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3.0 out of 5 stars mostly pleased, August 28, 2009
This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20/B 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (Electronics)
After much research and trying out a few cameras (Panasonic Zs1 being its main competitor) I am settling for this sony H20. The picture quality in the H20 was just much more clear. The Panasonic Lumix Zs1 had inconsistent performance and I found some pictures to be very grainy and unpleasing. I was lured in by the Panasonic's wide angle lens and several scene selection modes, but in the end none of those matter if your picture is grainy and not of printable quality. The biggest positive about this camera is its consistently good picture quality and performance. I took this camera with me to Southeast Asia and was able to get good pictures out of a moving car and at all zooms both indoors and outdoors. I was able to get some stunning pics with the lumix but only at times and for each good pic I had about 20 bad ones, and when your traveling or trying to capture a moment you just don't have time to shoot 20-30 frames to get a good one. For this Sony camera to be truly perfect I really wish it had a wide angle lens, a panoramic assist function (like the Sony HX1 which is much bigger and not much better pic quality but the panoramic function is incredible), a more compact design with a built in lens cap and flash so the cap doesn't pop off every time you take a picture. I looked and looked for the perfect camera and with those added features this would be it, but for now I will settle for this camera and hopefully sony will add those functions and improve this camera in its next upgrade. If you are looking for a compact travel camera that is several steps up from the normal 3x zoom and takes consistently good crisp pictures in various settings I would recommend this camera. It is not nearly as bulky as DSLRs making it a very easy travel companion, and it takes better pics than the other competing cameras in its range as well as some mega zoom cameras.

UPDATE: November 2009-
Before I left on my trip to Turkey and Europe I ended up purchasing another camera, the Canon Sx10is. This camera was more expensive and bigger both things I was initially trying to fight against, but I am so glad I went for this extra investment because the pictures I have been able to take on my trip (panoramic and regular) have come out absolutely stunning, all on auto setting, and using the panoramic assist function. It is a little bulkier then the sony but it still fits in my purse and the results in the pic quality are incredible.I figure I will probably not come back to these places and get the opportunity to take stunning pics again, so the slightly more money and bulk ended up being no bother when I will have very memorable pictures to look back on my trips. Look for my review and uploaded pics on the canon powershot page. If you can afford it and can take slightly more bulk, this camera ended up being the ultimate winner for me, and was everything I was trying to force the sony to be. I wanted to offer this option to those who are looking for something a little more then the sony has to offer. check out this canon before deciding.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2009 1:33:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2009 1:33:48 PM PST
Jeffajab says:
I'm doing the research for my next camera and your review sums it up: the perfect high zoom point and shoot with HD video DOES NOT EXIST. I'm angry, tired and confused. Do I spend over $200 on a Sony and then have them fix the limitations you note (no wide angle, manual lens cap, etc.) in next year's version. Why doesn't someone make a top-notch FAMILY camera that takes both movies and photos of the kids (sports, vacations, etc). WHY NOT?????

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2009 9:47:54 AM PST
Indydi says:
I totally feel your pain, Jeffajab. I'm in the same boat, with the same frustration. Haven't bought anything yet, because I can't find what I'm looking for.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 1:59:26 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009 5:34:04 AM PST
sheeroses says:
Hey Jeffajab,
I know its super frustrating to find the right camera, it took me so much time it took away from my trip planning. I dont know if you've seen my update to this post, but I would recommend checking out the Canon Sx10Is. It fixes most of the limitations for me that the sony had and I am much happier with it and very happy that I bought it before traveling. It has been a great camera to have on hand. It was a bit more expensive but because I am seeing so many things I probably wont see again it was worth the little extra money to catch these moments that won't happen again. I am really happy with the canon and I'm glad I returned the Sony since I was settling with it and not fully happy. Check out my review for the Canon and some of the pics I posted. Good luck to you and Diane I hope you find the right camera too. There really is no perfect one out there, but I'm finally happy with what I have.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 10:15:01 AM PST
I was in a similar boat 5 years ago. I had 3 Nikon Fs, and 2 Nikkormats, plus 10 lens. But I was being transferred to China where I had to walk the next 5 years. So I bit the bullet and bought the Sony W7. I returned last year with over 40,000 digital photos. At least 90% are internet quality, and I've made up to 8X10 prints that rival all my Nikons. So despite not finding the 'perfect' digital camera, these little things take amazing photos, and think about what 40,000 prints would have cost with film and developing! Unless you need poster-sized prints these cameras do their job amazingly well. BTW I haven't trashed any of the photos. Even those not of good quality are good enought to show you what was going on, when and where, and those add to my China experience.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 12:55:46 PM PST
I really feel your trashing of this camera is unjustified in your claim that it takes over 10 shots to get one good shot. My camera takes 9 good shots for one bad shot and I'm an average photographer.
You obviously have a problem, not the camera.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2010 4:54:35 PM PDT
R. Miller says:
She wasn't talking about THIS camera.......she was referring to the Lumix camera...NOT the H20!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2011 3:44:42 PM PST
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Posted on May 18, 2013 6:39:35 PM PDT
M. Bingham says:
Why in the heck would someone buy this camera then bitch about the other one. I bought this camera, despite your review. Get a blog.
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