Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot H50 is a 9 megapixel super-zoom camera with a big 15X lens. The camera comes with an above average bundle, that includes a lens hood and very useful remote control. The H50 features a nicely viewable 3 inch LCD that can be tilted for high/low angle photos and powerful built-in flash. Thereâ€™s no hotshoe for an external flash though. The Cyber-shot H50 features a 15X zoom lens with optical image stabilization.
Pros: Generally good image quality (though with some issues), Good 3 inch tiltable LCD, Very good in-the-box bundle: lens hood and remote control, Powerful built-in flash, Fast performing, Night Shot mode, Full manual mode, with expandability via accessories, Fancy playback mode
Cons: Some color fringing, barrel distortion and redeye, Competing cameras have bigger zoom lenses (18X, 20X, 24X), Certain buttons are too small; loose rear command dial, No flash hotshoe or RAW image format, Unintuitive and confusing menu and â€œhome menuâ€� system
Summary: The Sony DSC-H50 is an attractive entry into the ultrazoom sweepstakes despite giving up a marginal measure of focal length at each end of the zoom spectrum to most of the other brands in the race. Good color and image quality, good shutter response, and more features than you can shake a stick at combine with typical ISO noise performance to produce a camera that a full auto user can take up with confidence.
Pros: Good color and image quality, Good shutter response, Many user inputs for image modification, Monitor usable in outdoor light
Cons: Stabilization can sometimes unknowingly involve ISO increases, Lens zoom button can be inadvertently activated, Control button hard to activate without also activating adjacent functions
Sony's 9.1 megapixel superzoom features exceptional image quality and a multitude of features
Consumer Electronics Net
11 July 2008
Excerpt: Besides the "super thin keep in your pocket/purse all the time model of compact digital cameras" there seems to be a new kid on the block nowadays, the superzoom. Such is Sony's DSC-H50 (available in chrome or black finish). It sports the equivalent to a whopping 31mm~465mm focal length lens (that's a 15x zoom if you don't happen to have your calculator with you at the moment).
Summary: Overall, we did like the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50, especially the 15X lens and the tilting LCD. Eliminate the glitches (or ignore them), and you have a fierce little camera for a reasonable price.