Sony CyberShot H5 Brief Review

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  • 7.2 megapixels
  • 12x optical zoom / 2x digital zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 80-1000
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode
  • 2 AA batteries
  • 3.0 inch LCD
  • Memory Stick storage (32MB internal)
  • Release Date: 2006-03-03
  • Final Grade: 77 3.85 Star Rating: Recommended

3.85 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony CyberShot H5
7.2 megapixels; 12x optical zoom / 2x digital zoom; Optical image stabilization; auto and manual focus; auto and manual exposure; ISO 80-1000; JPEG file format; movie mode; 2 AA batteries; 3.0 inch LCD; Memory Stick storage (32MB internal)
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The H5 is a couple years old now, so take a look at the Sony Cybershot DSC-H50 or HX1, depending on your budget.  This is what we wrote about the H5 when it came out:

Sony pushes a little further, giving their 12x optical zoom camera a nice 7.2 MP sensor, outpacing similar offerings from Canon and Kodak. In addition to beating the competition in the megapixel department, they?ve jammed on a large 3.0 inch LCD screen, easily besting the Kodak Z612 and Canon S3IS as far as display is concerned. With that extra large LCD you?ll be able to get a better preview of those tight zoom shots you?ll be taking. Sony's High Sensitivity (ISO 1000) mode and Clear RAW NR image processing ensure a crisp and blur-less final product. The manual focus and exposure modes give photographers complete control of their camera, allowing for more complex and customized compositions.

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