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Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 Review Summary

7 Megapixels7 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringRuns on standard AA batteriesRuns on standard AA batteriesAccepts Memory Stick Duo memory.Accepts Memory Stick Duo memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 Assessment

Do not be alarmed by the long list of pros and cons here, the Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 is a good camera. Since several technical review sites have seen this camera, it has been scrutinized quite a bit. The H5 does improve significantly on its predecessor, the H1and even does a few things better than the Sony Cybershot DSC-H2.

The Sony H5 performs well in typical conditions in terms of image quality and speed of operation. Image quality is good at ISO up to 200 with purple fringing being the biggest problem. Under artificial lighting, the automatic white balance distorts colors but this is easily corrected using custom white-balance which is quite accurate. Speed is also good except for focusing near the telephoto end of the lens.

Another subtle point in the evaluation of this camera is the battery-life which is measured as below average compared to other ultra-zoom cameras. It is important to note that several competing models achieve better battery life using twice the number of batteries, thus per-battery the H5 would measure very well.

The direct competition of this digital camera is the Canon Powershot S3 IS. Though, these cameras are both rated good, the Canon one handles better in terms of control layout and steadyness. Image quality is similar between these two models. The excellent Fuji Finepix S9000 may not be a direct competitor but its image quality is so superior it is definetely worth a look. Differences between these cameras is that the S900 features clean high-ISO capabilties instead of optical stabilization and that the 10.7X optical zoom lens of the S9000 starts at a wide-angle equivalent to 28mm.

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PROS CONS
Good exposure and focus accuracy Very high purple fringing
Low image noise up to ISO 200 High image noise at ISO 400
Very saturated image colors Unusable ISO 800 and 1000
Quite responsive Poor automatic white-balance under artificial light
Short shutter lag Strong edge softness
Powerful focus-assist lamp Slight general image softness
Good outdoor LCD visibility Noticeable lens distortion at wide-angle
Pressure-sensitive zoom controller Slow auto focus near telephoto
Very good macro coverage Rear buttons easily pressed accidentally
Powerful flash Poor body ergonomics
Tiny viewfinder
Below average battery life
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Sister Models
Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 - 6 Megapixels, 2" LCD 85K Pixels
Previous Models
Sony Cybershot DSC-H1 - 5 Megapixels, ISO 64-400, 2.5" LCD 115K Pixels, Memory Stick

 

Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
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By on 2007/01/04
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Sony DSC-H5 Facts

Large digital camera
7 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 80-1000
12X Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
0.20" Built-in EVF 200K PixelsCustom white-balance
1.1 FPS Drive, 7 ImagesSpot-Metering
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingStandard AA Battery
3" LCD 230K PixelsMemory Stick Duo
Internal Memory
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