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Sony CyberShot DSC-H1
Sony CyberShot DSC-H1

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Sony CyberShot DSC-H1

Editor's Review

The Sony CyberShot DSC-H1 offers a compelling combination of high resolution, powerful zoom, and ergonomic styling. As one of only a handful of digital cameras with a 12x zoom, the Sony H1 is a great choice for nature photography or any situation where it's necessary to get up close to your subject. To guard against image shake at full zoom, the Sony H1 has an optical image stabilization system; other notable features include a large 2.5" LCD screen and a live histogram to help you expose your pictures correctly. Note that despite its appearance the H1 is not an SLR camera and will not accept interchangeable lenses.

Specifications

  • 5.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 12x optical zoom
  • 2x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Part Number: DSC-H1
  • UPC: 027242673847
  • Release Date: Mar 21, 2005

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Sony CyberShot DSC-H1 Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-H1 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Results (Hamid Jalal — 02/26/2009)

I have owned this camera for almost 4 years now and conclude that Sony is the best. Although the lense is not the typical CarlZeiss, but still it works as a professional camera would do. Cannot part from my H1.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Good Camera (Kathy — 12/10/2007)

This camera is awesome. Some trouble with blurry pictures and the no zoom while video recording. Overall it's a great camera for us non professional photographers - also great for the pros. Enlarging the photos are great. It's as clear as a 3x5 picture. Great Job Sony

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Kathy — 11/12/2007)

I do love my DSC-H1. My only concern is the blurry pictures I keep on getting. I don't know much about cameras' and am probably on the wrong setup..or i need to change the set up..other than that, I love my sony.

  • 4.0 out of 5
flash too strong (Len — 08/11/2007)

I love this camera. Yes the flash seems to be too strong even when in the lowest of the three settings. I also find that when I m close to the subject there is a shadow caused by the flash and the camera lens.Has anyone noticed this annoying problem?But as for the photos that this camera takes-excellent!

  • 4.0 out of 5
My very first DSC-H1 review anywhere (Len — 08/11/2007)

September will be one year since I have had this camera. If there were a rating between good and excellent that is where I would rate it. My main concern is the extended lens' shadow when taking close-up shots with flash. The only other very minor complaint would be that the light from the flash is too much even on its lowest of three settings but overall what a great camera!

  • 4.0 out of 5
VERY GOOD CAMERA (LASHEMAH — 07/08/2007)

I have had about 4 different digital cameras and the Sony DSC-H1 turns out to be the best. The only thing I hate is that the batteries do not stay charged long. this is not a major problem because you can keep a fair amount of chargeable batteries in your bag. They stay charged longer then the previous cameras. I truly love this camera and will reccomend it to anyone. Thanks for this one

  • 3.0 out of 5
B- (Robert — 06/30/2007)

Manual adjustment terrible,
Bad CCD

  • 5.0 out of 5
An excellent Camera (krish — 02/03/2007)

I am very satisfied with the camera. Everything is positive. Only -ve is battery recharge durations. Its painful to wait for taking next snap. It takes hell lot of time to regain flash. Sony has to do something about this

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Photos (Denzil — 01/16/2007)

I have no problems with this camera except that I blew the flash while shooting during rain.
The pics are excellent and compare with those taken by professionals —- I do wedding jobs with this camera and clients prefer my work over some professionals.......
On another note ..... can anyone tell me how can I replace the built in flash.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Still bad ccd in warm climate (Wallsy — 11/29/2006)

I used this camera on vacation in Guam and experienced the same problem the other sony cameras are having with the CCD. It is not on the sony recall list...YET...and Sony says the old CCD problem was fixed in 2005. I should wait 1 or 2 years when more people have complained and it is recalled and then I can get it fixed. Dont waste your money.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Long Term Owner with some thoughts (Inga — 11/22/2006)

After two years I am sending it in for a repair estimate. I have run over 7000 photos through it and can comment on the following:
1. Manual is terrible
2. Flash too strong - took me 1000 pictures to figure out how to lower it - with minimal improvement (the manual was no help per point 1)
3. Recently developed a cropped image taken at full quality using the flash - chromatic edge distortion was BRUTAL
4. Action shots - only if you don't need the flash. I have many photos of our children exiting stage right or left because our camera didn't take the shot fast enough.
5. Quality of photos when not relying on flash are phenomenal.
6. Recent "static" appeared across the screen and also in the viewfinder (not a good sign) and are now on the most recent batch of photos. We are dithering - repair or go for a Rebel. The dilemma!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera I have owned yet. (Phil — 10/30/2006)

