Summary: In my opinion, the H55 is a little pricey, but I liked it and I had fun shooting with it. Overall, the H55 did a good job for me and with the exception of its abysmal shot-to-shot times I have no major complaints about the camera. The H55 is obviously targeted toward photo enthusiasts rather than casual photographers and that presents something of a quandary.
Pros: Easy to use, Compact, First rate optics, Excellent image quality, Very good feature set
Cons: Slow - especially shot to shot, No optical viewfinder, Battery life could be better, Pricey
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. The H55 has a different sensor, so lacks the HX5's fast continuous shooting and low-light modes. Other ommisions are the HX5's 1080i HD video mode and its GPS capability.
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.
Excerpt: We initially thought the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 was a step down model of the more expensive HX5v. Both have the same lens, body and display but other than that, there no other similarities. Sony has dropped the H55's recommended retail price by $100 and you can get on for even less than that on the streets. The camera does have a few shortcomings but they are forgivable for this price point.
Excerpt: Lightweight and compact design, excellent value for money, quality of photos is really good. Shooting performance is slow Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 is 4.1 inches wide, 1.1 inches deep, 2.2 inches high and weighs 6 oz. The camera has a 14.1 megapixel resolution. The light sensitivity options include ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 3200, ISO 800, ISO auto, ISO 1600. The camera has 2x digital zoom.
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. The Sweep Panorama mode automatically helps it score points with me, and could certainly be put to good use on many shutterbugs’ scenic vacations or weekend trips to the mountains.
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. It marries a high performance 10x optical zoom lens backed up with optical SteadyShot image stabilisation to impressive 14.1-megapixel effective resolution from a Super HAD CCD (as opposed to Exmor R CMOS) plus 720p HD movie recording, yet it still manages to squeeze...
Excerpt: For those looking for the one easy-to-use point-and-shoot compact that (almost) does it all, the DSC-H55 from Sony might just fit the bill. The headline spec is impressive: 14.1-megapixels effective resolution, a 10x optical zoom stretching from 25-250mm in 35mm terms, 3-inch LCD screen, plus 720p HD movies. Providing further enticement is the manufacturer's suggested retail price, which considering this is a Sony product is a fair £249.
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