Summary: Flash location is often under a finger holding the camera. Would prefer that the flash did not automatically pop up in dim light. Hasn't been used long enough to comment on battery life. Used mainly for candid shots of family/grandchildren, and my wife likes to look at the Pxs on the camera often. Far more features than we will ever use. Seems to have a rather quick recovery time between shots. Picture resolution is fine for our home use.
Pros: 16x Zoom Is A Plus, Less Bulky Than The Sx160
Cons: Flash Is Where Cam Held, Flash location, Flash Pops Up Automatical
Summary: I've only taken about 500 pics so far but the keepers are a lot higher percentage than my Panasonic was capable of. Its going to take a while to become proficient in all its capabilities. It does well in low light conditions, anti jitter works very good close up and with telephoto. Videos are sharp. Tried the video out at a fireworks display, hand held and got great results. The Panorama feature works great. The only complaint is the manual.
Summary: I'm a novice photographer and bought this Cyber-shot for under $400. It came with all the accessories seen. The 30x zoom is incredible. I can shoot from the right field bleachers at a ballgame and get a clean, clear picture of the pitcher and/or batter. The 18.2 MP is crystal clear. Take a great shot, get the picture blown up, frame it and you have art for your home. It's very intuitive as well.
Excerpt: I just sold my Canon Digital Rebel XTi with two add-on lenses (24-70 Tamron and 60-300 Soligar) in order to "downsize". I was going to buy either the Fuji FinePix 1000 or the Sony DSC-HX300, but then found a good deal on the Sony DSC-HX200V. Thus far, I like it a lot. The ability to have a camera for travel and pro-sumer photos that also shoots HD video is great. Having a lot more zoom is also a big benefit to me.