Sony CyberShot DSC-H55

Last Updated (11 August’10):
– Review & Sample Photos @ DCR

Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 is a pocket camera features 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor,10x optical zoom Sony G-Lens (25mm-equivalent wide angle), HD Movie mode (720p) Recording, ISO 80-3200, iAuto for optimized camera settings; Smile Shutter technology, Dual Card slot for optional Memory Stick Duo media and SD media and LCD : 3.0″ Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels) screen. The camera measures W x H x D: 4 1/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 13/16″ (102.9mm x 57.7mm x 28.9mm) and weighs 6 Ounces.

Sony CyberShot DSC-H55
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 Reviews

DCR reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 and writes;
“The H55’s optical performance is better than average…Center sharpness is pretty good overall, but at the wide-angle end of the zoom corners are slightly soft. I didn’t notice any vignetting (dark corners) and both barrel distortion (straight lines bowing out from the center) and pincushion distortion (straight lines bowing in toward the center) seem well corrected.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CameraLabs reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 and writes;
“The lens and sensor combination in the H55 deliver good quality results, but at anything other than the lowest ISO settings the H55 didn’t perform especially well. so if you like to do a lot of low light photography the HX5, with its Twilight and anti-motion blur modes, would undoubtedly be a better bet. But for use in all other conditions and particularly if you’re in the market for an affordable compact super zoom with an exceptionally versatile range the Cyber-shot H55 won’t disappoint you.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAdvisor reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 and writes;
“Noise levels are tolerable till ISO400 but anything above that and the images appear soft and smeared due to excessive noise suppression that effects the details in return. The Cybershot H55 did well in our exposure test, dishing out good results in varied lighting conditions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 is a compact megazoom camera that is capable of taking some excellent photos, just at a leisurely pace, but at a good price.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 is fairly priced, delivers sharply focused, evenly exposed images and provides the user with a broader degree of creative scope than most compacts with lesser zooms.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 and writes;
“In terms of visible image noise, up to and including ISO 800 there’s not a pronounced jump in the visibility of grain in shadow areas. Though detail is softening at ISO 1600 – most notable when looking at edges – we’d argue the setting is still perfectly usable.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 and writes;
“ISO 80 and 100 printed results look good at 16×20, with some luminance noise in the shadows… ISO 400 shots are usable at 11×14, but shadows appear somewhat mottled thanks to noise suppression. This looks a lot better printed at 8×10. “
Rating: N/A

User Opinions

Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 User Reviews

just what I wanted… | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was looking for a compact point and shoot digital camera with a high optical zoom lens.. I was soo looking forward to getting this cam and it was worth the wait.. The intelligent point and shoot mode is brilliant.. The sweep panaroma is by far the best feature.. the photos taken during the night(as in natural conditions without any external light source) are a little grainy though… The quality of the video recording is great for a camera at this price..” – By Rajkiran Muppavarapu

The best. Number one!!!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The best camera and video combination I’ve ever purchased!!! I did purchased the Samsung dual touch screen but I returned it the next day due lot of noise in the picture and is not simple to operate. I also purchased the Fine pix with 10x zoom but also with a lot of noise in the picture when I downloaded it at the PC. This is the best camera for a 10x zoom. I could have bought the HX5V Sony model but too expensive for me. I found no flaws. ” – By A. Quicho

great outdoor, not so great indoor | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“Good: outdoor lighting, fantastic – nice color saturation, quick response, sharp images, panoramic motion interesting
Bad: slow, slow, slow in low light or indoor conditions. There was a noticeable lag especially in lower lighting when the flash went off. I have never returned a camera, and this one went back. I was disappointed in the indoor condition performance as compared to previous W-series Sony Cybershots and Canon PowerShots especially. I returned the H55 for a Canon S90. It’s too bad because the outdoor lighting photos came out beautifully.” – By J. Levy

