Sony is not quite active a brand on the bridge camera market but when they do it, they pack it with all it takes to give birth to a great camera. 2012 Sony bridge camera announced today is the Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V and I have to say it is fully loaded with what I like :
- A powerfull 30x zoom lens. It is a bit too long in wide-angle for (a 25-750mm would have been great) an equivalent 27-810mm.
- It gets a new generation 3-way optical image stabilization system
- The latest Exmor R backlit CMOS sensor, the 18-megapixel, that allows the HX200V to reach ISO 3200 in native mode and up to ISO 12,800 in extended modes.
- - 1920 x 1080 pixel Ful HD video in 50p with stereo sound
- - 10 fps burst rate in full resolution
- - A superfine tiltable screen (3″ / 921,000 dots) XtraFine TruBlack LCD
- - A GPS sensor, so useful on a travel camera.
- - A superfast autofocus able to focus in as little as 0.13s in day light and 0.24s in low-light conditions.
- - All Sony technology I like, enabled by the Exmor R sensor : swipe panorama, 3D images, HDR …
The Sony HX200V is not a cheap bridge like the ones we often find, but, ofr $499, it offers a lot. For those who are not keen on bridge cameras, Sony launches this year the HX20V, packed with the exact same features in a compact camera body with a 20x (25-500mm) lens. The HX200V gets a little brother, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V with, again, the same features (sensor, 3-way Steady Shot, 18 MP sensor…) but with the 16x zoom lens Sony used in the HX9V last year’s HX series flagship.
The HX200V as all new Sony 2012 cameras come with the new cloud software called Sony PlayMemories home already installed in the camera.