Sony DSC-H1 Review Posted|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 14:17 EDT)
While Sony has made long-zoom, image-stabilized cameras in the past (starting with the original FD91 back in 2000), we haven't heard from them in this area for quite some time. Now, the new Sony DSC-H1 makes an impressive return to the category, apparently employing updated anti-shake technology. (The H1's lens assembly is much less bulky than that of the earlier image-stabilized models.)
The Sony H1 provides more manual exposure control than many other long zoom digital cameras, yet is easy to use in full-auto mode, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with tricky subjects. The large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the Sony H1 is user-friendly. Occasionally modes can be confusing to those more familiar with Sony's other point-and-shoot models, but a brief look at the manua quickly makes it all clear.
Performance-wise, the Sony DSC-H1 is fairly fast on the draw, with faster than average shutter response, and very good shot to shot cycle times. Though it goes up against other long zoom cameras now in their second and third generations, it's a solid, handsome camera that works as advertised.
All in all, the Sony DSC-H1 is a strong entry into the long-zoom, image-stabilized market, a camera that's sure to find many a happy home. A solid "Dave's Pick" as one of the best digital cameras currently on the market. Read our Sony DSC-H1 review for all the details!