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Sony Cybershot H3
Sony Cybershot H3

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Sony Cybershot H3

We've given the H3 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Sony Cybershot H3 is a delightful addition to the brand's stable of capable, powerful extended zoom cameras. With an excellent 10x optical zoom coupled with Sony's Super SteadyShot image stabilization, photographers will find themselves taking crisp, clear shots of distant subjects, with no need to worry about the blurs and blotches associated with shaking hands.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom / 20x digital zoom
  • Sony Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • JPEG file format
  • Auto focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Memory Stick Duo storage (31MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: DSCH3S
  • UPC: 410100268970
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2007

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Sony Cybershot H3 Reviews

Sony Cybershot H3 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very Disappointed (Frankie — 11/03/2008)

This is now my second camera of the same kind. The first one I had only 1 day and the flash wouldn't pop up no matter what setting I was using. Even with the force flash, it's doesn't work. My second camera, I've had for 9 months now and it has just now started the same thing so now I've got to send it to the company for repair. I had an older model Kodak before this one and it's so much more reliable than this much more expensive camera. I am very disappointed and now irritated at this point. I DO NOT recommend this camera to anyone!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
DSC H3 without zoom during Movie Shooting (Shirish Kelkar — 04/29/2008)

I am realy very much impressed with specifications & performance of DSC H3. But one point which I missed before buying it, that it can not be zoom in or out during you are recording a movie. Even thouh this feature can be easily found in low standard cameras of different manufacturers.
Non availability of this particular feature makes me very much disappointed. Except this the camera is BEST

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice Pt and shoot (Matt — 04/26/2008)

We just got this camera 3 days ago and i am pleased with the image quality. also the in camera editing is awsome. the only down side is the limiting amount of options in different settings. but the 10X zoom and 3" screen are awsome. also very good distance on the flash.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not Bad (Steven Michaels — 02/12/2008)

This is a quality camera that for the most part takes great pictures. It does tend to not do so well at higher iso, and the image stabilizer is not as good as i would like, but overall solid camera.

The user interface is fairly simple, and it had many manual settings (for those who need them). Once agin i have been right to trust the sony brand, not perfect but for $269.00, a great camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good all-around camera (Cory — 02/10/2008)

I just got this camera a couple days ago. I bought it at Target "As IS" for only $147. This camera is perfect for in motion shats and thr images are clear. I eould highly recomend this camera for someone looking to upgrade their standared camera/

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Vitali — 01/29/2008)

Just got this recently, the camera seems awesome, definately a step up from the Pentax Optio E10 (which is one of the worst camera according to this website). I primarily shoot outside, and use a tripod where needed so after it is a little warmer outside I'm gonna take it for a spin. So far i just shot inside and just looking outside my window to get a feel for it. The pictures come out nice and there's no more annoying shutter delay like on the Optio E10. I would recommend this camera, it's easy to use, has good battery life, the zoom capability seems excellent too. Over all a great experience with my 2nd CyberShot.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very Nice (KILI_7 — 01/21/2008)

The camera is very good! But the imagestabilization(SUper STeady Shot) Is'nt so good than OIS. And Image's blur when use higer than 400ISO, but that is only a little problem, coz every little "pocket" camera have same ISO broblem. But I recommand this camera! This is my first Sony's digital camera and it's REALLY good!

  • 5.0 out of 5
WOW! (ben lunn — 01/12/2008)

well..ive now owned the camera for about an hour and its GREAT i have already got light trail photos and high shutter speed camera pics and im only a beginner and to be honest this (i have used SLR's and my parents high quality Digital cam.) and this is proberbly the best camera i have ever used Extremely easy to use seems very reliable and durable (not that i have dropped it) and its excelent value in total i payed £249.97 for the camera a 1GB mem.card and 3 years guarentee!!!!and to say im only 16 thats quite a wod of cash!and im glad with what i spent it on!!would recommend it to a novice or a Pro. it is brilliant!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
This is the best camera i've ever owned (Amanda Willford — 12/26/2007)

My boyfriend just bought me this camera and i absolutly love it there are so many options and fun ways to edit your pictures. It is so much fun. I would definatly recommend this to anyone wether your a prodressional or just want to take pictures like one!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Sony H3, it's so great! (hai nam — 11/22/2007)

Compact, small but it's powerful! Not only at good function but also it's look like as a pro-camera! with Adapter Ring and Hood, you can mount on more options, further you can hold it firmly to take better!!! I like it!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sony H3 (Piyush — 11/10/2007)

I bought this camera nearlly a month back.The picture quality of the camera is excellent.It performs good even in dim light.Small in comparision with other Sony H series.Excellent flash.The pictures comes clear even in complete darkness by using flash.Easy to carry.zoom is pretty good.
LCD is on the lower side,its about 1,15000.Overall a good camera..

  • 5.0 out of 5
reliable camera (Ram — 10/16/2007)

sony H3 looks to be a reliable camera for advanced amatuer photographers those who wants to take high-quality photos in every state. powerful flash,an efficient zoom capability by considering the relatively small size of the camera and other available capabilities in Sony H3 makes it reliable for you!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent value (Kenneth Ng — 09/10/2007)

I was looking for a camera which could take better pictures at night and one that could perform well under less than ideal conditions. Those using the smaller compacts will know what I mean. So far, the H3 has been excellent value in my opinion, having probably one of the better flashes of any camera in the compact range. Although the flash is claimed to go up to 14m, I think it's probably ok for up to 8-10m, but which is twice as good as other compacts of similar size. It is a great all round camera for someone looking for portability but with a little more than what you get with the compacts. Highly recommend.