Sony DSC-H10 Review

By Movable Type Admin


Review posted 9/5/2008


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The new Sony Cybershot H10 uses a powerful Carl Zeiss 10x optical zoom lens with Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization to capture action at a distance. The lens yields sharp, high-contrast images and reduces color fringing, even when shooting in telephoto ranges.

Its improved "advanced sports" shooting mode now employs a system to apply higher shutter speeds, up to 1/4000 of a second, more frequently than on previous models. This mode combines high shutter speeds with predictive continuous auto-focusing so you can quickly focus and capture fast-moving subjects with minimal shutter lag - basically the time it takes for the camera to focus and shoot.

The large, bright 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus display, and an anti-reflective coating provides for excellent visibility to help you compose, view, and share photos with superb clarity and color reproduction, even in bright sunlight.

The H-series cameras incorporate selectable in-camera editing functions so you can spend more time on the field and less time behind a computer. Equipped with Sony's new Dynamic Range Optimizer, originally developed for the Alpha digital SLR system, the new cameras can analyze captured image data and instantly determine the best exposure and tonality of each picture before JPEG compression. A new D-Range Optimizer (DRO) plus mode applies a high image correction algorithm to retrieve more picture detail in bright highlights and dark shadows.

Other helpful features include five color modes that provide the same effects via in-camera image processing that are typically achieved with colored lens filters; in-camera editing features; advanced in-camera image management functions; improved slide show functions with longer music files; and HD component output for viewing photos on a compatible HDTV set.

The cameras use 31MB of internal memory, which can be expanded further with an optional Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo card, available in capacities up to 8 gigabytes. A high-speed USB 2.0 port provides connectivity with Windows and Mac computers for fast transfers of images and movies. You can make high-quality prints by simply connecting the camera to any PictBridge compatible photo printer.



DSC-H10 Major Features:

  • Sony 8.1 Megapixel effective CCD image sensor
  • Carl Zeiss 10x Zoom (38-380mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
  • Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization fights motion blur, even during longer exposures at full zoom.
  • MPEG Movie: 640x480 VX Fine w/audio at 30fps (Memory Stick Duo Pro required),
    640x480 VX at 16fps, approx 10 minutes.
  • Auto, Program AE and Manual Exposure
  • Live histogram display in capture and playback
  • 9 Area Multi-point AF; Monitoring AF
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen (230,000 pixels)
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200) allows you to shoot with great results in low-light conditions
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Forced On and Off, Red Eye Reduction and Slow Synchro
  • USB 2.0 high speed Auto-Connect to host computer
  • Powered by NP-BG1 rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • 31MB internal memory plus Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro compatible
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible



Bundled Accessories: Rechargeable Battery - NP-BG1, Battery Charger - BC-CSGB,Multi Connector Cable - USB, AV, Power Cord, Shoulder strap, Lens Cap, Lens Cap Strap, Lens Hood, Lens Adaptor Ring, CD-ROM Software
Note: No Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media or adaptors are included.


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The Cyber-shot DSC-H10 and a CD for size comparison.











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Sony DSC-H10 Specifications

Image Device: 1/2.5" Super HAD™ CCD 8.1-Megapixel
Still Image Sizes: 8M
3:2
5M
3M
VGA
16:9  
Recording Media: 31MB of internal memory
Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO Media
Zoom: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 10X, 6.3 - 63mm (38-380mm equivalent in 35mm)
F3.5-F8(W)
Conversion lens: Yes
Smart Zoom Technology: 5M:Approx.12x(Total), 3M:Approx.15x(Total), VGA:Approx.51x(Total), 16:9(2M):Approx.17x(Total)
Auto Focus:9 Area Multi-Point AF, Monitoring AF
Shutter Speed: Auto (1/4 - 1/2,000)
Program Auto (1" - 1/2,000)
Manual (30" - 1/2,000)
Aperture Range: Auto( F3.5/8.0(W)), Program auto( F3.5/8.0(W)), Manual(F3.5/8.0(W))
Exposure Metering: Multi-pattern check
Center-weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Viewfinder: N/A
Color LCD: 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus display
Flash Modes: Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Synch
Flash Effective Range: ISO Auto: Approx.0.2-Approx.7m(W) / Approx..9-Approx.5.6m(T)
White Balance: Automatic, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, Flash
Burst Mode: Yes
Color Modes:Black & White, Natural, Sepia, Vivid
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Scene Modes: Advanced Sports Shooting, Beach, Fireworks, High Sensitivity, Landscape, Snow, Soft Snap, Twilight, Twilight Portrait
Self-Timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Video Output:NTSC/PAL Selectable
HD Output : Yes - 1080i (with optional accessory)
Still Image Modes: Burst, Normal JPEG (Fine/Fine A4), Bracket Exposure
MPEG Movie Mode: MPEG VX Fine(640x480 at 30fps) (MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media), MPEG VX Standard(640x480 at 16.6fps), presentation(320x240 at 8.3fps)
Super SteadyShot® Image Stabilization:Yes
AF Illuminator Light:Yes
NightShot® Exposure mode:No
Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
USB Terminal: USB 2.0 high speed
PictBridge Compatible: Yes
Memory Stick PRO™
Media Compatibility:
Tested to support up to 8GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function
Compatible Battery: Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 3.6v 960 mAh
Supplied Software: Windows: Picture Motion Browser
OS Compatibility: Microsoft® 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home and Professional, Vista; Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/OS X (10.1-10.4)
Supplied Accessories:Rechargeable Battery - NP-BG1Battery Charger - BC-CSGB Multi Connector Cable - USB, AV
Power Cord
Shoulder strap
Lens Cap
Lens Cap Strap
Lens Hood
Lens Adaptor Ring
CD-ROM Software
Note: No Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media or adaptors are included.

NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.



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