Ideal Safari Camera: Sony Cyber-shot HX200V

The Sony Cyber-shot HX200V Superzoom camera was announced on the 28th February 2012 and looks to be an ideal camera to take on safari. The Sony HX200V has a high quality 30x optical zoom lens and is GPS-enabled.

It’s crammed with desirable features like a 3.0-inch tilting LCD and an EXMOR R CMOS sensor and carries an 18 megapixel EXMOR R sensor coupled to a BIONZ image processor. It sports a manual focus ring for those who would choose to do so, as well as a 3.0-inch 921k-dot tilting LCD.

30x (27 – 810mm) Zoom

The 30x optical zoom is the camera’s main attraction and the feature that is most desirable for use as a safari camera. That focal range starts at an equivalent 27mm and extends all the way to 810mm with a maximum aperture range of f/2.8-5.6. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* optic is comprised of 11 elements in 10 groups.

The Sony Cyber-shot HX200V also incorporates a new Auto Focus system which Sony says will produce focus times as fast as 0.10 seconds. This is achieved by using a new focus algorithm and a new motor that judges the distance to its subject and moves in just one direction to bring the object into focus. This saves time as previous systems worked in two directions, bringing the object further out of focus before locking in on the correct focus.

HD Video Capture

Another great feature is especially for those going on safari with the camera is the ability to capture full 1080 HD video at an impressive 60 frames per second. The Sony HX200V also has an updated Optical Steadyshot system that is said to reduce blur from rolling motions in video mode.

ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 up to 12800. The HX200 will accept SD, SDHC and SDXC memory media.

Cost and where to Buy:

Update (Feb 2013) – On release, the Sony Cyber-shot HX200V cost in the region of $480 / £350 , but is now available for around $450 / £290 making it excellent value for money.