Excerpt: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 has pretty much everything that a high zoom SLR-like camera(it’s still not a SLR, it comes with an integrated lens) should have: full manual controls, RAW mode, pop-up flash, histogram display, features like face detection and image stabilization, but, it lacks a viewfinder (nor electronic or optical).
Conclusion: I must admit I wasn't that impressed when I first held the Sony H3 in my hands. It looks like a toy camera and the build quality did not inspire my confidence either. In the three weeks or so that I have now used and tested the H3 I have had to somewhat change my opinion. In fact I have even grown a little fond of this latest addition to Sony's 'High-Zoom' range.
Pros: Reliable 'point and shoot' performance, Good image quality in good light; bright, sharp images with immediate 'consumer friendly' appeal, Powerful flash, Efficient image stabilization, Very good zoom range (although no real wide angle), Compact dimensions for the zoom range, Reliable exposure system in most shooting conditions, Good edge-to-edge sharpness, Good detail at lowest ISO settings, Some in-camera retouching options, Predictive AF helpful when photographing m...
Cons: No real wide angle, Manual mode only offers 2 F-stop settings, Slow, unreliable focus in low light, Ugly, bulky lens hood (although you don't have to use it), Mediocre build quality, Only basic external controls, Longwinded menu structure, Screen has a low resolution for its size and is not very bright, 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 ev...
Excerpt: Not to be outdone by Canon and Panasonic, Sony offers up the new 8.1-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-H3 (street: $269), a retro-styled but thoroughly modern 10x optically stabilized compact camera packing a 38-380mm f/3.5-4.4 (35mm equivalent) Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, full manual controls, 1080i still image HD output with an optional HD cable, Dynamic Range Optimization, Face Detection autofocus and autoexposure, and polyphonic sounds that will either delight or annoy you.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 is yet another take on the emerging compact ultra-zoom theme, sporting a 10x optical zoom in a large pocket camera package. Amid some other more prominent entries into this field, the Sony seems to have been often lost in the mix. Even with some tough competition and nagging questions about high-ISO image quality and interface performance, however, the 8.1 megapixel H3 looks like it brings enough pocket-sized power – building on the obvious...
Conclusion: While I liked the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 , the Sony DSC-H3 has more positives such as much faster shot-to-shot times and quicker focusing. Image quality was just a tad better, not dramatically different but shooting at higher ISOs delivered less noise. I really wish the H3 had a larger LCD screen and the 28mm option because that would make it a slam dunk winner. As always do your own hands-on test but if it were my money, speed wins out—and the Sony has it to spare.
Pros: Compact 8MP 10x digicam with OIS
Cons: Small LCD screen; limited manual adjustments
Conclusion: The Sony DSC-H3 is for most a conveniently sized 10x optical zoom camera with a bunch of clever tricks that make it more fun than most other mid-range zooms on the market. The flash range is brilliant, as is the battery life from the rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. Image quality when printed small (up to A4) won’t be questionable. But start blowing up pictures taken at the maximum zoom and you may be disappointed with the fringing.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H3 – a great all-rounder If you are looking for an ultra-compact digital camera but don’t want to compromise on the features, technology or price, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H3 is ideal. With an 8.1 effective megapixel resolution and powerful 10x optical zoom, this digital camera produces stunning shots every time.