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Sony Cyber-shot DSCH50 9.1 MP Digital Camera with 15x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot

by Sony
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  • Smile Shutter technology captures smiles
  • Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization
  • HD Photo Viewing capability
  • Face Detection controls flash/focus/exposure/white bal
  • 15x Optical zoom/30x digital zoom
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Technical Details

  • image-stabilization

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.4 x 4.6 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00154MCRO
  • Item model number: DSC-H50/B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,438 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 29, 2008

Product Description

Smile Shutter technology captures smiles.Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization .HD Photo Viewing capabilit. Face Detection controls flash/focus/exposure/white bal.15x optical zoom/30x digital zoom.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I am sure that it will break within the first yeat. The picture quality is outstanding and it is still one of the easiest point and shoot cameras on the market. I take over… Read more ›
It's a good camera, but the images are better in the camera than the computer. The stabilization of images is not good too. Also the quality of the picture is not good. Read more ›
I will admit that in extremely lo-light conditions the dark areas of the pictures…But that ok because in every other setting the pictures are beautiful, clear, and crisp. Read more ›
The slide show feature of pictures is a good feature. Read more ›
The zoom feature is really a plus. And the pictures are very clear. We find another great feature everytime we use it. Read more ›
I have had this camera for a couple of weeks now and I think it is fantastic. Pictures are clear and sharp. Read more ›
When I use the full zoom the clarity on the LCD screen and the capability to move it in different angles…Macro options also is amazing because the picture have pro quality. Read more ›
When I turned to manual mode, the settings were easy to use, and I was able to make some great images. I'll post some pictures of fireworks and animals that I took using… Read more ›
This Sony model is really amazing, the pics is of great quality, features are too many and useful at the same time. The 15X optical zoom is the most feature i love about… Read more ›
This is my first Sony cam, and I am SO GLAD I went with it. The canon DOES have more options, but the sony is great for ease of use, the menu is easier for me to navigate. T… Read more ›
I recieved the camera on the 2nd of April. It has alot of great features, it's preety fast and takes preety good photos. I still love my Olympus but i needed something that… Read more ›
I would recommend this camera to all intermediate users who do not want to move for a DSLR but want a good camera which takes real…Has got an excellent night mode shoot. Read more ›
Takes good pics. zoom works good but it eats the batteries wish it used AA I would recommend except for the battery issue. Read more ›
The zoom is incredible and while people have complained about the irregular size of the ring/hood, it really makes no difference to me since I plan to simply use the camera… Read more ›
This camera met my expectations perfectly. The zoom is powerful and the remote control is very useful for those who need to shoot without the help of others. Read more ›
I looked into the H50 and the side grip takes care of that problem, which is the main reason I bought this. The 15X zoom is wonderfull too. No need to carry a lot of… Read more ›
I wish I could slip it into my purse but the finished quality is more important to me. The zoom is also amazing. Read more ›
I wanted aperture mode and a large zoom range. The zoom works very well, and the camera takes excellent photos (though I still prefer the 5D). There are three drawbacks. Read more ›
Once gripe, I wish it had WIFI connectivity, otherwise I would highly recommend this Sony 15x Digital Camera to any photographer looking for a good all around with a big… Read more ›
It's better than the one I had previously. This one has better features and a lot easier to use. Read more ›
This is the best Camera, very easy to use,great pictures... wish i would have bought it before i wasted money on others!!! Read more ›
It's simple to use and if you want to kick it up a knotch, there are tons of features (for which I have no idea the extent of this since I use the simple point and shot… Read more ›
And, in fully automated mode my camera produces average quality, blurry pictures when I take them…I am planning to sell it and buy something else which is much easy to use. Read more ›
Takes a great picture and fairly easy to use, however the battery on this camera is dead every time I use it. I don't find the display easy to use either. Read more ›
Photos of moving objects are well defined and stop action seems to…The super steady shot is great, it really prevents blurring and the viewfinder or screen option is great. Read more ›
It also has a remote control, you can even create smiles with it's on-camera editing options. The screen size is just great (although I prefrer to use the finder). The 15x… Read more ›
I was frustrated by how misleading the LCD screen…A picture would look perfect on the LCD screen, and I'd even zoom in a bit to make sure the image was sharp and in-focus. Read more ›
Very easy to use in the two automatic modes, plenty of manual controls for creative input. An ultra clear 3" LCD. When you pick this up and take a few shots and then… Read more ›
You get a shoulder strap, a lens hood and an attachment ring thingee (not sure what its for yet.) The HUGE lcd on the back pivots and is staggering clear & bright. The OS… Read more ›
The large LCD screen is great although it is hard to see in bright sunlight. I still loved the screen and the fact that it rotates up and down. Read more ›
I LOVE this camera. The Carl Zeiss lens is awesome. Most of the time I don't have a clue what I'm doing with this camera but it doesn't seem to care. Read more ›