I am overall extremely impressed with the H1. Highly superior photo quality in daylight and bright environments. I have had to work with the manual adjustments to get this quality in low light settings. I also have the teleconvertor and wide angle adapter lens from Sony. Both with excellent results. Check out some photos on Yahoo Photos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Telephoto lens option (Tom Guerard — 09/17/2006)

I guess I was expecting excellent optics as the camera has been, however, telephoto is dissapointing. A sales person at a camera store said that there would be a softness to the tele and that is apparent. I may have gotten a mismanufactured lens, but have no way of knowing. Of course, I could call Sony, but I doubt customer service is any better.
Overall, I am so pleased with the camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera to replace point and shoot 35mm (Hazhu Weilong — 09/04/2006)

I bought this camera to replace my Olympus IS-1. I decided upon a 5MP camera instead of a 3MP because I wanted more saturation per image.
I like the fact that the display gives you the histogram of each shot for analysis, but having said that, knowing what a histogram is and knowing how to use it is not something every person who picks up a camera will understand. I also like the fact that there is some basic manual control over the shutter speeds and lens apeture settings but keep in mind that shooting in manual mode and getting professional results does require solid knowledge in the physics of photography. I have been in professional photography for over 10 years and have shot on 35mm, 110 and 220 medium format and 8x10 large format cameras. This camera is a good choice for the novice to mid-level photographer who wants a good back up to other platforms as a replacement for the point and shoot 35mm models. It will perform quite well for nearly any situation given the level of expertise of the user.
I would not recommend this particular camera for the photography beginner simply because most beginners have too high of an expectation of most digital cameras. This particular model doesn't have all the professional features found in high end Canon's or Nikons and is not meant to challenge those markets.
What this camera will do is provide great shots and serve as a suitable replacement for nearly any commercially available 35mm film point and shoot camera and give you results you can be proud of for many years.
As for those of you who are unhappy that you can't get your pictures working on Windows 98 or ME, Sony may be partly to blame for making claims attributing to those computer operating systems, but the reality is that if you want to get into the digital age, you shouldn't be using such antiquated software. Windows 98 and ME were two of the worst offerings Microsoft made in the computer market and as such aren't even supported by Microsoft anymore so why expect a camera manufacturer to support them as well?

  • 5.0 out of 5
its simply great Cam (owais malik — 08/28/2006)

Again its simply great Cam

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera (Alexandra — 08/14/2006)

I have good photos with this camera and I love it. The very good feature of H1 is the function of optical stabilisation, which allows to photographing in conditions when it is impossible with another camera. Also it has realy good optical zoom and all manual functions. It easy in work, as for me. But, certainly, it has negative traits too. At the first, RAW is lack, secondary zoom at movie is lack, macro is not good, flash too strong (exterior flash is lack - too bad), min ISO is too high, no 1/2000 in manual etc.
But in conclusion I must say that it is very good camera and I don'n know any another better cameras for this price.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Chromatic edge distortion is the worst I've ever seen. I've had webcams with better pictures. I can't believe Sony would release a piece of junk like this. The average consumer might not notice until trying to crop a picture. Awful. Shameful product. I'm going for a Canon next!

  • 4.0 out of 5
great camera... beautiful images...useless manual (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned my DSC-H1 camera for 5 months. It was a gift, because I wanted to upgrade from my highly satisfactory, small, easy to use 3.1 mega pixel Canon A-70. I wanted a camera that would be close to my Canon Rebel film camera but less expensive than the Canon Rebel digital camera. When I "outgrow" this camera, I will definitely consider the Canon Rebel digital camera. By that time, I will need the interchangeable lenses that camera offers.

What do I like about the DSC-H!?

At this moment, I have stored 351 pictures. I use 2 rechargeable batteries for a full day of shooting, and average 200 pictures per day.

My pictures include vivid close ups of yellow veined, deep purple iris and translucent golden daffodils, family pictures of fast moving children and equally detailed distance shots of a goose family playing beside a windswept lake.

The clarity and detail of these digital images rival pictures taken on my old Olympus OM-1 film camera. While learning this camera, I can take 15 pictures of one flower,change settings and compare the results immediately per the large LCD screen and the Histogram or my computer screen and EXIF data later on. And of course I pay only for those prints I choose to share with others!

