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Sony H200 vs HX95

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX95 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in January 2013 and August 2018. Both the H200 and the HX95 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The H200 has a resolution of 15.2 megapixels, whereas the HX95 provides 18 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Sony H200   Sony HX95
Sony H200 Sony HX95
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-633mm f/3.1-5.9 24-720mm f/3.5-6.4
15.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 18 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
720/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-3200 ISO 80-3200 (80-6400)
No viewfinder, LCD framing Electronic viewfinder (638k dots)
3.0" LCD, 460k dots 3.0" LCD, 922k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Tilting screen (not touch-sensitive)
0.8 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
240 shots per battery charge370 shots per battery charge
123 x 83 x 87 mm, 530 g 102 x 58 x 36 mm, 242 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX95? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Sony H200 and the Sony HX95. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Sony H200 vs Sony HX95
Compare H200 versus HX95 top
Comparison H200 or HX95 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony HX95 is considerably smaller (42 percent) than the Sony H200. Moreover, the HX95 is substantially lighter (54 percent) than the H200. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the H200 nor the HX95 are weather-sealed.

The power pack in the HX95 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, just select a new right or left comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Sony H200» 4.8 in 3.3 in 3.4 in 18.7 oz 240 n Jan 2013 249 i i Sony H200
 
Sony HX95« 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.5 oz 370 n Aug 2018 429 i i Sony HX95
 
Canon SX730« » 4.3 in 2.5 in 1.6 in 10.6 oz 250 n Apr 2017 399- i Canon SX730
 
Canon SX520« » 4.7 in 3.2 in 3.6 in 15.6 oz 210 n Jul 2014 399- i Canon SX520
 
Canon G1 X Mark II« » 4.6 in 2.9 in 2.6 in 19.5 oz 240 n Feb 2014 799 i i Canon G1 X Mark II
 
Canon SX60« » 5.0 in 3.7 in 4.5 in 22.9 oz 340 n Sep 2014 549- i Canon SX60
 
Nikon B500« » 4.5 in 3.1 in 3.7 in 19.1 oz 600 n Jan 2016 299- i Nikon B500
 
Nikon L840« » 4.4 in 3.1 in 3.8 in 19.0 oz 590 n Feb 2015 299- i Nikon L840
 
Sony HX99« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.5 oz 370 n Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
 
Sony WX800« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.2 oz 370 n Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
 
Sony HX90V« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.6 oz 360 n Apr 2015 429 i i Sony HX90V
 
Sony HX400V« » 5.1 in 3.7 in 4.1 in 23.3 oz 300 n Feb 2014 499 i i Sony HX400V
 
Sony H400« » 5.1 in 3.7 in 4.8 in 22.2 oz 300 n Feb 2014 319 i i Sony H400
 
Sony H300« » 5.0 in 3.5 in 3.6 in 20.8 oz 350 n Feb 2014 219 i i Sony H300
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The H200 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 42 percent) than the HX95, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

 

Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Sony H200 and Sony HX95 sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the HX95 offers a higher resolution of 18 megapixels, compared with 15.2 MP of the H200. This megapixels advantage translates into a 6 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the HX95 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.25μm versus 1.36μm for the H200). However, it should be noted that the HX95 is much more recent (by 5 years and 7 months) than the H200, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that compensate for the smaller pixel size. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX95 are ISO 80 to ISO 3200, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 80-6400.

H200 versus HX95 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Sony H200» 1/2.3 15.2 5184 2930720/30p----Sony H200
 
Sony HX95« 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony HX95
 
Canon SX730« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Canon SX730
 
Canon SX520« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p----Canon SX520
 
Canon G1 X Mark II« » 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.858158Canon G1 X Mark II
 
Canon SX60« » 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.812739Canon SX60
 
Nikon B500« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i----Nikon B500
 
Nikon L840« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i----Nikon L840
 
Sony HX99« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony HX99
 
Sony WX800« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony WX800
 
Sony HX90V« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p----Sony HX90V
 
Sony HX400V« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Sony HX400V
 
Sony H400« » 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p----Sony H400
 
Sony H300« » 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p----Sony H300

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the HX95 provides a better video resolution than the H200. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the H200 is limited to 720/30p.

 

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the HX95 has an electronic viewfinder (638k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the H200 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Sony H200 and Sony HX95 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Sony H200»- n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y Sony H200
 
Sony HX95«638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX95
 
Canon SX730« »- n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y Canon SX730
 
Canon SX520« »- n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y Canon SX520
 
Canon G1 X Mark II« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 5.2 Y Y Canon G1 X Mark II
 
Canon SX60« »922 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4 Y Y Canon SX60
 
Nikon B500« »- n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon B500
 
Nikon L840« »- n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon L840
 
Sony HX99« »638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX99
 
Sony WX800« »- n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony WX800
 
Sony HX90V« »638 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX90V
 
Sony HX400V« »210 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX400V
 
Sony H400« »210 n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 0.7 Y Y Sony H400
 
Sony H300« »- n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y Sony H300
The HX95 has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the H200 does not have a selfie-screen.

