• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 27mm - 810mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25mm - 600mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX200V advantages over Leica V-LUX 4

  • More lens zoom
    30.0x vs 24.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    18.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica V-LUX 4 advantages over Sony HX200V

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer battery life
    More info 540 vs 450 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Extremely versatile superzoom that covers everything from wide angle to mega-telephoto; Portable design doesn't sacrifice comfort; Detailed images thanks to high-resolution 18.2MP BSI CMOS sensor.

  • Slow to use overall; Poor image quality at high ISOs; Images not as sharp or as bright at full telephoto as we had hoped.

The Competition

Compared to Sony HX100V

Sony HX200V
Sony HX100V
  • $419
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
Leica V-LUX 4
Sony HX100V
  • $1530
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Panasonic FZ150

Sony HX200V
Panasonic FZ150
  • $419
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • RAW file ability
Leica V-LUX 4
Panasonic FZ150
  • $1530
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Panasonic FZ200

Sony HX200V
Panasonic FZ200
  • $419
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
  • $393
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
Leica V-LUX 4
Panasonic FZ200
  • $1530
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Headphone jack
  • $393
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic FZ60

Sony HX200V
Panasonic FZ60
  • $419
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
  • $403
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
Leica V-LUX 4
Panasonic FZ60
  • $1530
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $403
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More pixels

Compared to Nikon P520

Sony HX200V
Nikon P520
  • $419
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Longer battery life
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Leica V-LUX 4
Nikon P520
  • $1530
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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