I value the large LCD screen b/c I am extremely nearsighted. Small viewfinders just don't work for me anymore. With this camera, I can see what I am shooting, even in very bright light.

This camera does have a polarizer. I am starting to use it, and am pleased with the results. That feature alone makes it a better camera than the Canon A-70.

The camera largely lives up to the "steady shot" claim. I don't think it produces more blurry pictures than other cameras. Photographer error, environmental conditions or lack of a tripod cause more blurry pictures for me than the camera itself does.

What don't I like?

The camera has been much harder to learn than I expected. I agree with an earlier comment that one needs a degree in photography to undersand the manual. It is a shorthand list of many features but explains nothing. It is useles...useless... useless. The manual is why I rated the camera good insead of excellent.

I also dislike the delete feature. As far as I can tell, you can only delete one image at a time. To do so, you must click a tiny button twice. When I am ready to delete the 300+ pictures now in the memory, I will have to click that button 600+ times. I'm betting the delete button wears out before the rest of the camera does. By comparison,. I could click once and delete all the images on my A-70, or I could delete selectively, one image at a time.

I am often frustrated with the automatic flash, too. It has ruined some otherwise great shots. I have not found the way to turn it off, although the manual says you can.

Conclusion
All in all I really like this camera and the pictures it takes. It is a very good, reasonably priced camera for a serious amatuer photographer. However, Sony really needs to revise the useless manual and make it available (free)to those of us who have already purchased the camera. Otherwise, I will not buy another Sony camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Fantastic camera.Colors are vibrant.Macro pictures awesome.I have also found flash in auto mode too bright.Moving to the "p" mode works much better for the flash.Of course, you can fix everything using photo editing software.

  • 4.0 out of 5
wide angle lens shadow (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a great camera. One problem. I bought the wide angle lens. The lens is so large that it blocks the flash and creates a half circle shadow on the bottom of your shot. I spoke with sony and found out that I needed the external flash to eliminate the shadow. I happily spent the dough but....it now reduces the shadow but does not eliminate it. Sony has basically written me off. They have no advice to correct this issue and I have spent almost $400 bucks on these two accessories. If anyone has any suggestions???? Anyways, other than that I think it is a super camera. Great pics and easy to use. I was in Costa Rica recently and set the camera to shoot a burst of shots to capture some dolphins jumping out of the water beside our boat.—Awesome. Everybody on the trip had to get a copy of some of the shots that I got.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera, great buy! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have just owned this camera for 2 months and I am excited about it. The camera is definitely living up to all the hype I had come across during my research! So far, I have taken very professional photos of wildlife and plants. Took me a while to understand the flash though. However, the camera could do with a manual written in simple non-too-technical language.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excelent camera. The pics are superb and vivid. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a serious photgraphic enthusiastic for over two decades and is owning several cameras. This is my second Digital Camera. I am owning the Nikon 7900 - 7.1 megapixels.
The Sony H1 gives great pics with its 12 zoom. I really love this Camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Beware the 5 Star new user (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

There are many good digital cameras out there but look for the purpose you need it for.
The Sony DSC-H1 is a fine camera indoors due to the reduced Red Eye, not Red Eye Reduction System but because the flash is high enough to be off the same axis as the lens so less direct reflection back to the camera.
Outdoors for action shots it lacks the necessary high ISO rating to stop action in anything but bright light where the shutter speed can compensate for the slow digital film speed.
Anything over ISO 100 has a poor noise reduction system in part due to the small CMOS.
Remember fast film in film cameras is equal to high ISO speed in a digital camera. To stop action you need high ISO speed which allows fast shutter speed to stop action.
The compromise is you give this up with a high X- number Super Telephoto lens.
Hopefully the DSC-H2 will correct the noise problem so a minimum of ISO 400 can shoot a clear (noise free) picture.
Pro's use an SLR which has a large CMOS and thy can afford many lenses, which most of us cannot.
Just remember there are limitations, 5 star recomendations look good but are not accurate for a long telephoto lens camera, which is as minimum a trade off.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Thinking of Investing. Is it worth it? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I really like the cybershot P200 for the 7.2 megapixel clarity. I am hoping to have a look at the DSCH1's performance. The only issue I am worried about is the difference between the claritys of 7.2 to 5.1. Is there much of a difference and can someone clarify that for me?

