Sony Cybershot H10 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom / 2x digital zoom
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 30fps movie mode with sound
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • Auto focus
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen
  • Memory Stick Duo and Pro Duo storage (with 31mb internal memory)
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • Release Date: 2008-02-11
  • Final Grade: 82 4.1 Star Rating: Recommended

4.1 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Cybershot H10
8.1 megapixels; 10x optical zoom / 2x digital zoom; Optical Image Stabilization; 30fps movie mode with sound; Auto and manual exposure; Auto focus; 3.0-inch LCD screen; Memory Stick Duo and Pro Duo storage (with 31mb internal memory); Lithium-ion battery pack
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

A great camera when it was released, the H10 has been replaced by the even-better H20. Here's what we had to say about the H10 when it was released in February 2008:

The Sony Cybershot H10 is the company's latest attempt to capture the "fun zoom" market, which typically includes a large zoom range (10x in this case) and lots of features intended to make it easy for users of all skill levels to get great shots, be it shooting from the hip or carefully composing each frame. The 8.1-megapixel sensor is ample enough, and the camera offers full manual exposure modes for those feeling adventurous. For point & shoot users, there are plenty of assists, including optical image stabilization, a digital range optimizer (which tones down highlights and brightens dark areas to produce a more evenly-exposed picture), and advanced face detection. Overall, this is a good, safe pick for the semi-serious amateur.

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