Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H1
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: DSC-H1
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CNET editors' review
price range: $499.99
- Reviewed by: Theano Nikitas
- Edited by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 07/12/2005
- Released on: 06/15/2005
The good: 12X image-stabilized zoom; 2.5-inch LCD; speedy performance; full feature set; nice selection of accessories.
The bad: Slightly soft images; lack of fine detail; larger and heavier than the competition.
The bottom line: This is a capable megazoom camera that can hold its own against much of the competition.
Only worked for 10 days......................... .....
by threerand on August 2, 2005
Pros: it didn't work long to evaluate
Cons: abysmal customer support
Summary: Hope yours works.
Mine stopped working 10 days after purchase. That was 3 days into the 4 week trip that was my reason for buying it.
Sony would not allow ...
Summary: Hope yours works.
Mine stopped working 10 days after purchase. That was 3 days into the 4 week trip that was my reason for buying it.
Sony would not allow me to return the camera for a refund or a replacement. They required that I ship it (at my expense) to Precision Camera in CT for repair. Precision Camera diagnosed the problem quickly but now estimates a 2 to 6 week wait for parts from Sony!!!!!!!!
I called Sony and was told parts are not available because this is a new product. They reiterated that their corporate policy was "no refunds, no replacements". They will not even extend the warranty to cover my time without a camera!
Dealing with Sony customer service is a nightmare. They promise call-backs to update the parts situation but never call.
They tell me I should have taken it back to the store but the documentation clearly states NOT to take it back to the store.
I thought Sony was a better managed company than this. No more Sony products for me.
45 out of 49 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great camera but SHORT battery life!
by jckim on July 25, 2005
Pros: Had many automated features that make using the camera somewhat easy
Cons: Used regular AA batteries that only lasted 0.5 a day even with the large LCD viewfinder "off"
Summary: I took this camera with me to Southern Africa (South Africa, Zambia and Botswana) to capture landscapes and animal pictures. There were a ton of good opportunities to shoot them, ...
Summary: I took this camera with me to Southern Africa (South Africa, Zambia and Botswana) to capture landscapes and animal pictures. There were a ton of good opportunities to shoot them, but 2 days into the trip, the camera seemed to have died due to a mechanical problem. However, the problem was that the AA batteries that I was using didn't provide enough power to extend and retract the zoom lens. The way I diagonosed the problem is that I went to a camera store, and we tried some new regular drugstore-type AA batteries. After putting in those new batteries, the lens retracted and the camera was fully functional again, but we had diagnosed the overall problem to be the weak batteries. The only way to resolve this was to get some Lithium batteries which were $18 per pair! While the camera was functional for one full day, it didn't seem reasonable to have to buy them in order to make the camera simply operate. Anyway, the pictures turned out well, but the battery power required is very high.
32 out of 37 users found this user opinion helpful.
Almost Perfect Point and Shoot But...
by dezgraphics on November 24, 2005
Pros: Great lens,Usual Sony Picture Quality, Battery Life
Cons: Some focus issues, No Hot Shoe, Only 5.1MP?
Summary: The H1 was kind of like waiting for 2 shoes to drop and hearing 3, I like many others I talked to thought and in some cases prayed Sony would ...
