Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot H1 takes great stills and movies. Its 12x f2.8 - f3.7 lens is slightly slower than those on other ultra-zooms but is still of fairly high-quality. As compensation to not having a rotating LCD found on its closest competitor, the Canon S2 IS, the H1 has a large 2.5 inch LCD (opposed to 1.8 inches on the S2).
Pros: 12x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer, Large 2.5 inch LCD, Long flash range, Full manual controls, Below average ISO 200 noise, Sharp and detailed photos, VGA 30 FPS movie mode, Great image quality, Rechargeable batteries included
Cons: Low resolution LCD; useless in low-light, Slow compared to other ultra-zooms, Color fringing above average, Overprocessed photos, Slow limited continuous shooting
Conclusion: Considering this is Sony's first foray into the increasingly crowded - and competitive - 5MP 'super zoom', whereas other manufacturers are already into their second or third generation models, the DSC-H1 is a very impressive, very mature product indeed. Handling is excellent, it's very fast and responsive and the results - even shooting in full auto mode with default settings - excellent.
Pros: Good resolution, good edge-to-edge detail, Great color, good exposure, Accurate and fast focus, Low shutter lag, Superb handling, comprehensive photographic controls, Jog dial makes manual / semi-automatic exposure very easy and fast, 12x zoom offers excellent 36-432mm range, Packed with features, Powerful flash, Image stabilization, Program shift, 'Punchy' results straight out of the camera, Clean images up to ISO 200, Impressively little distortion for such a large ...
Cons: Slight overall softness when viewed at 100%, Some focus hunting at long end of the zoom (especially in movie mode), Image stabilization doesn't seem quite as effective as competition, Small (though bright and clear) viewfinder, High default contrast and sharpening, Mild chromatic aberration and purple fringing, Movies can look a little over-compressed, Cannot zoom in movie mode, Some problems with blown highlights in bright, contrasty scenes, No RAW or TIFF mode, Coul...
Excerpt: After almost a decade of rampant growth and cutthroat competition the digital camera market has finally come of age. Five years ago a 3-megapixel digital camera (from a major manufacturer) with a 1.5 inch LCD screen and a 3X zoom (like the then very popular Olympus C3000) sold for about five hundred dollars.
Excerpt: Physical Views The Sony H1 compared to a standard CD disc. The 5-megapixel, stabilized 12x zoom Canon S2 IS and Cyber-shot H1 Continue on to Page Two DSC-H1 Specifications CCD Imager 1/2.5" Sony Super HAD 5.1 Megapixel Effective Image Resolutions Still (JPEG Fine/Std): 2592 x 1944 2592 (3:2) 2048 x 1536 1280 x 960 640 x 480 Movie: VX Fine (640 x 480, 30fps) VX Standard (640 x 480, 16.6fps) Video Mail (160 x 120, 8.3fps) Lens Sony 12x Zoom, 6 to 72mm (36 to 432mm...
Excerpt: The Cyber-shot DSC-H1 ($499) is Sony's first true ultra zoom camera (the DSC-F828 doesn't count in my opinion). Featuring a 5.1 Megapixel CCD, 12X optical zoom lens with image stabilization, a large 2.5" LCD display, and full manual controls, the H1 is aimed squarely at the likes of the Canon PowerShot S2 and the Panasonic DMC-FZ20 (and the FZ5 as well).
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issue below); redeye not a problem, 12X optical zoom lens (though why not Zeiss?), Optical image stabilization system, Well designed, solid body; clever door over memory card/battery compartment, Large 2.5" LCD display (with average resolution), Robust performance, Full manual controls, Powerful flash, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Excellent movie mode, Support for conversion lenses and filters, Rechargeable batteries inc...
Cons: Purple fringing worse than competition, Burst mode could be better, A little too easy to accidentally use the jog dial, Memory Sticks cost more than other card formats, Except for the tutorial, bundled software is lousy
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 is Sony's first attempt at an ultra-zoom digital camera,
and on the whole it is a very successful one. It's easy to see why - the Sony
Cyber-shot DSC-H1 is stylish, well-built and takes good 5 megapixel photographs
that produce great A4 prints.
As well as offering full auto and scene modes for beginners, the Sony Cyber-shot
DSC-H1 also has shutter and aperture-priority modes for intermediate users
and a manual exposure mode for the more...