Summary: Quite some time prior to my testing of the Sony Cyber-shot H55 , I used to shoot 35mm slides (mostly Ektachrome and Kodachrome). I loved the bold and vibrant, but highly accurate colors and the incredible detail captured by slow ISO speed 35mm transparency films, but I hated waiting two weeks to get...
Pros: Easy to use, Manual exposure mode, Very good feature set
Cons: Slow shot-to-shot, Pricey, Battery life could be better
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 is compact super-zoom with a 14 megapixel sensor, 10x optical range and 3 inch LCD screen. Released in February 2010, it shares the same body, lens and screen as the higher-specified HX5, but lacks many of that model's advanced features.
Pros: Stylish body and great handling., Dual-mode video stabilization., Noiseless optical video zoom., Full manual control., Sweep panorama.
Cons: Slow continuous shooting., Slow flash recycle time., Histogram linked to brightness control., Proprietary port and connector.
Summary: All in all, the H55 looks to be a decent camera for folks not wanting or needing to go all the way up to the HX5V. The Sony H55 still has some powerful features and a whole lot of resolution to work with at 14.1MP.
Conclusion: With its solid but unspectacular performance, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 is not great value at £239. Its redeeming feature, however, is the sweep panorama mode which is fun and a doddle to use.
Excerpt: Described as a stylish super zoom with high end features by its manufacturer, we couldn't, on first impressions, claim to disagree with Sony's assessment of the Cyber-Shot DSC-H55 digital compact.
Excerpt: The H55 costs a little less than most ultra-zoom cameras, but while its 3in screen and 720p video mode are right up there with pricier models, in other ways it feels like a budget model. There’s no HDMI output, and the 10x zoom range is smaller than most.
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 is fairly priced, delivers sharply focused, evenly exposed images and provides the user with a broader degree of creative scope than most compacts with lesser zooms.
Pros: Capable, well-constructed and fairly priced addition to the ranks of big zoom, high resolution models, good edge to edge sharpness at maximum 25mm wide angle