Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams (Added on 11.11.06)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 25.02.06) with 6.0 megapixel CCD sensor, a huge 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 36 – 432mm), 2.5″ LCD screen display, measuring 4.2 x 3.2 x 3.6″ (107.8 x 81.4 x 91.2mm), and weighing 591.0 g (20.7 oz). The camera has 3 metering modes (Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot) and it’s running on 2 x AA Alkaline or Lithium batteries. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 will be available in stores from April 2006 with an estimated retail price of $400 USD.
>> REVIEWS (last updated: 11.11.06)
Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 and wrote;
“If you’re looking for a light-weight, stylish, moderately-priced digicam that is versatile enough to handle most family events while getting you close to sports action or wildlife, the SONY Cyber-shot H2 should be high on your list. You should also consider the Canon PowerShot S3 IS. Both cameras carry similar specifications and are capable of delivering high-quality images. The S3 IS advantages include better Continuous AF tracking of moving subjects, industry-leading movie mode, articulating LCD monitor, faster shutter speeds and greater continuous shooting speed and buffer depth. On the other hand, the H2 provides greater indoor flash range and AF-assist performance, lower image noise at high ISO settings, ISO 1000, Smart Digital Zoom and Multi Burst mode. “
PhotographyBlog reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2. They gave the camera 4.5/5 stars and wrote;
“While the level of detail captured by the Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 isn’t comparable to that of a budget DSLR with quality optics, thanks to a quality Carl Zeiss lens it is still reasonably sharp. Left to the default setting of ‘normal’, colours are more vivid that those produced by competing super zooms (apart from, in my opinion, Kodak’s EasyShare P880), with reds, greens and blues particularly retina-searing. However, under bright conditions some highlight detail is lost. It’s fairest to describe the Super SteadyShot function as providing the possibility for a greater number of usable shots that would be achievable without; inevitably you’ll still get the occasional blurred image, especially at maximum telephoto…”
ComputerActive reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 and wrote;
“as we commonly find with Sony cameras, colours are vividly rendered, so no complaints there. Despite the odd blurry shot, the Super SteadyShot function allows a greater number of sharply-focused photos than would be achievable without, either when used in close up mode or at maximum zoom.Though the inclusion of ISO1000 allows low-light photography without flash, some image noise – grain-like speckles – is visible at ISO400 and higher, although such defects are less noticeable than immediate competitors.”
Megapixel reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 and wrote;
“PROS: Very good image quality, Excellent colour rendition, Very good Multi metering, stabilized 12X optical zoom, High definition EVF, Complete set of capture modes, Powerful flash, Good ergonomic design. CONS: JPEG compression occasionally a bit too strong at the highest image quality, No RAW or uncompressed format, A bit of distortion at the wide angle end and a slight chromatic aberration, Mediocre software.”
CamerasUK reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 and wrote;
“There was only one type of test shot I had a problem with, with the DSC H2. This was when I tested the camera using higher ISO settings. All the other test shots scored high marks…Obviously any digital camera with this number of features is going to take a while to get to know. To be fair though the menu system used by Sony is very easy to find your way around and this helps to make the DSC H2 easier to use then it might have been.”
DigitalCameraReview reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 and wrote;
“Overall, I was impressed with the image quality of the H2. Colors were accurate and a bit “punched up”. Images showed good detail at varying focal lengths with good sharpness out to the edges. The auto white balance did a good job in mixed lighting and skin tones looked natural and not too reddish.In tricky lighting conditions (shady areas with bright sunlit areas), the camera had a tendency for overexposure. If you notice this, just bump down the exposure compensation until the image suits you.”
ImagingResource reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 and wrote;
“Typical of consumer digicams, the Sony DSC-H2 does tend to oversharpen its image a bit, but exposure is usually quite good, with or without flash. Sharpness can be adjusted in the menu, as can contrast and saturation, so the user has some control over how the camera renders its images. Actually, “control” is probably the best way to describe the Sony H2, because it offers a very simple interface, yet perhaps the most control over light gathering of any camera in Sony’s lineup. It’s that huge focal range that gives you such a feeling of power: With just the press of a button, you’re suddenly all the way across the house to where junior is making a silly face, and you’re more likely to get a sharp shot with the help of the Super SteadyShot.”
CNET reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 and wrote;
“We like the DSC-H2’s photos and movie capture quality. It renders natural, accurate colors, with just the right saturation. Manual white balance yields the most neutral results, though the tungsten setting was a very close second under our test lights. Exposures were generally accurate. Moderate purple fringing turned up where you’d expect in high-contrast areas. Noise is minimal at ISO 80 and ISO 100 and becomes noticeable at ISO 200. By ISO 400, noise is very obvious, and at ISO 800 and ISO 1,000, the images become unacceptable for print.”
DigitalCameraInfo wrote a preview on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2:
“The H5 just might have it. The construction is lightweight and portable and still fairly sturdy. It has manual functionality and a few scene modes to boot. It has manual functionality and a few scene modes to boot. The new cameras have a wide ISO range from 80-1000, making low light photography possible without the use of the flash.
The Sony H2 isn’t quite as inspiring as the H5, perhaps because it is simply overshadowed by it. The H2 has a slightly smaller frame because of its slightly smaller 2-inch LCD screen. The 6 megapixel digital camera has the same 12x zoom lens and same modes and features, but the relatively small LCD has very poor 85,000-pixel resolution. “
>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 11.11.06)
– Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams
– Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog
– Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 Sample Photos posted @ Megapixel
– Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 Sample Photos posted @ CamerasUK
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Sony Zooms In On Fast-Growing Product Category with Two New Digital Cameras
ORLANDO (PMA 2006, Booth #4150), Feb. 25, 2006 — Sony is expanding its high-zoom digital still camera line with two new Cyber-shot® models that are sure to zero in on the subjects you most desire.
Clad in black, the new DSC-H5 model has a 7.2-megapixel CCD imager and extra-large, three-inch LCD screen. It also shimmers in silver along with the stage-worthy DSC-H2 model, which has a six-megapixel imager and two-inch LCD. Both cameras flaunt Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar 12x optical zoom lenses and focal length ranges of 36 to 432 millimeters (35 mm equivalence).
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