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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 (Silver) (Electronics)
I got rid of my Fujifilm z10fd (7.2 MP) after being sick and tired of grainy pictures, even in brightly lit, outdoor conditions. Previous to that camera, I owned a Sony Cybershot DSC-S40, which was 4.1 MP camera that took fantastic pictures. I did a lot of research on dozens of point-and-shoots and I settled on this one for its affordable price, zoom range, and special features. Plus, I was really happy with my S40, so I was pretty confident with my decision to go with Sony.
Overall, I am very pleased with this camera's performance. Initially I was a bit disappointed, but I attribute that to playing around with a lot of DSLRs recently, and obviously there is no way that this DSC-H55 can match those in picture quality. Nevertheless, this camera has a lot of strong points that make it a great buy. Its best feature is its 10x optical zoom. At full zoom, you can still see the minutest details. The sweep panorama feature is a ton of fun to use. Performance in well-lit conditions are excellent, and the flash is powerful enough to illuminate a room when lighting is not sufficient. I am also very happy with the manual controls that Sony gives me. Becoming familiar with this is going to be very rewarding when it comes time to shoot in low-light conditions.
Sony's menu is intuitive and easy to use. Image stabilization works very well, the percentage of blurry pictures that come out is negligible. Also, red-eye isn't too bad on this camera. Every single picture I took with my fujifilm came out with a red-eye, which was extremely irritating. Boy am I happy those days are over. The smile shutter feature is fun to experiment with. Not really a necessity, but most of my friends who have snatched this camera out of my hands have been in awe.
Lastly, the camera itself looks great. The silver color looks sleek, and its size is fairly small for the power and features it includes. Not as tiny as the Sony W series cameras or the compact Canon powershots out there, but it is certainly pocketable. It also very lightweight considering its size.
A few minor gripes: Even though this camera uses the Sony G lens, I was really hoping that it was made with a Carl Zeiss lens instead. G lenses are used on Sony's alpha DSLR cameras, so this does not bother me too much. Also, it would be great to have an optical viewfinder. But what new digital camera has those nowadays...
Those minor annoyances are not enough to make me return this camera. I am very pleased with its performance.
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Initial post: Aug 14, 2010 12:48:06 PM PDT
MICHAEL E GILL says:
I once had a friend with a much earlier model Cybershot. The thing that impressed me was the ability to take shots in almost total darkness when using flash. As a Mom of two active sons we need that quality a lot as well as fast action wrestling and soccer abilities for a point and shoot. What do you think about this one vs Canon's new Powershot with 14x zoom? Thanks for a great review! Lisa Gill
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