  • 2.0 out of 5
Problem Downloading (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I used a Sony DSC-H1 at work and loved it, so I bought one. It's easy to use and I get great photos. However, I have a continuing problem downloading photos onto my computer (Windows XP). It downloaded okay once, even without installing the "Picture Package", then when I next tried it the computer would not identify device on USB port. Tried remedies from Troubleshooting Guide with no success. Tried again after installing the "Picture Package" software and still no joy. Also tried on other computers with same result. Dealership couldn't sort this so sent the camera in for repair. When I got it back it again worked once and then gave the same error message when I tried again. The dealership has been super, and gave me a new camera, but I had the same problem with it. Thought it must be me, but I use the same model at work with no problem. Has anybody else experienced this? The camera at work has been trouble free for over a year.

  • 4.0 out of 5
good camera - bad manual (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am very pleased with this camera and its performance. However, the owners manual is not for the average person. You need a degree in camera science to figure out this manual... Just take out the camera and figure it out on your own.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Pretty good camera to shoot some good pictures with (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the only thing I can say is the manual could be a little more informative..Good camera besides that..

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very good camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After doing a couple weeks of studing zoom cameras from Minolta, Kodak, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, I chose the DSC-H1. I am happy that I bought it also. There are a couple things that I would change though. The auto-focus assist LED is bright for the subject you are taking a photo of. The flash is very bright and does seem to over-expose some shots. But other than that the camera is everything that I wanted. The detail in the shot are great. The color of the photos are very nice.The focus is very fast and accurate. The camera feels very good in my hands. There seems to be a lot of manual adjustments if you want to play around with them. I don't use the camera for movies, so who cares about the zoom for that. That is what mini DV cameras are for. Overall, a very good camera for the money.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Flash too strong (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera except the flash is too strong at times, washing out the picture. You have to go into Program mode and cut it down. This does not affect it's performance in auto mode which is still too strong. Anyone else notice this?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent choice for manual settings (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased the Sony DSC-H1 for the manual settings capacity. For years I have refused to make the switch to digital due to the fact that I do not like "Point & Shoot" cameras. The digital counterparts that offer the capabilities that I wanted were way out priced. The Sony offers a wide range of adjustments for most photographers. I am a semi-professional and am very pleased with the quality the camera provides along with the affordable price, ($450.00 range). The only issue is not with the camera, but with the Sony rebates. This purchase is the third mail-in rebate with Sony in the past 6 months and I have yet to collect on one. There's always a reason they come up with to not honor the rebate. The products are well made and from my experience reliable. But beware of the rebates. If price makes your decision between two brands, and a rebate is involved, I would steer clear of Sony.

  • 5.0 out of 5
This is it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is great and was a definite upgrade from my earlier Sony Digital. The lens is great and the picture quality is super

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It took me over 2 months to make a decision on a digital camera. I was upgrading from my Panasonic DMC-LC33. I love my Panasonic for everyday use, but for travelling I wanted more pixels and more zoom. I narrowed it down to the sony and canon. Originally I was looking at the Sony W7 and Canon A620 then progressed to the Sony DSC H1 and the Canon S2. I used both cameras and eventually decided to go with the Sony...bigger LCD and it just fit better in my hand. So far, the pictures that I have taken have been excellent...I am still playing with some of the manual features but so far I am very happy with my choice. AA batteries are also a major plus.

  • 1.0 out of 5
No zoom during movies (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Wow, what a disappointment! I should have done more research. The camera doesn't zoom while you're making movies. It also constantly loses its focus, and with no manual focus there's nothing you can do. I did find the picture quality to be great, but who would want to take movies with the zoom locked? I'm taking it back to the store tomorrow to get a Canon Powershot S21S � even though I hear its lens cap always falls off (The H1 does have an excellent lens cap).

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have only owned this camera for 2 weeks, but let me tell you! This camera is one of the best out there. I have taken a total of 1,000 pictures in a 2 week span, and practically every shot comes out perfect. The image stabilization isn't as great as I would like, but the good thing about digitals is that you can delete the bad ones and shoot again and again.

The only thing I'm having a problem with is how to lower the flash (VERY bright!!) and how to save the movies I've taken. They don't appear on the memory stick. If someone can email me about how to do this, I would appreciate it.

Other than that, this camera takes SUPER clear shots. My favorite part is the macro. I sell things on eBay, and nothing beats the clearness of the closeups I take.

