• 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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Advantages

Sony HX200V over Panasonic FZ200

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • More lens zoom
    30.0x vs 24.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • 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

Panasonic FZ200 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer battery life
    540 vs 450 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Less shutter lag
    ~ 0.23 vs 0.50 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • 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
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.2 fps vs 0.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

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.

  • Max aperture f/2.8 across full 24x optical zoom range of Leica DC Vario-Elmarit-branded lens; Relatively sharp and detailed images for a superzoom camera; Full-res burst shooting at 12 frames per second; Advanced photographic capabilities (manual focusing/exposure controls, RAW image capture, etc.); Full HD video recording up to 60p.

  • Control scheme and menu layout frustrating to use, especially the over-reliance on the rear dial; Higher ISOs produce smudged and blurred images as noise reduction efforts increase; Tendency to clip highlights; EVF doesn't switch on automatically when you look through it.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm HS35EXR

Sony HX200V
Fujifilm HS35EXR
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $266
  • 1/2 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer battery life
Panasonic FZ200
Fujifilm HS35EXR
  • $541
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $266
  • 1/2 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More pixels

Compared to Nikon P520

Sony HX200V
Nikon P520
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Longer battery life
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Wi-Fi
Panasonic FZ200
Nikon P520
  • $541
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • RAW file ability
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Samsung WB2200F

Sony HX200V
Samsung WB2200F
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • NFC
Panasonic FZ200
Samsung WB2200F
  • $541
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • NFC

Compared to Olympus SP-100

Sony HX200V
Olympus SP-100
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $389
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic FZ200
Olympus SP-100
  • $541
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $389
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More pixels

Compared to Nikon P530

Sony HX200V
Nikon P530
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Newer
Panasonic FZ200
Nikon P530
  • $541
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More dots on screen
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