Sony Cyber-shot H1 Review
Introduced in February 2005 (pre-PMA), the Cyber-shot H1 is Sony's attempt to win a share of one of the fastest growing digital camera market sectors, the 5 megapixel 'super zoom'. Although Sony has produced big zoom cameras before (the F828 and its predecessors sported 5x and 7x optics and there was a 10x zoom floppy disk Mavica a few years ago), the H1 is the electronics giant's first foray into compact, big zoom image-stabilized cameras. As well as a huge 12x optical zoom the H1 is a real treasure chest of photographic control, offering a wealth of automatic, semi automatic and manual exposure modes, a big 2.5" screen and captures VGA/30fps movies in space-efficient MPEG format.
- 5.1 effective megapixels
- 36-432mm equivalent (12x optical) F2.8-3.7 zoom lens
- Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization
- 2.5” LCD (115,200 pixels)
- Full photographic control
- Real Imaging Processor & 14-bit DXP A/D Conversion
- Optional wide and tele lens converters
- Scene selection (7 modes)
- Histogram indication
- 32MB internal memory, plus a Memory Stick/PRO slot
Side by Side
Here for comparison is the H1 alongside three of its closest competitors - (from left): Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Sony Cyber-shot H1, Kodak EasyShare Z740 (the smallest, but also the only one without image stabilization). As you can see, the H1 is one of the largest cameras in its class - certainly a lot larger than the Panasonic FZ5 (and the Konica Minolta Z5, not shown).
Sony DSC-H1 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $499
|Body Material||Plastic & metal|
• 1/2.5" Super HAD CCD
• 2592 x 1944
|Movie clips||• 640 x 480 @ 16 / 30 fps
• 160 x 112 @ 8 fps
• MPEG-1 (mono)
• 36 - 432 mm (35 mm equiv) 12x optical zoom
|Focus||• 3 Area Multi-Point AF
• Center AF
• Flexible Spot AF
• Manual focus
2 cm macro mode (Wide)
|Shutter Speeds||• 1/8 – 1/2000 sec (Auto)*
• 2 – 1/2000 sec (Program Auto)*
• 30 – 1/1000 sec (Manual)
* Shutter speeds of 1/2000th are only available at apertures of F5.6 and higher.
|Apertures||• F2.8 / 3.2 / 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 5.0 / 5.6 / 6.3 / 7.1 / 8.0 (wide)
• F3.7 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 5.0 / 5.6 / 6.3 / 7.1 / 8.0 (tele)
|Metering|| Multi Pattern
|White Balance||• Auto
• Manual (custom)
Saturation (3 levels)
|Continuous||1.3 fps up to 9 frames|
|Flash||• Built-in, pop-up
• Modes: Auto, on, off, slow sync, red-eye reduction
• Range (ISO auto): 0.3 - 6.8 m (w); 0.9 - 5.2 m (t)
|Storage||• Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO
• 32 MB internal memory
No removable media supplied
|Viewfinder||Electronic, 0.3-inch, 115,200 pixels|
|LCD monitor|| 2.5 " TFT
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-speed
|Power||• 2x rechargeable AA battery (NiMH, alkaline, NiMH
• Charger included
|In the box*||
PictBridge- and PIM II-compatible
|Weight (inc batt)||591 g (20.8 oz)|
|Dimensions||108 x 82 x 91 mm (4.2 x 3.2 x 3.5 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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