Exceptional camera!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
its a wonderful camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

but i cant stand how slow the flash modes are. if you have the patience, this camera will give you the best shots around, but dont count on it for action shots. and the auto focus without flash is a joke. but i'm very pleased with the camera for still shots.

  • 2.0 out of 5
forget action shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

If you are only taking still shots preferable with a tripod, you will love the shots, but the steady shot is a joke. Maybe I don't know what I'm doing, but if I adjusted the ISO one way, I got a half second delay and missed the picuture I WANTED to take as it "refocused" the store told me. If I adjusted it the other way, I couldn't hold it steady long enough to avoid the blur. Also the lag time between shots was over a second. I had the same problem with the Sony N1 which I bought first. Sony has always been good to me, but for cameras, I'm switching. I took it back, paid the differance for a Rebel XT and don't regret it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Ability to operate with any operating system but XP is misrepresentation. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've spent the better part of the past seven days trying to "find" and install drivers necessary to the operation of this camera with my Windows ME operating system. I have case numbers and incident numbers with the retailer we bought an extended warranty from and with Sony and with the manufacturer of the installation software.

This morning for an additional software assistance fee with Circuit City (another $39) was able to finally find and install the three drivers needed to make the system operational. Now, just when I thought I was out of the woods, I'm getting an error message that I should be clicking a "hot plug" icon in the status bar to shut down the hardware or my operating system might crash. This button is not operating correctly either, so I guess that will be my next hurdle.

My point is this. If Sony and their software manufacturer don't supply what is necessary to make their equipment operational when using any operating system other than XP, then stating their cameras are functional with Windows 2000, Me, 98/98SE is fraudulent. They absolutely know this is an ongoing problem for their customers in that one of the "numerous" Sony service reps I spoke with said he gets tons of calls with the same problem I've been having. But the best Sony can come up with is direct you to a couple of web sites where you might or might not be able to download the drivers you're looking for.

I went to second tier technical help last night and that fellow absolutely could not help me acquire the final driver that was necessary. He was polite and apologetic but I was on my own.

Why haven't they included these drivers on their software set-up? This camera "may" take fabulous pictures but if I can't get them off my memory stick and onto my computer, what good is any of it. May just give up and take the whole package back and try a different manufacturer.

One thing for sure is that I am boycotting the purchase of any Sony products in the future.

Thanks for listening ...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Crystal Clear (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The up close shots with this camera, especially at the high settings, are stunning. The large LCD makes it easy to see what you have just shot. 12X optical zoom is just right. Two AA batteries keep going and going and going.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very good camera for the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used 35mm cameras for many years, Minolta, Nikon, and also a 1.2 Megapixel Olympus digital and After putting the Sony DSC-H1 thru a 3 week testing I am very pleased with the results from this camera! The color of the photo's are great. I love the low light candle mode for those shot's that are just not for flash. I shot some test shots with my old Minolta SRT-101, Olympus D600L and the Sony DSC-H1 came out on top with the best quality photos hands down! I'm still learning all the features of this fine camera and plan on taking many more fine pictures with it. Thanks Sony for such a fine product!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera Great Zoom (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a camera collector only because I can never find a camera that fully satisfies my needs so I keep buying new ones. But no more! This is it!!! I go to many concerts and the pictures usually come out grainy using the zoom. But NOT with this Sony! I just went to 3 concerts and the pictures came out fantastic!!! I am so impressed — even ordered the telephoto lens. No more looking around for other cameras for me — THIS IS IT!!! I love it! Easy to use too.

  • 3.0 out of 5
No zoom in movie mode, and the batteries go away way to soon!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Like I said I'm not so happy with it. I just sold a DSC 717 that I loved and may buy another.
I do like the new controls and the amount of control when programing but over all I think its just ok compared to another SONY, the DSC 717.
Thanks for listening.
Pat

