Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T200
- Touch screen operates well, low image noise, relatively quick operation
- Chromatic aberration is quite problematic, some sharpness issues
Sony's Cyber-Shot DSC-T200 is an interesting camera. Its pictures suffer from some sharpness and chromatic aberration issues, but are still good enough for small and medium sized prints.
Price$ 749.00 (AUD)
It seems like the iPhone has made a few companies realise the true potential of touch screen interfaces. Sony has always had a touch screen series of cameras (the N series), but it usually only contained one model at a time and was a little clunky. All of this changes with their new release the Cyber-Shot T200. Combining touch screen functionality with this series' hallmark stylish design, Sony has created a pretty nifty camera. Its pictures leave a little to be desired but they are adequate for many uses, and the interface is extremely intuitive, making for a great novice option.
Basically everything is controlled via the touch screen, and it does an excellent job. It requires a slightly firmer press than some other touch screen devices, but all the icons are large and clearly labelled, and after a few minutes we were navigating as quickly as on any other camera.
The touch screen also offers a few advantages, like the ability to manually set focus by simply tapping a portion of the screen. Similarly you can zoom in and out of shots just by tapping the part you wish to see in more detail. There is also something futuristic about navigating in this manner, which lends a certain appeal to the T200.
Unfortunately it does suffer from a few image aberrations. Chromatic aberration was the worst of these, with some serious loss of clarity and prominent haloing towards the edges of our shots. Our Imatest test software gave the T200 a score of 0.178 per cent for chromatic aberration, which is a poor result.
Sharpness was a mixed bag. Some of our outdoor shots were quite crisp but others had a soft look and this continued in our indoor chart shots occasionally, with a little fringing evident. Imatest gave the camera a score of 1432 for sharpness, which is low for an 8-megapixel sensor, however this is due to the massive 38.1 per cent under-sharpening it found. Our shots weren't as bad as these scores might indicate, but the result definitely fluctuated a little.
Colour response was fairly good with rich tones and decent balance. Imatest gave the unit a score of 8.78 for colour, which is good but not outstanding. There was quite a bit of error evident in the red spectrum, but the other colours were fairly accurate.
Noise was minimal, with an Imatest score of 0.45 per cent at ISO 100. It scaled relatively well as we increased the sensitivity and shots up to ISO 400 are usable at small to medium print sizes.
In our speed tests the T200 performed nicely, exhibiting 0.05 seconds of shutter lag, 1.3 seconds shot-to-shot time and 2.1 seconds power up time. The burst mode was also fairly speedy at three frames per second, however it can't capture more than three shots.
All the features you'd anticipate are packed in here and a few that you wouldn't. In addition to the standard white balance presets, ISO adjustments and focus and metering modes, Sony has also packed in Face Detect as well as some bracketing options, which will give novice users a whole host of options to play with.
Aesthetically, the T200 is quite stylish, with a slide down lens cover and smooth rounded edges. As no controls are needed, the touch screen is also impressively large, measuring 3.5in, which allows for better picture framing.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Huawei Mate 9
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Portable SSD
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Acer Swift 7
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 3 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- 4 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 5 Garmin Fenix Chronos fitness tracker smartwatch review
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- LG G6 phone: full, in-depth review
- Subaru XV 2017 review
- Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTDevops EngineerVIC
- TPBusiness Implementation ManagerNSW
- FTNV1 Cleared Software Engineer - Defence Projects - North Ryde areaNSW
- CCTechnical Business Analyst - Infrastructure - VirtualizationNSW
- FTJunior-Mid Level Implementation CoordinatorQLD
- FTDigital Content Specialist/ Content DesignerNSW
- TPApplication DeveloperACT
- FTProject Coordinator ($280-$300 per day)NSW
- CCProcess Improvement Specialist - TelcoVIC
- FTSolution Architect - StorageVIC
- CCCloud Infrastructure SpecialistNSW
- FTAEM Architect - Blue Chip companyNSW
- FTHadoop Service AdministratorWA
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperVIC
- FTProject ManagerVIC
- CCAutomation Developer - LinuxNSW
- FTSenior Business Analyst, Superannuation productNSW
- CCDevOps Developer - TelcoVIC
- FTSeeking all Java Developers!QLD
- FTDigital Support ConsultantSA
- FTProduct Manager - FintechNSW
- CCChange and Communications ManagerQLD
- FTDatabase Modelling SpecialistQLD
- FTSecurity ArchitectWA