Summary: The H1 was kind of like waiting for 2 shoes to drop and hearing 3, I like many others I talked to thought and in some cases prayed Sony would Build a bigger and better F-828 (The finest fixed lens pro camera ever made) And many thought that this was some kind of prototype of the next "F" series like the F-717 was to the F-707, Nope little did we know that at the same time Canon was releasing S2IS and hence we entered the megazoom camera wars. For the sake of argument I will compare basic functions of the Canon and the Sony (which I own). I have had extensive shooting time with the Canon. Optically the two cameras are very similar with the exception that the extension lenses for the Sony are a heck of alot cheaper, and boost the zoom from 420mm to 711 something! Wow! Theres is now a menu selector that positions the camera lens instantly to optimize for extension lens use (no more tunnel vision). Next comparison is LCD size this one goes to Sony without a hitch, sure you can twist around the Canon's but you may also need your glasses depending on your eyesight(I hate little LCDs)Over all features, I guess if you like gimmicks this one goes to Canon, One of the things I like about Sony cameras is thier features reek of practicality,And in my opinion having the in camera editing power that The H1 offers beats out 2000 scene modes anyday.(If you have an auto mode how many of those scene modes are overkill? Ever wonder?) No other camera on the market lets you zoom, crop and then CHOOSE the resolution of the new image.As far as picture quality, well since Sony makes the CCD for both cameras we'll call this one a draw, sure the Canon freaks are screaming about the "Digic II" processor, but what good is it in a 5MP camera? The H1 doesn't have it- and it shoots frame to frame as fast as the S2IS.Image stabilizers here again I thought they rated about the same, however with the Sony I noticed the effectiveness droped slightly in lower light, I didn't have the chance to test the Canon in that situation. Next battery life goes hands down to Sony it gets the same number of shots (Sometimes more) as the Canon , with a larger LCD screen using only 2 batteries instead of 4!! And last is the movie mode wich goes to Canon and as far as I was able to tell was the big selling point on the camera. (you can zoom in and out and it records in stereo sound) Bigdeal, this is a STILL camera right? The Sony delivers the same consitant video quality so no big deal. EVFs on both cameras are very good and useful at maximum zoom.What I didn't care for on the H1 is the rather cheap looking and bulky lens adapter and hood, while they function fine they look cheap( maybe thats why you never see a picture of the camera with them attached!), and thats too bad because the H1 is really a nice looking camera otherwise.No hot shoe. thats bad enough but then the flash they put on the camera isn't high enough to prevent occasional shadowing! and finally why, when they had a camera with so much under the hood did they release it as a 5.1MP? The body is certainly designed to accomodate a 7.2 or even one of todays 8MP CCDs. If Sony had put this lens and optics on the V3 body this camera would have been astounding.I own an H1 and use it mostly for a family camera, however I do take it on the road with me occasionally. And for a family camera it is a great choice. Up until the Panasonic FZ-30 and the Samsung Pro 815 came out I considered the H1 the best of the mega-zoom cameras now I place at number three the S2IS at four. The FZ-30 and the 815 both share the number one spot currently in my opinion depending on your photo knowledge (see my Pro 815 review). For the money, and for the beginner the H1 is the ideal average cost camera, buy putting a lot of big camera capability and quality in a very affordable price range, but then again we have always been able to depend on Sony for that. Thanks for reading! And Happy Shooting!
24 out of 25 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great non-dsl digital camera
by coolsmith on June 17, 2005
Pros: Great pics for a point & shoot, 2.5" LCD, 12x zoom
Cons: incuded soft-ware and manual could be better
Summary: This camera takes great pictures, whether indoors or outdoors, the colours are accruate, the focus is sharp and fast, has a built-in image stabilizer, a 2.5" screen for viewing ...
Summary: This camera takes great pictures, whether indoors or outdoors, the colours are accruate, the focus is sharp and fast, has a built-in image stabilizer, a 2.5" screen for viewing your pictures, is constructed well, strong flash, feels good in the hands, looks good too! This camera has so many pluses and so little minuses. I've looked and reviewed many cameras over a long period now and this is the one I bought and very happy I did.
Rated it a 10 based on value and performance. ( CHECK IT OUT )
22 out of 24 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent digital camera. Very Pleased!
by Highflyguy0824 on July 19, 2005
Pros: 12x optical zoom, bright LCD display, super steady shot
Cons: Memory sticks are expensive, not Carl Zeiss lens, 2 AA batteries
Summary: I am very satisfied with my purchase of the DSC-H1. I used to own the DSC-T1 but I sold it for the H1. I am very impressed with the 12x ...
Summary: I am very satisfied with my purchase of the DSC-H1. I used to own the DSC-T1 but I sold it for the H1. I am very impressed with the 12x optical zoom and the flash. The flash really does cover up to 22 feet which is very impressive for a camera this size. The fact that the H1 did not have a Carl Zeiss lens does not bother me as much as I thought it would. The image stabalization feature helps pictures come out great! The only thing I didnt like is that the H1 uses AA batteries. I highly recommend this camera to both enthusiasts and/or casual photographers. Cnet definitely should have given this camera a higher rating.
