Sony Cyber-shot H3 Review
The Cyber-shot DSC-H3 was first announced back in August 2007 and is the latest addition to Sony's High Zoom range of compact cameras - and something of a departure (previous models were all considerably larger 'SLR-style' affairs). This 'baby-brother' of the Cyber-shot H7/H9 offers a 10x zoom in a very compact body for photographers on a tight budget. It is equipped with an 8MP sensor and has inherited a number of its bigger sister-models' features such as Face Detection, Optical Image Stabilization and HDTV output (albeit using an optional composite video cable or Cyber-shot Station dock). Looking at its specification and price point the H3's is obviously designed to go head-to-head with the popular - and similarly specified - Panasonic TZ3 and Canon SX100 IS.
In its press material Sony says the Cyber-shot H3 has been introduced for "parents looking to capture and re-live their children’s back-to-school memories." Let's see if the Sony H3 could be an attractive camera option for any further demographic groups, starting as usual with the headline features:
- 1/2.5" CCD sensor, 8.1 million effective pixels
- 10x (38-380mm equiv.) Carl Zeiss branded optical zoom
- 2.5" LCD screen
- HDTV video output (requires optional cable or dock)
- Super Steady Shot image stabilization
- 2cm macro
- ISO 100-3200
- 9 Scene modes
- Face Detection
- Dynamic Range Optimizer
The H3 is available in two different colors, silver (as shown here) and black (which looks to our eyes a little less 'toy-like'). You may well find that only one of the two is on offer in your own country.
Sony DSC-H3 specifications
|Street price|| US: $270
• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 3264 x 2448
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
|File formats||• JPEG Exif v2.21
• Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
|Image stabilization||Super Steady Shot (optical image stabilization)|
|Conversion lenses||Yes (wide converter VCL-DH0758, tele converter VCL-DH1578, close-up VCL-M3358)|
|Digital zoom||up to 20x (up to 51x at 640x480)|
|Focus||Autofocus, Focus Preset, Macro|
|AF area modes||• 9-point
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance||• Normal: 50 cm-infinity (wide), 90 cm-infinity (tele)
• Macro: 2 cm - infinity (wide), 90 cm - infinity (tele)
|Metering||• Face Detection
|ISO sensitivity||• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps|
|Shutter speed||• Auto: 1/4 - 1/2000 sec
• Program Auto: 1 sec- 1/1000 sec
• Manual: 30 sec - 1/2000 sec
|Aperture||F3.5 - 10 (wide) F4.4 - 10 (tele)|
• Program Auto
|Scene modes||• Twilight
• Twilight Portrait
• Soft Snap
• High Sensitivity
• Advanced Sports Shooting
|White balance||• Auto
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Fluorescent 3
|White balance fine tune||no|
|Self timer||2 or 10sec|
|Continuous shooting||Approx 2fps|
|Image parameters||Color Mode: Vivid, Natural, B&W, Sepia|
• Forced On
• Slow Sync
• Forced Off
• Range (auto ISO): 0.2 - 7.0 m (wide) 0.9 - 5.6 m (tele)
+/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
|LCD monitor||• 2.5-inch TFT
• 115,000 pixels
• Variable backlight
|Connectivity||• Multi-use Terminal - Incorporates USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and AV output
• DC input
|Print compliance||• Exif Print
• Print Image Matching
|Storage||• Memory Stick Duo
• Memory Stick Pro Duo
• Memory Stick Pro Duo (High Speed)
• Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
• Internal memory (31 MB)
|Power||• Li-ion battery pack NP-BG1
• Optional AC adapter
|Weight (no battery)||264 g (9.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||106 x 68.5 x 47.5 mm (4.2 x 2.7 x 1.9 in)|
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