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With its far-reaching 12X optical zoom, Sony's DSC-H1 is a perfect camera for fans of extreme telephoto power. You can capture a striking close-up of a distant sailboat, for instance, or zoom past crowds at the zoo to snap a beautiful picture of the gazelles. Even better, you don't have to worry about the blurriness that is so often a result when zooming without a tripod. The DSC-H1 has a built-in optical image stabilization system designed to minimize the effect of camera shake and ensure sharp, in-focus pictures.
You can count on impressive performance and extensive control, too. The 'H1's fast processor means less time waiting between shots. 5.1-megapixel photo capture delivers crisply detailed images that make gorgeous large prints. Manual exposure mode lets photography buffs set shutter speed and aperture themselves. You can even use optional telephoto or wide-angle converter lenses with this camera. And when a photo isn't enough, you can capture full-motion video clips with sound as well.
Physically, the camera is a breeze to operate. The large 2-1/2" LCD screen makes it simple to review your pictures and check your camera settings. And the DSC-H1's carefully designed body is easy to hold and control, even with the lens fully extended.
- 5.1-megapixel recording
- 12X optical zoom (2X digital/24X total zoom)
- Super SteadyShot® optical image stabilization
- 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 36-432mm
- Real Imaging Processor for high-quality images and faster camera response
- 2-1/2" color LCD
- JPEG options: resolution up to 2592 x 1944; 2592 x 1728; 2048 x 1536; 1280 x 960; 640 x 480
- MPEG Movie VX with audio
- 14-bit DXP A/D conversion
- three-area multipoint autofocus
- 3 focus presets
- 7 Scene modes, including Twilight, Candle, and Beach
- shutter speed: 30 1/2000 sec.
- variable ISO (sensitivity)
- macro mode (for shooting in-focus shots as close as 3/4" from subject)
- built-in pop-up flash
- built-in mono mic and speaker
- high-speed USB interface
- 32MB built-in flash memory holds approximately 12 shots at highest resolution
- compatible with Memory Stick or Memory Stick PRO
- Exif 2.2-compliant
- audio/video output for connection to a TV
- 4-3/8"W x 3-1/4"H x 3-5/8"D
- weight (with battery and media): 1 lb., 5 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- rechargeable NiMH "AA" batteries
- AC battery charger
- USB and A/V cables
- lens adapter ring
- lens cap
- lens hood
- shoulder strap
- wrist strap
- software CD-ROM (for Windows® and Mac)
- Crutchfield digital camera tip sheet
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Sony DSC-H1 Reviews
Average Customer Review:
I just bought this camera and it is my first digital camera. I can't say just how happy I am with it. It has great picture quality and is pretty easy to use. Being that I know alot about electronics and not alot about cameras, I have had no problems with taking pics and getting them to come out great. The instuctional cd rom tells you everything you need to know about taking great pics. Best camera I have ever used.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I purchased the Sony DSC-H1 as my first ever digital camera, and I can't say how happy I am with it. I have been able to get really good quality pictures with this camera. This is a great product for the price that Crutchfield is offering it at!
Not an easy camera to master
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
To date I have shot with and own an olympus c765 and c740, fuji s300,s500,sony cameras and panasonic lumix fz20 and this sony is the most difficult to get consistent and excellent results with.
I work as a pro in photo journalism and know a little about cameras though I am sure some jockey will berate my claims but I wonder what camera the people who are giving this one 5 stars are using.
The focus and capture are very slow when compared to the panasonic fz20 which I bought from crutchfield (Why arent you still carrying this supberb camera?)Moreover the image stabilization is of little value unless you are outdoors with a good deal of light. You must manipulate the Iso to get any kind of relielf from blurring, and it only goes to 400 with tremendous noise.
On automatic the cameras flash is harsh and overly bright bleaching out a large room and whiting out anything closer that 12 feet.
Between the blur and bleach getting some of these alluded too great shots seems impossible. Only after 3 days of shooting did I capture a stunning portrait of my tabby.
The main drawback of this camera for me is how slow it is in low light and how blurry picture are with the anti blur function anyway. The camera itself is nicley built and a bit of a mix between a konica/minolta body and a Kodak. The info knob is hard to read as it is silver and seems multi layered because of the brightness.
The viefinder is fine, it is the slow capture and anemic stabilization that are the drawbacks. I miss my fz20 which runs rings around this baby and for the 200 more was so worth it.
Ultimately this is a nice camera for the money but a big dissapointment.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
This is my second Sony digital camera purchase. I wanted some of the capabilities of an slr without the cost. This camera offers just that. I love being able to take great close-ups and being able to use filters to get an even better shot.
Purchasing it from Crutchfield has been a very positive experience as well.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
this camera is awesome, it does everything. Crutchfield even delivered before xmas for free. I love this camera and crutchfield.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
This camera takes excellent pictures inside, outside, in sunlight, at night, distance, upclose and I can't say enough about the 12x zoom. The zoom is real nice to have outside, at the beach for example. The picture detail is amazing. Sony's Super Steady Shot picture stabilizer and the automatic focus work great. The movie feature is nice for when the camcorder is not handy.