  • 2.0 out of 5
Pictures are not good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I read reviews on this camera before I purchased it and it had such great reviews I purchased it. It is a expensive camera my advice is to not to purchase this camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
A++++ (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this is my first digital camera and it does everything i want and need for it to do. A+++ camera go out and get one!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We already had a nice digital camera, but could not zoom in on anything. This camera is fantastic. Exceptional pictures up close. We are still learning how to use some of the settings, enjoying using it.
Glad we went with the camera with stabilization quality.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Its a great camera but one thing...auto focus will kill you... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the Sony DSC-H1 camera is a great camera to own when taking pictures, and the 12x optical zoom is superb to get close up, mind you the wide-angle & telephoto lens is available from Sony for the DSC-H1 camera, the downside is, some will encounter malfunctions and problems, my main discontent is the auto-focus, after 2 weeks of having the camera, the AF died on me, so got it in for repairs, now waiting a week and 2 days I go get the camera back from the repair shop NOT EVEN 2 days after the AF dies on me again....something wrong or is it that Sony is still in development of a better AF system for the camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For the money this is a great camera. Right middle of the road for me as not a beginner but not ready for the big and bold professional stuff. I have taken some incredible pictures with little or no effort and am now learning the manual side of it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Went to our first NASCAR race and was so impressed with the clarity - the cars are racing around at 200 miles an hour and came out looking like they stopped right in front of us! It made our first race so much better being able to relive it in pictures! Thank you. PS We have already made reservations for the spring race at Talladega!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We needed to replace/upgrade our old Canon A40 and settled on this one after reading all the reviews and specs. We were always happy with the A40 except that it was too slow and didn't do well in low light. We wanted a DSLR but that was just out of reach. This camera approaches the speed of the DSLRs, which satisfied one major issue, and does really well in low light, satisfying the other. Plus it has really incredible picture quailty! We thought we were happy with the quality of the A40, but this blows it away.

We're happy with all the other features as well, although we mostly just use the full auto setting.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It went dead!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera is excelent but it went dead after 2 months.

  • 3.0 out of 5
(anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently purchased my first digital camera which was the Sony DSC-H1. It has fully met my expectations and more. Since purshasing the camera I have travelled to Newfoundland and taken some spectacular shots. I also took photos from across the Ottawa river of the Gatineau Balloon Festival and again, the result was awesome. Thanks Sony for making this great camera. Thanks to you, I now love Digital Photography.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great photos and features (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Outstanding 12X Optical camera. Closeups too and shutter speed control is great. What a bang for the buck!

  • 5.0 out of 5
awesmoe Results (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Mind blowing results of all my snap of Hongkong trip.Every one at home felt they are really in Hongkong.Thanks sony for beautiful cameras

  • 1.0 out of 5
Three in three weeks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased my first DSC-H1 3 weeks ago at a Wal-Mart in Wyoming. I traveled to Disneyworld (Florida) 1 week after buying it. The first day in the park, the camera malfunctioned (locked up and would not work again). I paid $50 for a taxi to take me to Wal-Mart where I swapped the camera and returned to Disney World. Three days later the second camera had the same fatal malfunction. I was unable to return the camera until after I returned to Colorado. I went back to Wal-Mart who again replaced the camera. Here's hoping #3 works. I called Sony who stated they've never had any similar problems reported??????

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hope your's works..................... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

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!

I thought Sony was a better company. No more Sony products for me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
H1 - great pics; chose over S2 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great pictures; great zoom; easy to hold. Chose over S2 for: 2.5" LCD (great to show pics to others), easy user interface, little if any red-eye, live histogram. Price diff between memory stick and SD is diminimus. Great macro capability.

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Equal to my D70 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We're going to Europe in September and I didn't want to lug my D70 and four lenses along so I began shopping for a 12x optical zoom for the trip. Of the 4-5 contenders, I chose the H1 because it seemed so natural and easy to use, the pictures were sharp even at 12x and the 2.5 inch LCD is a delight to use and review shots. I also bought the auxillary flash that gives it super range, however, it has better than average range with its regular flash. It is hard for me to tell the difference between pictures taken with the H! and my Nikon D70.

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I liked the H1 so much, I bought two! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was looking for a digital camera to give to my Dad as a birthday present, as his film camera finally went belly-up. I did a lot of research and narrowed it down to the Sony DSC-H1, the Canon S2-IS and the Panasonic FZ20. I went with the H1 for several reasons. Among the top ones: 1.) The large display screen (significantly larger than the competition and I imagine probably the largest in this class). Dad is 64 and I knew a large screen would be much nicer for him when he forgets his bi-focals (and even when he doesn't). 2.)Reviews that said the H1 was one of the best in this camera-class as far as a lack of red-eye when using the regular flash. Dad's primary purpose for the camera would be taking shots of the grandkids. 3.)Extreme ease of use. I liked the way the menu worked and how the buttons were arranged—logical and easy to use—and that the user could basically "point and shoot" and get good shots. I knew Dad wouldn't want to fiddle around with manual settings and such and would want easy buttons and a logical menu when they were needed.

