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I have had this camera for a good couple of years now and it is still going (Relatively) strong. I bought it after a period of bad luck where I damaged (rendering useless) 2 £200+ cameras in the space of less than a year from seemingly innocuous activities - one got a little wet from spray from Victoria Falls and the other was in my pocket in the Jordanian Desert. I had gotten to the point of anger at the seemingly flimsy nature of the two high spec Cannon pocket cameras.
I had never had a Sony camera before. Actually, I tended to stay away from the brand as I believed paying a premium for the name wasn't always worth it. In this case, I am happy that I was proven wrong.
I paid more than I wanted to for the camera (over £200 again) but the design was sleek and sexy for the time. The viewscreen is large, touch responsive and very sensitive. Everything is laid out in simplistic fashion, with a left - sided, top down menu system and options scroll across from left to right.
You've got all your standard features on here and some you might not be familiar with such as different resolution, white balance controls, subject description (person, landscape, etc) ISO adjustment, LCD tweaking options, histogram display, facial tracking, timer preferences, flash settings and memory/display options, amongst many others.
Photo Resolution is up to 8mb, and I have always used a Sony 2gb memory stick pro duo card and ran it at maximum resolution, but that depends on how likely you are to upload your shots _ If you aren't able to do it every couple of days you would be better off only going for 5mb or 3mb instead. There is a decent video option, and I have never been let down by the quality of the video, although I have moved onto a High Definition camcorder personally.
When you are viewing your photo's you can choose individual displays or gallery format, and the screen size is more than ample enough to get a good view of the action.
There is a right sided strap mount, and a uniform format tripod/bipod mount on the base.
I am impressed by this models' durability as I have splashed it with water on quite a few occasions and its never packed in. I've dropped it a fair bit too, and thus far can't complain. However, the x5 zoom toggle on the right is starting to tire from overuse, and I have to say that night time shooting produces a distinctly 'orangey' or over exposed effect. Non - existent airborne particles seem to be captured as rainfall at night and as well as being puzzling they are also inexplicable. This is quite a complain if you plan on doing a lot of night-time shooting.
Overall, I've had it for 2 years now and its still going (relatively) strong. I have been to Thailand 7 times in the last year and on one trip I took over 1000 photos. It's been reliable every time.
The stylish colourful and slim dsc-T200 offers a wide range of play back functions including the paint function and smile shutter function.
Which automatically detects a smiling face and triggers the shutter.
Its really clever because if you dont smile the shutter wont trigger so it only takes photos if it detects a hint of smile cool or what, you dont have to set it to that though you can just take normal photos as well.
it has a large clear touchscreen on the back of the camera which can allow you to go to the menu at the touch of a finger.
The camera will cost around £220 in most shops,There is 31mb internal memory, there is also red eye correction which delets the red in a photo when you take, for clear and outsatnding images.
There is a stamina battery life up to 250 shots, until the battery runs out.It has a stylish sliding lense cover for protection.
-8.1 effective megapixels
-5x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom and up to 25x smart zoom.
-3.5 bright clear photo lcd touch screen.
Take movies with audio!
Share the images with your friends and family on full screen and connect it up to tv via a connection cable make a slideshow using music and your very own images.
Overall i think the camera has a great look to it, and a definate buy for camera lovers and just anyone.
i can honestly say this is a great camera and has so many features, a bust buy i think!!!
it is on ciao.
Two words to describe the world's state of technology today. Instant and digital. It is on this note that I would like to take a shot at reviewing my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200 is an innovative piece of gadget that boasts of unique features that actually work. The touch screen interface is an edgy representation of a high-tech device belonging only to spy flicks. It is thin and lightweight, so it is easy to carry around. It comes in with 8.1 mega pixels with 5x optical zoom. The 3.5" touch panel LCD holds all of the camera's internal buttons, with just the power, zoom and playback visible as physical buttons located at the top of the camera.
One of its unique features is the Smile Shutter which detects smiling faces. When activated, it is released automatically to shoot the images. It's really cool and the subject doesn't have to plaster that smile for many awkward seconds while the one taking the shot is scrambling to find the right angle for capturing that smile. This is very handy with kids who can't seem to sit still while posing.
