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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC H200

canonfan46 8 1.1k United Kingdom
6 Jul 2014 11:33AM
Hi All,
Can anyone explain in simple terms what the wide angle of view would be like on this camera.
The specs state that it has a wide angle of 25mm.
Printed on the lens it says 4-104.

Whould this be a very wide angle suitable for photographing the interiors of small rooms?

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joshwa Plus
7 843 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2014 12:46PM
25mm is quite wide-angle - this is the 35mm equivalent in film terms - so it would be like using a 25mm wide-angle lens on a film camera or a full-frame camera.
ChrisV Plus
11 2.1k 26 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2014 4:09PM
As Josh says, 25mm is considered wide-angle, but in terms of standard zoom range lots of lenses begin around the 24mm mark [35mm 'FF' 'standards' are usually 24-70mm]. All fixed lenses are usually quoted at this 35mm format equivalent because it's what people recognise. You then get the 'crop factor' in interchangeable lens cameras of different formats - 1.5/1.6 APSc and 2 for M4/3.

Your 4-140mm is the actual spec of your lens, but once it is 'cropped' by the very small sensor that goes up by just over 6x.

In my experience photographing small rooms requires really wide angle - 16mm equivalent or even less. I'm not sure there are any fixed lens cameras that go ultra-wide, but some manufacturers do offer converters that fit on the front of the lens to increase the angle of view. You are of course usually looking at significant distortion at such angles especially toward the edge of the frame even with decent quality glass.
canonfan46 8 1.1k United Kingdom
22 Jul 2014 4:25PM
Thanks ChrisV, very informative.

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