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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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||2.7 in||2 in||2 in||2 in|
|Item Dimensions||3.62 x 4.25 x 3.19 in||4.81 x 5.1 x 3.74 in||2.13 x 1.97 x 0.87 in||2.99 x 4.45 x 3.07 in||3.62 x 4.25 x 3.19 in||5.59 x 5.55 x 3.39 in|
|Item Weight||1.08 lbs||1.3 lbs||4.48 ounces||1.12 lbs||1.08 lbs||1.62 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||7.2 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20 megapixels||6 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||10 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||MPEG VX (640 x 480, 8/16/30 fps, unlimited) with audio||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||640 x 480, 15/30 fps, 320 x 240 15/30/60 fps||MPEG VX (640 x 480, 8/16/30 fps, unlimited) with audio||848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 30 or 10 fps, audio, unlimited|
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!
I lost count of how many photos I took with my Sony DSC-H5, but it was over 20,000 total. I recently donated my camera during a trip to Brazil after realizing that it is time to move on. There are great things about this camera, but be well warned, IT IS NOT AN ADEQUATE CAMERA TO TAKE PHOTOS UNDER LOW LIGHT USING FLASH. The flash is very powerful, but the average flash photo will be overexposed. The flash's cycle time is enough to drive me crazy. You take a photo and have to wait too long for the flash to recharge. I was at my son's birthday party in Brazil, I wanted to take many photos of our friends and families. The first problem I had, as I mentioned above, is the fact that the flash was washing out people's skin tone. I realize that direct flash is terrible from any camera, but the H5 is worse than other cameras I've used before in terms of achieving poor results with flash when it comes to human subjects. They looked overexposed most of the time. I set it to manual, changed the flash compensation, asked my subjects to wait for another shot, then waited a while until the flash recharged and took the photo again. I noticed that people were running out of patience and didn't want to wait 10 seconds for the flash to recharge so I could retake the shot hoping their skin would look natural. When it was cake time, I missed the most important part of the party. I took a photo of my son blowing out the candles and, sure enough, his skin ton looked blown out, overexposed, horrible. Time to move on and get a camera with an attachment for an external flash.
- You can zoom in-and-out while in video mode. (I couldn't do this on previous Sony cameras)
- The big screen is awesome.
- The picture quality is awesome. Don't just look at the number of MP, the quality is what you need!!!
- Handles red-eye well... Yes, I have taken red-eye shots, but the number of red-eye shots is less than other cameras
- The picture preview is a separate button (no need to turn the dial). You can also turn the camera on with this button.
- Uses rechargeable AA batteries. This could be a negative because the battery life is less than other rechargeables, however you can easily pick-up AA batteries anywhere, so this is a positive.
- Pop-up flash takes a while to recharge. Not good if you need a quick second shot.
- The camera is actually smaller than expected. Some may consider this a positive, but I would actually prefer a slightly larger camera to more comfortably get my hands around it.
- The view finder is awkward. I don't use it (I just use the big screen), but if you prefer the view finder than this is definitely a negative.
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It is better than the DSC-H9 on image quality.
It is just a great buy for its image quality compared to DSC-H9.