Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10's unique features are overshadowed by poor flash image quality and iffy face detection. If you're in the market for a budget superzoom, better, lower-priced options are out there.
Pros: Large 3-inch screen. Can preview ISO settings on the LCD. Little noise in low-light shots. Sports-shooting scene mode for capturing clear, fast-action shots.
Cons: Faulty face detection. Flash shots are overexposed. No optical viewfinder. Plastic body feels a bit flimsy.
Excerpt: Physical Views The Cyber-shot DSC-H10 and a CD for size comparison. Go to Page Two Sony DSC-H10 Specifications Image Device: 1/2.5" Super HAD™ CCD 8.1-Megapixel Still Image Sizes: 8M 3:2 5M 3M VGA 16:9 Recording Media: 31MB of internal memory Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO Media Zoom: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 10X, 6.3 - 63mm (38-380mm equivalent in 35mm) F3.5-F8(W) Conversion lens: Yes Smart Zoom Technology: 5M:Approx.12x(Total), 3M:Approx.15x(Total),...
Conclusion: I mentioned in the introduction to this review that the only apparent difference between the Sony DSC-H10 and its predecessor - the H3 which we reviewed in January - is the size and resolution of the screen. So it won't come as a surprise that this conclusion is not much different to the one I wrote for the H3.
Pros: Reliable 'point and shoot' performance, Good image quality in good light; bright, sharp images with immediate 'consumer friendly' appeal, Powerful flash with slow synch mode, Efficient image stabilization, Good zoom range (although only starting at 38mm), Compact dimensions for the zoom range, Reliable exposure system in most shooting conditions, Large, clear screen (but prone to fingerprint smearing), Good edge-to-edge sharpness, Good detail at lowest ISO settings, S...
Cons: No real wide angle, Manual mode only offers 2 F-stop settings, Slow, unreliable focus in low light, Only basic external controls, Longwinded menu structure, All-plastic body, Non-standard video/USB connector, Combined effects of noise and noise reduction at high ISOs and in low light produces poor results, Noise reduction effects visible even at low ISO settings, Menus and review mode can feel a little sluggish, HDTV output requires additional equipment, Tendency to c...
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10 is extremely similar to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 and shares most of the features, specifications, and attributes with the latter model. It is a little over an ounce heavier, likely due to the 3-inch LCD instead of the 2.5-inch screen of the prior model. By itself that is a nice upgrade.
Pros: Lens quality, 10x optical zoom, Relatively fast in action mode, Override settings not always present on point-and-shoot cameras
Cons: No optical finder; LCD practically unusable outdoors, Manual mode unnecessary as implemented, Macro mode focus fussiness, Menu system
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H10 – small yet powerful The compact Cyber-shot DSC-H10 digital camera offers an 8.1 effective megapixel resolution and high-quality 10x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. Intended to be the replacement for the Sony H3, however, there are just a few subtle changes – perhaps driven by the fact that the H3 […]
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10, an evolutionary upgrade to last year's H3, is a compact, responsive and versatile superzoom with an effective image-stabilisation system. If the strangely shaped hand-grip and the plastic body do not inspire confidence at first, don't let these initial impressions fool you: this is the type of camera that grows on you as you use it more and more.
Summary: Die Sony DSC-H10 behauptet sich mittlerweile seit vielen Monaten preisstabil am Markt (230 Euro). Die relativ leichte 10fach-Zoom besitzt einen großen, ordentlichen 3-Zoll-Monitor und einen optischen Bildstabilisator.