The day after he opened his camera we all went on a big family vacation. I started taking shots with his new H1—tons of shots—and was reluctant to give the camera back to him! I just loved using this camera. I loved how easy it was to use. The image stabilization worked great, and the zoom lens is amazing—I got some nice wildlife shots in Yellowstone I couldn't have gotten without that zoom. The macro shots were amazing too—-nice and sharp and I couldn't believe how close I could get. Poor Dad hardly got to use his new present!

I did some "test" shots, too. I put people in purposely dark rooms and took their picture with the automatic flash. Two things impressed me: first, with just the regular flash, there was very little, if any, red-eye in the shot (the camera does have a red-eye reduction setting, but I haven't had the need to use it); secondly, the subject and background were nicely lit with the flash. The subject was neither over-exposed nor under-exposed. This really impressed me, maybe because my old film camera never got it quite right in situations like that.

Speaking of the flash, I really like that it pops up automatically on the H1 when needed. I, for one, don't want to have to remember to manually pop the the flash everytime I think its needed. I'll forget, so I want the camera to figure that out. On some cameras (like the Canon S2-IS) the flash is NOT automatic—a big negative for me. But if I want to, I CAN set the flash on the H1 so it never goes off, or set it so it goes off every time.

When we went to Walgreen's to print the vacation and test photos, I was very impressed with the sharpness, color and clarity. I also used the camera for some night shooting of fireworks (using a tripod and the automatic night-mode on the dial), and was happy with the way they turned out. I blew up some vacation photos to 8X10 and they looked sharp.

I, of course, immediately went out and bought my own H1 and am very happy with my purchase. (And Dad is happy to finally be able to use HIS camera.) Neither Dad nor I have had any problems with our cameras.

Neither one of us have ever used the movie mode (just something we don't care about on a camera), so I cannot comment on that.

Bottom line, this is a fun camera to use (can't really explain it, but it's just "fun"), an easy camera to use, and it takes nice, sharp pictures. I find I like the large dispay screen, too, especially since I am 40 and my eyes are not what they used to be. Also, that large display screen helps me better judge if that photo I just took is worth keeping or not. Sometimes size does matter!

I also like that if I ever want to expand my photographic wings and use the manual settings, I'll have that opportunity as well.

I am very happy with my first digital camera. Thanks, Sony!

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Sony DSC-H1 is Awesome (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is awesome! Everything you want. Everything you need. and then some. I just love how this camera looks, feels, and performs.

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This camera is a gem! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been into 35mm photography now for about twenty years, but have always been prevented from cutting loose with my camera (Nikon F801) because of the exorbitant prices charged for film and developing. Then along came digital...and everything has now taken an about turn. I was suspicious at first but took the plunge after much research on the internet and purchased the Sony DSC-H1. Not a 35mm SLR...so I was a little nervous about the results I could expect from this new-fangled gadget.

Two weeks now and I am in love with this camera! It does all that I could want, from simple point and shoot in automatic mode for the family snapshot to the more creative shots that require all the bells and whistles. This camera delivers! It is every bit as versatile as my Nikon. A big plus with the new camera is that I can now get into the family photographs because my wife isn't intimidated by using the Sony like she has been with the Nikon! She loves the point and shoot simplicity the H1 offers.

The 12X Zoom lens (equivalent to 36mm-432mm zoom on a 35mm SLR) is fantastic. This versatile lens has definitely upped the fun factor with my photography. I am wrapped with the resolution and colour rendition of my images. The image stabilization system is a beaut as well. I can now take hand held shots at focal lengths that previously would have been impossible without a tripod.

The camera feels great in the hand, with all of the controls easily accessible. In fact, it feels very similar to using my trusty SLR. The shutter release button has been perfectly positioned, unlike some other cameras that I have used in the past.

I couldn't have wished for a better camera and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys photography, from the point and shoot specialist to the more seasoned pro.

By the way, the best part about this camera...I can go out and click all day for very little cost. Very cool!

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Great camera, great pictures and great zoom!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought a Panasonic FZ5 based on professional reviews and I was very disappointed. I took it back and got the Sony DSC-H1 and am very very pleased. The optical stabalization works on this one even a full zoom. Pictures are clear, crisp with great color. It is so easy to use and has lots of manual controls if one wants to experiment. I love it. I have a Canon digital Rebel, and a Sony 5 megapixel Mavica and the H1 takes the better pictures of the 3. I reccomend it wholeheartedly.

