Sony DSC-P200 review posted|
(Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 16:57 EST)
Taken as a package, the Sony DSC-P200 is hard to beat in the subcompact point-and-shoot digital camera market.
It packs a 7.2-megapixel CCD, a sharp, high-quality 3x optical zoom lens, nine preset Scene modes and a host of other creative options in to a very small, well-built package. While the DSC-P200 is very similar to its predecessor, the P150, it does offer a few new features, including a larger 2.0-inch LCD monitor, and options for Center-Weighted metering, manual white balance, and spot autofocus.
Like the P150, the DSC-P200 is a very responsive camera, with excellent shutter lag and shot to shot cycle time numbers, excellent battery life, and surprisingly good low-light capability. Its color is also bright and vibrant, but natural-looking.
On the downside, it does trade away a bit more subtle subject detail than did the P150 to achieve its low noise levels. The detail loss is fairly apparent when viewed onscreen at 1:1 pixel size, but high-quality inkjet prints made from the cameras images don't show the softness nearly as much, and our evaluation is that the vast majority of consumers will have no complaints whatever with its image quality.
All in all, if you're looking for a great "take anywhere" camera with excellent resolution, great versatility, and excellent color and tonality, the Sony DSC-P200 should be an easy choice. Definitely a Dave's Pick. Read the Sony DSC-P200 review for all the details!