Nice camera in between a point and shoot and a fancier camera
9 September 2012
Excerpt: We purchased this camera about a year ago when my point and shoot finally died. I wanted a nicer camera that had lots of features but was still easy to use and took good pictures. I really am happy with this purchase because this camera does take nice pictures most of the time. It is easy to use and does take nice video/audio. We actually use it as our primary camera/video camera even though we have a digital video recorder.
Excerpt: We bought this almost 2 yrs ago and have been pretty pleased. It takes great pictures and good features on the camera. The only problem I've seen is the adapter cover on the side of it doesn't close any longer. It has a tiny closure and broke off easily. I would say that it's the only problem thus far.
Excerpt: I was fortunate enough to receive the SOny Cybershot DSC-H20 Digital Camera as a gift. It's a mixture of point-and-shoot/manual all in one camera. It features a 10X optical zoom and captures digital video in High Definition. You gotta love that. It's easy to shoot with this camera and it has many features including, Steady Shot, Smile Detection, facial recognition, etc.
Excerpt: I have ownd many digital point & shoot cameras because I am a photo fanatic, but am not experienced enought for the more advanced cameras. Overall, I love almost everything about the Sony H-30 camera. The 10x optical zoom is amazing. I took this camera on a trip to Alaska and we saw some wildlife in the woods. The zoom got me pictures close enough to see the fur on the animals.
Summary: The camera for some reason gets very little attention compared to other compact super zooms from Panasonic, canon, fuji, etc with very limited reviews. However its one of the better priced and highly featured camera's in the market, and is extremely well constructed. The limited wide angle can be annoying but its not a deal breaker as if you can step a few steps back you can cover the area, as the powerful flash compensates for this.
Pros: - Very well built even though its made of plastic materials, and compared to other Sony cameras this is built in japan, - Carl Zeiss lens is sharp and clear, - Very long telephoto zoom for a 10X, - Good image stabilization, - Very powerful flash for a compact camera, - Video quality is very good, and less grainy than most of the other highly raved cameras (such as the Panasonic ZS3), - Good audio quality in videos (however its only mono audio), - Manual controls allow...
Cons: - Very long flash recycle time (over 10 secs), - Shutter lag (time from pressing the shutter to taking the photo) has a delay that makes it a hit and miss for taking photos of moving items (even if slow moving), - Focusing under low light is poor, - Lens cap is a nuisance, and automated lens cover would have been so much more suited, - Output from camera to TV is not great, very grainy and dark, - A bit too large for pocket use, you need to take it in a bag or belt ca...
Summary: Overall I think its the most balanced camera out there from a quality/features/price standpoint. Recently the price came down to $229 on amazon, makes a even better deal. Some things i like about it are: 1. Good picture quality 2. Good 10x zoom./Good Macro close up shots. 3. Ability to record HD video (720p) and use zoom function at the same time. 4. Large 3 inch lcd display. 5.
Summary: My first digital camera was a Sony DSC-S75 which I still use and it takes great photos. I also own a DSC-V1 which I like for its movie clips that play right away in Windows Media Player. I loved those cameras so much I was sure I would like this one just as well, but so far I'm not sure. On the plus side, it starts up fast and takes great close up photos in macro mode. It does well with outdoor daylight or landscape photos, and the color is very accurate.