Jun 4, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-H1 Review

With a focal length range of 36 - 432 millimeters (a 35mm equivalence) the Sony DSC-H1 camera lets you frame distant objects with ease. Making the most of this telephoto reach, Sony's Super Steady Shot® optical image stabilization feature counteracts camera-shake to ensure sharp images. This feature also benefits low-light photography by allowing the use of longer shutter speeds with reduced risk of image blur from camera-shake. Something I wish I had in any of my three digicams.

For truly professional shots, this new camera is also compatible with optional telephoto or wide conversion lenses. The VCL-DH0758 model .7x wide angle conversion lens provides a wider field of view with virtually no color aberration or distortion. The VCL-DH1758 model 1.7x telephoto conversion lens offers greater magnification and a crystal-clear shot. Both lenses will be available by mid-June for about $150 each.
Sony Cybershot DSCH1 5.1MP Digital Camera with 12x \
The Digital Camera Resource Page have reviewed this digicam and said-
"The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 is a very good ultra zoom camera that isn't quite as good as the best models in this class (the Panasonic FZ5 and FZ20), mainly because of its above average purple fringing levels. It does offer a lot, though, and if you look past the purple fringing you'll find a very capable camera.

The DSC-H1 is a pretty bulky camera but I found it very easy to hold and operate. It's well built, the controls are easy to use, and I like the clever two-door cover over the battery and memory card compartment. The camera has a large, but not terribly high resolution 2.5" LCD display which has average visibility in both bright and dim light. My only design-related complaint is that the jog dial is a little too easy to accidentally bump, which can result in using something like Program Shift when you didn't want to. Oh, and a hot shoe would be nice too, though most of the competition doesn't have one either.

In terms of performance the H1 is up to the task. It starts up very quickly, shot-to-shot delays were minimal, and I was impressed with its focusing speeds, even at the telephoto end of the lens. Low light focusing was good thanks to the H1's AF-assist lamp. Transferring photos is snappy too thanks to the camera's support for the USB 2.0 High Speed standard.

Photo quality was very good, though as I mentioned, purple fringing levels were higher than they should be. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of redeye from the H1's powerful flash. The camera's movie mode was also very good, though a Memory Stick Pro card is required for the highest quality movies."

Ah, but they said much more. Read the entire Sony Cybershot DSC-H1 review here.