Summary: Great camera for me. Those TTL type are way to big and too heavy although they can promise better pictures. For normal people who don't need top notch pictures, this is the best choice. Downside with this camera is the battery life. The specification states 340 pictures per charge (2600mAH battery coming with the camera). However, my experience shows that it only last about 200 pictures. Still not too bad.
Summary: There are several things I don't like about this camera, and I'll get to them in a bit. But first things first: This is the big-zoom prosumer camera to buy. Check out the photo comparisons between the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H5 and the Canon PowerShot Pro Series S3 on the net at steves-digicams. Among other things, at every ISO setting above 100, noise is noticeably worse in the Canon S3 than the Sony H-5.
Great camera as long as you have a truck to carry the batteries.
L.T.Caldwell "L.T.Caldwell", Amazon
12 January 2007
Summary: The Sony H5/7.2 12X is a great camera if you understand alittle about regular 35mm photography, if not the instructions can be confusing.The zoom of 12X is wonderful for long distant photos.My only reason for not rating the camera 5 stars is, the battery life [2AA] is extremely short if you use all the camera menu options and also the camera is bulky and heavy. This is not snap shot camera, hence the reason for two cameras.
Summary: I bought it for $409 in August 2006 and it really a good camera with all the features I needed, with absolutely enormous 3-inch LCD display. It consumes batteries much faster. The image quality is good.
Summary: Oeveral a very good camera that I would certainly recommend to others. Here are the pos/negs... Benefits: - You can zoom in-and-out while in video mode. (I couldn't do this on previous Sony cameras) - The big screen is awesome. - The picture quality is awesome. Don't just look at the number of MP, the quality is what you need!!! - Handles red-eye well...
Summary: I've had the Sony DSC-H5 for about three months and all-in-all am very satisfied. This is my first digital camera, being an old SLR holdout. As noted in some of the other reviews, there are some minor issues - the location of the zoom button being my biggest complaint. It's too easy to hit that by mistake when composing a shot. A big concern for me was picture clarity.
Summary: Sony DSC-H5 is a great camera. Specially for the people who love long range optical zoom features like me. Its 12X optical zoom lens is really really incredible. With minimum distorions, long distance photography with it is really an adventure. One of its great features is that, while shooting movies you can still use the zooming feature. This is quite handy since you can go upto 57X zoom in vga mode. The Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization system is amazing.
Summary: Bought this camera early last month after a relatively quick, two-day research binge after our old digital busted about 10 days before our big Europe trip. I wanted an upgrade from our old 5 megapixel tiny point-and-shoot, but didn't want to shell out too much (as much as I wanted the full manual focus option and faster shutter in a bigger camera that actually felt like a camera) ...
Summary: I've been playing around with a little Kodak camera for the past three years until finally dropping it one too many times meant it's eventual demise. So I shopped around for a new digital camera, one that would take the kind of pictures that I wanted for all of the situations that I find myself in. I take a lot of pictures of parties with very low lighting, and I don't really care for flashed out pictures.
Great camera, would be 5 stars if not for two exceptions..
Garry L. Croney, Amazon
21 June 2006
Summary: Just received my new H5. Up front, I do like Sony. I own the following Sony cameras.. S50, F828, T9, and H1. Have DSLR A100 on pre-order for August. Camera has good feel, well placed controls. Like added visual data on screen, Mode dial displayed on screen when changing and Histogram on screen while shooting. Excellent photos, good color and focus.