We have printed some pictures at the store from this camera and they are the same or close to film.
The camera seems to be quality built. It fits in the hands like a standard film camera so it is easy to use. I have no complaints.
I bought this camera and Canon PowerShot S2 IS. They both have similar parameters, price and ratings. For two weeks I was comparing them in every possible condition. Both cameras are superb, but sony is a little bit better so that's the one I kept and very happy about it
One of my 3 choices choosing a digital camera
I really enjoyed reading the profile on the sony Dsc the information was very easy to understand and the information I have received had made up my mind on choosing a digital camera and I want to thank crutchfield for the information
What's in the box?
- Digital still camera
- 2 "AA"-sized Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries (1.2V/2100mAh) in a clear plastic case
- BC-CS2A Battery charger
- 6.5' AC power cord
- 52" A/V cable with in-line ferrite core (has a mono RCA audio connector and an RCA composite video connector on one end and a minijack connector on the other end)
- 57" USB cable with in-line ferrite core (has a USB Type A connector on one end and a Mini USB Version 2.0 connector on the other end)
- 1 Lens cap strap
- 1 Shoulder strap
- 1 Adapter ring
- 1 Lens hood
- 1 Lens cap
- Cyber-shot Application Software CD-ROM (has Picture Package for Windows and ImageMixer VCD2 for Macintosh)
- User's Guide
- "Read This First" sheet
- Warranty sheet
- Online registration card
- "Quick Start Guide for connection to your computer" sheet
- "For Windows 98/98SE/2000 Professional/Me Users" sheet
- "Notes" sheet
- Important Safeguards
- Picture Package information card
- Cyber-shot Accessories catalog
Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||2.5"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||36-432mm|
|Internal Memory||32 MB|
|Effective Megapixel Count||5.09e+006|
|Image Stabilization||Super SteadyShot|
|Highest Resolution||2592 x 1944|
|HD Video Recording||---|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||20.8|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Memory Stick Compatibility: This camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, MagicGate Memory Stick, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, and Memory Stick PRO Duo. All types of Memory Stick can be used to record still pictures and moving images with audio. Although this unit is compatible with MagicGate Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO media, it cannot be used to record or play back music protected by copyright signals. A Memory Stick Duo adapter is required to use Memory Stick Duo media with this camera.
32 MB Internal Memory: This camera has 32 MB of internal memory. Even when there is no Memory Stick inserted in the camera, you can record images using the internal memory. This memory is not removable.
Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG format. Moving images with audio (monaural) are recorded in MPEG1.
Imaging Device: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.5" 5.1 Mega-Pixel (Effective) Super HAD color CCD imaging device with approximately 5.255 million gross pixels and 5.09 million effective pixels.
Real Imaging Processor Technology: The innovative Real Imaging Processor in the DSC-H1 not only improves picture quality and clarity but also improves camera response time, decreases shutter lag and improves battery stamina.
Analog-To-Digital Conversion: This camera uses a 14-Bit Digital Extended Processor (DXP) which captures the range between highlight and shadow with up to 16,384 values, for extended dynamic contrast and detail.
Viewfinder and LCD Screen: The DSC-H1 has a 115,200-pixel LCD viewfinder. The camera also has a 2.5" color LCD screen with 115,200 pixels. The LCD screen allows you to view an image before taking a picture and replay images that have been stored in memory. For best viewing, you can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor, and increase the amount of backlight in the monitor when using the camera outdoors. To increase battery life, you can turn the LCD screen off.
Lens: The lens has a 12x optical zoom and a focal length of 6mm to 72mm, which is equivalent to 36mm to 432mm in 35mm photography.
Super SteadyShot: Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization fights motion blur, even during longer exposures at full zoom.
Smart Zoom: When the zoom exceeds 12x, enlargement is carried out using a "Smart" zoom, which intelligently uses the full CCD to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size, thus avoiding the image degradation found in most digital zooms. The maximum zoom scale depends upon the image size. When the image is VGA size (640 x 480), the digital zoom is 4x, and coupled with the optical zoom gives you a total zoom of 48x. For larger images, the digital zoom (and total zoom) is less. When the image is 5M (2592 x 1944) or 3:2 (2592 x 1728), the smart (digital) zoom does not function, leaving you with only the optical zoom.
Image Size/Compression: When recording digital still images, the DSC-H1 allows you to choose from five image sizes and two compression (image quality) settings--Fine and Standard. The larger the image and the higher the image quality you choose, the better the image will be, but it also takes a larger amount of data to preserve the image. The image sizes include:
|5M||2592 x 1944|
|(3:2)*||2592 x 1728 (3:2)*|
|3M||2048 x 1536|
|1M||1280 x 960|
|VGA||640 x 480|
*This option records images in a horizontal to vertical proportion of 3:2 to match the size of the print paper used.
Auto Focus: The camera has three auto focus methods using the AF range finder. These methods are easily selectable from the back panel.
- 3-area Multi-point AF: By evaluating 3 separate focus areas of the frame, Sony's Multi-Point AF system can intelligently focus on the subject and avoid mistakenly focusing on the background.
