With over 6000 pictures taken with this camera now I can safely say that it is not only reliable to use and easy to take pictures with but it also makes you look like a professional photographer because it takes great shots from its point and click setting and I find I very rarely use any of the manual controls that are available on the camera.
I find the video setting to be a bit poor for a camera at this price range but I guess I would buy a camcorder if I was buying a camera to make home movies with.
The camera works well in dark situations with a good flash which doesn't blind people but spreads light well across the whole subject and area.
I have also taken some great photos using the different automatic scenes including at sporting events and of fireworks so I can safely say they work well too.
This is a great camera that I never regret buying.
This is great quality for a compact camera. Even now, I find it has a couple of settings (spot metering and a f/2.8 aperture) that better my DSLR!
(A DSLR is one of those big flashy cameras with interchangeable lenses, for those that don't know.)
At 7.2MP you can take holiday snapshots that can still produce quality reproductions and enlargements. There are a range of different "scene" modes and I like the way that they're all navigated from one option on the selection wheel, rather than clogging up the wheel by putting them on there (although it took me a while to realise they were there - should have read the manual more). There's also a fully-automated mode, and "programmed" and manual modes for when you want to stretch your photography a bit further. These modes enable you to change the aperture (although there's only two settings) and the shutter speed, to allow you to make more creative use of the camera and experiment a bit before shelling out on a more expensive bridge camera or DSLR.
There are also some handy little options like a "burst" mode where you can take a few photos at once - useful if you're taking photos of something that's moving fast and you want to make sure you get the picture! There's also "black and white" and "sepia" options if you want to experiment with non-colour pictures.
There's also a special option for if you want to take close-up pictures (it's a little flower button) without them being blurry.
To be honest, I think this is fantastic for a compact camera and allows you a lot more control than many digital cameras do, whilst still letting you automate everything if you want to.
It's also pretty sturdy - I've dropped mine a lot of times, even on hard surfaces, and it's still intact save for a couple of scratches!
P.S. Oh, I forgot, after about 3 years I did have some problems with the camera charger, it just randomly wouldn't charge any more, but I bought another one fairly cheaply on eBay and haven't had any problems since.
I used to own a dcybershot-u a really tiny 2mp camera. But when this was no longer enough i needed to upgrade to a more powerful versitile camera.
I did some researh as to what cameras were out at the time and what they could or could not do.
Choices are pretty much the same, all having varied features but mainly the same, the only differences showing up were the brand, price, and designs.
So based on these i hunted high and low on the internet to find my ideal match, and i found it the Sony DSC P200. So i went off trying to find the best deal on it. But just before i purchased this super little camera in black i found a red version! Which i immediately bought!
Now onto the camera - The P200 is very small and lightweight but does pack a lot of punch. It boasts 7.2mp and can record video as well. The camera has a 3x zoom and a jog wheel with different pre set settings. Perfect for landscapes, portraits etc. A common feature on all cameras now.
The P200 also had a 1.5" screen on the back to view your images and videos back and admire your handy work.
The camera has a very light aluminium body and a carl zeiss lens.
The picture quality is second to none and can reproduce images superbly. Crips clear and virbant images can be easily acheived with this camera.
The extra jog wheel settings help set the camera for specific activities or genres of photo, meaning you have less to do.
You can manually modify certain aspects sucha s white balance and a couple of other things to really make the image stand out, but these techniques are rarely used with basically a point and shoot camera.
Close up macro images are also superb.
The P200 uses Sony's memory stick which if you use a duo and adapter can be upto 8gb, so plenty of room for many images and loads of video.
The video on this camera is very good and can be set at either standard or fine, fine being the better quality.
I have used this to record both bon jovi and twisted sister live and have been overimpressed by the audio quality recorded,the picture is very good but with lots of flashing lights the camear struggles to keep focus, not suprisingly really when there is so much going on. You also cannot zoom in or out whilst recording. But thats not really important to me.
A great camera with a great price, the P200 shows what a camera should be capable of and by a brand you can trust to come up with great design, build and quality. Well done Sony, a top flyer.
I owned a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 for nearly two years during which time it experienced a thorough testing, and travelled nearly 60,000 miles.
It is light and compact, but its 7.2Mega pixels provides a high quality picture, both for still shots, and video.
One of the things I liked best about this model was the big (2 inch) LCD screen that was reasonably easy to see even in bright sunlight.
Other great features include the zoom that gives a better quality picture than you might expect for a camera of this price.
There is very little I can say against this camera, but in the interests of a balanced review, here are a couple of quibbles.
You need to plug in the camera to charge it. Some people might see this as a positive point, but it does have the disadvantage for me as I do quite a lot of travelling in places without mains electricity. Personally I find it easier to charge several batteries and carry them with me as spares, rather than having to plug in the actual camera.
