Sony MVC-CD200 Specification Review

The CD200 is the second of two Sony models CD Mavica electronic cameras declared lately. Almost identical to it’s brother the CD300 the CD200 has a 2.1 mega-pixel indicator and would wear a a little bit different livery. Gone is the “Carl Zeiss” 3x F2.0 – F2.5 lens to get changed by a Sony models 3x F2.8 – F3.4 (though this may not subject due to the lower quality sensor). The CD200 comes to the market $200 less costly than the CD300.

Sony MVC-CD200
Sony MVC-CD200

The CD200 creates its pictures straight to 156 MB (8 cm) CD-R or (and this is new) 156 MB (8 cm) CD-RW. The capability to use CD-RW gives you the choice to remove the items in (format) the CD and start again, obviously CD-RW disks are more costly than CD-R but now at least you have the choice to choose. The other situation with CD-RW is that only CD-R/CD-RW pushes can study them, completed CD-R’s from this electronic camera can be study in any computer CD-ROM generate.

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Sony MVC-CD200 Body And Design

The CD200 is almost similar to it’s brother the CD300, the only physical external variations are a different livery (white-silver/blue case) and the lens encompass which is 5 mm (1/10″) smaller, it’s also important to note that the CD200’s lens doesn’t increase, so operated on the lens outcropping is a complete of 20 mm (4/5″) less than the CD300.

Sony MVC-CD200 Body ANd Design
Sony MVC-CD200 Body ANd Design

Otherwise we have the same control and ergonimical features we saw on the CD300, the new jog-dial which can be used to change configurations in various visibility ways, the same visibility change used on the CD300 and S75, the zoom capability operator made from two unique control buttons and the new (and much improved) on / off change. Obviously the CD-R/RW transportation itself rules the shape of you, a large round stick out on the left part of you (front on).

Primary LCD

DisplayThe main LCD on the CD200 is a 2.5″, 123,000 pixel Multiple type, it has a specific screen in the top which diffuses sunshine into the display enabling you to switch off the backlight and thus preserve battery energy. Good information too is that the LCD stay perspective provides 99% structure protect which implies whatever you structure on the display (edge to edge) will be what you get in the ultimate picture. If you skip the viewfinder Sony models now have a new adaptor (product name DSAC-MVC) it’s a clip-on eye-level finder/magnifier for the LCD. Has a real visual program with diopter modification. Predicted list price is $80.

Battery Compartment

The battery energy section on the CD200 is in the side hold, the accessibility entrance (another well developed steel springtime easy-to-open component) are available in the bottom and contains one of Sony’s truly amazing InfoLithium NP-FM50 battery energy (the same as used in the CD300/S70/S75), this provides a large 1200mAh at 7.2V (8.5Wh) which results in nearly Couple of time of non-stop capturing (mixed use of the LCD). Battery energy expenses in-camera, basically link the offered charger/AC adaptor to the digital camera’s DC-IN plug and the small yellow-colored cost mild on the back of you will shine while the battery energy is asking for (it goes out once the battery energy is completely charged).


On the remaining part of you we find a powerful nasty entrance with a delicate rubberized depend and behind which hide the mini-USB plug and AV outcome international airport, just above the entrance is the ACC plug for link to a exclusive Sony models equipment (such as the HV-FL1000 display unit).

CD compartment

About 75 percent of the back again of you actually relies start to expose the CD procedure, the jumped spindle holds the 8cm CD-R’s. To modify disks basically video a in new one and shut the entrance. Once more cheers to Sony models for making this simple but applying it in a top-notch way, the relies themselves are powerful and sleek and should offer years of hassle free use.

CD-R / CD-RW discs

The CD200 uses 8cm Small CD-R or CD-RW recordable CD’s, to be able to take either CD-R or CD-RW gives the customer the choice to either use the relatively inexpensive 8cm CD-R disc’s just once or the larger CD-RW and be able to reformat them after offloading pictures from them. The drawback is that you must have a CD-RW suitable CD-ROM/CD-R generate to be able to study CD-RW disks (they’re also generally more slowly than CD-R’s). I had not a issue using a 8cm CD-RW directly out of you (finalised) in my CD-R/RW generate. Most contemporary CD-ROM/CD-R pushes will have a 8cm inset on the plate which will allow you to install the disks directly, if not you can use the offered clip-in adaptor to expand the dimension the 8cm disks completely 12cm unique CD dimension.


I individually have not seen the lens used on the CD200 before, it’s a 3x visual zoom capability F2.8 – F2.9. It does not increase at power-on like the CD300 (which is an advantage) but it isn’t as quick either; F2.8 vs. F2.0. Obviously Sony models have to use a different lens because of small sized measurements of the 2.1 mega-pixel indicator. This lens also does not have an adaptor for filtration, it already has a 37 mm line on the top part.

Pop-up Flash / AF Illuminator

The jumped display encompass shows up out of the top of you if you either (a) have the display set to Automatic and you chooses it needs it (when you 50 percent media the shutter release) or (b) you have the display set to fill-in and you half-press the shutter launch. It must be forced back again to place when not in use. Just to the top-left of the lens encompass you can just make out the AF lighting light, this comes on instantly in low mild circumstances and bathes the focus on topic in an lemon mild which is used to conserve the cameras AF program (with or without display enabled).

