Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 7.2MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilization Zoom
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- 7.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
- 3.0-inch LCD display; 12x Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization
- High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 1000) lets you shoot without flash in low-light conditions
- Capture VGA (640 x 480) audio-video clips at up to 30 frames per second
- Stores images on Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO media only (includes 32 MB internal memory); powered by 2 AA-size batteries (2 NiMH batteries and charger supplied)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,000|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||Multi-point 3 area (selectable)|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2|
|Item Dimensions||3.19 x 3.62 x 4.25 inches|
|Item Weight||1.08 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||2 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F3.7|
|Maximum Focal Length||432 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,072|
|Minimum Focal Length||36 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||7.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Removable Memory||Memory Stick|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (2) batteries (NiMH rechargables included)|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG VX|
|Video Capture Resolution||MPEG VX (640 x 480, 8/16/30 fps, unlimited) with audio|
Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 7.2MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilization Zoom: 7.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints. 3.0-inch LCD display; 12x Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization. High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 1000) lets you shoot without flash in low-light conditions. Capture VGA (640 x 480) audio-video clips at up to 30 frames per second. Stores images on Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO media only (includes 32 MB internal memory); powered by 2 AA-size batteries (2 NiMH batteries and charger supplied).
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GOOD: This camera was inexpensive, but appears to be well-built and very comfortable to hold. It's like my hand just fits it perfectly. I've had no issues with my thumb hitting anywhere but the well-placed thumb rest. Now that is my hand (female), so a larger hand may not have the same experience. Upon reviewing the online manual, wow, this camera can do a lot and offers tons of customizing options for people wanting to expand their photographic creativity. But for the purpose of this evaluation, I'm leaving it in all Auto. mode and merely pointing and shooting. The Auto mode appears to do a very nice job overall; color is good... not overly warm or cool, good saturation, good focusing, and the lens is likewise good at capturing accurate and sharp snapshots. The zoom is awesome; even at 12x, the image stabilizing works well and I could get a sharp pic even hand held!
BAD: Yes, CA (purple fringing) does appear in some high contrast samples. So I just cropped those areas out since they were not relevant to the shot. Now keep in mind... this is not a DSLR. Not by a long shot... so if you are going to pixel peep or grind your teeth into nubs over some fringing effects... get a better and more expensive camera. This is really a nice point and shoot with lots of ways to have fun with it in a creative manner. It is not a pro camera nor does it cost the same as a pro camera. Sharpness, remember this is talking about Auto mode with no adjustments... all default settings... is good. Not great. But good. For a photo to be printed in a 4x6 or 5x7 print... very nice. Take the photo in your basic Windows photo editing program and click on "enhance" or "sharpen" and voila... really nice, sharp image. Indoor shots were good; I had no issue with white balance or focus. I even took a picture of my hibiscus bush in pitch black darkness (see pic below of green leafy bush) and the focus and shot was amazing!
So in summary, I like this camera. It's perfect for my father. It's a nice, easy to handle, long zoom camera that does most things well and would please most casual shooters. Pros will complain and pick it apart... but hey, it is what it is; a point and shoot camera with a long zoom. Would I trade it for my R1... you'd have to shoot me to get my R1! But would I take this camera to a family dinner or to take pics of a parade? Absolutely. Just know what you are getting... ask yourself the purpose you would like this camera to fill... and have fun with it!
The camera fits the hand very nicely, is well balanced and looks very nice. Picking the camera up will take a little getting used to, my fingers press other buttons when doing this, like the menu button and zoom. No biggie, they turn off easy enough.
At first look, my impression was, "Wow! What a large screen you have." I'm a little leary about getting it scratched. I have nice, large screen protectors for my PDA and plan on putting one on the camera screen ASAP. That said, its a beautiful screen.
Its going to take a while to learn how to use them all. That I can tell. Its loaded with features and has a lot of versatility. With that comes a long learning curve. First glance at the manual tells me that you can't learn them by just reading, it will also take some doing.
I wish that the camera was able to plug in to a AC/DC converter to save batteries when learning to use or when downloading pictures, etc. I used a lot of energy just sitting in my chair playing with the many features. However, its nice having rechargeable AA batteries versus something proprietary. They aren't expensive, I bought a second set, just for this sort of reason.
I'm shooting (for now) at 3:2. I like printing 4X6 borderless without losing edges. The few pictures I've already taken look very nice indeed. That will also take practice. I do notice a little of the purple fringing that I've heard about. It only seems noticable when there are bright lights in the picture, so it seems manageable.
I'm extremly happy with this camera thus far and haven't ran across anything to make me want to reduce it from 5 stars at this point. Good job Sony.
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