Pros Compact, quality photos, 7 MP, larger screen
Cons Would prefer closer macro but it's ok. Took some great closeups.
Summary I bought this camera after seeing how good the P100 was. Get 7 MP and great quality for the same price as many 5 MP cameras. This camera is easy to use right out of the box. Compact in size but the shape makes it easy to hold steady for good shots. The color and exposure are good. The LCD screen is larger on this model than many of digital point & shoots on the market making it easier to use. The screen is bright and easy to see. The menus are easy to navigate and figure out without needing the manual.
Autofocus works quickly and does a good job. The camera is quick to turn on and takes shots fast.
This camera doesn't replace the SLR but it's perfect for those times when an SLR system is too bulky and snapshots are adequate.
Pros Good brand, Good price, long bettery life, clear LCD, 7.2 MP
Cons Problems with close up picture and use up alot memory space.
Summary I am a full time ebay seller, I took over a thousand pictures within a week. I had bought three different model of DC in the past week for ebay item pictures, they are the Casio Z55 and the Sony T1. The best think I like about the casio z55 is the big LCD Display long battery lifes and pictures quality, but after I took about 300 pictures, I loaded the pictures files to my computer and all the pictures files currupted than I go back to Circuity city to exchange for the Sony T1. The T1 is good in size and look, but bad in pictures quality show white spot, extreamly weak flash light as a real DC not cell phone camera and short bettery lifes even I did the version 2 firmware updates the problems still exist, so after all the hassle I exchage the new Sony P200, it has long battery life, big enough 2" LCD, 7.2MP stronge flash and good picture quality, new model from sony avaliable in retail store. I use it as normal to take pictures of my ebay item after I took about 5 pictures I find out some serious issue about this camera which I hope sony would firmware update to fix it in the near future. When you take close up of and object with flash light on it turn out to be a bright white screen or totally black screen sometimes you have to keep changing the setting like the flash power or the White Balance to solve these problems. When you take a picture of a green object the color would be different than the color of the real object you a taking, it happens on most of the DC out the market now so I am ok with it since my DC is not the only one having this problems. The last problem I have with this camera which I want to share is the memory usage is very high since I am just taking pictures for ebay items, I don't need very high MP so I set it to 1MP while others brand like the casio z55 using the same size and same setting of 256mb SD and The sony P200 using the 256mb of MS the Casio can take about 1500 of pictures, and the sony can take about 350 pictures wired memory management or maybe I had done something wrong with the setting, but if the setting is easy enough the problem should not be exist.
My conclosion is if you need a Good brand camera, long batter lifes, user friendly camera, not to take close up pictures. Sony DSC-P200 will be the best choice. One last think I would like to mention is if you are heavy user of a DC make sure you buy the 3 years warrenty plan from the retail store you purchase your DC, you will feel lucky about purchasing it after 1 years heavy use of your investment really worths it, because you can get a brand new better newer DC for the equal price you paid 2 years ago.
Pros High quality photos, minimal shutter lag, long battery life, fast startup, lightweight, and great value for the money.
Cons Few cons (really); noise increases above 100 ASA equivalent (not horribly, but noticeable), doesn't have aperture priority setting (but it does have manual controls over aperture and shutter).
Summary I did a lot of comparison shopping before purchasing this camera, and the P200 has exceeded my expectations (I had thought I needed to change to a brand other than Sony to get good quality photos). Photo quality is first rate for the point and shoot class. It handled candid shots of our kids fairly well with low shutter lag and fast focus (I use center-weighted focus rather than multipoint focus). Focus is also accurate, a big change from the earlier Sony point and shoot cameras. Flash recharging is much faster than previous Sony cameras of similar design, and battery life is greatly improved. On the first battery charge, I took about 280 photos (all at maximum resolution and least compression), over a four hour period or more, almost all with flash. The exposure on our camera registers a bit dark for my taste, so I often bump up the exposure setting to +1/3 EV. Colors are accurate. I have printed 11x14 photos from the shots and the detail and richness is first rate, especially for a lightweight point and shoot. Finally, and, no, I'm not a plant, just an avid supporter of really good products, the Sony Style website sells accident protection plans with extended warranties. The prices are reasonable if you've ever had a digital camera break, which given their sensitivity to bumps and bruises, is usually sooner or later. My earlier Sony point and shoot cameras were a disappointment, no doubt about it. This one is not only a huge improvement, but is also a great camera and great value.
Pros Smallest 7MP camara, Slick looking good flash nice screen size and color, easy menu
Cons Can only use 2GB memory stick and not 4GB thats out now. Bad low light.
Summary I use to have the Sony Mavica CD but I wanted a smaller and faster camera to take pictures. I have this camera a month now and so far I love battery life and the flash in high is superb. The screen size and color is great. The camera is easy to use because it has a nice menu. Controls and design are nice and conferrable. It is very slick looking and powers up super fast a ready to take pictures. VGA and low MP shots look great. On the bad side the camera suffers of bad low light. To get good shots I almost always have to have the Flash on high unless it is super sunny and outdoors. Indoor pictures with no flash lookdark but not fuzzy or pixely. Fast to take picture after picture but not fast enough to take pictures in motion so you have to have you hand super steady or it will come out fuzzy which is hard being a light and compact camera. The LCD does not show the true colors or lighting of the pictures compared to when you view them on your PC. They tend to look richer and more contrast on the LCD.
I wanted to buy a 4GB memory stick but before I called Sony to see if I could they told me the highest for this camera is to go with a 2GB Pro. They also said the Pro memory would help with the problem of having to take pictures in motion. Will see...
Pros Fast to power up; Good quality images; Good range of manual controls and settings
Cons Could be thinner/smaller
Summary Not sure what reviewer was saying when they mentioned limited manual features. You can set the aperture and shutter speeds and run through a whole range of other settings. Not sure about the comment on image artifacts or out of focus image - I haven't seen either. Happily producing big prints with this camera.