The 12 Megapixel Sony W200. I think I'll pass.
Well, the Sony DSC-W200 is now here. And they didn't bother doing
anything about the 16:9 limitation that I talked about earlier.
Here's what the new W200 has over the W100:
Total megapixels increased from 8 to 12.
Maximum ISO upped from 1250 to 3200.
Anti-noise reduction processing.
Slightly thinner in size from front to back.
The upgrade from 8 to 12 is meaningless unless you are a photographer
that prints in poster-board size prints. It remains to be seen how well
the anti-noise reduction works, but there's not one hell of a lot you can
do about the laws of physics and most likely the image quality of the W200
is just going to be noisier than the W100 and thus lower in overall quality.
This trend toward more megapixels and lower image quality is common to just
about all the camera manufacturers these days, not just Sony. And the real
loser is the consumer, who are paying more for less — whether they know it
The image stabilization is nice. That can really help a photographer in
those marginal photographic situations.
As far as the smaller thickness, as far as I'm concerned that only makes
what is already a very small camera a lot harder to hold steady.
I think Sony gave this W200 the wrong tag. It's really not so much a
successor to the W100 as it is an idiot's upgrade to the W50 and W90
And for that they want $399 US.
The W100 is a very good camera. And if you happen to know something about
photography, it can even be a great camera. If they had kept the camera at
8 MP, added the image stabilization, and put on another option for a high
resolution 16:9 mode, I might have considered an upgrade.
But I have to pass on the W200. Maybe they'll get everything right with the
W300, who knows.