Jun 16, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-H1 Review

The 5.1-megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-H1 has a 12x optical zoom lens, equating to a 36-420mm variable focal range (35mm format), with image stabilization and conversion lens compatibility.

The SLR-shaped H1 packs an attractive set of features: a full range of manual and automatic shooting modes, a large LCD screen with live histograms, 32 MB of internal memory, a movie mode which records video at 430 frames per second, as well as a 5.1-megapixel 1/2.4-inch CCD that works with the Sony Real Imaging Processor.

The Sony H1 is designed for advanced photography enthusiasts who want increased performance, advanced features, and longer lasting battery power in a compact camera body.
Sony Cybershot DSCH1 5.1MP Digital Camera with 12x \

Basic Features

* 5.1-megapixel CCD.
* 12x zoom lens (equivalent to a 36-432mm lens on a 35mm camera).
* Max 15-48x digital Smart Zoom (depending on res), plus 24x Precision Digital zoom.
* Electronic viewfinder.
* 2.5-inch color LCD monitor.
* Full Manual through Automatic exposure available, including Aperture and Shutter priority and seven Scene modes.
* Built-in flash with five modes and an intensity adjustment.
* 32MB internal memory.
* Sony Memory Stick storage (no card included), compatible with original Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro.
* USB 2.0 computer connection.
* 2 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries and charger included.
* Software for Mac and PC.

The Imaging Resource today posted a review of the Sony H1 and said this-
"The Sony DSC-H1 marks a new category for Sony (at least in recent history), offering optical image stabilization with a very long zoom lens.

The Sony H1 provides more manual exposure control than many other long zoom digital cameras, yet is easy to use in full-auto mode, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with tricky subjects.

The large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the H1 is user-friendly. Occasionally modes can get confusing to those more familiar with Sony's other point-and-shoot models, but a brief look at the manual will quickly make it all clear.

Performance-wise, the Sony DSC-H1 is fairly fast on the draw, with faster than average shutter response, and very good shot to shot cycle times. Though it goes up against other long zoom cameras that are now entering their second and third generations, it's a solid, handsome camera that works as advertised.

All in all, the Sony DSC-H1 is a strong entry into the long-zoom, image-stabilized market, a camera that's sure to find many a happy home. A solid "Dave's Pick" as one of the best digital cameras currently on the market."

I tend to agree. This looks like a real winner for Sony!