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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1445 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the image quality and portability are generally positive. The value for money and usability also get good reviews. There are some critical views about the features and memory.

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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-H50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony DSC-H50


The new Sony Cybershot H50 uses a powerful Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lens with Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization to capture action at a distance. The lens yields sharp, high-contrast images and reduces color fringing, even when shooting in...

The camera also features a large, 3-inch tilting LCD screen so you can shoot comfortably from nearly any position, at low and high angles. Its scratch-resistant, UV hard-coat finish adds a premium look and feel that mirrors the performance of the model

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Cybershot DSC-H50


Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-H50 has some outstanding features. But it also has a few kinks that may or may not hang you up, depending on how picky you are about certain functions.

Powerful 15x optical zoom Tilting 3-inch LCD screen

Slow startup speed Short battery life

But the DSC-H50 has some shortcomings. The LCD produces a somewhat jumpy image when panning, which I found irksome. Battery life is less than ideal: Our lab tests yielded 291 shots on a charge; in the field, it was noticeably short. While most of the...

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Sony DSC


Beauty is in the details, and this model captures them all. The DSC-H50 is a full-featured point-and-shoot with outstanding high-power zoom capability. It includes Smile Shutter technology which captures smiles the moment they happen, as well as Face...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 (Silver)


Sitting atop Sony's line of megazoom cameras is the 9-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-H50. Its 15x f2.7-f8 31-465mm-equivalent lens, coupled with the company's SteadyShot optical image stabilization, lets you shoot far and somewhat wide. It's also built...

Versatile mix of ease-of-use features and manual controls; tilting 3-inch LCD; good color reproduction; zoom operates in movie mode.

Slowish startup and shutdown; occasional fringing, noise issues; no raw support or hot shoe.

Though its lens isn't as wide and suffers from many of the same lens artifacts as its competitors, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 is a good megazoom camera with a lot of features for experiment-minded snapshooters.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50


In conclusion, the Cyber-shot DSC-H50 may just be the best point and shoot camera that has the ability to satisfy the needs of photographers of nearly any skill level. While it may offer some minor power up problems, its image quality is sure to make...

15x Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens3.0 inch Tilt-up Clear Photo LCD Plus screenIntelligent Scene Recognition ModeFace Detection, Smile Shutter Technology

Slow to power up

If you love the functionality of a digital SLR, but you don't want to...

Highly Recommended!

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 is a 9 megapixel digital camera equipped with a 15x Carl Zeiss lens, putting it squarely in the super-zoom category. Although not quite as wide-ranging as some of its 18x zoom competitors, the 31-465mm focal range of the...

Targeting those who want better image quality and a broader range of features not to mention lens reach than the typical compact, without going the whole hog and investing in a DSLR, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 shapes up as a surprisingly...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


The Sony H50 offers a sensor resolution of nine megapixels along with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded 15x optical zoom lens that includes Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization. Other H50 features include ISO sensitivity from ISO 80 to 3,200, a...

Long zoom with a reasonable wide angle ; Very good resolution with high-contrast subjects ; Digital zoom holds detail ; Remote control included ; Good macro performance ; Good color performance ; Large LCD with clear EVF ; 9.1 megapixel sensor with...

Wheel Dial is difficult to use ; Soft on the right side of the image ; Strong chromatic aberration at all focal lengths affects sharpness at outer edges ; High barrel distortion at wide angle ; High pincushion distortion at telephoto ; Noisy images...

The Sony Cyber-shot H50 has a suggested retail price of US$400, but can be found for quite a bit less via the shopping links above right or below

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Sony Cybershot DSC-H50 Review


I received the Sony Cybershot DSC-H50 the day before I left for a week-long road trip through the Southwest. I only had time for a cursory review of the manual before I was off and shooting. I had a few challenges with the camera, but considering my...

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Sony Cybershot H50 Review at Steve's Digicams


The Sony Cybershot H50 is loaded with features and abilities that really make it stand out from other cameras. Its main selling point, the 15x optical zoom lens with O.I.S. makes the camera extremely versatile.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Review


A 15x zoom, an innovative tilting LCD, excellent performance, and mini-DSLR styling.

When we applied low and high noise reduction to ISO 800, Ithought the low NR version was a bit better, but found just the opposite truefor ISO 1600. I was back to low NR when things got to ISO 3200.

Product Specifications

Beauty is in the details, and this model captures them all. The DSC-H50 is a full-featured point-and-shoot with outstanding high-power zoom capability. It includes Smile Shutter technology which captures smiles the moment they happen, as well as Face Detection technology to optimize focus, exposure and color for up to eight faces. Shoot detailed images with 9.1 megapixel resolution, and bring your subjects closer with the 15x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens. Intelligent Scene Recognition automatically selects your camera's settings based on detected lighting conditions, while Sony's double anti-blur solution helps keep your images blur-free. The DSC-H50 completes the package with a 3.0" ClearPhoto LCD Plus display that lets you easily view your images and menu options.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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 PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Folding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / High sensitivity / Landscape / Smile shutter / Snow / Soft snap / Sports mode / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-4.5
Max Focal Length:78mm
Min Focal Length:5.2mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:9.1Megapixel

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 / MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD