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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 14.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle Optical Zoom with SteadyShot Image Stabilization and 3.0 inch LCD (Black)

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  • 10x optical zoom Sony G-Lens (25mm-equivalent wide angle); Capture breathtaking images in Sweep Panorama Mode
  • 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor; 3.0-inch LCD screen
  • HD Movie mode (720p); take stable movies while walking in Active Mode
  • iAuto automatically optimizes camera settings; Smile Shutter technology automatically captures a smile
  • Card slot for optional Memory Stick Duo media and SD media
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: DSC-H55/B
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 2.4 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0033VKKB2
  • Item model number: DSC-H55/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at February 17, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The DSC-H55's 10x wide (25mm equivalent) lens takes better shots from greater distances and wider landscapes in a compact body. Take breathtaking panoramic shots in one sweeping motion with Sweep Panorama mode and review them on a 3.0-inch LCD screen. Minimize blur with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.

Sony DSC-H55 Cyber-shot Highlights

3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD display (230k pixels)
Compose and show off your images on the large 3.0-inch (230K) Clear Photo LCD display, which features a special anti-reflective coating for sharp visibility, even in bright sunlight.

10x (25mm-equivalent) professional-quality optical zoom G-Lens
G lenses are used in top of the line digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and advanced pro-sumer HD camcorders. Capture the action up close with the 10x optical zoom, and with the 25mm equivalent wide angle lens the H55 even allows you to capture more of the scenes in landscape or group portraits.

14.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
A powerful 14.1-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Super HAD CCD image sensor helps you capture gorgeous images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail. With 14.1 megapixels, you can create stunning, photo-quality prints up to A3+ (13 x 19") size, or crop your images and still come away with high resolution shots.

Sweep Panorama mode
Reach beyond the traditional wide angle lens, and capture more breathtaking shots with Sweep Panorama Mode. Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera horizontal or vertically and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide and ultra-wide options, the camera can take panoramic shots of up to 243 degrees. Now capturing wide landscapes is as easy as press and sweep.

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720p HD MP4 Movie Mode
720p MP4 is a popular format for high definition video that compresses the size of your audio and video, making your media files small enough to easily transfer to your compatible PC or Mac. MP4 is also highly compatible with the Web, so you can effortlessly upload your media to popular photo or video-sharing Web sites like Photobucket or YouTube. (Compatible PC with internet capability required).

BIONZ Image Processor
The BIONZ image processor delivers the high resolution and fast performance you expect from a Sony digital camera. Fast processing enables unique Sony features such as Sweep Panorama, Handheld Twilight, Antimotion Blur, HDR, etc to take and combine multiple images in less than a second to create wide panoramic images. Images have reduced grain and appear less washed out.

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Self-Portrait Timer
Self-Portrait Timer helps take the guesswork out of self portraits by utilizing Face Detection technology to recognize when your face enters the frame. Once the camera detects your face, it triggers a 2-second timer, and then snaps a picture.

Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode
Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, and faces, and adjusts settings resulting in clearer images, faces with more natural skin tone, and less blur. By incorporating advanced features such as Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, iAuto mode lets you take advantage of the latest Sony Cyber-shot technology without leaving auto mode. Whether you're shooting landscapes, capturing a beautiful flower, or taking pictures at an in-door birthday party or wedding shower, iAuto mode will optimize your camera's settings to help ensure you come away with a great shot.

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Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings: Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a tripod, Portrait, Landscape, and Macro. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically compensates to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode gives you the freedom to shoot movies even while walking or running. By providing up to 10x the correction of standard mode, Active Mode can compensate for excessive camera shake so you can move along with your subject while shooting.

High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200)
High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. In addition to High Sensitivity Mode (ISO), you can select up to seven ISO settings (Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200) when shooting in Program Auto Mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.

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Face Detection helps direct the focus to the subject you want.
Face Detection technology
Sony's Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

Motion Detection
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.

