Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

Announced Feb 18, 2010 •
14 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 250 mm (10×)
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 14.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle Optical Zoom with SteadyShot Image Stabilization and 3.0 inch LCD (Black)
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Announced Feb 18, 2010

The Cybershot DSC-H55 offers a few cool features that help to set it apart from the competition, amongst them Sony's 'Sweep Panorama' and DRO (dynamic range optimisation) modes. In terms of critical image quality, the H55 delivers a lot of detail, and reasonable definition when viewed at 100%.

Like all of the 14Mp cameras in its segment of the market, however, diffraction means that you shouldn't expect to get significantly 'better' images than you might expect from a 10Mp or 12Mp sensor - just slightly bigger files. The most nagging frustration that we have with the H55 is its operational speed, which in some respects verges on the soporific. Overall, the H55 does exactly what it is designed to do. However, there are better cameras on the market both, in terms of critical image quality, versatility, and value for money.

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Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4320 x 3240
Effective pixels 14 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 80,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Focal length (equiv.) 25–250 mm
Optical zoom 10×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/1600 sec
Format MPEG-4
Storage types Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, SD/SDHC, Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 200 g (0.44 lb / 7.05 oz)
Dimensions 103 x 58 x 29 mm (4.06 x 2.28 x 1.14)
GPS None

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Our review

The Sony Cyber-Shot H55 is a very capable point-and shoot camera which packs an impressive feature set. As long as you don't want to take a lot of control over your photography the H55 will serve you well, but slow operation, slightly sketchy image quality and a lack of customization mean that the Sony doesn't score as well as other cameras in this group.

Good for: On-the-go photographers looking for point-and-shoot simplicity.

Not so good for: Speed, and anything requiring advanced manual control

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