Compared to... Sony DSC-H1

Although it's unlikely anyone would consider an 'upgrade' from the H1 to the H2 for an extra megapixel, it is always interesting to see how a camera compares to the model it replaces. Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony DSC-H2 and DSC-H1 at each camera's lowest ISO setting (H1: ISO 64, H2: ISO 80).

Studio scene comparison ( DSC-H2 @ ISO 80, DSC H1 @ ISO 64)

  • Sony DSC-H2: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC H1 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-H2
Sony DSC-H1
ISO 80, 1/60 sec, F5.0
ISO 64, 1/50 sec, F5.0
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2,004 KB JPEG

There's not a lot to say here; the H2 result is almost identical to the H1, just a little larger. I can see little evidence in this carefully controlled studio scene to suggest the lens has changed significantly (if at all) in the change from the Sony to Carl Zeiss badging (if it is the coating that has changed then you may see more of a difference in more testing circumstances, lower flare, for example). What is worth noting is that the H2 seems to use marginally less in-camera sharpening (certainly there are less obvious sharpening halos), so maybe the lens itself is resolving slightly more detail. Either way, the results from the H1 were excellent, and the H2 is, if anything, a little better.