Sony DSC-H50 Review

Review posted 8/15/2008

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The new Sony Cybershot H50 uses a powerful Carl Zeiss 15x 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 camera also features a large, 3-inch tilting LCD screen so you can shoot comfortably from nearly any position, at low and high angles. Its scratch-resistant, UV hard-coat finish adds a premium look and feel that mirrors the performance of the model.

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 NightShot® technology to help capture photos in virtually no light as well as infrared remote access; five color modes including "real" for less in-camera processing and more faithful color reproduction; 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 15MB 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 16 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-H50 Major Features:

  • Sony 9.1 Megapixel effective CCD image sensor
  • Carl Zeiss 15x Zoom (31-465mm 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, length limited only by media
  • Auto, Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Exposure
  • Live histogram display in capture and playback
  • 9 Area Multi-point AF; Monitoring AFor flexible Spot AF point
  • 3.0-inch "flip-up" LCD screen (230,000 pixels) with Auto Brightness
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200) allows you to shoot with great results in low-light conditions
  • Sony's Clear RAW noise reduction technology: Automatically cleans image noise
  • 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
  • 15MB internal memory plus Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro compatible
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible

Bundled accessories include NP-BG1 rechargeable battery, BC-CSG battery charger, Flower Lens Hood, Lens cap with strap, Lens Adaptor Ring, A/V and USB multi-connector cables, Shoulder strap, Remote Commander, Software CD-ROM.

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The Cyber-shot DSC-H50 and a CD for size comparison.

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Sony DSC-H50 Specifications

Image Device: 1/2.3" 9.1-Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD
Still Image Sizes:9M
3:2 (8M)
16:9 (6M)
16:9 (2M)
Recording Media: 15MB of internal memory
Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO Media
Zoom: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15X, 5.2 - 78mm (31-465mm equivalent in 35mm)
Conversion lens: Yes
Smart Zoom Technology:5M:Approx.20x(Total), 3M:Approx.25x(Total), VGA:Approx.81x(Total), 16:9(2M):Approx.27x(Total)
Auto Focus: 9 Area Multi-Point AF, Monitoring AF, Flexible Spot AF
Shutter Speed: Auto(1/4 - 1/4,000)
Program Auto(1"" - 1/4,000)
Shutter Priority(30"" - 1/4,000)
Aperture Priority(8"" - 1/2,000)
Manual(30"" - 1/4,000)
Aperture Range:Auto (F2.7-F8(W)) / Program auto (F2.7-F8(W)) / Manual (F2.7-F8(W)
Exposure Metering:Multi-pattern check
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Viewfinder: 0.2" 201k FLC(Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal) EVF
Color LCD: 3.0"1 Flip-up Clear Photo LCDTM Plus Display
Flash Modes: Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Synch, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Effective Range: ISO Auto: Approx.0.2-Approx.9.1m(W) / Approx.1.2-Approx.5.5m(T);
ISO3200: up to Approx.18m(W) / Approx.11m(T)
White Balance: Automatic, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, Flash, One Push, One Push
Burst Mode: Up to 100 Shot at 1.6fps (all resolutions)
Color Modes:Black & White, Normal, Sepia, Vivid
ISO:Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Scene Modes: Auto, Easy Shooting, Program Auto, Shutter Speed Priority, Aperature Priority, Manual Exposure, Movie, High Sensitivty, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Advanced Sports Shooting, Smile Shutter
Self-Timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Video Output:NTSC/PAL Selectable
HD Output: Yes (1080i)
Still Image Modes: Normal, Burst, Exposure bracketing
MPEG Movie Mode: MPEG VX Fine with Audio (640x480 at 30fps) (MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick DUO PRO™ media), MPEG VX Standard with Audio (640x480), Presentation Mode (320x240).
Super SteadyShot® Image Stabilization:Yes
AF Illuminator Light:Yes
NightShot® Exposure mode:Yes
Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
USB Terminal: USB 2.0 high speed
PictBridge Compatible: Yes
Memory Stick PRO™
Media Compatibility:
Tested to support up to 16GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function
Compatible Battery: Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 3.6v 960 mAh
Supplied Software: Picture Motion Browser Vers 2.0 + USB Driver
OS Compatibility: Microsoft® 2000 Professional, XP Home and Professional; Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/OS X (10.0-10.5)
Supplied Accessories:NP-BG1 rechargeable battery
BC-CSG battery charger
Flower Lens Hood
Lens Adaptor Ring
Lens cap with strap
A/V and USB multi-connector cables
Shoulder strap
Remote Commander
Software CD-ROM
Dimensions: 4 9/16 x 3 3/16 x 3 3/8" (116.1mm x 81.4mm x 86.0mm)
Weight: 14.6 oz (415 g) Body; 1lb 3.3 oz. (547 g) including Battery and optional Memory Stick® DUO Media

NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.

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