Sony CyberShot DSC-H50

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The Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 is an 9.1 Megapixels SLR-like digital camera features 15X optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 31 – 465 mm), Smile Shutter Technology, Sony Double Anti-Blur Solution, NightShot® Infrared System, ISO 100-3200, Face Detection, PhotoTV HD and a 3.0″ LCD Screen. The camera measures 4 9/16 x 3 3/16 x 3 3/8″ (116.1mm x 81.4mm x 86.0mm) and weighs 4.6 oz (415 g).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 Reviews

PhotographyReview reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
” the awesome zoom range; the compact size and weight; the rich, colorful pictures; the big, tilting LCD; and the incredibly helpful remote control. These are all strong selling points. But I don’t love the way this camera fits in my hand, its confusing menu interface or its near lack of an auto review.”
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DPInterface reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
” Image quality was generally good with acceptable noise levels up till ISO 800, though with some color fringing, barrel distortion and a little redeye in people photos at times.”
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ComputerActive reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
“Good points: Impressive build quality, Sharp and colourful images, Tilting screen is a boon for creative angle shots, A lot of camera for the price. Bad Points: No HD movie option, Noisy results above ISO800, Fiddly control pad and scroll wheel combination. Overall: With impressively crisp and colourful results, this robust, good value, feature-packed camera trumps its rivals”
Rating: ★★★★★

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
The good: Versatile mix of ease-of-use features and manual controls; tilting 3-inch LCD; good color reproduction; zoom operates in movie mode. The bad: Slowish startup and shutdown; occasional fringing, noise issues; no raw support or hot shoe.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
Hot: Fantastic zoom and image quality, screen can be tilted, remote control. Not: Bulky, complicated interface. Conclusion: If you can put up with the difficult user interface and the not-so-sleek body, the DSC-H50 from Sony is an extremely competent and feature-packed camera.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
” The performance from the camera is very good and the new Advanced Sports shooting mode with a shutter speed of up to 1/4000 of a second, guarantees that the camera is fast enough for almost any situation. Overall, it is an excellent camera that is veritable enough for the whole family to use.”
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DCR reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
” Good color and image quality, good shutter response, and more features than you can shake a stick at combine with typical ISO noise performance to produce a camera that a full auto user can take up with confidence. ”
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CNET.UK reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
“The H50 does reasonably well in low light. The adjustable flash makes a big difference in preventing bleached-out subjects, helped by a tendency towards warmer skin tones in most light.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
“Noise is okay at the lower ISO settings, but even by ISO 200, images begin to look a little gritty..the images are average, and the handling is horrible. If the camera was just slightly larger and had better manual controls it could probably pass muster but as it is, it doesn’t.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ConsumerElectronics reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
“The image quality from this camera is terrific, that’s the main thing I’d like to point out, but I’d still love to see a choice of shooting RAW mode. I loved the giant sized LCD finder that pivots out from the back of the camera, and even with its quirks, I liked the electronic view finder too.”
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ImagingResource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
“Overall, the Sony H50 is an average performer, with good but not excellent image quality. The build and screen are quite good, but the interface and optical and sensor performance are not as good as they could be.”
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
“Noise is well controlled up to and including ISO 800 with plenty of detail still evident. By ISO 1600 things are getting noticeably softer, though results are still usable at a push…The DSC-H50 is a camera that nevertheless comes highly recommended to those looking for one device that covers nearly all photographic bases”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCWorld reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 and writes;
“In our lab tests it scored as well as or better than its competitors in image quality, especially sharpness. In burst mode, the camera shoots 1.6 fps (frames per second), faster than the cameras we compared it with. The H50’s mode dial is user friendly.. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 Samples

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Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 Sample Images @ TrustedReviews
Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 Sample Images @ ConsumerElectronics
Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 Sample Images @ ImagingResource
Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 Sample Images @ PhotographyBlog

Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 User Manual (PDF)

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Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 Price Comparison

Sony CyberShot DSC-H50 Press Release

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2008 – Sony today announced the latest addition to its high-zoom camera line, the 9.1-megapixel Cyber-shot® DSC-H50 digital camera. It is the ideal choice for people looking for high zoom, high-resolution and speed.

This new model utilizes a powerful Carl Zeiss® 15x optical zoom lens with Super SteadyShot® optical image stabilization to capture action at a distance. One of the main lens elements is manufactured from super low-dispersion glass, which helps it produce more exact point-to-point correspondence between an object and its image. The lens yields sharp, high-contrast images and reduces color fringing, even when shooting in telephoto ranges.

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7 Responses to “Sony CyberShot DSC-H50”

  1. knyck spalding says:

    Sony H50, Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ18S or Nikon Coolpix P80?
    Debating between these 3 cameras for indoor and outdoor shots of active grandchildren at everyday activities and school concerts , weddings, scenery, – need a camera that covers it all!

  2. d-boy says:

    just bought the H50 on Friday and used it at a wedding on Saturday on loch lomond. It was simply stunning! Outshone my fathers a350 in most situations. Especially due it fitting in your sporran (just) while dancing! Usedthe nikon but I prefered the Sony layout and menus, they are quirky but fast to use. I have large hands and had no issue bumping the wrong keys. Got the camera from Jessops online and picked up from store for a twenty quid over 200 notes!

  3. SSG James E. Brown Jr. says:

    I have been using my H50 for about 2 months now in Iraq and have photographed over 1300 images since arriving with this camera. The majority of my photo’s taken from the H50 has been very good and people are quick to point out the clarity. The zoom lens on this camera has been one of the biggest functions that i enjoy very much while on assignment here. It makes shooting a whole lot easier, especially in hard to reach spots and etc.

  4. Rashed Mubin says:

    It’s been almost 4 month that I bought that camera. I probably taken more then 3500 images with it. the uses and the focus is too good but kinda hard focusing devices if zoom too close. manual settings and the color filter gives u a new look of the images and also the in editing option. very addictive which make you keep taking shots.. specially the night scenes with the remote to avoid blur. the DRO mode works too well.
    Bad :: the battery life is poor. thinking of buying a spare battery next month

  5. Deepan Chhetri says:

    I am Deepan from Thailand, i have brought H50 something 3 months ago but not new brand, i broguth it from a secondhand shop, so the problem in i don’t have user mannual. Kindly can anyone tell me that where can i find user mannual in internet? thank you.

  6. lordel says:

    i had H50 7 months ago, up to now im just using standard settings, coz i don’t have idea how to adjust settings. check some of my shots, i appreciate every info on settings you can give.

  7. anand lepcha says:

    i using this sony h50 digital cam from 2years, pic quality superv, but now its giving problem, all the function are okey. but starting problem, it took about 30 second.. what happen to my digital cam. any suggest plez.. send me.

    your h50 lover
    anand lepcha

    send me on this add:
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    on my profile album there are maximum pic which was taken by sony H50 digital cam..
    Thanking U

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