Sony MVC-CD200 Images Quality

Overall Image Quality

Overall the CD200 did well, as well as we’ve seen of any 2 mega-pixel digicam. It’s what I’d estimate of a “second generation” 2 mega-pixel, we’re now some way later on since the first 2 mega-pixel digital cameras to enter the market and the growth groups should now be able to press that additional part of top the best top quality out of the CCD’s. Sharp pictures with outstanding the best top quality (for a 2 megapixel), outstanding colour duplication is almost a perfect arrange for the CD300, though I came across the CD200 to be a little bit MORE soaked, with definitely more impressive clean vegetables.

Purple Fringing (Chromatic Aberrations)

The CD200 did encounter chromatic aberrations though certainly not as bad as we’ve seen from other digital cameras, overall a really outstanding efficiency actually. Note that there is also confirmation of increasing, these appear as mild “smudges” over a black place near by to an overextended region of picture. Growing is due to the flood of cost from one photosite to the next.

White Balance

While factors are better here with the inclusion of the one-push details strategy I’d still like to have seen lighter stability choices, the Within choice is not able successfully under any of our assess synthetic illumination, nor does the Outside choice concentrate on a disappointing day (you get a red throw as seen below).

Sony MVC-CD200 White Balance
Sony MVC-CD200 White Balance

Dynamic Range

Dynamic extensive variety usually describes the extensive variety of mild you is able to catch before it either drops details in night (shadows for example) or strikes out a emphasize (edges of chromed elements are circumstances of this). Most customer digital cameras only have a 8-bit analogue to electronic converters, plus their CCD’s are not made to have a particularly huge impressive extensive variety.

Macro Focus

The CD200’s macro concentrate method toggled by pushing the devoted macro key (down recommendation on the 4-way controller). Obviously macro concentrate ability is about the same as the S70/S75, the best structure protected was discovered at about a fifth zoom ability capability ability with you about 3 cm away from the topic (this obviously brings to identifiable gun gun gun barrel distortion).

Sony MVC-CD200 Macro Focus
Sony MVC-CD200 Macro Focus

Internal Flash

The CD200’s pop-up display seems to be the same as discovered on the S75/S70. In contrast to S70, we got better skin-tone duplication, better colour stability without any colour throw and relatively outstanding energy (which we seen in our S75 review). Again, the a opportunity to management display outcome by +/-1 stage is very useful. Here’s a amazing note: although the CD200 normally allows you to take the next taken before it’s completed composing the last taken to the CD it won’t if it’s a display taken, it just reduces to take the taken until the ACCESS mild has gone out on the CD, this could be associated with many energy needed for making to the CD not being available to renew the display or perhaps prospective disturbance between the display and the CD composing procedure.

Sony MVC-CD200 Internal Flash
Sony MVC-CD200 Internal Flash

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Sony MVC-CD200 Specifications

Street Price
US$ 800
Max resolution
1600 x 1200
Low resolution
1600 x 1072 (3:2 ratio),
1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h
4:3 (3:2 @ 1600 x 1072)
CCD pixels
2.1 megapixels (1.92 effective)
CCD size
A/D Converter
14 bit
ISO rating
Auto, 100, 200, 400
Lens Aperture
F2.8 – F2.9
Lens Thread
37 mm
Zoom wide (W)
39 mm
Zoom tele (T)
117 mm (3 x)
Digital zoom
Yes, smooth up to 2 x
Auto Focus
Contrast detection
AF Illumination lamp
Yes, visible light (orange), can be disabled
Manual Focus
Yes, 0.1 m – Infinity in 14 steps
Normal focus range
50 cm (19.7″) – Infinity
Macro focus range
4 cm (1.5″) – 50 cm (19.7″)
White Balance
Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, One-push manual
Min shutter
8 sec (Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual)
Max shutter
1/800 sec (1/1000 sec in Shutter Priority / Manual)
Built-in Flash
Yes, internal
Flash Guide No.
2.5m (8.2ft)
External Flash Yes, Sony sync connector
Hot-shoe Hot-shoe “holder” with no connections
Flash modes
Auto, Anti-red-eye, Fill-in, Off
Exposure adjustment
-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure bracketing 
Aperture priority
Yes, full range (13 positions: F2.0 – F8.0) [F2.5 max at Tele]
Shutter priority
Yes, full range (39 positions: 8 s – 1/800s)
Full manual
Lens thread
Yes using adapter
Movie mode
MPEG HQ 320 x 240, MPEG 320 x 240 / 160 x 120
Tripod mount
Yes, 10s delay
Remote control
Time-lapse recording
Video out
Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage types
8cm CD-R / CD-RW
Storage included
1 x 8cm CD-R
1 x 8cm CD-RW
Uncompressed format
Compressed format
Quality Levels
TIFF, JPEG Fine, JPEG Normal, GIF (B&W Text)
No, optional LCD->viewfinder adapter DSAC-MVC
2.5″ 123,000 pixel
Playback zoom
Yes, 1.1x to 5.0x
Operating system
Printing Compliance
DPOF, Print Image Matching
Yes, supplied Sony InfoLithium NP-FM50 (1200 mAh)
Battery charger
Yes, supplied AC-L10 AC adapter / charger
Weight (inc. battery)
620 g (1.4 lb)
144 x 94 x 90 mm
(5.7 x 3.7 x 3.5 in)