The DSC-H50 offers some…The optical viewfinder mirrors the view through the lens and is clear and sharp enough to compose a photo, or to make sure you got the optimum shot. Read more ›
If you forget to take the cap off before you turn the camera on the lens will move out & pop the lens cap off. Its such a nice camera it should have a nicer lens cap. All… Read more ›
Very fast. The best auto digital cam with a great lens. Even if objects mooving pictures are great. Read more ›
I realize the D SLR's have larger sensors and would have opted for one of those, except I didn't want to have a…Plus the multiple lenses is expensive and a bit of a pain. Read more ›
Now, if you are looking for something just to point and…But if you want some more, like better lens, different speeds and ISO control, this is the one for starting with. Read more ›
Overall, it does what it says. I looked at all the digital review sites and found that this was great value at the price band I was looking at. I'd used an older Sony… Read more ›
It takes great pictures, I think I need to know the camera better, I am an amateur. So far so good, simple, elegant,has a good price, and quality. Read more ›
Overall, I'm excited about my Sony DSCH50 digital camera and Amazon had the best price (along with free shipping). What a pair! Read more ›
THIS CAMERA ROCKS! Not only was it a great price, but the camera has an unreal list of features. My husband loves the 15x zoom, and the 9.1 megapixels. Read more ›
This camera only uses the "infoLithium" style batterys, DO NOT purchase a cheaper one from…I will tell you that Buy.com had the best price for this battery (sorry Amazon). Read more ›
If you are an ameture, want a great Digicam for taking great pics in a decent price... this is the choice for you... Read more ›
Even after my dog chewed on it a little lol It's been going strong for several years and I'm not looking to replace it before it dies. Battery life is excellent too. I… Read more ›
I'm sure if I knew how to properly use the other modes they would be fantastic :) The battery life is good and seems to charge quickly. We've had this camera for 3 years… Read more ›
The battery life is good so far. Not as good as a point and shoot, but I can use the camera everyday for several days, a few shots here and there, before I have to charge… Read more ›
I have used it in snowy conditions and beach conditions and it functioned fine. Battery life is very good. Picture quality is good provided you do not "over zoom". Read more ›
The accessories are nice (the battery charger is good, the remote is cool, the lens adapter a nice add on.) But if I can't get good pictures, what good are the accessories? Read more ›
The battery charge is not very durable when doing short movies. The quality of the movies is great, but the battery charge goes down vertically when taking them. I have a… Read more ›
I love how I can either choose auto or do the settings myself. The video quality is good. Its a better camera than a video camera. Read more ›
Believe it or not, I used the movie mode to record my brother's wedding and made a whole wedding DVD out of it! The quality of the video is really good. It still look… Read more ›
really like being able to crop the pictures on the camera- gives you the option to zoom while…the video options are fun- can record in b/w, sepia, and a few other colors Read more ›
This one has it and now I can take shots of our pond in the Spring with the frogs & toads serenading with their little throats throbbing. Taking video is great too. I would… Read more ›
The video taking ability of this camera is very good. The video is sharp and clear and looks like it came from a camcorder. Read more ›
No words, trust me .. i have used it for 1 year... i have amazing pics and videos.. i have learnt photography i should say. Read more ›
This Sony camera is compact,lightweight,and takes great photos. Great zoom,much better than most cameras,the overall performance is awsome! Read more ›
The DSC-H50 may be of interest to more demanding photographers who are looking for a…Macro performance is excellent, and the "Steady Shot" technology appears to work well. Read more ›
- Generally good image quality - Excellent macro performance - Effective image stabilization Read more ›
The image stabilization system works very well as does the…I have also been impressed with the performance of the Macro mode, especially as I like to photograph flowers. Read more ›
First, there is the ever-present hope that this new model may move us closer to that "gold standard" camera of our imagination, the point-and-shoot camera that rivals DSLR… Read more ›
BUT, in good light this camera takes excellent shots and the zoom/stabilization works really well. You can freehand some really good shots at 15x zoom for an affordable… Read more ›
The DSCH50 is an excellent product with a large…The image stabilization system works very well as does the night mode for taking shots in limited light without flash. I… Read more ›
Face Detection is good, although I don't see myself using this option much. Very good image stabilization. Macro mode is great. Read more ›
I just have to keep…So overall this camera is a great point and shoot with a great zoom with excellent image stabilization that also allows a good amount of manual control. Read more ›
I bought an extra battery to make sure I never got caught without power, and it wasn't necessary, but it never…The focus is fast so we rarely missed what we were after. I… Read more ›
Tap…The face recognition feature is great for giving you an idea of where the camera is focusing, so you can still get nice focus via zooming in and out slightly to adjust. Read more ›
This really came in handy when I had to take very close-up…The pictures I took were perfectly focused, something many of the students in my class had a hard time with. -… Read more ›
Expect much more quality…I have uploaded low light shots as well as macro shots to get a fair idea of the camera's capability at high ISO as well as macro focus range. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

