Sony DSC-H1 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1

Review posted 6/21/2005

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The Sony DSC-H1 Cyber-shot digital camera features a high resolution five megapixel, Super HAD CCD imager, 12X optical zoom lens with Super Steady Shot image stabilizer, a color electronic viewfinder and a large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor. This camera is ideal for first-time as well as the more experienced users with its automatic and manual exposure modes.

With a focal length range of 36 - 432 millimeters (a 35mm equivalence) the DSC-H1 camera lets you frame distant objects with ease. Making the most of this telephoto reach, Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization feature counteracts camera-shake to ensure sharp images. This feature also benefits low-light photography by allowing the use of longer shutter speeds with reduced risk of image blur from camera-shake.

Sony's Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry is incorporated in the model for better battery efficiency, more responsiveness and high quality movie taking, while seven preset scene modes allow quick selection of the best setting for specific shooting conditions. The camera also includes a three-area, multi-point auto focus to help you concentrate on the subject without mistakenly focusing on the background, as well as aperture/shutter priority and manual exposure modes for creative control of the image.

Motion video can be recorded in the MPEG-VX Fine mode that captures full screen VGA (640 x 480) resolution at 30fps or 16fps with audio. The length of these movies is only limited by space available in the memory. The H1 has 32 MB of internal memory (30 MB of usable memory) for storing image data and this is easily expanded by use of optional MemoryStick PRO media cards. PictBridge™ compatibility enables prints in a flash when the camera is connected to an enabled printer. And downloading to your computer is also fast and easy thanks to its high speed USB 2.0 data port connectivity.

Sony H1 Features at a Glance:

  • 5.1 effective megapixel Sony Super HAD imager
  • 12X zoom (36-432mm 35mm equiv) with Super Steady Shot image stabilization
  • SLR-like styling with eyelevel color electronic viewfinder
  • 3-Area Multi-Point AF system with AF-assist illuminator
  • Large 2.5-inch color LCD with 115,000 pixels
  • Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/1000 second, Aperture F2.8 to F8.0
  • 9 Shot Burst mode (5MP/Fine) for fast action or children
  • MPEG VX 640x480 movies with sound at 30fps, length limited only by memory
  • Auto, Program, Shutter-speed, Aperture, Manual and 7 Scene exposure modes
  • Multi-pattern metering with Spot option
  • Slow shutter Noise Reduction for cleaner long exposures
  • Playback options: Single, 9-image thumbnail, Slideshow, 5x magnification
  • Built-in Speedlight with Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Fill flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync.
  • High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity
  • USB Direct-Print PictBridge compatibility
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries
  • 32MB of internal memory plus MemoryStick Pro card slot
  • Optional wide angle and telephoto conversion lenses and filters

The DSC-H1 Cyber-shot camera will be available this June for about $500

Physical Views

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1

The Sony H1 compared to a standard CD disc.

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DSC-H1 Specifications

CCD Imager 1/2.5" Sony Super HAD
5.1 Megapixel Effective
Image Resolutions Still (JPEG Fine/Std):
2592 x 1944
2592 (3:2)
2048 x 1536
1280 x 960
640 x 480

VX Fine (640 x 480, 30fps)
VX Standard (640 x 480, 16.6fps)
Video Mail (160 x 120, 8.3fps)

Lens Sony 12x Zoom, 6 to 72mm (36 to 432mm equivalent), F2.8 - F3.7
11 Elements in 9 Groups with 1 ED Glass Element and 1 Aspheric Element
Filter Thread: 58mm with adapter ring
Digital Zoom 0-2.0x "Precision Zoom"
Focusing System 3 Area Multi-point AF, Center AF, Manual, manual selection of AF point
Focusing Ranges Standard AF: 19.7" (50cm) to Infinity

A/F Macro: 3/4"(2cm) to Infinity

Preset Manual Focus: 0.1m(3.9"), 0.2m, 0.3m, 0.5m, 0.8m, 1.0m, 1.5m, 2m, 3m, 5m, 7m, 10m, 15m or Infinity

Auto Focus Assist Illumination AF assist up to 3.2m
Aperture Control Automatic: F2.8 - F8.0
Aperture Priority: F2.8 - F8.0
Manual: F2.8 - F8.0
Shutter Control Automatic: 1/8 seconds to 1/2000 second
Program AE: 2 sec to 1/1000
Manual: 30 sec to 1/1000
Exposure Metering Multi-Pattern or Spot
White Balance System Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash, and One-Push manual
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Exposure Control Full AUTO
Program AE
Shutter speed priority
Aperture priority
Full Manual
Scene Mode (Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Candle)
ISO Auto (64-200) or fixed 64, 100, 200, 400
Recording Mode(s) Still image: JPEG, Email (adds 320x240)

9 Shot Burst
Speed Burst
16 frame Multi Burst
3 Shot AE Bracketing

MPEG Movie Modes: MPEG VX Fine with Audio (640 x 480 at 30fps), (MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick PRO™ media) MPEG VX Standard with Audio (640 x 480 at 16fps), Video Mail (160 x 112 at 8fps) with Audio

DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print Reserve, All print reservation, Date/time; Trimming
Noise Reduction Auto at 1/25 second or longer shutter speeds
Clear Color / Clear Luminance NR
Image Effects Sepia
Black & White
Viewfinder 0.75cm Electronic color viewfinder with 115,000 pixels
LCD 2.5" TFT LCD (115,000 pixels) for viewing or reviewing
Flash Built-in Flash, Auto pop-up type
Flash Modes Auto Flash
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Synchro
Fill-in (forced on)
Flash Off
Flash Working Range When ISO is set to Auto: 0.3-6.8 m (~1.0-22 ft) in wide angle and 0.9-5.2 m (~3.0-17 ft) in telephoto.
Flash output power is adjustable (-, 0, +)
Storage Media 32MB of internal memory (~30MB available)
Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro card slot
Selftimer 10-second delay
Outer Connectors USB (Auto-Connect) v2.0, Audio-Video, DC input
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Microsoft®Windows®98/98SE/Me/ 2000/XP Home/XP Pro; Macintosh®OS 9.1/9.2/OS X (10.0 - 10.3)
Supplied Software Picture Package™ for Sony v1.6 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)
Image Playback Index display 9 or 16 frames, up to 5X enlargement, Slide-show
Operating Environment Operation: 32° F - 104°F (0°C - 40°C)
Storage: -4° F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
Power Supply Two AA type NiMH, Alkaline or lithium batteries
Two Sony 2500mAh NiMH batteries supplied with charger
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image date
Size 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 3 19/32"
(107.8 x 18.4 x 91.2mm)
Weight 1 lb 5 oz. / 591g (with battery, Memory Stick)
Supplied Accessories Two NH-AA-DA rechargeable AA batteries, BC-CS2 battery charger and AC cord, A/V and USB cables, shoulder strap, lens cap, lens cap strap, lens adapter ring, lens hood and software CD-ROM
NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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