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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 924 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and performance. The battery and usability also get good comments. There are mixed reviews on the contrast and viewfinder. Some have doubts about the features and reliability.

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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-H5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5


Sharp photos. Vibrant Color. Nicely designed body. Decent video clips.

Shutter lag. Mediocre menus. Flash is too powerful.

It's a nicely designed camera, but falls short in some key quality and performance areas.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 Digital Camera - Black (7.2MP, 12x Opt, 32MB Internal Memory, Memory Stick Pro/ Memory Stick Pro Duo)


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 squeezes a 12X zoom lens into a body that's light and compact by advanced camera standards. It also brings Sony's line of superzoom digital cameras up-to-date by adding more megapixels, higher ISO settings, and a bigger LCD...

Large 3-inch LCD ; 12X zoom and image stabilization

Distortion in images

A large LCD, 12X zoom and anti-shake are attractive, though images lacked sharpness and distortion was noticeable.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5


A 3-inch LCD dominates the back and a 12X zoom commands the front of this revamped camera.

Large 3-inch LCD, 12X zoom and image stabilization

Distortion in images


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Sony H5 vs Canon S3 IS vs Panasonic FZ7: Head-to-Head-to-Head Digital Camera Review


Consumers with somewhere upwards of $400 or $500 to spend on a compact camera can get plenty of great features - long telephoto zooms, movie capability, and 6-to-7-megapixel files.

The Canon PowerShot S3 IS, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7, and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 are closely matched in terms of image quality and performance.

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Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 reviewed


The good folks at Digital Photography Review have come through with a typically thorough review of Sony's latest prosumer camera, the Cybershot DSC-H5 -- the bigger, blacker counterpart to Sony's DSC-H2, both of which were announced way back in...

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H5


The Cyber-shot DSC-H5 is a compact and stylish 7.2-megapixel camera with an extra-large, three-inch LCD screen, a powerful Carl Zeiss 12x optical zoom lens (36-432mm in 35mm equivalence). The H5 incorporates Sony's Super SteadyShot optical image...

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H5


As usual, the zoom rocker is found at the top right of the camera back, and the bottom right hosts the menu controls: in this case, a four-way rocker that surrounds an Enter button. Below the rocker is the trash button, while menu and display buttons...

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

Large body; lots of noise at ISO 800 and above; no hotshoe.

Advanced amateurs who find dSLRs too bulky will like the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H5's versatility but lament the noise at higher ISOs.

Highly Recommended!

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Sony DSC-H5


Excellent resolution, good detail with only a very slight fall-off in the corners, Great color, good exposure, clean sharp results, Accurate and generally fast focus, Low shutter lag, Superb handling, comprehensive photographic controls, Jog dial makes...

Some focus hunting at long end of the zoom (especially in low light), Easy to hit buttons on rear with your thumb, especially when shooting 'single handed', Default settings produce images that need a little sharpening, Noticeably stronger noise...

By far the most difficult part of this review was identifying real, meaningful differences between the output of this camera and the H2, reviewed last week, and attempting to discover if it is worth the extra $100 or so.

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Sony Cyber-shot H5 and H2 First Impressions Review


After a successful run with its first ultra zoom Cyber-shot DSC-H1, Sony released the 7.2 megapixel H5 and 6 megapixel H2. These digital cameras come with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 12x zoom lenses and the Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization that...

- Light and portable - Carl Zeiss 12x zoom lens - Image stabilization system - Print function guide - Easy to use

- Plastic body - Pro card required for full movie mode - Questionable burst mode

The new Sony Cyber-shot H-series cameras are worthy successors to the ultra zoom H1. The original camera was a great concept but didn't have the star power. The H5 just might have it. The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 has 7.2 megapixels, a huge LCD screen...

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Cyber-shot DSC-H5


Powerful flash ; Huge LCD screen ; Optical image stabilization ; Lens works in movie mode ; Big mode dial ; Comfortable handling

Slow burst mode ; Plastic body ; Poor battery life ; Tiny viewfinder ; Terrible software

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 has a great feature set that includes 7.1 megapixels, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 12x optical zoom lens, an optical image stabilization system, and full manual functionality. This digital camera has the lure of a sexy compact,...

Product Specifications

Get closer than ever with the Cyber-shot DSC-H5 digital camera from Sony. It offers a spectacular array of advantages for creative expression, including 7.2 megapixel performance for editing, cropping and making big prints, top-quality Carl Zeiss 12X Optical zoom lens and Super SteadyShot stabilization system for rock-steady long-distance photos.

Audio Input



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:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
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:7.2Megapixel

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):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 / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD