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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 504 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the value for money and lens. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the features and memory. The manual image adjustments and viewfinder get mixed reviews.

portability, image quality, usability, lens, value for money

memory, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3


The Cyber-shot DSC-H3 was first announced back in August 2007 and is the latest addition to Sony's High Zoom range of compact cameras - and something of a departure (previous models were all considerably larger 'SLR-style' affairs). This 'baby-brother'...

Reliable 'point and shoot' performance ; Good image quality in good light; bright, sharp images with immediate 'consumer friendly' appeal ; Powerful flash ; Efficient image stabilization ; Very good zoom range (although no real wide angle) ; Compact...

No real wide angle ; Manual mode only offers 2 F-stop settings ; Slow, unreliable focus in low light ; Ugly, bulky lens hood (although you don't have to use it) ; Mediocre build quality ; Only basic external controls ; Longwinded menu structure ;...

I must admit I wasn't that impressed when I first held the Sony H3 in my hands. It looks like a toy camera and the build quality did not inspire my confidence either. In the three weeks or so that I have now used and tested the H3 I have had to...


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Sony CyberShot DSC-H3


The march of the compact mega zooms continues. Sony recently introduced a very small 8-megapixel digicam with a 10x optical zoom and optical image stabilization. Like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and Canon PowerShot SX100 IS this camera is really...

Compact 8MP 10x digicam with OIS

Small LCD screen; limited manual adjustments

If sports or action photography is high on your list, then the Sony DSC-H3 is the winner with the TZ3 fading down the stretch...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 (black)


If you're reading this, then you probably already know that there are a lot of different kinds of cameras in the world. This year, we saw the birth of a new variation with the advent of superzooms that don't have electronic viewfinders, such as the...

Has 10x optical zoom lens; small size; optical image stabilization; face detection.

Noisy images at higher ISOs; no place to put your thumb.

If you don't like electronic viewfinders, but want a superzoom, this Sony packs a 10x zoom lens and 8 megapixels into a tiny package, but image quality at higher ISOs is a bit lacking.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


The Sony DSC-H3 is the latest addition to the company's Cyber-shot H-series, forming a new entry point to the line beneath the existing DSC-H7 and DSC-H9 models

10x zoom in a compact package at an affordable price ; Advanced Sports mode combines faster shutter speed with continuous and predictive autofocus ; Bionz processor holds details in shadows and highlights ; SteadyShot optical image stabilization ;...

No Aperture or Shutter Priority modes ; No HD output cable included ; Slow flash recycle time ; Lack of detail in high ISO images ; Menu system is confusing ; Slow AF at telephoto ; Focus seeks a lot in low light ; Chromatic aberration is strong at...

The Sony H3 combines eight megapixel resolution with a 2.5-inch LCD display and a powerful Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded 10x optical zoom lens, offering a range from a rather tight 38mm wide-angle to a very useful 380mm telephoto. As with previous...

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Camera Test: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3


Not to be outdone by Canon and Panasonic, Sony offers up the new 8.1-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-H3 (street: $269), a retro-styled but thoroughly modern 10x optically stabilized compact camera packing a 38-380mm f/3.5-4.4 (35mm equivalent) Carl Zeiss...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3


The Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 is a 8.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 21 August'07). It features: a 10x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens (38-380mm) with optical image stabilization, face detection (auto exposure, focussing,...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 is yet another take on the emerging compact ultra-zoom theme, sporting a 10x optical zoom in a larger compact-camera package.

Like most Sony models, the H3 uses the company's proprietary Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Pro Duo formats exclusively. Expect about 300 highest-res shots for every 1 GB of storage space. Note that the H3 allows "hot swapping" - changing memory...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-H3 Super Zoom Camera


2007 was an interesting year for the digital camera industry as a whole. The reason I say this is because that year saw the introduction of a new breed of camera. We saw a cross breed between a compact point-and-shoot camera and a DSLR camera. The...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-H3 Digital Camera Review


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 has pretty much everything that a high zoom SLR-like camera(it's still not a SLR, it comes with an integrated lens) should have: full manual controls, RAW mode, pop-up flash, histogram display, features like face detection and...

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"I love this camera for it hidden features"


I love the fact that you can edit a photo inside the camera without the need for phtotoshop. It has fish eye and much more. It's like an slr without the cost or need for lenses. High noise at 400 iso. Lots of manual control,

Editing a photo form the camera.

No viewfinder, high noise.

Product Specifications

Longer zoom, smaller size. Sony puts 10X Optical zoom in the palm of your hand. With compact body design, 8.1 megapixel resolution and a top-quality Carl Zeiss lens, the exclusive silver Cyber-shot DSC-H3 packs more photo opportunities in a small size. Advanced Sports Mode (up to 1/2000 sec.) catches fast action. And Face Detection detects up to eight faces in a picture, so everyone will look their best. HD Output provides spectacular photo viewing on your Sony BRAVIA and other compatible HDTV screens and the Sony Double Anti-Blur Solution combines Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization with High Sensitivity (ISO 3200) for crisp imaging in low light.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

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 / Fireworks / High sensitivity / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Sports mode / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Landscape / Twilight portrait / Fireworks / Soft snap / Sports mode / Twilight mode / Beach / Snow / High sensitivity


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.4
Max Focal Length:63mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"/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:8.1Megapixel

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:20
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 3200 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Vivid/Black & White / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None