Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ RegHardware (22 January’08)
The Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 is a 8.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 21 August’07) features 10x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 38 – 380 mm) with optical image stabilization, HD Output, ISO 100-3200, and a 2.5″ 115K Pixels TFT LCD Screen. (Full Specs)
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Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 Reviews
RegHardware reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 and writes;
“so if you want to upgrade to a better specified camera without sacrificing too much in terms of portability, or don’t fancy lugging around a digital SLR and lens kit, but want more than a bog-standard compact, then seriously consider the DSC-H3.”
DigitalCameraReview reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot H3 delivers in many of the areas that will be important to buyers shopping for this kind of camera. It offers a generally good, stabilized 10x zoom lens, snappy shot-to-shot performance, a good flash unit, and nice color reproduction. ”
PopPhoto reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 and writes;
“Its low ISO image quality is extremely high, although we’d recommend staying at ISO 400 and below when fine detail is a must. At high ISO, aggressive noise filtering makes for smooth images without obnoxious amounts of noise, although this does come at the serious expense of resolution. ”
DigitalTrends reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 and writes;
” I was very surprised the 3200 image wasn’t a pixilated mess; granted the noise was very noticeable in an 8.5×11 print but it better than most of the point-and-shoots recently used…As always do your own hands-on test but if it were my money, speed wins out—and the Sony has it to spare. ”
Cameras.UK reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 and writes;
“Picture quality, build quality and shutter delay times are all very impressive. I really enjoyed testing this camera and would be happy to own one. It is smaller than most super zoom models and sells for a reasonable price. Recommended…The Sony DSC H3 ticks all the right boxes for me. The picture quality is there and shutter lag times are very impressive. I also like the design of the camera and build quality seems good too. If I was looking for a smaller, super zoom digital camera this would be the one I would buy. ”
ImagingResource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 and writes;
“Our most important measure these days is how well the images print, and the Sony H3 gets a very high score, with the ability to capture ISO 100 images that print very well at 13×19 inches. Even ISO 3,200 images shot in daylight balanced light are usable at 4×6; otherwise, we recommend you stick to ISO 1,600. Prefocus shutter lag is just astonishingly fast, making the Sony H3 a good choice for kid photos…Overall, if you like this size of camera, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best shots you can get from a small Sony camera.”
Rating: Dave’s Pick
PhotoReview.au reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 and writes;
“Pictures taken with the test camera were bright and sharp, with natural-looking colours and a slightly better-than-average dynamic range. The Super SteadyShot stabilisation system worked extremely well with the lens at full tele extension and also in low-light conditions. The AF system worked best when the centre-weighted and spot modes were used but even the multi-zone mode was fast and accurate in bright, contrasty lighting.”
GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 and writes;
“In most of our speed tests the H3 also impressed. It exhibited a lightning quick 0.05-second shutter lag and just 1.2 seconds between shots. Power up time was also quick at just over 1.5 seconds….The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 is a great ultra-zoom camera. Its compact build makes it ideal for travellers and it has a boatload of features along with capturing some fairly good shots.”
CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 and writes;
“The good: Has 10x optical zoom lens; small size; optical image stabilization; face detection. The bad: Noisy images at higher ISOs; no place to put your thumb. The bottom line: 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.”
Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 Samples
– Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 Sample Photos @ RegHardware
– Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
– Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
– Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 Sample Photos @ Cameras.UK
– Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 User Manuals (PDF)
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Sony CyberShot DSC-H3 Press Release
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 21, 2007 – For parents looking to capture and re-live their children’s back-to-school memories, Sony is introducing a super-zoom digital camera small enough to carry to any school activity.
The new 8-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-H3 camera has a powerful 10x optical zoom lens for those close-up shots you don’t want to miss, and yet features a super compact form so you can take the camera along anywhere.
The model features high-definition component output, putting a high-resolution spin on the family slideshow. By connecting the new camera to any HDTV set with Sony’s VMC-MHC1 high-definition component cable (sold separately), families can see their digital photos the same way they watch their favorite TV shows – in full 1080 HD resolution. The camera is equipped with a built-in slide show function so you can view photos, complete with transitions choreographed to your choice of programmed music clips or by adding your own.
When the camera is connected to a new Sony BRAVIA® television, photos are optimized for television viewing with Sony’s new “Photo TV HD” mode. This mode brings the look of actual printed photography to the television set, reproducing high-quality digital photos by fine-tuning image parameters, like sharpness, gradation and color specifically for photographs.
Designed to Capture Great Photos
The DSC-H3 model includes a variety of features to ensure parents can document their kids’ activities, from football games to dance recitals and spelling bees. To begin, the new camera features a powerful Carl Zeiss ® 10x optical zoom lens, which makes it ideal for capturing every expression when shooting little stars from the audience. It also includes a long-range flash that lights up subjects farther from the camera. For group shots, moms and dads will appreciate the model’s face detection technology. It identifies up to eight faces in the camera’s 2.5-inch LCD screen, and automatically adjusts for correctly exposed, sharp photos.
To capture every touchdown, the high-zoom camera also includes Sony’s advanced sports shooting mode, which combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing. The camera will quickly focus on fast-moving subjects by predicting where they will be in the frame. This technology also helps to reduce shutter lag — the time it takes for the camera to focus and shoot.
To reduce chances of blurry photos, the H3 model incorporates Super Steady Shot® optical image stabilization that minimizes blur caused by camera shake. This is an important feature when shooting at slow shutter speeds at full zoom. The unit’s high sensitivity (up to ISO 3200) will also capture well-exposed, natural-looking photos, even in challenging low-light conditions.
Equipped with Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer, originally developed for the Alpha digital SLR system, the new camera can analyze captured image data, and instantly determine the best exposure and tonality of each picture before JPEG compression. Other helpful in-camera functions include red-eye correction and photo retouching effects with filters.
The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H3 camera will ship next month for about $300. Additional accessories will include wide and telephoto conversion lenses, filters, batteries, travel chargers, sports packs and cases. The VMC-HD1 high-definition component cable is currently available for about $40. All can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), at military base exchanges, and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin on Aug. 23 at www.sonystyle.com.