Anti-blink Function
It's frustrating to think you've captured that perfect shot, only to review it later and discover one of your subjects blinked just as you pressed the shutter. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard and Plus
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) Standard and Plus uses a sophisticated algorithm to help recover shadows and highlights. The result is more natural images with clearer details that more closely match what your naked eye sees. DRO is particularly effective when shooting backlit portraits or any scene with a dramatic contrast between background and foreground lighting. DRO Plus allows for even greater optimization by analyzing each region of an image and performing additional image processing.

Intelligent AF
Thanks to Intelligent AF technology, capture fleeting moments like a child's adorable expression with the ultra-quick AF which locks focus in as little as 0.3-sec.

Scene modes
The DSC-H55 features 11 convenient scene modes: High Sensitivity, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Advanced Sports, Gourmet, Pet.

Easy Shooting Mode
With Easy Shooting Mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting Mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings, removing several function choices and allowing you to focus on just your subject. Since this mode works together with Intelligent Scene Recognition, the camera selects the optimum setting for each scene. In addition the easy mode simplifies preview mode.

Function Guide
This beginner-friendly optional function helps navigate through the various functions and settings displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.

PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music (4 tracks, 5 minutes per track) to produce fun and entertaining slide shows with standard visual effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Active, and Stylish). Select from pre-loaded tracks on the camera or transfer your own from your compatible computer (sold separately).

Viewing modes
Find your photos using the simple folder or calendar viewing modes.

In-Camera retouching tools
Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming, Red-Eye Correction, and Unsharp Masking functions.

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PhotoTV HD
Bring your photos to life and enjoy highly detailed, high definition images with PhotoTV HD-capable Sony BRAVIA HDTVs. PhotoTV HD fine tunes settings on your PhotoTV HD enabled BRAVIA HDTV, such as sharpness, gradation, and color to display images that look more like printed photos.

Lithium-ion battery
Included lithium-ion battery provides added convenience with longer lasting power than alkaline batteries (capacity of supplied battery is 310 images or 155 minutes for shooting still images). Additional battery available for purchase add more power and information

Media card slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images, the DSC-H55 accepts Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media (sold separately) or SD/SDHC media (sold separately).

SD Card Functionality
Sony SD memory cards are the perfect solution for storing and sharing your digital content such as high-quality photos, videos, music, and more.

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.02
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD using and external DVD burning device (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites.