I did eventually manage to break this camera. It had been dropped many times and always survived, but this time it was dropped with the lens extended, and the mechanics jammed causing the camera to be permanently open. It was my own fault for dropping it, but its just a vulnerability that needs to be pointed out.
The Sony Cybershot is a great photo packed with many options. It can easily be stored in your computer with its fast usb connection speed. It is able to Record Videos but the downside is with limted timing. It has a 1gb memory stick which can be upgraded to a higher gb if it doesn't fit your needs. The Camera is 5.1 megapixel with a nice zoom in. It has many optional features such as flash, lighting, weather and brightness control. The Sony Cybershot is more improved with battery life than other digitial cameras.
This is a v good product for the price. It has got carl zieus lens (used in Hubble Space telescope) which is excellent and good picture quality. The quality of pictures in night mode is also good. Also the photos taken of moving objects are also good.Though the picture quality is good the movies which are captured are not that good enough. Also the battery life is bit less as compared to Canon cameras. But overall a good product and value for money
this is a very good pictuer camra because it records and takes still photos in case the image witch you are trying to captuer is moving or on the go like most thing are in this morden socioty we currently live in . i like this camra also becaus it is a stylish and mordon shape and couler so it gives the person who uses this item a stylish and profeshonabel look about them it is a easy size to just slip away in your pocket or handbag so you can take it with you were ever you wish so you can capture images on the go so you can show your friends and family were you have been and what you have seen on arivel instead of having to wait for your films to be prosesed and then when they are exentaly finshed being prosesed there is no need to get finger prints all over the beloved imagbes you have just captured
The best feature of this little camera are the 7.2 megapixels. I take a lot of sunrise and moonrise shots and manipulate them with my computer. The printed quality is very good.
The scene adjustment control is much better than my DSC-S70 and practically anyone can pick up the camera for a snap shot.
I have used this camera for action shots (sailboat racing) and have bee quite pleased with the results.
Do shop around for prices.
I bought the Black limited edition version. Although the designs are essentially identical, the contrast of the controls on the back make them MUCH clearer. The shiny black finish is also "V" cool!
Firstly the Battery life - 3hr 20mins for a Completely Dead to Full charge. Then theres a battery moniter on the LCD that tells you exactly how many minutes of use are left! Apparently a full charge gives ~200mins of usage - thats 1 min for every 1 min charge. in picture review mode, it says ~350mins - pretty good!
Second - Ease of use. Theres what can only be described as a "simple mode" - depicted by a green camera on the mode dial. Basically it defaults to full quality, and makes everything fully automatic. So simply, a well trained chimp with an attitude problem could use the camera in this mode ;-) Then in "P" (for program), "M" (Manual) and "SCN" (Scene) you get given the more advanced options such as exposure correction, Colour/B&W/Sepia, Quality, Focusing, Macro, sharpness, contrast, colour saturation, flash level, Scene Selection, ISO and metering mode (spot, centre and multi segment). All are amazingly quick and easy to access, even with the limited number of buttons
Third - Zoom. The camera has an optical and digital zoom. The optical - 3x, and the Digital up to 14x depending on the photo quality selected. As the digital zoom can be configured to grade across the qualities - increasing in availibility as quality decreases, it has very little effect on the overall quality of the picture. The optical zoom is divided into 8 options - 1x, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.9, 2.1, 2.4, and 3x - which might cause some people frustration but i hardly notice (and im a fairly keyed up photographer)
Fourth - Picture quality. Some artefacts are noticable if you zoom right in, from the jpeg compression used, but the overall quality is excellent and i recon you could easily print up to A3/A2 (maybe larger with the correct editing?)
(Im not interested in the video functions, but it can record and playback sound)
Fifth - Size/Weight - Small and light...very light
Sixth - Look/Design - I looked at both the silver and black versions before opting for the black. The silver version has a silver matt plasticy finish, which i personally found to seem a bit cheap. The symbols on the back were also quite difficult to make out without angling the camera, as they appear on both the black and silver versions, as a light grey colour. The black version - as i said - is shiny, clear, and makes the whole thing feel much more expensive!
Seventh (and last important factor) - Shutter lag/delay. The autofocus is very fast, and once focused, there is next to no shutter lag - something that i found particuarly annoying on my last digital camera.
The manual is excellent for everything. it even has a chart that says how many pictures of each quality can fit onto the different sized memory cards 32mb -> 2gb
Recommended/Value for money? I paid £299 on the highstreet (extra battery, camera case and memory case for 8 sticks included), and though its available a lot cheaper on the internet, i wouldnt hesitate to go out and spend it again - and im a poor student! Just remember, its supplied with a 32mb memory stick, which will NEVER be large enough. I recommend investing in at least one 512mb card to go alongside (~£50)