This also has Super Steady Shot function. This is used when shooting objects while on the move. I am not sure this works properly because the shots I have made while in shaky positions are blurry. I'll hand it down to my lack of talent when it comes to photography and precision. But shooting well-behaved subjects is a breeze. It has a spot auto focus where you touch the spot on the screen where you want the shot to focus. The same can be said with its Face Detection function. It supposedly detects face and it adjusts automatically to superbly capture it. I have no problems so far with the shots I've taken under very cooperative subjects and good environmental condition.
When taking pictures during night-time, you can either use the flash or the Twilight Portrait feature. The flash is very sharp and images are still clear even in poor lighting condition. However, I had a hard time activating the flash and it was just sheer luck I activated it by messing with the buttons on the screen. I suggest you read the manual carefully to really maximize all the features. Twilight Portrait, which can be located in one of the four shooting modes, lets you take images in dark places without losing the dark atmosphere. In cases like dark places, I suggest you use the flash to ensure quality images.
Of course, after taking all of those precious photos, you can pimp them up through paint and retouch which can be found by tapping the menu button on the screen. The functions will then display and touch the item you want to use. You can apply colours, graphics, frames and letters and save pictures as new image, retaining the old ones in case you change your mind and want to keep the original images as they are. You can also resize photos to fit the purpose you want to use them on. Like, 8M for prints up to A3, 5m for prints up to A4 or VGA for e-mail attachment.
Using the video feature is much like taking a still image. After opening the cover lens, the buttons will display. Touch Home and just select the Movie Mode. It will also record audio. The outcome is great when played on TV. Don't expect too much from the sound when viewing it from the camera.
All in all, I have enjoyed this camera thoroughly- if I hadn't it's not like I can afford to buy another one- and find it very easy to use. I like the touch screen immensely because there are no outside buttons. I don't know why other people hate touch-screen gadgets and want protruding buttons. That would be too much of a hindrance and presents the possibility of wrecking them unintentionally. The only setback I can point to this camera is its short battery life. It runs out pretty quickly. It will probably live up to its 250 shots battery life if you will not touch any button other than the shutter. Of course, you will eventually have to play with the other buttons with each shot to achieve the desired styles and settings.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200 comes with a battery charger, power chord, paint pen, rechargeable battery pack, adaptor plate, USB, A/V cable, CD-ROM (Cyber-shot application software), and of course the Instruction Manual which is a must read before taking a shot.
Do wear the wrist strap which is attached at the side of the camera at all times when using it to avoid accidental falling, God forbid!
It is definitely sleek and uber stylish, but most importantly it works brilliantly. It has lots of different functions and modes and I have found a use for all of them, unlike other cameras I have owned. It also takes very good pictures, better even than some decent SLRs that I have looked at.
The worst thing about the camera is the battery life it always seems to be very short and whenever I want to use it, it seems to have half charge which doesn't get you very far when using anti shake or shooting videos. The videos are very good in fine quality, looked ok on a 42" LCD which I wasn't sure it would.
It takes good pictures in all but night shots which it sometimes comes out blurry which can be annoying, but in all other circumstances it is great, especially action shots which come out brilliantly.
Sleek and smart both inside and out. In black aluminium casing so good looking it makes other lens covers close. The 8.1 megapixels and 5x Carl Ziess optical zoom give clear, crisp and field peaking performance. Here Sony seem to have got the colour intake just right too, with great depth, and while low light levels can spell minor trouble, for me the camera really delivers. Add a huge (if perhaps a little awkward) touch sensitive display, a 'Smile Shutter' which frankly I rarely use, full HD output, Red Eye after effects, and an array of other features I might never need, and this camera seems hard to beat. Perhaps at times it can feel a little lightweight, but it is also super slim and compact, and the static lens means breakage is less likely than in extendable models (such as my old and broken Canon S50). The Cyber-shot DSC-T200, a definite contender for the digital point and shoot throne.