Product Description

The DSC-H55's 10x wide (25mm equivalent) lens takes better shots from greater distances and wider landscapes in a compact body. Take breathtaking panoramic shots in one sweeping motion with Sweep Panorama mode and review them on a 3.0" LCD screen. Take clearer images with Optical SteadyShot image.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Great product,, The panorama photos are awesome ! Read more ›
I purchased this camera a few weeks ago, and have to say, am very pleased with…I am by no means a professional photographer, but the quality of pictures is really great! Read more ›
The Resolution of the images is great, and the video is also excellent. But when you use the camera with the Flash at Night, it can be a little obnoxious, You have to wait… Read more ›
The panoramic views were great, used it at the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. All outdoor daytime shots were beautiful. Then came nighttime. Read more ›
This is really amazing product from Sony, picture quality is amazing and even the videos are of HD quality Read more ›
Easy to use, liked the features and zoom it offered. Initial pictures taken, the quality was excellent. Really liked the quality of low light shots. Read more ›
On the bright side, it does make a good video camera, the sound quality on both models is excellent. One good thing about the Sony digital cameras is their video modes DO… Read more ›
It is very compact but has a fabulous optical zoom that captures fine detail in low light from substantial distances. Settings are as simple or as detailed as the user wants. Read more ›
I have ordered it to India all the way from after revewing the product throughly. I already possess a sony cybersot older model which is nice & slim. But his h55… Read more ›
5 - panorama mode works well and is priceless if you do much shooting in tight quarters, or of large groups - however, no zoom. Wide-angle only, which maximizes cylindrical… Read more ›
Yesterday, went to a birthday party yesterday and pulled out my new camera to…The H55 takes great outdoor pictures and the panoramic mode is awesome, but indoor it SUCKS. Read more ›
Th…I don't know enough about cameras to explain why this Sony takes such horrible photos on Auto or Easy mode, but if you're a novice shooter like me, don't get this camera. Read more ›
1) Easily portable (fits in a jacket/jeans pocket) 2) 10x optical zoom is nice and maybe its strongest feature. 3) Decent array of settings to appeal to those who want to… Read more ›
I have owned and used this camera for a few years now and have found some…Most pictures taken without zoom are excellent, especially ones of people and stationary objects. Read more ›
a good camera in this price range .. day pics r great, zoom is good, low light pics not that good... Read more ›
I loved this camera and still loving it.. it takes awesome photos and the zoom is very nice... Read more ›
The Intelligent Auto is amazing…You get quite a few manual options (for a non-professional camera) and the zoom is the BEST I've ever seen in any point-and-shoot camera! Read more ›
This little…The zoom works great and has sold me on the need for a longer zoom even in a pocket camera, and the stabilization worked wonders with my high-action family. Read more ›
The Video Quality on the High Definition VIdeo Camera is superb. I used my little handheld Sony to shoot some video for a marketing piece for my company, and people can't… Read more ›
3- I've never seen a better panorama mode. 4- Video Quality is great at day time. Read more ›
The videos are always perfect, and that helps if you enjoy enjoy sharing them with others and you've had the experience of friends scoffing at your shaky videos, which they… Read more ›
Th…The zoom is really good the video quality was good and you can zoom while recording. the paneramic view feature was really useful at some of the locations i was visiting. Read more ›
I finally decided to buy this model (about 7 months ago), and…The pictures almost always come out crystal clear, and the videos are smooth and with excellent audio quality. Read more ›
Video quality was superb, best ever on a pocket camera for this reviewer. Even in low light concert situations it surpassed expectations. Read more ›
The pictures are amazing and the videos are breathtaking! It is small and very easy to use in all modes. I highly recommend this to anyone at any level of need. Read more ›
Have used it on two family vacations already. Very compact and easy to use. Read more ›
great camera. great zoom. easy to use. clear pic. i would recommend this camera for anyone. Sony cameras never disappoint. Read more ›
Takes great pictures and is easy to use. You must remove the battery to charge it, that is the only drawback I have noticed. Read more ›
It is all it says and more. Very easy to use!! The picture is quality is amazing. Read more ›
A month ago I got this camera. It is good constructed, handy and easy to use. It comes with ion battery, it's available to make 250 shots+20 min HD video. Read more ›
Ruined our holiday and son's 10th birthday…Outdoor shots are decent, especially if the subject is perfectly still, color is good- you will always need to use flash indoors. Read more ›