15 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
Camera of the Year!!!
by LGPhunk on July 21, 2005
Pros: 12x optical zoom with IS, 2.5" LCD
Cons: Battery charger is slow
Summary: This is my second Sony digital camera. I first bought the DSC-S30 about 4 years ago and finally upgraded to the H1. I am amazed day-in and day-out at what ...
Summary: This is my second Sony digital camera. I first bought the DSC-S30 about 4 years ago and finally upgraded to the H1. I am amazed day-in and day-out at what the H1 can do, it is amazing. Especially if you are a novice photographer. You can leave this cam on auto and take great shots and then experiment with the manual settings once you get brave enough to do so. But I think there are enough manual settings that even an expert would be happy with it.
People keep making a big deal because the H1 doesn't have a Carl Zeiss lens, I don't see why. If they would just give it a chance they would see the lens on this cam works just fine. The 12x optical zoom performs very well. There is also a 1.7x teleconverter available to increase the zoom even more. Since Sony included Image Stabilization you don't have to mount the cam on a tripod while shooting at full zoom.
The other great feature is the LCD, it is perfect. I wish Sony had included a screen protector but that's not a big deal. Once you step up to a huge screen like this you will never go back to anything smaller.
This cam is perfect for the novice who wants to take great pictures right out of the box or someone who wants to learn all of the settings that a camera has. Sony could make some minor improvements but right now the H1 is the camera to have.
12 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
Awesome Digital Camera
by aveltre on July 6, 2005
Pros: MegaZoom and Stabilization Rocks!
Cons: I really can't think of any!
Summary: I have been a mid-range digital camera user for about 10 years. This camera, by far, is the best experience I have ever had. The shutter speed is great for ...
Summary: I have been a mid-range digital camera user for about 10 years. This camera, by far, is the best experience I have ever had. The shutter speed is great for a digital (just a mere second or two between shots), and the 12X optical is really 12X! Those of you looking for a great value for the buck can't go wrong with this one. I have taken many fast action shots of my son in a State Baseball Tournament over the last week and have been thrilled with the results. This is the camera I have been longing for. I have had $1,000+ digitals in the past (Nikon, Fuji and Kodak) that don't come close to this one and it retails for $500'ish.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
SONY did it again....I love it. !!!
by EngineerPR on July 16, 2005
Pros: 12X zoom, 2.5 inch LCD, great movie, use NiMH AA's battery, optical image stabilization system.
Cons: Expensive Memory sticks, charger to slow, some purple fringing
Summary: I'm a fanatic of Digital Cameras and have a 3.2MP Nikon 3200, a 5.0MP Canon A95 and a 6.1 MP Kodak DX7630. I was looking in ...
Summary: I'm a fanatic of Digital Cameras and have a 3.2MP Nikon 3200, a 5.0MP Canon A95 and a 6.1 MP Kodak DX7630. I was looking in Long-Zoom Digital Camera and try first the Kodak Z740. Its was fine, economic but have a lot of noise in pictures. Then try with the new Canon S2 IS, excellent image and features but it doesn't has a good AF Iluminator and scare a lot the garranty. I had bad times with Canon garranty before. Then I read some reviews of the new Sony Cybershot H1 and try it.
Images are very similar to Canon S2 IS. Sony H1 offer a compelling combination of high resolution, powerful zoom, and ergonomic styling. It is very fast between shots. Recycle time on the flash is good. The H1's design makes it easy to hold, and the huge 2.5" LCD screen makes reviewing pictures easy.
In a Digital Camera Website had a review of Sony H1 comparing with the Canon S2 IS, ...
"The S2 IS advantages include better Continuous AF tracking of moving subjects, industry-leading movie mode, articulating LCD monitor, faster shutter speeds, greater playback magnification, and greater continuous shooting depth. On the other hand, the H1 provides better indoor flash and AF-assist performance, a larger LCD monitor, lower image noise at high ISO settings, shorter shutter lag and faster AF performance."
Between those two, I prefered the Sony Cybershot H1. That's my opinion and I love it. Thanks again Sony!!!
9 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very impressive mega zoom camera
by Fabrice on July 31, 2005
Pros: Image stabilization, Mega zoom, Sharp images,
Cons: May be small viewfinder ???
