Pros Big things from Small size - great photos - zoom is fabulous
Cons Charger Requires removal of battery - Interface not as intuitive as my 8 year old Cybershot
Summary I purchased at Sony Style store...foregoing BBuy since this camera was not available as of weekend of 9/30. Since when did Sony's store become so inflexible??? They don't take checks??
Back to the camera..We updated from an 8 year old Cybershot that is twice the footprint of the DSC-H3. I frankly didn't need a new camera, but wanted a means to take brief videos in crystal clarity that exceeded the 15 seconds my old camera provided. I took the camera out for a spin after charging the battery overnight. My first reaction to the LCD viewer was disappointing as the photos did not show with the clarity as I got once downloaded to the computer. Don't yell...I'm just a casual photog...so I want the ability to know I got the shot right the first time, not once I've downloaded to the computer.
I have to say, the zoom was amazing. Detail's I feared I missed in my shots were superb and beyond what I could see with my naked eye. This camera allows up to 8 Gb of data on the memory stick.
Mpeg videos were equally impressive. I was used to limited Mpegs of 15 seconds from my old camera. I had been challenged by a situation whereby I'm trying to copy an old write protected DVD of family videos from the 70s. I popped this camera on a tripod in front of my HDTV Plasma and proceeded to capture the scenes from my home movies that were 30 years old. I pieced together the video and uploaded to youtube. The clarity was amazing considering how I captured the scenes. That alone was worth the $299. price.
I will try to check back in...but my initial satisfaction is more than ecstatic for this sony product.
"GREAT CAMERA !!!"on by hugovv
Pros Small, Easy to use, light weight, strong battery life, Great Zoom, Very good image quality plus many manual and pre programmed settings.
Cons Not to much, I just don’t like the manual lens protector, but hey small thing.
Summary I love this camera, the photo quality is great, I took shots of my children playing on a jumping castle and every body complemented me on the great action photos, and honestly I just pressed the button after auto focus. The auto-ISO setting is great from this point of view and really ensure high quality pics in action. After taking some photos of the kids swimming I realized how vibrant the photo’s are and the great colour debts. If you want a high quality no nonsense camera then this is it. I will miss the normal view finder but then again the camera is so small that I do not mind. The size is ideal for carrying the camera around your neck while snapping and zooming as the need arises, ideal for home and travel. Some of the great features include the auto focus settings, the high quality video (for a still camera), the super steady shot support , the on screen grid lines which makes aiming easier, the small form factor, the easy and self documenting on screen display (I hardly had to touch the manual, will to learn the more advanced features). The most surprising feature was the slideshow view when hooking the camera to the TV; it has great effects including selective scrolling. The best part is that the camera plays nice music while displaying the slideshow, by default it has four build in slideshow tunes. I was very surprised to see that you can even upload MP3’s to the camera to create your own slideshow music. All and all this is a great camera for a professional amateur like me, ha-ha. Hope it will last as well as my previous cyber shot (which is still working perfectly after 4 years). PS. The pop up flash is also very effective with a nice syncro range (up to 14m with very good recharge times). Sony you can send me a cheque now, haha.
Pros Everything nice, except:
Cons No RAW image format, not even TIFF
Summary Such a nice camera, and only one thing puts it in the amatuer class: only JPEG image format, no RAW, not even TIFF. As all know, JPEG throws away all your color (256 levels compared to 16-bit RAW with millions of colors) and makes it hard to adjust the levels in your shots without posterizing ugliness! When are manufactures going to wake up? JPEG and sRGB color space are for point&shoot hobbyists, not photographers. They could sell a heck of a lot more.
Pros beatiful body design
Cons low aperture when not zoomed, no zoom when filming
Summary my broder bought one of these and I found these problems in it:
1. low aperture even when you are not zooming causes long shutter times, so you should have a very steady hand or use a tripod.
2. above problem makes it useless in low lights without flash. and that is why sony has put such a long-range flash on this model. but when using this flash dust in the air easily can ruin your photo (we lost all photos taken from a historical place in the desert, you think that it's snowing in the background!)
3. you dont have standard output ports, so if you loose the cable from the package you have to pay a large money since you cant use standard USB or A/V cables. similar models from Canon use standard USB cable
4. Sony memory cards were expensive compared to SD cards
5. lense extension module will make your powerful flash useless
in my country, the don't take the camera back once you go out of the store! so we had to sell it as a used camera this is my second bad experience with Sony cameras.
Pros Many features, from auto settings to custom-dialed settings, video included
Cons Tans and skin color are poor, auto setting is poor, video image quality is poor, lots of menu work
Summary I had high expectations for this camera as it came highly-recommended by a consumer evaluation magazine. However, I am extremely disappointed in the package. No matter how many settings tweaked, I cannot get a sharp, accurate color for family and pets. Outdoor photos tend to be better than indoor. Action photos, even with the 10x zoom, look decent. But there is just an issue that I would not expect in such an advanced $300 camera. The shots are just a few steps above cell phone quality. Sony had me reset the camera but it did not solve the problem. This was my first and last sony digital camera. Olympus and Canon products have turned out better photos.