Simple and high quality | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m very happy with my purchase… it’s small and i got high quality pictures with a very good zoom.” – By Philipe Kupferman

Sony Digital Camera DSC-H55 | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a great camera. I love the features, image stabilization, 3 inch LCD, 14.1 MP, 10x wide angle optical zoom and smile dection to name a few. The most important thig is this camera takes great pictures and is small and easy to carry.” – By Dennis Kidwell

Incredible Camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“This truly is the best camera I have ever owned. I have bought probably 10 cameras on Amazon. I am not a professional by any means but I love photography. This camera is truly amazing. The pictures are crisp, clear and the colors are brilliant. I literally bobbed the camera as I walked and took pictures at a car show. Every single picture came out perfect. I have nothing bad to say about this camera. It reigns supreme. ” – By Jason Jimenez

A Great Little Camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“The range of features lets you take advantage of a wide variety of situations. In a darkened room with stage lights, the photos are well-balanced in color and contrast. Also, the movement is captured without blurring. The panoramic feature is great although it takes a little practice to “get it right” and not cut off the panorama too soon. HD video results in a nice capture of movement even for as short a period as 10 seconds but it does burn a lot of battery energy. Get yourself a spare.(I didn’t but I will.) Macro shots are a little difficult to capture “in the wild” but indoors, nice photos can be captured. The 10X zoom is big improvement over 3-4X zoom. When I wanted details from a distance, I got them. Wide angle shots were good within limits. Size-wise, the camera fits in the smallest of pockets.” – By nica

Wonderful camera for the everyday user. | Rating: ★★★★★
“Sony had come along ways with their camera, I purchased this camera just before going to my daughters graduation. I also upgraded from my older 6mp Sony P&S camera. I’m not an expert photographer, but this camera suites 99% of my needs. the movies in HD are just great, as wells as the telephoto lens. I would recomend this camera because it just about has everything and still fits in your shirt pocket, which means you are like to have it when you want it most. ” – By Matthew A. Kramer

Good point and shoot | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Thou its a good speedy point and shoot its not the fastest but it does have great picture quality in daytime lighting situations. The night time shots could be better.” – By David Mac

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Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 User Manual (PDF)

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Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 Features

3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD display (230k pixels)
Compose and show off your images on the large 3.0-inch (230K) Clear Photo LCD display, which features a special anti-reflective coating for sharp visibility, even in bright sunlight.

10x (25mm-equivalent) professional-quality optical zoom G-Lens
G lenses are used in top of the line digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and advanced pro-sumer HD camcorders. Capture the action up close with the 10x optical zoom, and with the 25mm equivalent wide angle lens the H55 even allows you to capture more of the scenes in landscape or group portraits.

14.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
A powerful 14.1-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Super HAD CCD image sensor helps you capture gorgeous images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail. With 14.1 megapixels, you can create stunning, photo-quality prints up to A3+ (13 x 19″) size, or crop your images and still come away with high resolution shots.

Sweep Panorama mode
Reach beyond the traditional wide angle lens, and capture more breathtaking shots with Sweep Panorama Mode. Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera horizontal or vertically and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide and ultra-wide options, the camera can take panoramic shots of up to 243 degrees. Now capturing wide landscapes is as easy as press and sweep.

720p HD MP4 Movie Mode
720p MP4 is a popular format for high definition video that compresses the size of your audio and video, making your media files small enough to easily transfer to your compatible PC or Mac. MP4 is also highly compatible with the Web, so you can effortlessly upload your media to popular photo or video-sharing Web sites like Photobucket or YouTube. (Compatible PC with internet capability required).

BIONZ Image Processor
The BIONZ image processor delivers the high resolution and fast performance you expect from a Sony digital camera. Fast processing enables unique Sony features such as Sweep Panorama, Handheld Twilight, Antimotion Blur, HDR, etc to take and combine multiple images in less than a second to create wide panoramic images. Images have reduced grain and appear less washed out.