359 of 360 people found the following review helpful By Ray TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 20, 2008
The Sony DSC-H50 Cybershot camera has generated significant interest in the photographic community for a number of reasons. First, there is the ever-present hope that this new model may move us closer to that "gold standard" camera of our imagination, the point-and-shoot camera that rivals DSLR performance in terms of picture quality, containing a single lens that spans all the way from a true wide-angle to high telephoto range, with good overall performance, customizable features, and low weight. Then, there is the large, bright, and articulated screen that so many photographers desire, yet is strikingly absent from most recent models. And, of course, there is the interest always garnered in the technology upgrades that new models typically possess, such as support for ever-larger memory cards, more sophisticated processor algorithms, and improved photographic features that help make everyday photo-taking easier and more successful.

After owning this camera for a few days, I can report that from the usability standpoint, the DSC-H50 is a gem. The camera is lightweight, easy to hold, and has a comfortable grip. Sony's implementation of a bright, clear, articulating 3-inch LCD screen makes the camera particularly easy to use, and only a short time using the camera is required to find that the camera's shape "works." Controls are laid out in clear, easy to understand manner, and users of previous Cybershot models will recognize the trademark Sony approach to controls on point and shoot cameras. A new, self-explanatory menu system explains each menu option, and the system is mastered in short time. The camera feels solid and well-built in spite of its light 15-oz. weight.
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115 of 116 people found the following review helpful By T. Riley on May 12, 2008
Okay, so I originally had a Sony Mauvica digital camera. That was my first taste of Sony camera's. My husband and I decided that the Carl Zeiss name was enough to invest in a camera. That camera was amazing. I then went to the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 because I wanted something smaller and those little bitty pocket cameras came out from everywhere. That is a good camera as well, but nothing like the mauvica and especially this H50. I was a little worried buying this camera because it had so little reviews out there. I'm glad I did. It's really great. The zoom feature is wonderful. I have children and we really need a good zoom for their school concerts and musicals. I have tried this zoom in every atmosphere I can think of. It does so good outside. The steady feature is great because I don't always have a steady hand. Inside in low light, the zoom is good and doesn't look too grainy on the computer unless you zoom into the picture really close. Good for printing 8 x 10's. I haven't tried anything over that.

The portrait mode is fabulous. I love taking close up pictures of flowers, the kids and animals with this.

The new smile detecting feature is really cool. I didn't really think it would work, but it does. I tried this by having my kids not smiling and then waiting a second to smile. It does seem to detect a smile. There is a setting you can change to detect smiles, low, medium and high. It is suppose to have an editing feature to be able to add smiles after you take the picture... I couldn't get this to work. If I do get it to work, I will add more later.

The editing program that this camera has is very cool.
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171 of 180 people found the following review helpful By XtraBlu on June 7, 2008
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...I'm ambivalent about this camera. I loved the earlier version (the DSC-H2) which I'm still using, but decided to replace it because the viewfinder isn't working well.

About the camera:

I bought the camera to have an all-purpose camera light enough to take backpacking (which my digital SLR with it's lenses isn't). It's a little bulky, but light (although it feels sturdy) and it's versatile enough to take long-distance wildlife shots or macros of flowers in virtually the same moment.

The camera takes very good photos, but is not a huge change from the earlier version of this camera, even though it has half again as many megapixels. If the ISO is left on auto, as it is when using the fully automatic modes, I find the photos can be noisy, which may be part of the problem other reviewers are describing. I recommend using the adjustable settings, like the "P" program and setting the ISO on 80 or 100 to keep noise level to a minimum, especially in outdoor light. This camera has settings for in-camera noise reduction, which I don't use since I prefer using computer software for noise removal if it's necessary. This series of camera excels at outstanding macros. The image stabilization works well on the zoom, and long distance photos taken with the zoom are generally very good.

The menus are very easy to see and navigate, in fact I've barely read the instruction manual because it is so self-explanatory. The DSC-H50 offers some manual controls including shutter and aperture settings, which is great for more advanced users. The optical viewfinder mirrors the view through the lens and is clear and sharp enough to compose a photo, or to make sure you got the optimum shot.
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