Sony CyberShot DSC-H5

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ NeoCamera (Added on 01.02.07)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 25.02.06) with 7.0 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-H5 will be available in stores from May 2006 with an estimated retail price of $500 USD.


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>> REVIEWS (Last Updated: 01.02.07)

NeoCamera reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot H5 and conclude;
“With so many features packed in a light camera body, the Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 has tremendous consumer appeal. Its 7 megapixels sensor, stabilized 12X optical zoom, 3″ LCD and highly saturated colors are designed to impress people looking for a more-is-better type of camera. The H5 has enough resolution for common print sizes and even midsize ones (10″x13”) under ideal conditions. Its set of manual controls and long zoom ensure versatility. Image quality is good but far from perfect. The most problematic areas are significant edge softness and high chromatic aberrations. Colors can be good -although overly saturated- with the right choice of white-balance. For this reason, the H5 requires more interaction than most point-and-shoot cameras. Then again, we do not expect people to buy this as a point-and-shoot. Noise levels are below average. Exposure and focus are accurate. Another problem area is slow auto focus near the telephoto end of the zoom. The Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 can be recommended for most types of photography except action and architecture. For both these types of photography, the Fuji Finepix S6000fd or Fuji Finepix S9000 are recommended instead due to their excellent high-ISO performance and wide-angle lenses.”

PopPhoto reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot H5 and wrote;
“The H5 can also shoot extremely high quality video and has the ability to use the zoom lens at a reduced rate of speed in comparison to racking the zoom while shooting still photos. By slowing the zoom down, it eliminates most of the noise introduced when racking the lens during video capture. At its highest quality, the H5 can shoot 12 minutes of uncompressed NTSC quality (640X480 @29.9 frames per second) video on a 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo card. At its lowest quality, the H5 is able to produce MPEG VX videos that use 8 fps at a resolution of 160×120. It is however, quite choppy and should be a last resort for video. There are other quality levels in between these that balance high quality video with storage economy that should serve just about anyone’s needs.”

PCmag reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot H5 where they rated the camera 3/5 and wrote;
“As I said, I was impressed with the video clips, which can be captured at VGA (640 by 480) quality at 30 fps to the capacity of the card. I also noticed that the H5 worked well in both bright and low light situations. …Overall, the lens was quite good, displaying just a bit of barrel distortion and no pin cushion distortion. I also found that the optical image stabilization worked in both bright light and low light situations. “

PCWorld reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot H5 where they rated the camera 76/100 and wrote;
“Compared to its DSC-H1 predecessor, the DSC-H5 produced better image quality, earning an overall rating of Very Good in our image quality tests. The DSC-H5’s flash portrait shot showed accurate colors. On the other hand, we noticed a lack of sharpness and various distortion problems, which were borne out in my informal testing. I often saw colored fringes along strongly contrasting edges, especially away from the center of the picture. In bright sunlight, I found it helpful to switch to one of the manual modes, adjust the exposure compensation downward a stop, and set the color adjustment to “natural.” My best photos were portraits and architectural shots taken with a long zoom, but I fared less well with moving subjects because of the small viewfinder and the shutter lag. “

CamerasUK reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot H5 and wrote;
“I tend to think that Sony digital cameras are pretty easy to use in general. Although the DSC H5 has the extra complexity that comes with a set of manual exposure controls the camera itself keeps it simple. The menus are easy to use and you should find all the necessary buttons and dials in the right places on the top and back of the camera…The Sony DSC H5 is a very good super zoom digital camera. When it comes to image quality this is one of the best digital cameras you are likely to find in this category. It is easy to use, takes a good photo and has a good shutter response. Recommended. “

Megapixel reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot H5 and wrote;
PRO: Very good image quality, Excellent colour rendition, 3-inch LCD high resolution monitor, Stabilized 12X optical zoom, High definition EVF, Complete set of capture modes, Powerful flash, Noise relatively low up to 200 ISO. CONS: A bit of shadow noise at low ISO settings, No low compression setting or uncompressed format, A bit of distortion at the wide angle end, Consumes batteries faster than the H2 if the LCD monitor is used a lot, Very little space to hold the camera without touching controls.”

ImagingResource reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot H5 and wrote;
“With the Sony DSC-H5, we found that it had enough resolution to make good looking 11×14 inch prints. At 13×19, its prints were softer looking, but probably fine for wall or table display. At high ISO, image noise levels are held in check up to ISO 400, but the jump to ISO 800 gets quite a bit rougher. ISO 800 shots under daylight-balanced lighting look OK at 5×7 inches, those shot under incandescent lighting are really only usable as 4×6 inch snapshots….the DSC-H5 is responsive enough for most family photo opportunities, but its standard continuous shooting mode is a bit slow for sports or wiggly kids, and shutter response at maximum telephoto is a little laggardly. Those issues aside, overall performance is pretty good…..”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot H5 and wrote;
“The autofocus system delivered consistently sharp images. It uses a 3-area multi point system, or you can use a single point and position it virtually anywhere in your composition. With the help of its AF-assist lamp, the H5 was able to autofocus very reliably in conditions of low ambient light; in complete darkness, the maximum range of the AF-assist lamp was about 12 feet. AF was effective in low light even in the telephoto range of the H5’s zoom lens. Manual focus is a feature missing from most consumer digicams, and for good reasons. “

DigitalCameraInfo reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 and wrote;
“With its $499 retail price, the Sony H5 is priced right on par with its competitors. Several other manufacturers are offering similar ultra-zoom cameras at this price point. There is always some give and take, though. Other models offer better burst modes–but no other small ultra-zoom model currently provides a 3-inch LCD screen. The value is always in the eye of the consumer.”

DPInterface reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 and wrote;
“In terms of performance, the H5 did better than the Canon S3 IS and Kodak Z612 but lagged slightly behind Panasonic’s cameras. Overall image quality was good and impressed me much and I’d be more than happy to recommend this camera to anyone who wants a big zoom camera with manual controls. Despite that, the Sony H5 does not have the ultimate control or super speed which may put off sports photographers or speed fanatics (like me). Oh yes, one more thing – is the H5 a better deal than the H2? It definitely is.”

CNET reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 and wrote;
“Photos from the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H5 had natural, accurate colors that were neither over- nor undersaturated. As with the Cyber Shot DSC-H2, manual white balance provided the most neutral results with our tungsten test lights, while the tungsten setting came a close second. The auto setting turned in slightly warm photos with our lights, though it did a good job in daylight. Exposures were generally accurate. Very modest purple fringing turned up in high-contrast areas, but it was less prevalent than in shots from the DSC-H2.”

DCRP reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 and wrote;
“Camera performance was above average in most areas. The H5 starts up in an average 2.2 seconds, but once you’re up and running everything is snappy. Focus times are quick, shutter lag was not an issue, and shot-to-shot delays are minimal. Overall the DSC-H5 produced very good quality photos. The photos were well-exposed with pleasing colors and low noise levels considering the resolution of the camera. Sharpness levels were right where I like them — not too sharp, not too soft. My only complaint is that purple fringing levels are higher than I’d expect these days.”

DigitalCameraInfo wrote a preview on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5:
“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. “

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>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 01.02.07)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 sample photos posted @ NeoCamera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 sample photos posted @ PopPhoto
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 sample photos posted @ Megapixel
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 sample photos posted @ ImagingResource
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 sample photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 sample photos posted @ DPInterface
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 sample photos posted @ DCRP


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Sony Zooms In On Fast-Growing Product Category with Two New Digital Cameras

ORLANDO, 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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