Both the H200 and the HX95 have zoom lenses built in. The H200 has a 24-633mm f/3.1-5.9 optic and the HX95 offers a 24-720mm f/3.5-6.4 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the H200 and HX95 provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the HX95 has more tele-photo reach at the long end. The H200 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the H200 and the HX95 write their files to SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards.

 

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX95 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Sony H200»-monomono---2.0---Sony H200
 
Sony HX95«-stereomono--micro2.0YYYSony HX95
 
Canon SX730« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYCanon SX730
 
Canon SX520« »-stereomono--mini2.0---Canon SX520
 
Canon G1 X Mark II« »Ystereomono--mini2.0YY-Canon G1 X Mark II
 
Canon SX60« »YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-Canon SX60
 
Nikon B500« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYNikon B500
 
Nikon L840« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Nikon L840
 
Sony HX99« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYSony HX99
 
Sony WX800« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony WX800
 
Sony HX90V« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony HX90V
 
Sony HX400V« »Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony HX400V
 
Sony H400« »-monomono--micro2.0Y--Sony H400
 
Sony H300« »-monomono--micro2.0Y--Sony H300

It is notable that the HX95 offers wifi support, which can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location. In contrast, the H200 does not offer wifi capability.

Both the H200 and the HX95 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The H200 replaced the earlier Sony H90, while the HX95 does not have a direct predecessor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Sony website.


Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Sony H200 better than the Sony HX95 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Arguments in favor of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200:

  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/3.1 vs f/3.5).
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (42 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in January 2013).


Advantages of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX95:

  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 720/30p).
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (922k vs 460k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/2000s vs 1/1500s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 0.8 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • More compact: Is smaller (102x58mm vs 123x83mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 288g or 54 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (370 versus 240) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More modern: Reflects 5 years and 7 months of technical progress since the H200 launch.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the HX95 is the clear winner of the contest (15 : 3 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

H200 03:15 HX95

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Sony H200 and the Sony HX95 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the H200 and the HX95 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Sony H200»--3.5/5-3.5/5 Jan 2013 249 i i Sony H200
 
Sony HX95«----- Aug 2018 429 i i Sony HX95
 
Canon SX730« »+-4/5-4/5 Apr 2017 399- i Canon SX730
 
Canon SX520« »+-3.5/5-3.5/5 Jul 2014 399- i Canon SX520
 
Canon G1 X Mark II« »+77/1004/54/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799 i i Canon G1 X Mark II
 
Canon SX60« »+ +75/1004/5-4.5/5 Sep 2014 549- i Canon SX60
 
Nikon B500« »+-4/5-3.5/5 Jan 2016 299- i Nikon B500
 
Nikon L840« »+ +-3.5/5-4/5 Feb 2015 299- i Nikon L840
 
Sony HX99« »--4/5-4.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
 
Sony WX800« »----- Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
 
Sony HX90V« »+ +-4/5-4.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i i Sony HX90V
 
Sony HX400V« »+ +-4/5-4/5 Feb 2014 499 i i Sony HX400V
 
Sony H400« »o-3.5/5-3.5/5 Feb 2014 319 i i Sony H400
 
Sony H300« »+-4.5/5-4/5 Feb 2014 219 i i Sony H300
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (-) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Sony H200 vs Sony HX95

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Sony H200 Sony HX95
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-633mm f/3.1-5.9 24-720mm f/3.5-6.4
    Launch Date January 2013 August 2018
    Launch Price USD 249 USD 429
    Sensor Specs Sony H200 Sony HX95
    Sensor Technology CCD CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 15.2 Megapixels 18 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 2930 pixels 4896 x 3672 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.36 μm 1.25 μm
    Pixel Density 54.10 MP/cm2 64.04 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 720/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100-3200 ISO 80-3200 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 80-6400 ISO
    Image Processor BIONZ BIONZ X
    Screen Specs Sony H200 Sony HX95
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification ..x
    Viewfinder Resolution 638k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 460k dots 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Tilting screen
    Shooting Specs Sony H200 Sony HX95
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 0.8 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium MS or SDXC cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Sony H200 Sony HX95
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Sony H200 Sony HX95
    Battery Type 4xAA NP-BX1
    Battery Life (CIPA)240 shots per charge370 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 123 x 83 x 87 mm
    (4.8 x 3.3 x 3.4 in)
    102 x 58 x 36 mm
    (4.0 x 2.3 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 530 g (18.7 oz) 242 g (8.5 oz)

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