Pre-PMA 2010:Sony has released the DSC-H55 compact superzoom, featuring an image stabilized 10x (25-250mm equiv.) zoom lens. A simplified version of the recently released HX5, it features a 14MP CCD sensor rather than a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, standard 720p HD video recording and leaves out the HX5's GPS and compass. It incorporates a 3 inch LCD and features such as Sweep Panorama and SD card compatibilty.

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Cyber-shot™ H55: Compact, stylish high-zoom with smart features

February 17, 2010: Also available this Spring, the new Cyber-shot™ H55 offers superb optical performance in a compact, elegantly styled body that’s great for travel or everyday shooting.

Assuring detailed, low-noise images, the 14.1 effective megapixel sensor is teamed with a high performance G Lens. Unique to Sony, this premium lens offers a powerful 10x optical zoom range to handle virtually any shooting situation – from wide angle landscapes and group shots to dramatic close-ups.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation is enhanced with Active Mode that now offers up to 10x more shake correction while you’re shooting HD video. You’ll enjoy the clearest, steadiest handheld clips yet – even while you’re walking along.

Other features include Sweep Panorama, 720p HD movie recording, Face Detection/Smile Shutter and Intelligent Auto mode for fuss-free shooting in any situation.

Like all models in the 2010 Cyber-shot™ line-up, the TX5 and H55 give you the freedom to select Memory Stick™ PRO Duo, Memory Stick™ PRO-HG, SD or SDHC memory cards to suit your personal preference. Both new cameras are also compatible with a wide range of official Cyber-shot™ accessories by Sony.

A generous range of accessories for the TX5 includes the LCS-THQ – a soft, fashionable case in a choice of colours that uses water repellent materials to dry the camera while carrying it.  There’s also the STP-FSA floating strap that safeguards against losing the camera while you’re in the water.

The new Cyber-shot™ DSC-TX5 and DSC-H55 compact digital still cameras are available from end March 2010.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.3" Sper HAD CCD sensor
• 14.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 4320 x 3240
• 4320 x 2432
• 3648 x 2736
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1920 x 1080
• 640 X 480

Image sizes
(Panorama)
• 7152 x 1080
• 4912 x 1080
• 4912 x 1920
• 3424 x 1920
Movie clips • 1280 x 720 (Fine) @ 30fps
• 1280 x 720 (Standard) @ 30fps
• 640 x 480 VGA @ 30fps
File formats

• Still Image : JPEG (EXIF 2.2), DPOF v1.1, DCF v2.0, MPF baseline
• Movie Clip : mp4, MPEG4

Lens

• 25-250mm equiv.
• Sony G 10 elements in 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
• 10x Optical zoom
• f = 4.25-42.5mm
• F3.5(W)-8.0(T)

Focus Range W:Approx.5cm - T:Approx.100cm
Digital zoom Approx. 20x
Image Stabalisation Optical SteadyShot
AF area modes

Intelligent

Focus Mode • Multi point AF (9 points)
• Centre-Weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity

• Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200

Metering modes • Multi
• Centre
• Spot
Shuttter speed • Auto(2 sec- 1/1,600)
• Program Auto(1 sec - 1/1600)
Aperture F3.5(W)-8.0(T)
Scene modes

• High Sensitivity
• Twilight
• Twilight Portrait
• Soft
• Snap
• Landscape
• Beach
• Snow
• Firewoks
• Hi-Speed Shutter
• Underwater
• Gourmet
• Pet

White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Fluorescent 3
• Incandescent
• Flash
• One Push (Manual Preset)

Self timer • Off
• 10sec
• 2sec
• Portrait 1
• Portrait 2
Continous Shooting Approx. 1.84 fps (4 shots)
Flash

• Modes :Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Flash Off
• Red Eye Reduction : Auto, On, Off
• Range : ISO Auto: Approx.0.25-4.1m (0.82''-13.5')(W)

LCD monitor

• 3.0 inch Clear Photo LCD
• approx. 230,000 pixels

Digital input/output

• USB 2.0 High Speed
• Multi-use terminal

Video output • HD(1080i)
• NTSC/ PAL
Storage • Internal memory (TBC)
• SD/SDHC
• Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/ Pro HG Duo
Power Rechargeable NP-BG1 battery
Weight (no batt) Approx. 170g (6.0 oz.)
Dimensions

103 (W)x 58 (H) x29 (D)

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