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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 883 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the portability and performance are generally positive. The value for money and image quality are also appreciated. Opinions about the energy efficiency and build quality are mixed. Many are negative about the features and shutter.

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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-H2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony DSC-H2


The Cyber-shot DSC-H2 is a compact and stylish 6-megapixel camera with a two-inch LCD screen, a powerful Carl Zeiss 12x optical zoom lens (36-432mm in 35mm equivalence). The H2 incorporates Sony's Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization to help...

The new H-series cameras are substantial, without feeling bulky, and feature a comfortable grip with controls easily accessible by your thumb. You can count on detailed image previews using the bright 2-inch color LCD screen

Highly Recommended!

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Sony DSC-H2


Excellent resolution, good edge-to-edge detail, Great color, good exposure, clean sharp results, Accurate and generally fast focus, Low shutter lag, Superb handling, comprehensive photographic controls, Jog dial makes manual / semi-automatic exposure...

Some focus hunting at long end of the zoom (especially in low light), Images very slightly soft, Image stabilization doesn't seem quite as effective as competition, Small viewfinder (high resolution though), Screen smaller and lower resolution than...

We praised the H1 - Sony's first foray into this crowded part of the market - as not only a surprisingly mature, well-rounded product, but one offering performance and output that put it very near the top of the tree.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H2


Sony was quite late to the megazoom parade with its Cyber Shot DSC-H1, but this follow-up model is more in step with the rest of the marchers. The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H2's 12X zoom lens now carries the Carl Zeiss moniker, resolution has been bumped up...

12X zoom; image stabilization; decent selection of accessories.

Small LCD; large body; lots of noise at ISO 800 and above; no hotshoe.

The megazoom Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H2's long, image-stabilized lens should have the soccer moms drooling--as long as they stick to the lower ISO speeds.


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Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 reviewed


That 6 megapixel DSC-H2 announced last month just pulled a righteous first-look review over at HardwareZone. The H2, remember, is Sony's prosumer followup to the DSC-H1. If you liked the H1, then the H2 is sure to please with its higher megapixel count...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 has a 6.0 megapixel, 1/2.5 inch CCD. There are 2 image quality size settings available (Fine and Standard), which are recorded as JPEGs. There are no RAW or TIFF...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!


Like its predecessor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1, the new Sony DSC-H2 digital camera takes direct aim at the Long Zoom Family Camera market, offering an impressive 12x optical zoom lens along with full manual exposure control, while not getting too...

Quite fast, good shutter response, very good shot to shot speed ; Image stabilization works well, is a great help with a long zoom lens like the H2's ; Better than average color accuracy ; Very capable movie mode ; Very fast multi-burst mode, great for...

Slightly warm skin tones ; Auto white balance had a hard time with household incandescent lighting ; Rather contrasty default tone curve ; High chromatic aberration lens distortion, noticeable in some images at the edges ; Image noise high at ISO 400...

The Sony DSC-H2's zoom is fast and smooth, not to mention quiet. With some experience and finesse, you can move the zoom either slowly or quickly, by varying the pressure applied to the buttons. If it's more comfortable in bright daylight, the EVF...

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Sony Cyber-shot H2 Review


Like last year's H1, Sony's second generation bridge camera has a touch of the Flash Gordon about it.

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Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 Review


Here is another quite good ultra-zoom from Sony. The Sony Cybershot DSC-H2, being very similar to the Sony H5, performs similarly. While it does produce useable pictures under typical lighting conditions, the H2 exhibits too much chromatic aberrations,...

Good exposure and focus accuracy, Generally fast and responsive, Powerfull flash and focus assist lamp, Excellent outdoor LCD visibility, Good ergonomics, Good battery life

High chromatic aberrations, Pronounced corner software, High image noise starting at ISO 400, Poor automatic white-balance indoors, Overly high image constrast, Unuseable above ISO 400

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 Digital Camera Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 is one of the successors to the popular H1.

Nice long, stabilized 12x zoom ; Very powerful flash ; Good noise performance ; Good image quality

2" inch LCD seems small (but keeps price down) ; Long flash charge time ; Some controls a bit uncomfortable

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 is a solid offering in the ultra-zoom digital camera field.  It takes good images at 6 megapixels and has a nice lens with good image stabilization.  The flash is one of the most powerful that I've seen on a point and shoot...

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Sony Cyber-Shot H2


Priced at $399, the Sony Cyber-shot H2 appears to be Sony's budget ultra-zoom camera. It features 6 megapixels, 12x optical zoom, a 2 inch LCD (smaller than on the H1) and full manual controls. While it's certainly cheaper than the H5, it also has less...

Carl Zeiss 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilization ; Excellent exterior: Modern & stylish look, solid build, fits comfortably in hand ; Above average battery life ; Full manual controls with many accessories ; Useful jog dial (some competition...

LCD is small; visibility and resolution not excellent ; No wide-angle conversion lens ; Slow and limited continuous shooting ; Overall performance could be faster and better ; Movie mode is basic and too bare: no zoom, focus when recording

The Sony Cyber-shot H2 is a relative bargain for the price. It features lots of stuff which make it great: The 12x zoom lens (now by Carl Zeiss) with optical image stabilization, 6 megapixels and great battery life (400 shots).

Product Specifications

Get closer than ever with the Cyber-shot DSC-H2 digital camera from Sony. With its incredible 12X optical zoom lens combined with Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization system you can capture stunning long-distance images with minimized blurring, even during longer exposures. It is conversion lens compatible so you can easily add optional telephoto and wide-angle lenses for even greater optical range.

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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 Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


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:6Megapixel

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):1000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic