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12-megapixel CCD sensor is, of cause, the main feature of the dsc w200 sony cyber-shot compact digital camera. This camera also supplies a full range of advanced functions of premium-class snapshot cameras: Sony's face detection system (which operates only in in full auto mode), Sony's Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization and 9-point autofocus; as well as a manual exposure mode, although of a limited way, not more advanced than that of some other cyber-shot snapshot cameras.
2.5-inch LCD display is of the same quality of off-angle viewing that previous models of the series. The Brightness Up setting of display can't really help while filming under bright sunlight, but an optical viewfinder is at its place, which is the feature of a whole W series.
An interesting feature: the face detection system recognizes faces in a scene very well - especially if they are multiple and both eyes are in presence. In case of three faces it can work improperly.
As we have written, if you aren't going to get large photos, you do not need a huge number of megapixels in your camera sensor, which is very dubious advantage. W200 seems just to be a confirmation of this thesis. The quality of the images, comparing with the other models, at least not wins. The problem with the apparent lack of illumination while shooting at ISO 100, may be coupled with small size of the sensors' pixels (they are so many in the matrix of the same dimensions). Though, maybe it is more than that, and the algorithm of work with surplus pixels is guilty (only images of huge size require so many pixels). But this is the point we'll try to discuss another day.
In summary, Sony dsc w200 the undoubted merits are smart attractive design, Sony's Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization and manual exposure mode. Also the camera captures a video of a very good quality with a frequency of 30fps at VGA standard (though without ability of zoom operating during the filming).
On the opposite side, we have found the w200' rather inflated price and low shot-to-shot performance (only 2.2 seconds, however, from power-on to first shot it takes a very distinct time of 1.6 seconds). The demand for more illumination at low ISO values also is the disadvantage.
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