Pros Large display, 7.2 MP, Supersteady shot, manual controls
Cons Not as fast as 6.0 MP models (as seen in the review) but it really is not noticeable and you get a bigger screen and more MPs
Summary I went to Circuit City to buy a Canon Powershot S3 IS and I couldn't do it. I handled each camera and took shots of the store zooming in on different parts of the store. The ease of use and the position of the controls won me over. The pictures looked more crisp and didn't look as dark. It is a great camera and I am glad I purchased it. The screen size is great!!!Updated
I always think reviews are subjective to who is reviewing them. Canon always gets such great reviews, and I am not saying that they don't have great cameras, but I know a few people that have S2's and one S3 that are not that happy with them. The little flip screen is cool and all but nothing beats a 3 inch screen looking at you.
I just left a soccer party where we all had out our cameras and my H5 drew a crowd. I had better quality low light pictures and I had someone with a S3 drooling over it.
My best advise is to put it in your hand and see how it feels. Then take pictures around the store looking for low light areas and examine the detail on long zoom shots. It will be hard to put down with the large screen.Updated
I found these batteries give me a lot more shots and better battery life. If you don't like rechargeables try the new Energizer lithium. If anyone else has had great results with batteries or accesories please share. Thanks
Pros Large LCD, 12x zoom, excellent image quality
Cons High noise at ISO settings higher 400
Summary Let me start out saying that this camera has most bang for the buck. I carefully reviewed many "Mega Zoom" cameras and it came down to the Sony DSC-H5 and the Canon S3 IS. I chose the Sony because of the following:
1) Sony LCD: 3" vs. Canon: 2"
2) Sony LCD resolution: 230,000 pixels vs. Canon: 115,00 pixels
3) Sony: 7.2 megapixel vs Canon: 6 megapixel
4) Sony: 32 MB internal memory vs. Canon: 16 MB external card (which is useless for ANY new camera today)
5) Sony accessories include: battery charger, Lens hood, Lens ring adapter (minor, but nice not to have to go buy)
6) Sony: 2 NiMH batteries vs Canon: 4 NiMHs
I am not a Canon basher. In fact, I think that Canon puts out a top notch camera. I just feel that the Sony DSC-H5 gives you more for the same amount of money.
Pros powerful flash, mega zoom w/image stabilization, large lcd, good battery life, excellent picture quality
Cons video resolution is not 720x480, minor focus problems
Summary With LCD on, I was able to get over two hours of shots & videos. If you use AUTO setting, about 20% of your photos will be out of focus. So learn how to use the camera features. You really don't need a horse shoe because the flash is very strong. Stop wasting your time researching. Buy Sony H5 and you won't regret it. Items recommended: 1)HORI PSP screen proctector from EB to protect this huge LCD. 2) Sony 2GB high speed duo ($63 on-line), 3)extra rechargeable batteries and 4)Sony LCJ-HC carrying case. Good luck.
Pros Zooming Ability and Sharp Photos
Cons Sometimes when shooting my thumb inadvertly hits the zoom buttom
Summary I am current owner of the Canon S2 and I did the same thing another reviewer did. I took my S2 to Best Buy and took shots including 12x zoom photos inside the store with my S2 and the H5. The H5 were sharper and just better looking and the H5 12x zoom shots were amazining clear. Better than the S2. I have owned the H5 for 2 days and its been cloudy and raining. Can't wait for sunny weather, but photos taken so far are excellent.
Pros Intuitive Auto Mode and Let's you Take Control For Creative Shots
Cons A Little Noisy Above ISO 400
Summary I bought the Sony DSC-H5 after making in-store comparisons against Canon Powershot S3-IS and Panasonic DMZ-FZ7K. Not only did I take pictures with each camera...my sales person allowed me to print them in the store! The picture quality of the Sony DSC-H5 was the winner with and w/o flash. Just so you'll know I own a Canon 10D, in fact all of my SLR's have been Canons. I needed a camera that had SLR feel and composition control w/o the bulk of my 10D. While the Canon S3-IS and Panasonic DMZ-FZ7K have their strengths...the Sony in this category overall in my opinion is the winner. The noise above ISO 400 may not be out-of-line for a camera of this type and price range. I'll follow-up this review of the Sony DSC-H5 with a more in-depth analysis after I've lived with it a few weeks. But for now I recommend you put the Sony on your list for comparison before buying anything else.