Pros it didn't work long to evaluate
Cons abysmal customer support
Summary Hope yours works.
Mine stopped working 10 days after purchase. That was 3 days into the 4 week trip that was my reason for buying it.
Sony would not allow me to return the camera for a refund or a replacement. They required that I ship it (at my expense) to Precision Camera in CT for repair. Precision Camera diagnosed the problem quickly but now estimates a 2 to 6 week wait for parts from Sony!!!!!!!!
I called Sony and was told parts are not available because this is a new product. They reiterated that their corporate policy was "no refunds, no replacements". They will not even extend the warranty to cover my time without a camera!
Dealing with Sony customer service is a nightmare. They promise call-backs to update the parts situation but never call.
They tell me I should have taken it back to the store but the documentation clearly states NOT to take it back to the store.
I thought Sony was a better managed company than this. No more Sony products for me.
Pros Had many automated features that make using the camera somewhat easy
Cons Used regular AA batteries that only lasted 0.5 a day even with the large LCD viewfinder "off"
Summary I took this camera with me to Southern Africa (South Africa, Zambia and Botswana) to capture landscapes and animal pictures. There were a ton of good opportunities to shoot them, but 2 days into the trip, the camera seemed to have died due to a mechanical problem. However, the problem was that the AA batteries that I was using didn't provide enough power to extend and retract the zoom lens. The way I diagonosed the problem is that I went to a camera store, and we tried some new regular drugstore-type AA batteries. After putting in those new batteries, the lens retracted and the camera was fully functional again, but we had diagnosed the overall problem to be the weak batteries. The only way to resolve this was to get some Lithium batteries which were $18 per pair! While the camera was functional for one full day, it didn't seem reasonable to have to buy them in order to make the camera simply operate. Anyway, the pictures turned out well, but the battery power required is very high.
Pros Great lens,Usual Sony Picture Quality, Battery Life
Cons Some focus issues, No Hot Shoe, Only 5.1MP?
Summary The H1 was kind of like waiting for 2 shoes to drop and hearing 3, I like many others I talked to thought and in some cases prayed Sony would Build a bigger and better F-828 (The finest fixed lens pro camera ever made) And many thought that this was some kind of prototype of the next "F" series like the F-717 was to the F-707, Nope little did we know that at the same time Canon was releasing S2IS and hence we entered the megazoom camera wars. For the sake of argument I will compare basic functions of the Canon and the Sony (which I own). I have had extensive shooting time with the Canon. Optically the two cameras are very similar with the exception that the extension lenses for the Sony are a heck of alot cheaper, and boost the zoom from 420mm to 711 something! Wow! Theres is now a menu selector that positions the camera lens instantly to optimize for extension lens use (no more tunnel vision). Next comparison is LCD size this one goes to Sony without a hitch, sure you can twist around the Canon's but you may also need your glasses depending on your eyesight(I hate little LCDs)Over all features, I guess if you like gimmicks this one goes to Canon, One of the things I like about Sony cameras is thier features reek of practicality,And in my opinion having the in camera editing power that The H1 offers beats out 2000 scene modes anyday.(If you have an auto mode how many of those scene modes are overkill? Ever wonder?) No other camera on the market lets you zoom, crop and then CHOOSE the resolution of the new image.As far as picture quality, well since Sony makes the CCD for both cameras we'll call this one a draw, sure the Canon freaks are screaming about the "Digic II" processor, but what good is it in a 5MP camera? The H1 doesn't have it- and it shoots frame to frame as fast as the S2IS.Image stabilizers here again I thought they rated about the same, however with the Sony I noticed the effectiveness droped slightly in lower light, I didn't have the chance to test the Canon in that situation. Next battery life goes hands down to Sony it gets the same number of shots (Sometimes more) as the Canon , with a larger LCD screen using only 2 batteries instead of 4!! And last is the movie mode wich goes to Canon and as far as I was able to tell was the big selling point on the camera. (you can zoom in and out and it records in stereo sound) Bigdeal, this is a STILL camera right? The Sony delivers the same consitant video quality so no big deal. EVFs on both cameras are very good and useful at maximum zoom.What I didn't care for on the H1 is the rather cheap looking and bulky lens adapter and hood, while they function fine they look cheap( maybe thats why you never see a picture of the camera with them attached!), and thats too bad because the H1 is really a nice looking camera otherwise.No hot shoe. thats bad enough but then the flash they put on the camera isn't high enough to prevent occasional shadowing! and finally why, when they had a camera with so much under the hood did they release it as a 5.1MP? The body is certainly designed to accomodate a 7.2 or even one of todays 8MP CCDs. If Sony had put this lens and optics on the V3 body this camera would have been astounding.I own an H1 and use it mostly for a family camera, however I do take it on the road with me occasionally. And for a family camera it is a great choice. Up until the Panasonic FZ-30 and the Samsung Pro 815 came out I considered the H1 the best of the mega-zoom cameras now I place at number three the S2IS at four. The FZ-30 and the 815 both share the number one spot currently in my opinion depending on your photo knowledge (see my Pro 815 review). For the money, and for the beginner the H1 is the ideal average cost camera, buy putting a lot of big camera capability and quality in a very affordable price range, but then again we have always been able to depend on Sony for that. Thanks for reading! And Happy Shooting!
Pros Great pics for a point & shoot, 2.5" LCD, 12x zoom
Cons incuded soft-ware and manual could be better
Summary This camera takes great pictures, whether indoors or outdoors, the colours are accruate, the focus is sharp and fast, has a built-in image stabilizer, a 2.5" screen for viewing your pictures, is constructed well, strong flash, feels good in the hands, looks good too! This camera has so many pluses and so little minuses. I've looked and reviewed many cameras over a long period now and this is the one I bought and very happy I did.
Rated it a 10 based on value and performance. ( CHECK IT OUT )
Pros 12x optical zoom, bright LCD display, super steady shot
Cons Memory sticks are expensive, not Carl Zeiss lens, 2 AA batteries
Summary I am very satisfied with my purchase of the DSC-H1. I used to own the DSC-T1 but I sold it for the H1. I am very impressed with the 12x optical zoom and the flash. The flash really does cover up to 22 feet which is very impressive for a camera this size. The fact that the H1 did not have a Carl Zeiss lens does not bother me as much as I thought it would. The image stabalization feature helps pictures come out great! The only thing I didnt like is that the H1 uses AA batteries. I highly recommend this camera to both enthusiasts and/or casual photographers. Cnet definitely should have given this camera a higher rating.