frames after 10 second delay), and a self-timer bracket shooting (3 bracket photos, each with different exposures, after 10 second delay).
Focus Modes: You can select from the following focusing methods:
- Multi AF: The camera focuses in nine areas around the center of the frame. This method is helpful when your subject is not centered in the frame.
- Center AF: The camera focuses on a subject in the center of the frame. By pressing the shutter release halfway, you can lock the focus on your subject and recompose your shot with the subject off center.
- Spot AF: The camera focuses on a very small area in the center of the frame.
- Manual: Allows you to focus on the subject manually by turning the focus ring.
Tracking Focus: If you are trying to photograph a moving subject, you can use the tracking focus feature to keep the subject in focus as it moves around the frame. If Face Detection and tracking focus are used at the same time, the camera will track a selected face if it is registered with the camera.
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. You can set the AF Illuminator to Auto or Off.
Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's face to be given priority.
Anti-Blink Function: The 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 so you can determine whether or not you need to take another shot.
Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it happens. You can adjust the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity as desired.
Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings: Portrait, Infant, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Low Light, and Macro. You can select from Auto or Advanced Scene Recognition modes.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:
- Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto): Allows you to shoot still images with the settings adjusted automatically.
- Superior Auto Mode (iAuto+): Allows you to shoot still images with higher quality than with Intelligent Auto mode.
- Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and aperture value). You can also select various settings using the menu.
- Shutter Speed Priority: You can shoot still images after adjusting the shutter speed manually. The camera will determine the aperture setting.
- Aperture Priority: You can shoot still images after adjusting the aperture setting manually. The camera will determine the shutter speed.
- Manual Exposure: You can set the exposure manually. The shutter speed can be set between 1/1600 and 30 seconds. The aperture (F value) can be set between F2.8 and F8.0 (Wide Angle) or between F5.6 and F8 (Telephoto).
- Memory Recall: You can set and store often-used modes and numeric settings for recall at a later time.
- iSweep Panorama Mode: Multiple images are shot while the camera is moving, and these images are compiled into a single panoramic image.
- Movie Mode: Allows you to record Full HD AVCHD or MPEG-4 movies with stereo audio.
- 3D Still Images: Images are recorded using 3D functions and can be played back stereoscopically on a 3D TV.
- Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
- Soft Skin: Allows you to shoot faces with smooth-looking skin
- Background Defocus: Shoot images with the background out of focus for greater definition of the subject.
- Soft Snap: Allows you to shoot images with a softer atmosphere for portraits, flowers, etc.
- Anti-Motion Blur: Shoot indoor shots without using flash.
- Landscape: This mode is used for shooting landscapes at a distance.
- Backlight Correction HDR: Shoots 3 images with different exposures and combines them into a single image with a greater range of gradation.
- Night Portrait: This mode is used for shooting people in the foreground at night.
- Night Scene: This mode is used for shooting a distant subject at night.
- Hand-held Twilight: Shoot night scenes with less noise without using a tripod.
- High Sensitivity: The camera shoots without flash in low light, reducing blur. Any size image available. Sensitivity increased up to ISO 3200.
- Gourmet: Shoots food arrangements in delicious color.
- Pet: Allows you to shoot images of your pet with the best settings.
- Beach: This mode is for shooting at seaside or the lakeside.
- Snow: This mode shoots whitish scenes brightly.
- Fireworks: This mode allows you to record fireworks in all their splendor.
- Advanced Sports Shooting: Allows you to shoot fast movements such as in sports; while the shutter button is pressed halfway, subject motion is predicted and focus is adjusted automatically.
Exposure Compensation: Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to -2.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash features a range of 11-7/8" to 40' 8-1/4" with the zoom set to wide and 6' 6-3/4" to 19' 4-3/8" with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash settings include:
- Auto: the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are dark
- On: the flash strobes with every shot
- Slow Synchro: the flash is used regardless of the amount of ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions, allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit area.
- Off: the flash does not operate
Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to Auto (when Face Detection is activated), On, or Off.
Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white fluorescent), Fluorescent 2 (natural white fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (day white fluorescent), Daylight, Cloudy, Flash, One Push (adjust white balance depending on the light source) or One Push Set (memorizes the basic white color which will be used).
Grid Lines: The cameras on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subject's horizontal and vertical position.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.
In-camera Function Guide: An on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings. The function guide can be turned on or off as desired.
Global Positioning System (GPS): The HX200V has a built-in GPS receiver which receives data from multiple Global Positioning satellites orbiting overhead. With the GPS receiver, precise positioning information, including coordinates, can be displayed on the camera and imbedded into the still images and movies you record. In addition, the GPS receiver can automatically adjust the camera's internal clock.
Date and Time: Each time you take a picture, the camera records the date and time. The date and time are not superimposed on the picture, instead saved in a data file along with the image.
View Modes: The Sony DCR-HX200V's View Mode allows you to select your recorded images and movies by date, folder (stills), or folder (movies).
Auto Orientation: When the camera is rotate to shoot a portrait (vertical) image, the camera records it position change and displays the image in the portrait position.
Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index view mode. The index feature lets you to display a total of 16 (4 x 4) or 25 (5 x 5) images.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. You can select from the following slide show effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, or Active). Each effect has a preset music soundtrack, or you can choose from the 4 selections. A slide show without music can also be chosen. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds or automatic to suit the selected effect. You can select Folder play (all images in the selected folder), All play (all images on the memory card), or This Date (all images from selected date). When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to 8x the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Retouching Still Images: You can add effects or make corrections to a recorded images and then record it as a new file while the original image is retained. You can use the following features to edit your recorded images:
- Trimming: playback zoom is performed on the image and part of the image is cropped
- Red Eye Correction: corrects the red-eye phenomenon caused by flash
- Unsharp Masking: sharpens the image within a chosen frame
Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.
Battery Information: The DSC-HX200V is powered by the supplied NP-FH50 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-L200C AC adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 100 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:
|Function||Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Recording Still Images||LCD||Approx. 225 min||Approx. 450 images|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 245 min||Approx. 490 images|
|Recording Movies||LCD||Approx. 120 min||---|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 130 min||---|
|Viewing Still Images||Approx. 290 min||Approx. 5800 images|
Eco Mode: The Eco Mode lets you conserve battery power by turning the screen off or shutting down the camera automatically after a certain period of inactivity. You can choose from two options of Eco Mode: Standard and Max. The Max setting saves battery power better than when set to Standard by turning off the screen or camera sooner.
HDMI: The HX200V has a mini-HDMI (Type C) output on the side of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required to make the connection. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control. A 3D-capable TV is required for viewing 3D still images or 3D Panorama Sweep images.
micro USB : The camera features a single micro USB jack on the bottom of the camera for connecting the supplied USB cable for downloading your photos to your computer or printer, or charging the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible.
DC In: The camera's proprietary DC In connector lets you plug in the supplied AC-L200C AC adapter in order to charge the battery or operate the camera for long periods of time.
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-HX200V has the following built-in PlayMemories Home software that can be installed on your computer when you connect the camera via USB. With the PlayMemories Home software you can:
- Import and display images recorded on the camera.
- View images in your computer by organizing them by shooting date on a calendar.
- Correct still images (red-eye correction, etc.) print, send images by email, and change shooting date/time.
- Save and print images with the shooting date inserted.
- Import photos and movies recorded with location and shooting direction information to a computer and view them with a map which shows their shooting location.
- Create a disc from AVCHD movies imported to a computer.
Note: The "PlayMemories Home" software is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP operating systems only. If you wish to play back images on a Mac, you can use applications that are pre-installed on your Mac.
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