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great outdoor, not so great indoor,
This review is from: 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) (Electronics)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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Initial post: May 18, 2010 2:49:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2010 2:50:44 PM PDT
Val Johnson says:
I suspect you are not using the camera correctly. From you description it sounds like the lag you are referring to is due to the mode selection on the camera (aka Night mode) where the flash acts as a filler but the shutter is open longer to absorb all the natural light to give it more realistic look and keep foreground lit. This mode is good for taking pics when want to capture outside lighting (like city scapes, christmas lights, etc) as normal auto mode will just use fill flash which will not be able to reach far enough. Maybe the camera is automatically switching to this mode (intelligent auto), which is why you are experiencing lag (and most likely blur from movement/motion as a result of longer shutter speed). I would try setting to P mode and sellecting basic fill flash (and not Slow Sync as described here --> http://www.digicamhelp.com/taking-photos/
Posted on Dec 13, 2010 11:48:01 PM PST
Good choice of replacement for the H55. Canon s90 is simply a champ (compared to the H55... or any other compacts hampered by f/3.5) in low-lite photography. I RARELY used the flash on my s90 indoors. My co-worker is shaking his head in photo-comparison against my s90, eventhough he purchased a refurb h55 at sony's site for around $150.
You get what you paid for.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 5:45:40 PM PST
Oh, the H55 is just fine in low light if you know how to work it!
Posted on Jan 11, 2011 12:11:18 PM PST
I just don't understand how you can compare the s90 with the h55, they are two very different cameras for two very different purposes. Of course the s90 will be better indoors, but if you're looking for a camera that can take great, faraway, outdoor/well-lit shots, go for the h55. Once you figure out the settings, the indoor image quality is just fine (maybe not up to par with other, more low-light oriented cameras, but certainly not return-worthy!) Plus, for such a amall camera, the h55's zoom capabilities and picture quality are awesome!!
Posted on Mar 7, 2011 7:15:14 PM PST
L. E. says:
I agree, it is probably due to low lighting situations and the camera not being on the correct setting.
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