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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1147 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and value for money. The battery and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed comments on the focus and portability. The sensor and storage get critical views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony's $500 Cyber-shot DSC-H1 packs a powerful 12X optical zoom lens and an impressive 2.5-inch LCD into a chunky but intelligently designed ...

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Cybershot DSC-H1 Digital Camera


Sony's $500 Cyber-shot DSC-H1 packs a powerful 12X optical zoom lens and an impressive 2.5-inch LCD into a chunky but intelligently designed package. Its built-in image stabilization helps produce sharp pictures, especially in low-light conditions or...

Powerful 12X optical zoom Optical image stabilization

Mediocre image quality

There's no Memory Stick bundled in the box with the DSC-H1, but you can store up to 12 shots at the camera's highest resolution in its 32MB of built-in memory. In our battery tests, we took 306 shots between charges--an impressive total for a camera...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 Digital Camera (5.1MP, 2592x1944, 12x, 32MB Internal Memory)


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Powerful 12X optical zoom ; Optical image stabilization

Mediocre image quality

This bulky model features a 12X optical zoom with optical image stabilization, but overall image quality was mediocre.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1


Megapixels: 5.1, Included Memory Amount: 32 MB, Included Memory: On Board, Media Format: Memory Stick, Maximum Reso...

Good picture quality. Fairly good video capabilities. Quick boot-up. Large LCD screen.

Flash is too powerful in auto mode. Significant shutter lag with flash shots.

Except for shutter lag and an overly powerful flash, this 12X superzoom has some fine features.


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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H1


Mega zoom digital cameras are all the rage this season. Panasonic paved the way with its 12x optical zoom Lumix models, and other manufacturers quickly charged in to feed Americans' desires for potent digicams that offer a wide range of focal lengths...

High quality 12x optical zoom; good image stabilization

Poor software; uses expensive Memory Stick Pro media; low quality LCD screen

the DSC-H1 is a worthy competitor in the mega zoom ranks.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H1


12X image-stabilized zoom; 2.5-inch LCD; speedy performance; full feature set; nice selection of accessories.

Slightly soft images; lack of fine detail; larger and heavier than the competition.

This is a capable megazoom camera that can hold its own against much of the competition.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 reviewed


Digital Photography Review has turned in another one of their thorough reviews, this time tackling Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-H1, first announced back in February. The 5.1 megapixel camera has a 12x optical zoom lens, image stabilization, a...

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Sony DSC-H1


The Sony DSC-H1 Cyber-shot digital camera features a high resolution five megapixel, Super HAD CCD imager, 12X optical zoom lens with Super Steady Shot image stabilizer, a color electronic viewfinder and a large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor. This camera is

Highly Recommended!

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Sony DSC-H1


Introduced in February 2005 (pre-PMA), the Cyber-shot H1 is Sony's attempt to win a share of one of the fastest growing digital camera market sectors, the 5 megapixel 'super zoom'. Although Sony has produced big zoom cameras before (the F828 and its...

Good resolution, good edge-to-edge detail, Great color, good exposure, Accurate and fast focus, Low shutter lag, Superb handling, comprehensive photographic controls, Jog dial makes manual / semi-automatic exposure very easy and fast, 12x zoom offers...

Slight overall softness when viewed at 100%, Some focus hunting at long end of the zoom (especially in movie mode), Image stabilization doesn't seem quite as effective as competition, Small (though bright and clear) viewfinder, High default contrast...

Considering this is Sony's first foray into the increasingly crowded - and competitive - 5MP 'super zoom', whereas other manufacturers are already into their second or third generation models, the DSC-H1 is a very impressive, very mature product indeed.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 First Impressions Review


Sony decided to up the ante this year and transform their line, entering the "ultra zoom" race with the release of a long-lens Cyber-shot digital camera. The resulting 5.1 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 has a 12x optical zoom lens, equating to a...

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 does have some incredibly attractive features, notably its 12x optical zoom lens with super image stabilization and large 2.5-inch LCD screen. The 36-432mm (equivalent) variable focal range lens is also compatible with...

Product Specifications

A five megapixel, Super HAD CCD imager, 12X optical zoom lens and a large 2.5-inch LCD are just a few of the features on this model that are sure to please even the choosiest photo buff. With a focal length range of 36 - 432 millimeters (a 35mm equivalence) the DSC-H1 camera lets you frame distant objects with ease. Making the most of this telephoto reach, Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization feature counteracts camera-shake to ensure sharp images. This feature also benefits low-light photography by allowing the use of longer shutter speeds with reduced risk of image blur from camera-shake. Sony's Real Imaging Processor circuitry is incorporated in the model for better battery efficiency, more responsiveness and high quality movie taking, while seven preset scene modes allow quick selection of the best setting for specific shooting conditions. The camera also includes a five-area, multi-point auto focus to help you concentrate on the subject without mistakenly focusing on the background, as well as aperture/shutter priority and manual exposure modes for creative control of the image. For added convenience, the model has 32 MB of internal memory (30 MB of usable memory) and a Memory Stick flash media slot. PictBridge compatibility enables prints in a flash when the camera is connected to an enabled printer.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Hi-speed shutter / Landscape / Portrait mode / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:5.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Contrast compensation / Saturation / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic