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.
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.
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.
Summary: The charger and spare battery are fine. The mini-tripod supports the weight of the camera just fine, although other reviewers said it didn't. I don't plan to use the screen protectors so I can't comment on the quality.