The Sony Cyber-shot P200 is capable of delivering 7.2 effective Megapixels, due to an enhanced Super HAD CCD, and works in conjunction with Sony's Real Imaging Processor to produce high-resolution images that are stunning in their clarity and colour reproduction. In addition to this, Sony has equipped the DSC-P200 with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 3x optical zoom. Carl Zeiss lenses draw on more than 100 years of experience in optical engineering with the Vario-Tessar zoom lens being specially designed to keep the camera compact. On operation, the lens extends out from the body to offer a highly responsive 3X optical zoom that provides excellent picture quality at any setting. A conversion lens can be attached to the Vario-Tessar lens to enable more creative photo options. A 6X precision digital zoom is also on hand, as is a Smart Zoom facility, which allows 14X shooting in VGA mode.
Although the camera is slim and compact enough to be carried in a pocket (104x51.5x27.9mm) its robust aluminium metal body carries a 2.0-inch colour LCD. As well as being ideal for viewing your images, this provides easy access to advanced camera settings such as Histogram display as well as all menu items. For added ease of use, an animated and enlarged icon feature is activated whenever the user changes the Macro, Flash or Self-Timer setting.
As a bonus for cameras of this size the Cyber-shot P200 features a simple-to-use Manual Exposure mode, as well as Auto Exposure and Programmed Auto Exposure. For automatic operation and further ease of use, the Cyber-shot P200 offers nine Scene Selection modes to provide effective presets for occasions such as birthday portraits by candle light, fireworks displays and beach scenes, or when a high speed shutter, twilight portrait or a 'soft snap' effect is required.
The Cyber-shot P200 includes support for Sony Memory Stick (supplied) and Memory Stick PRO and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 for connectivity requirements, which can be extended when docked in the optional Cyber-shot Station. The camera also features the PictBridge* interface which allows the Cyber-shot P200 to connect directly to a compatible PictBridge printer without any need for a PC.
Short video clips, ideal for attaching to email, are also possible with the Cyber-shot P200. The high-resolution MPEG Movie VX Fine (480 x 460, 30 frames per second) format is possible when used with optional Memory Stick PRO storage or MPEG Movie VX Standard when the supplied Memory Stick is used.
About the Real Imaging Processor and STAMINA
Two key technologies power the Cyber-shot P200. A staggering 370**-shots are capable on one charge of the NP-FR1 InfoLITHIUM battery, thanks to Sony's STAMINA power management technology. This is helped in no small part to the energy-saving Real Imaging Processor, designed by Sony to provide the heart for its Cyber-shot range. Among the many improvements offered by this chip are more accurate colour reproduction, a better signal to noise ratio to provide clearer images, improved Autofocus performance, as well as enhanced auto white balance and auto exposure. You can also shoot faster thanks to the Real Imaging Processor, which has reduced the playback interval and shooting interval and improved the shutter and release time lag.
About the Cyber-shot Station and Accessories
The Cyber-shot station CSS-PHB is an optional docking cradle for the Cyber-shot P200 that makes life simple when you want to connect via USB 2.0 to a printer, PC or AV device. It also features battery charging facilities, so all you need do is slot in the Cyber-shot P200 while not in use for it to be charged up and ready for action. The angled slot of the Cyber-shot station combined with the
camera's large LCD monitor is the ideal slideshow set-up. It comes equipped with a wireless remote so you can easily control a big screen slideshow on TV from the comfort of your sofa.
Supplied accessories include a 32MB Memory Stick, NP-FR1 InfoLithium battery, an AC Adaptor, Wrist Strap, CD containing software (including Picture Package, Image Mixer) and USB driver, as well as AV and USB cables. Other optional accessories include several stylish carrying cases as well as a range of wide and telephoto lenses and filters.
Cyber-shot P200 specifications
- 7.2 effective Megapixels
- Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
- 3x Optical Zoom, up to 14x Smart Zoom, 6x Precision Digital Zoom
- Large 2.0" LCD
- Stamina Battery Life (approx 370 shots by CIPA standard)
- Quick Operation (Start-up 1.3 sec, Shutter Time Lag 0.3 sec, Shutter Release Lag 0.01 sec)
- Real Imaging Processor
- Manual Exposure Setting
- Slim and Compact High Quality Aluminium Body with Hair Line Finishing
- MPEG VX Fine with Audio
- AF Illuminator
- Histogram Indication
- USB 2.0 High Speed Transfer
- Scene Selection Mode
- PictBridge Compatible
- Conversion Lens Compatible (Optional)
- Cyber-shot Station Compatible (Optional)
* PictBridge is a trademark
** The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard (CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association). Subject to errors and technical changes.