The I Auto is fabulous! I haven't had any blurring photos. the pictures are AMAZING and colors are AMAZING. i Love it. I don't have anything negative to say. the price and… Read more ›
This camera has an excellent Optical 10X zoom, images are crisp, clear and the colors are brilliant. Video looks great when played in my laptop. Read more ›
The older Sony Cybershot I had had a color menu in the Program function that enabled you to choose Black and White, Sepia, Vivid, and Natural color modes, but this model… Read more ›
Takes great pictures in bright light. Almost no delay, crisp colors, great pics. My only complaints - when you zoom in more than about 5x (the camera goes to 10x), the… Read more ›
With that said, it was a good buy for my wife that does not want to know that particulars about taking good pictures, but just wants a camera that will take good snap shots… Read more ›
Anything over 80 (lowest) ISO speed begins to seriously degrade image quality. To counter that drawback, the lens is fast 2.0 so can give good shots in low light situations. Read more ›
There is a focus issue as well, particularly in low light. The lens is excellent, but the sensor stinks. Program modes are not reliable. Read more ›
The camera handles quite nicely and is very easy to navigate. The wide angle lens is fantastic at this price. As a pro I would have spent a couple hundred on the lens alone. Read more ›
On the plus side, this camera has a very nice lens. But it is totally Read more ›
Purchased this camera recently and used it for a weekend. Good: Zoom, sharp lens, good stablization, good colors in bright light, movies in good light, auto macro. Bad:… Read more ›
In normal light and 1 to 3X focal length, they are for the most part equal with Sony having the edge. At max telephoto the sharper lens of the Panasonic makes itself known. I… Read more ›
I'm glad that I bought this camera because it takes great pictures and the relation between quality and price is really good. Read more ›
I give it a 4 star rating considering the few cons listed above. It is definitely a good value for the money and recommended. Read more ›
I own this camera for a while now, and I must say that I don't have to repent on my decision. Its great value for money. It takes great pictures in well lit conditions, for… Read more ›
We were in the right store and the right time. Not only was it marked down but marked down to a awesome price! I would highly recommend this camera by far! Read more ›
First of all for $225 and free shipping this camera awesome for the price. I'm thinking that i should of went with a lower megapixel camera, to me if it makes any sense to… Read more ›
Remember that the "weakest link in the chain" for photography is always THE LENS! With or without 14 megapixel resolution, this camera is a very good value. I bought this… Read more ›
I have used the zoom to take a picture of a truck that I couldn't read the writing on. The built-in flash is great. The 3" screen let me read what was on the truck with ease. Read more ›
The camera has some nice features but also some problems. First the flash is too strong. The photos with the flash at a normal distance come out too white. Read more ›
I've played around with different settings like changing the iso setting, but I'm still not satisfied. Also, the flash is too strong and washes out color. Go to a store… Read more ›
If you don't want to mess…I have taken pictures in almost complete darkness that came out perfect without too much brightness from the flash to cause a "white out" effect. Read more ›
Battery life has been awesome and I have not had any issues with the battery dying too soon. I did purchase a spare battery as a backup. Read more ›
Camera has a number of good features, namely an x10 zoom, 3" LCD screen, panoramic picture taking,…Battery life is decent - 2 or 3 days of rather intensive picture taking. Read more ›
While I am on the subject of batteries, I need to mention. The battery charger is a cute little thing. The part of the plug that actually goes into the wall will fold into… Read more ›
Highly recommended, a distinct notch above typical point and shoot cameras. Insane good battery life and file space with 8G card. I really only use auto-mode and it works… Read more ›
It's a decent camera - full…The image quality on the lcd is very good; the actual image on the computer is less stellar but for around $150, I can't really complain. I… Read more ›
A little expensive and heavier than W380 with same 14 MP. Its 3" LCD is a plus. So is the panoramic picture taking routine that takes the drudgery out of stitching… Read more ›
I'm very happy with this camera, it has the option of intelligent auto adjustment, which is very usefull to take pictures quickly and for…The 3.0 inch LCD is fantastic. T… Read more ›
The subject will be long or curved. For instance, I took a picture with my son and his body is HUGE and his head is SMALL. Another time, my husband and I were taking a… Read more ›
The SDHC memory card slot is more popular…The DSC-H55s 10x wide (25mm equivalent) lens takes better shots from greater distances and wider landscapes in a compact body. T… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