Self-Portrait Timer
Self-Portrait Timer helps take the guesswork out of self portraits by utilizing Face Detection technology to recognize when your face enters the frame. Once the camera detects your face, it triggers a 2-second timer, and then snaps a picture.

Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode
Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, and faces, and adjusts settings resulting in clearer images, faces with more natural skin tone, and less blur. By incorporating advanced features such as Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, iAuto mode lets you take advantage of the latest Sony Cyber-shot technology without leaving auto mode. Whether you’re shooting landscapes, capturing a beautiful flower, or taking pictures at an in-door birthday party or wedding shower, iAuto mode will optimize your camera’s settings to help ensure you come away with a great shot.

Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings: Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a tripod, Portrait, Landscape, and Macro. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically compensates to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode gives you the freedom to shoot movies even while walking or running. By providing up to 10x the correction of standard mode, Active Mode can compensate for excessive camera shake so you can move along with your subject while shooting.

High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200)
High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. In addition to High Sensitivity Mode (ISO), you can select up to seven ISO settings (Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200) when shooting in Program Auto Mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.

Face Detection technology
Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

Motion Detection
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.

Anti-blink Function
It’s frustrating to think you’ve captured that perfect shot, only to review it later and discover one of your subjects blinked just as you pressed the shutter. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard and Plus
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) Standard and Plus uses a sophisticated algorithm to help recover shadows and highlights. The result is more natural images with clearer details that more closely match what your naked eye sees. DRO is particularly effective when shooting backlit portraits or any scene with a dramatic contrast between background and foreground lighting. DRO Plus allows for even greater optimization by analyzing each region of an image and performing additional image processing.

Intelligent AF
Thanks to Intelligent AF technology, capture fleeting moments like a child’s adorable expression with the ultra-quick AF which locks focus in as little as 0.3-sec.

Scene modes
The DSC-H55 features 11 convenient scene modes: High Sensitivity, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Advanced Sports, Gourmet, Pet.

Easy Shooting Mode
With Easy Shooting Mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting Mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings, removing several function choices and allowing you to focus on just your subject. Since this mode works together with Intelligent Scene Recognition, the camera selects the optimum setting for each scene. In addition the easy mode simplifies preview mode.

Function Guide
This beginner-friendly optional function helps navigate through the various functions and settings displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.

PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music (4 tracks, 5 minutes per track) to produce fun and entertaining slide shows with standard visual effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Active, and Stylish). Select from pre-loaded tracks on the camera or transfer your own from your compatible computer (sold separately).

Viewing modes
Find your photos using the simple folder or calendar viewing modes.

In-Camera retouching tools
Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming, Red-Eye Correction, and Unsharp Masking functions.

PhotoTV HD
Bring your photos to life and enjoy highly detailed, high definition images with PhotoTV HD-capable Sony BRAVIA HDTVs. PhotoTV HD fine tunes settings on your PhotoTV HD enabled BRAVIA HDTV, such as sharpness, gradation, and color to display images that look more like printed photos.

Lithium-ion battery
Included lithium-ion battery provides added convenience with longer lasting power than alkaline batteries (capacity of supplied battery is 310 images or 155 minutes for shooting still images). Additional battery available for purchase add more power and information

Media card slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images, the DSC-H55 accepts Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media (sold separately) or SD/SDHC media (sold separately).

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.02
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD using and external DVD burning device (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites.

3 Responses to “Sony CyberShot DSC-H55”

  1. Alicia Powell says:

    I love my new Sony Cybershot dsc-h55 but I cannot locate my user manuel. There are still some things I am learning on this camera. I want to learn how to take clear close up shots with the backgroung blurred out and just my focal point clear.

  2. Nathen says:

    Hi Alicia,
    Jus go to program mode (select “P” with selector switch) set focus to “subject in the centre” then take a shot……..

  3. Kaboom says:

    How do I change the shutter speed on it?

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