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Just oh so right !!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After weeks of trying to decide between the canon S2 and this - I eventually went for the H1
let me say - first of all - this camera is a real gem !! it could be better - with a few simple revisions - a protective cover for the screen and a larger EVF would all add to its appeal - for the H2 (its bound to happen !) movie smoothness needs to be improved - but lets just say that this camera really does make you feel like you are handling a REAL camera - it feels great to use - is very responsive and gives EXCELLENT results - little details - like the included lense hood / adapter (£25 extra if you bought the S2) and the NMH batts and charger (£20 if you bought the S2) make a big difference - its a littel more bulky that the S2 - but feels oh SO much more better in the hand - for £330 (internet price) I have NO complaints at all - real camera - real value !!

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awesome!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera!!..I've always used old minolta's and Nikons..strictly 35mm guy all the way..have been shooting pro for years..this little baby has changed my attitude towards digital shooting..buy it if ya have the money..well worth it!!..the best on the market right now for the money.

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Sony DSC-H1 exceeds expectations (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a camera for the digitally challenged as well as the seasoned shutterbug. In depth features such as rapid-burst and multiple low-light settings assure that the DSC-H1 wont lose its effectiveness. Simple dial control and comfortable grip make it as easy to use as any 35 mm on the market.

The quality of the photos is superb and once the USB driver is on your computer, searchng and managing the pictures is a breeze. I could not be more pleased with my first digital camera.

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Buy It ! Buy It ! Buy It ! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is absolutly the best camera out there for under $500.00 I cant believe how great the pictures turn out. I love taking pictures of flowers, birds, and nature. This camera realy puts out for the money. Sony did a great job with this camera because it can be used by professionals as well as people who have never taken a picture with a digital camera before. I'm glad that I purchased this camera and I hope you have a great time with it. That is if you take my advice and buy it. Even if you just interested in this camera, go to your nearest best buy and try it out. Its a great camera all around powerful zoom, great flash, and auto focus. I hope you enjoy you new camera and to everyone happy photographing.

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New but happy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I tried two other brands this time before I ended back to Sony. I have been with Sony since the old Mavica with the floppy disk. Tried a Kodak and had mechanical problems with two of them right out of the box. Also tried Canon's brand new one and had the same problem. Sony has just released this one and i bought it. (the others had al been returned.) So far this is like an old friend. It does what I want, gets me great pictures insideor out and the 12X zoom works like a dream. I'm back to Sony to stay!!!

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Above and Beyond the typical point and shoot (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Outstanding zoom and color reproduction. Even at 24X magnification pictures were very impressive. I would recommend purchasing a tripod for better stability. If your looking to upgrade to a more professional status without forking out tons of cash. Well, this might be what you're looking for. Event though you can upgrade lenses. It's still not an SLR. I've owned two Sony cameras and this one is by far the best. It's evenly priced and will be a very beautiful asset to own for years to come.

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Cyber-shot® DSC-H1 Digital CameraDSC-H1 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I moved to Digital Photography several years ago ( 8 to be exact). Thus far this is the best sub $500 camera I have owned. I am a nature lover and thought I would put this camera through its paces.. from dark woods to bright mid-day sun... it handled them all with ease.. not much in the way of overexposure, or under for that matter. Color rendition is good.

Now the best part... the awesome optical zoom. It felt just like the old days with my old trusty film SLR... The Super steady shot really came into its own.... great depth of field.. the zoom gives you the equivalent of a 410mm lens. Focus is sharp.

I ran the camera all day with the LCD on with one set of batteries.. I feared that I had made a mistake only taking one pair of AA batteries (LiIon) with me when I left home on my way to Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska, but it worked out great.... I had purchased a 512mb Memory Pro stick for this camera... quite enough for the day... Actually I got 224 photos on the stick in 5.1 MP Fine mode.. and still had battery life left.. (The camera does have 32mb built in)

The camera despite all its bells and whistles is very simple to use.. It is very fast between shots.... Recycle time on the flash is good, and when in autoflash mode the camera will not let you take a photograph until the flash is fully charged...
The LCD is really clear, this can be easily turned off or on with the push of a button... When it is off you can still use the viewfinder.

I love this camera.... At last I have a digital camera that is well priced, does what I want it to do (take good pictures) and is easy to use. It feels like an SLR camera... and even sounds like one with the built in sound effects.. click ....whirr.

All in all a very good camera... I would recommend it..... The zoom is great..

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