196 of 208 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on March 29, 2010
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Having owned many pro-level cameras in the past, it was difficult for me to find a solid and versatile point-and-shoot. This camera has everything I was looking for and just a bit more.

I am impressed with the amount of control the H55 gives me.
Panoramic imaging built in (its nice to see the results right away rather than just eyeballing it) .
Image quality - wow @ 14MP, the images are gorgeous.
Color accuracy is great with good lighting.
The camera handles quite nicely and is very easy to navigate.
The wide angle lens is fantastic at this price. As a pro I would have spent a couple hundred on the lens alone.
Excellent range on zoom. I was quite happily surprised.
Battery life seems much more adequate than the W330 I previously purchased and returned.

The flash is far from balanced and seems too hot to be used for fill. I'm new on this camera and I'm used to pro-level equipment, so I'm sure I'm expecting too much here. That, or I just don't yet have the hang of it.
Color accuracy breaks down at lower light levels. Since I didn't have a real meter with me, I couldn't tell at which precise number breakdown begins to occur. I would guess around 4 lux is about as good as it gets. Beyond around that, it gets pretty noisy. I'll experiment with some night shooting when I have it on a tripod. But I won't get my hopes up.
Doesn't seem to allow you to manually close the lens. Not a dealbreaker, but it would seem a fairly simple feature to offer.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Everything´s Possible on March 29, 2010
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This camera has an excellent Optical 10X zoom, images can be seen clearly and with rich colours. Also using the 20X digital zoom photos have many details, you can apreciate like lines in a wall or symbols in a stone. 720p video looks great when played in my laptop and it does not have blur or moving lines like in other camera's brands, thanks for the mp4 format, very, very portable. Nice panoramic photos, I use them as wallpapers. Only one thing I couldn't do with this camera was shooting the moon or filming it, may be I have to
read the manual with more calm. SD Cards supported, nice move!
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 3, 2010
Good: outdoor lighting, fantastic - nice color saturation, quick response, sharp images, panoramic motion interesting
Bad: slow, slow, slow in low light or indoor conditions

There was a noticeable lag especially in lower lighting when the flash went off. I have never returned a camera, and this one went back. I was disappointed in the indoor condition performance as compared to previous W-series Sony Cybershots and Canon PowerShots especially. I returned the H55 for a Canon S90. It's too bad because the outdoor lighting photos came out beautifully.
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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Umesh K. Dubey on April 1, 2010
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I have been looking for a replacement to my previous Sony 5.1 MP camera for which i paid the same amount that I paid for this camera. It's amazing to see a sea change in the quality of the pictures especially under relatively lower light conditions and outdoors. The zoom is outstanding. I can agree with the previous reviewer that the picture blurs, but I have a different take. If the object moves or if the hand shakes a little. In my view this is OK becasue multi-burst function has been disabled by default. But, I have taken moving pictures and it comes out fine most of the time.

A word of caustion that do not purchase this camera primarily becasue it has HD recording. The picture quality of HD recording indoor under medium to low light is noisy. And even in outdoor, the movie function can't replace what a full blown HD camcorder can do.

I recommed this camera to anyone who is looking for shooting great quality indoor/outdoor pictures. The smaller pocket size of the camera is really a big plus compared to it's predecessor, H-20 model.

I haven't utilized all it's features. I will right more when get to know more about this camera. One last thing that the black plastic housing looks cheap. I wish Sony had added some metal and hardness to the body of the camera. Overall, I give it 5 stars becasue the camera excels in its bottom line functionality which is to take excellent shots.

Well, I have some bad news. After a week of use, I noticed that the camera is washing away the colors if the person is wearing lighter colored clothings like light blue, light green, light yellow, or cream colors. It happens when taking pictures indoor. The lighers-colors in iMode settings don't come exactly the same. They appear whashed away. I am having a second thoughts about this camera. Not to mention that the outdoor pictures are perfect and even the indoor pictures are great if the person is in dark colored clothes.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Skilton on May 24, 2010
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This has been covered to death, so a few brief comments on my personal experience. I bought this to use as a point-&-shoot, and did not expect to get more than I paid for, but was pleasantly surprised.

1 - extremely easy to set up and use. Charge the battery, install a media card, and turn it on.

2 - Battery / memory card door is pretty cheesy.

3 - takes good pictures. pics have good color and brightness, need little to no post-processing.

4 - low light pictures are -really- good (for low-light pictures), waay better than I expected. Bravo twilight mode.

5 - panorama mode works well and is priceless if you do much shooting in tight quarters, or of large groups - however, no zoom. Wide-angle only, which maximizes cylindrical distortion. I still love it.

6 - I do mostly stills and had little interest in movie mode. Very much appreciated saving $100+ from the HX5V.

7 - Works as advertised. If this is what you want, buy with confidence.
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