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4.0 out of 5 stars Great camera with some minor flaws, May 14, 2012
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This review is from: Sony Cyber-Shot DSCH90/BBDL 16.1MP Camera with 16x Optical Zoom (Black Bundle) (Electronics)
I bought the bundle, which is a great deal. The case is simple but nice (and can store an extra memory card) and the 4GB card saves some money.

The camera itself has a tremendous amount of features, and takes very sharp pictures, even at extreme high zoom. The automatic setting is very clever, and makes smart decisions about lighting and flash--smarter than my 2-year-old Canon. Note: it's strange that a "force-flash" option is not allowed under full automatic mode, but hardly a deal-breaker as you can switch to partial-auto mode. The image stabilization is quite good.

The main con is the pop-up flash, which is annoying because my fingers tend to want to grip the camera there. Even 5 millimeters to the right and would have been no problem, but I suppose it was a compactness issue. The flash is quite powerful for a consumer camera.

Another silly issue is the included manual, which is horribly inadequate. Fortunately you can find a real manual online. The manual is needed because the camera has a lot of hidden complexity, especially if you want to use the top features.

Still, all and all, I'm quite happy with the value for the money, and to get 16x zoom in such a compact form.
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Initial post: May 15, 2012 7:25:44 AM PDT
does it work with mac

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 2:33:17 PM PDT
Leigh says:
The camera has a pre-installed software "Play Memories Home". This application is not compatible with Mac OS. If you play back images on a Mac, you will need to use the applications that are installed on your Mac. This is per the users guide, just bought the camera :)

Posted on May 30, 2012 11:43:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 11:49:41 PM PDT
Sh8un says:
Sony had to install pop-up flash. Because of the telephoto lens. If the flash was on the surface, then it will create the shadow on the object when the lens fully extended(Especially when you use telephoto on object that is near). By raising the flash higher, sony eliminated this problem. You can also see the pop-up flash on DSC-HX20v and DSC-HX30V because they all have high zoom.
But i agree with you, Sony could push the flash a little bit to the front and it's is a little bit annoying.
I hope this helped you feel better about your Camera.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 9:39:46 AM PDT
Josh says:
Can you use the digital zoom when shooting video?

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 1:30:47 PM PST
MysticJaguar says:
You didn't mention enough features or things you did, or didn't like; you are thoughtful and I'd like to hear more specifics.
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