Sony TX200V Review - Too Expensive
Cyber-Shot or Worth the Price?
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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX200V
Every single review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V doesn't
end without mentioning its price. Many people think it's just too
expensive for a point-and-shoot camera that they often suggest to
buy a DSLR instead.
But is the price really too much? Or is it justified with features you
cannot get in other cameras?
Strong Selling Points of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX200V
1. Excellent Image and Video Quality
At a resolution of 18.2 MP, the TX200V has got the
highest megapixels in point-and-shoot cameras to date. Of
course, many people know that higher resolution doesn't
always equate to image quality.
But the Sony TX200V does churn out great pictures that
some photographers even compare it to micro 4/3rds and DSLRs. Of course, that's like comparing
apples to oranges. But the point is, if you want to take high quality images without worrying about
your aperture, focal length, and things like that, the TX200V is one of the best choices in the market
Videos are just as good that can even rival the quality of many camcorders. The exclusive Exmor-R
sensor inside it helps the camera perform better in low light conditions, while image stabilization
keeps the videos smooth. The 1080/60p resolution movies it records simply look great on a large
Check out the sample images and video further below.
2. Ultracompact with a sleek design, but powerful too
The TX series cameras are known for exactly these
qualities. What's unique about the TX200V though is that
the front is covered in glass - just a flat surface with no
irregular bumps or slide-down lens cover, so it has that
shiny iPhone feel to it.
Its size makes it very easy to slip on your pocket so you
can bring it anywhere and you're ready to go.
And it's got the brains too. The high performance image processor inside it allows for faster shooting
and processing speed. Many users report that it's ready to shoot in less than a second after
powering it on. Shutter lag is only 0.3 seconds in good lighting conditions, so one can focus and
3. Waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof
This isn't readily obvious on first look but the TX200V is
actually a semi-tough camera. Semi-tough, because it is
not shockproof due to the glass front cover that may
break when dropped from a certain height.
Still, the fact that it is waterproof up to 16 feet and
freezeproof up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit means the camera can withstand accidental abuse here
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4. High resolution OLED touchscreen display
Unlike LCD, OLED consumes less power, more responsive,
and displays more vibrant colors. The large 3.3 inch screen
with 1.229k dots resolution is also way above the average
point-and-shoot cameras you'll find in stores today. The menu
is very intuitive too and takes very little time to get used to.
5. Fun picture effect and shooting modes
There are three auto modes to choose from, namely
Easy, Intelligent Auto, and Superior Auto.
You can use any of these to your liking but it's worth
noting that the Superior Auto includes a Backlight
Correction HDR that combines multiple shots of different
exposure to achieve greater detail in bright and dark
areas of a photo.
Another novel feature is the Picture Effects which are image filters that change the look and feel of
pictures, similar to what Instagram or Hipstamatic does in the iPhone. If you're feeling creative, this
can be fun to play around with and share on social media.
6. Other features
- GPS allows for easier geotagging
- While the other TX cameras this year had only 4x optical zoom, the
TX200V is a notch higher at 5x
- Good macro capability up to 3 cm
- Background Defocus mode is a DSLR-like feature that blurs the
background while the subject is kept in focus
- Charges directly from a USB port
- Sweep Panorama feature makes panorama shooting very easy, up to 360 degrees
- Fast burst shooting at 10 fps
- Dual Rec feature takes 13 megapixel pictures while recording a full HD video
- Has manual adjustments for color, brightness, and vividness
- Has one of the highest ISO range among compact cameras
1. Uses Memory Stick Micro or Micro SD/SDHC only
If you have lots of standard regular-sized memory cards
lying around, you'll be disappointed to find out that you
won't be able to use them for the TX200V.
No one knows if this is a move to keep the device small
or if Sony just wants to push for the use of these "micro"
technology (it also has a micro-USB and micro-HDMI
2. Battery compartment doesn't look well built
This is more of a perception problem than a real design
flaw. Many people just think the battery compartment
doesn't look like it will keep the water from leaking into
the camera, as it uses a slider similar to most digicams.
But it does have a rubber seal, which I'm sure Sony
thoroughly tested for waterproofing.
3. Fingerprint magnet
It may be shiny like an iPhone but it collects fingerprints easily. It does come with a free cleaning
cloth though. There is also an optional anti-fingerprint protection film you can buy together with the
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Background Defocus mode
Macro shot (photo submitted by rbhatta to Amazon)
Sony TX200V vs TX66 vs TX100V vs TX20
Previous TX camera owners may be interested to find out if it's worth upgrading to the TX200V. Or if
you're a prospective camera buyer, you may want to find cheaper alternatives to this camera. The
table below might help in your decision.
With the Sony TX200V, it all comes down to price. It seems
like the perfect point-and-shoot camera for most people - it's
waterproof, portable, takes good pictures and videos, sleek,
and easy to use.
Now if all those features sound good to you, it may after all
be worth the hefty price tag as there seems to be no other
competitor that can match this beast of a camera.
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