Sony H10 Intro
Way back in early 2005, Sony launched the first in its H-series of digital cameras, marking the company's return to the long zoom digital camera market. The latest model in the series is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10, launched in the run-up to the Spring 2008 Photo Marketing Association tradeshow.
Sony H10 Features
The Sony H10 offers a sensor resolution of eight megapixels along with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded 10x optical zoom lens that includes Super SteadyShot® optical image stabilization. Other H10 features include ISO sensitivity from ISO 80 to 3,200, 31MB of internal memory, and a large 3.0" LCD display with 230,000 pixels. The H10's LCD features Sony's Clear Photo Plus technology, for reduced reflections and improved visibility, as well as increased viewing angle.
A replacement for the existing DSC-H3 model which was announced in August 2007, the Sony DSC-H10 uses contrast detection autofocusing, with 9 focusing points and an AF assist lamp to help out in difficult lighting conditions. Exposures are determined with multi-pattern metering by default, and both center-weighted or spot metering modes are also on offer. As well as the internal memory, a Memory Stick Duo slot (compatible with PRO Duo cards as well) lets you expand capacity to meet your needs. Power for the H10 is provided by a proprietary NP-BG1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
The DSC-H10 includes Sony’s advanced sports shooting mode, which combines high shutter speed and continuous auto-focusing to help you capture action shots. Face detection technology can identify and focus on up to eight faces at a time, and automatically adjusts the exposure for better portraits and group shots. The H10 also incorporates Sony’s D-Range Optimizer (DRO) to help you capture balanced images when shooting in high-contrast or backlit scenes. DRO modifies the range from highlights to shadows to make the best use of the available dynamic range.
Additional Sony H10 features and details (adapted from the press release):
- Great Photos Made Easy
The Sony H10 has a powerful Carl Zeiss® 10x optical zoom lens and a long-range flash to help you capture details from afar. Its face detection technology can identify and focus on up to eight faces in a frame, and automatically adjusts the focus for correctly exposed photos.
- The Sony H10 high-zoom camera includes Sony’s advanced sports shooting mode, which combines high shutter speed and continuous auto-focusing to help you capture fast-action shots. This intelligent technology allows the camera to quickly focus on fast-moving subjects by predicting where they will be in the frame – and ultimately reducing shutter lag.
- To help you capture well-exposed, natural-looking photos – even in challenging low-light conditions – the new Sony H10 features high sensitivity shooting (up to ISO 3200). It also incorporates Super Steady Shot® optical image stabilization to reduce blur caused by shaky hands.
- The DSC-H10 camera incorporates Sony’s D-Range Optimizer (DRO) to help you capture balanced images when shooting in high-contrast or backlit scenes. DRO modifies the range from highlights to shadows through its in-camera hardware processing – ultimately producing more natural, evenly exposed images.
- The Sony H10 also has helpful functions to manually correct images immediately after capturing them, including in-camera red-eye correction and photo retouching.
- Fast and Fun Playback
For fun playback of family photos, the Sony H10’s built-in slideshow function helps create slideshows set to your favorite music choices. Up to eight songs can be uploaded via the camera’s USB port. To view your favorite images and slideshows just like you view your favorite TV shows – in full 1080 high definition resolution – you can connect the camera to a compatible HDTV set.
Sony H10 Pricing and Availability
The Sony Cybershot H10 is priced at $300, and will reach US retail from May 2008.