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Sony H200 vs HX99

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in January 2013 and August 2018. Both the H200 and the HX99 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 HX99 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 versus Sony HX99
Sony H200 Sony HX99
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 100-3,200 ISO 80-3,200 (80 - 6,400)
No viewfinder, LCD framing Electronic viewfinder (638k dots)
3.0 LCD, 460k dots 3.0 LCD, 922k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Tilting touchscreen
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-HX99? 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 HX99. 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 HX99
Compare H200 versus HX99 top
Comparison H200 or HX99 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony HX99 is considerably smaller (42 percent) than the Sony H200. Moreover, the HX99 is substantially lighter (54 percent) than the H200. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the H200 nor the HX99 are weather-sealed.

The power pack in the HX99 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, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sony H200 123 mm 83 mm 87 mm 530 g 240 n Jan 2013 249 i
2.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 i
3.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399i
4.
 
Canon SX520 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 441 g 210 n Jul 2014 399i
5.
 
Canon SX600 104 mm 61 mm 26 mm 188 g 290 n Jan 2014 249i
6.
 
Canon SX400 104 mm 69 mm 80 mm 313 g 190 n Jul 2014 249i
7.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 116 mm 74 mm 66 mm 553 g 240 n Feb 2014 799i
8.
 
Canon SX60 128 mm 93 mm 114 mm 650 g 340 n Sep 2014 549i
9.
 
Canon SX510 104 mm 70 mm 80 mm 349 g 250 n Aug 2013 249i
10.
 
Nikon B500 114 mm 78 mm 95 mm 541 g 600 n Jan 2016 299i
11.
 
Nikon L840 113 mm 78 mm 96 mm 538 g 590 n Feb 2015 299i
12.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 i
13.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 i
14.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 i
15.
 
Sony HX400V 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 660 g 300 n Feb 2014 499 i
16.
 
Sony H400 130 mm 95 mm 122 mm 628 g 300 n Feb 2014 319 i
17.
 
Sony H300 128 mm 89 mm 92 mm 590 g 350 n Feb 2014 219 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or 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 45 percent) than the HX99, 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.

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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 HX99 sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the HX99 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 HX99 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 HX99 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-HX99 are ISO 80 to ISO 3200, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 80-6400.

H200 versus HX99 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.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Sony H200 1/2.3 15.2 5184 2930720/30p........
2.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
3.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
4.
 
Canon SX520 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
5.
 
Canon SX600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
6.
 
Canon SX400 1/2.3 15.9 4608 3456720/30p........
7.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.858158
8.
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.812739
9.
 
Canon SX510 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/24p........
10.
 
Nikon B500 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i........
11.
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i........
12.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
13.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
14.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........
15.
 
Sony HX400V 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
16.
 
Sony H400 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........
17.
 
Sony H300 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........

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 HX99 provides a better video resolution than the H200. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the H200 is limited to 720/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the HX99 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 HX99 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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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
1.
 
Sony H200none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y
2.
 
Sony HX99638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX730none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX520none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y
5.
 
Canon SX600none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 3.9 Y Y
6.
 
Canon SX400none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/1600s 0.8 Y Y
7.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 5.2 Y Y
8.
 
Canon SX60922 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4 Y Y
9.
 
Canon SX510none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/1600s 3.8 Y Y
10.
 
Nikon B500none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
11.
 
Nikon L840none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
12.
 
Sony HX95638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
14.
 
Sony HX90V638 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
15.
 
Sony HX400V210 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony H400210 n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 0.7 Y Y
17.
 
Sony H300none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The HX99 has a touchscreen, while the H200 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

The HX99 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 HX99 have zoom lenses built in. The H200 has a 24-633mm f/3.1-5.9 optic and the HX99 offers a 24-720mm f/3.5-6.4 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the H200 and HX99 provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the HX99 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 HX99 write their files to SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. The HX99 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the H200 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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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-HX99 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Sony H200-monomono---2.0---
2.
 
Sony HX99-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
3.
 
Canon SX730-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon SX520-stereomono--mini2.0---
5.
 
Canon SX600-monomono--micro2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon SX400-stereomono---2.0---
7.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX60YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon SX510-stereomono--mini2.0Y--
10.
 
Nikon B500-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
11.
 
Nikon L840-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
12.
 
Sony HX95-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
13.
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
14.
 
Sony HX90V-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
15.
 
Sony HX400VYstereomono--micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony H400-monomono--micro2.0Y--
17.
 
Sony H300-monomono--micro2.0Y--

It is notable that the HX99 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 provide wifi capability.

Both the H200 and the HX99 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The H200 replaced the earlier Sony H90, while the HX99 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.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Sony H200 better than the Sony HX99 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 (45 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in January 2013).


Advantages of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99:

  • 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.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • 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.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • 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 HX99 is the clear winner of the contest (18 : 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 03:18 HX99

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Sony H200 and the Sony HX99 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 HX99 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 (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). 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.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sony H200......3.5/53.5/5 Jan 2013 249 i
2.
 
Sony HX99......4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i
3.
 
Canon SX730..+..4/54/5 Apr 2017 399i
4.
 
Canon SX520..+..3.5/53.5/5 Jul 2014 399i
5.
 
Canon SX600..+..4/54/5 Jan 2014 249i
6.
 
Canon SX400..+...... Jul 2014 249i
7.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II3/5+77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799i
8.
 
Canon SX603/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2014 549i
9.
 
Canon SX510..+ +..4.5/54/5 Aug 2013 249i
10.
 
Nikon B500..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2016 299i
11.
 
Nikon L840..+ +..3.5/54/5 Feb 2015 299i
12.
 
Sony HX95.......... Aug 2018 429 i
13.
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 i
14.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +..4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i
15.
 
Sony HX400V4/5+ +..4/54/5 Feb 2014 499 i
16.
 
Sony H400..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2014 319 i
17.
 
Sony H300..+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2014 219 i
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 HX99

    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 HX99
    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 449
    Sensor Specs Sony H200 Sony HX99
    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 - 3,200 ISO 80 - 3,200 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 80 - 6,400 ISO
    Image Processor BIONZ BIONZ X
    Screen Specs Sony H200 Sony HX99
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Viewfinder Resolution 638k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 460k dots 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Sony H200 Sony HX99
    Focus 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 UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Sony H200 Sony HX99
    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 HX99
    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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