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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):

Sony H10 Pricing and Availability

The Sony Cybershot H10 is priced at $300, and will reach US retail from May 2008.