Summary: I balanced between Sony DSC-H1 and Caonon S2Is. I must admit, ergonomics, large screen, more powerfull flash and less yellow looking photos from DSC-H1 made me choose that camera ... with ...
Summary: I balanced between Sony DSC-H1 and Caonon S2Is. I must admit, ergonomics, large screen, more powerfull flash and less yellow looking photos from DSC-H1 made me choose that camera ... with no regret
7 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nice Looking Camera, Could of Been Better
by jms00 on May 31, 2005
Pros: Long Zoom, Big LCD screen
Cons: No Flash Hotshoe, No Night Frame or Night Shot, No Hologram AF Illuminator,
Summary: If the camera had the features like the Sony V3 it would of been a winner to me. And also missing are the 2 card option, CF and Memory Stick. ...
Summary: If the camera had the features like the Sony V3 it would of been a winner to me. And also missing are the 2 card option, CF and Memory Stick. Other then that the camera looks great. I hope they make a H2 with the features I mention. One more thing I love the scene selection feature, with "snow" be the favorite.Updated
Also needs to have a bigger lens opening.
11 out of 18 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: DSC-H1
- Description: A five megapixel, Super HAD CCD imager, 12X optical zoom lens and a large 2.5-inch LCD are just a few of the features on this model that are sure to please even the choosiest photo buff. With a focal length range of 36 - 432 millimeters (a 35mm equivalence) the DSC-H1 camera lets you frame distant objects with ease. Making the most of this telephoto reach, Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization feature counteracts camera-shake to ensure sharp images. This feature also benefits low-light photography by allowing the use of longer shutter speeds with reduced risk of image blur from camera-shake. Sony's Real Imaging Processor circuitry is incorporated in the model for better battery efficiency, more responsiveness and high quality movie taking, while seven preset scene modes allow quick selection of the best setting for specific shooting conditions. The camera also includes a five-area, multi-point auto focus to help you concentrate on the subject without mistakenly focusing on the background, as well as aperture/shutter priority and manual exposure modes for creative control of the image. For added convenience, the model has 32 MB of internal memory (30 MB of usable memory) and a Memory Stick flash media slot. PictBridge compatibility enables prints in a flash when the camera is connected to an enabled printer.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Point-and-shoot highlights Video capture ability makes this camera ideal for social functions or vacation shots.
- Resolution 5.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type Super HAD CCD
- Total Pixels 5,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"
- Optical Zoom 12 x
- Digital Zoom 2 x
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Super Steady Shot)
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 3
- Digital Video Format MPEG VX
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 400,
- Exposure Metering Multi-segment,
- Exposure Metering Zones 49
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Candle,
- Special Effects Saturation,
Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Fluorescent,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 30 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type 12 x x Zoom lens - 6 mm - 72 mm - F/2.8-3.7
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 36 - 432 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 19.7 in
- Macro Focus Range 0.8 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 9 groups / 11 elements
- Filter Size 58 cm
- Features Aspherical lens,
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Flash Modes Slow synchro,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Continuous Shooting Speed 0.7 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Display brightness control,
RGB primary color filter,
PRINT Image Matching,
Digital noise reduction,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type Electronic
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.3 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 115,000 pixels
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Resolution 115,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x USB
- Software Drivers & Utilities
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows ME,
Apple Mac OS X 10.0 - 10.3,
MS Windows 98 SE,
MS Windows 98,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
Apple Mac OS 9.1.x - 9.2.x
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Included Accessories Lens cap,
Lens adapter ring,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery AA
- Supported Battery 2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery - 2100 mAh ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot Memory Stick Micro (M2) card
- Supported Memory Cards Memory Stick PRO,
- Internal Storage 32 MB Flash
- Included Memory Card 32 MB
- Image Storage JPEG 2592 x 1944,
JPEG 2592 x 1728,
JPEG 2032 x 1536,
JPEG 1280 x 960,
JPEG 640 x 480
- Video Capture MPEG - 640 x 480,
MPEG - 640 x 480,
MPEG - 160 x 112
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.3 in
- Depth 3.2 in
- Height 3.2 in
- Weight 1.3 lbs
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom. This camera utilizes built-in Super SteadyShot stabilization to assist in taking sharper pictures.