- Center AF: The camera focuses only on the subject framed in the AF range finder in the center of the image.
- Flexible Spot AF: You can move the AF range finder frame to the area of the frame that you want in focus. This method is for focusing on an extremely small subject or a narrow area.
Auto Focus Modes: In the setup menu, you can choose one of three AF modes: Single AF, Monitor AF, or Continuous AF. Single AF only begins to focus on your subject when you press the shutter button halfway down. Monitor AF automatically focuses on the subject before you press the shutter button halfway down, but does not adjust the focus after the AF lock is complete. Continuous AF adjusts the focus from the time the camera is turned on until the moment of exposure, even after AF lock is completed.
Note: Battery consumption increases when the camera is set to Monitoring AF or Continuous AF.
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. Optimal focusing distance with the AF Illuminator is up to approximately 9 feet 6-1/4 inches (wide) and up to 8 feet 6-3/8 inches (tele).
Macro Focus: For close-ups of small objects such as flowers and insects, this camera has macro focus capability. With the zoom set all the way to wide, the camera can focus on objects as close as 13/16" from the end of the lens. With the zoom set all the way to telephoto, the camera can focus on objects up to 35-1/2" from the lens.
Manual Focus: The camera allows you to adjust the focus manually if desired. When the camera is switched to manual focus, you can use the control buttons to bring your subject into sharp focus.
AE/AF Lock: If you have difficulty focusing on an off-center subject, you can set and lock the focus and exposure on the subject by pressing the shutter button halfway with the subject in the AF rangefinder, then recompose the shot and press the shutter button fully to take the picture.
Auto Power-Off: If you do not operate the camera for approximately 3 minutes, it will turn off automatically to conserve battery power.
Date and Time: Each time you take a picture, the camera records the date and time on the still image. The date and time do not appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder while you are shooting. Instead, the date and time appear when you replay the stored image. This feature can be turned off.
Battery Information: The DSC-H1 comes with two "AA"-sized Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries and a BC-CS2A battery charger. These batteries take approximately 6 hours to fully charge. Manganese, lithium, or nickel-cadmium batteries are not recommended.
Battery Performance: Under normal operating conditions the batteries have the following capacity:
|Function||Image Size||LCD Screen||Number of Images||Battery Life (min)|
|Record Still Images||All Sizes||On||Approximately 290||Approximately 145|
|Off||Approximately 320||Approximately 160|
|Playback Still Images||All Sizes||On||Approximately 7800||Approximately 390|
|Record Movies (Continuous)||160 (Mail)||On||N/A||Approximately 160|
Shooting Modes: The camera features the following shooting modes:
- Auto: The camera automatically adjusts the focus, exposure and white balance.
- Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically.
- Shutter Speed Priority: You select the shutter speed, the camera makes other adjustments. Functions available from the menu.
- Aperture Priority: You select the aperture value, the camera makes other adjustments. Functions available from the menu.
- Manual Exposure: You can manually adjust the shutter speed and aperture value. Functions available from the menu.
- Scene Selection:
You can select from the following
modes to shoot according to the scene conditions. (Functions available from
- Twilight: For shooting a distant night view. Tripod recommended.
- Twilight Portrait: For shooting subjects in the foreground at night. Tripod recommended.
- Candle: For recording parties, candle services, and other candlelit scenes without spoiling the candlelight atmosphere. Tripod recommended.
- Beach: For shooting seaside or lakeside scenes. The blue of the water is clearly recorded.
- High-speed Shutter: For shooting moving subjects in bright places.
- Landscape: For shooting far away images.
- Portrait: For shooting people in foreground with blurred background.
Picture Effects: When desired, you can select one of the following picture effects:
- B&W: The picture is monochrome (black and white).
- Sepia: The picture is sepia-toned like an old photograph.
Burst Mode: You can shoot images until the maximum number of images are shot when you press and hold the shutter button. The maximum number of images shot continuously depends on the image size and image quality settings:
Multi Burst Mode: When shooting in the Multi-Burst mode, pressing the shutter once records 16 frames in a row. You can set the interval between frames at 1/7.5 second, 1/15 second, or 1/30th second. All 16 frames will be recorded as one 1M image (1280 x 960). When you play back images recorded in Multi Burst mode with this camera, the 16 frames will be played back in order, with a fixed interval between them. When the images are played back on a computer or a camera without Multi Burst, the 16 frames will all be displayed at the same time as part of one image.
Exposure Bracketing: In addition to an image with the exposure automatically set by the camera, two other images are recorded with exposure values one step over-exposed and one step under-exposed. You can choose a bracket step of +/-1.0EV, +/-0.7EV or +/-0.3EV.
MPEG Movie VX: Besides recording still images, you can also record moving images with sound. Moving images are recorded in MPEG1 format. The following image sizes are available: 640 x 480 (Fine), 640 x 480 (Standard), and 160 x 112 (Mail). You can also record movies in macro mode for excellent closeups. If you want to be in the movie, you can use the camera's self-timer feature. Movies with the size set to 640 x 480 (Fine) can only be recorded on a Memory Stick Pro.
Note: The unit's flash will not operate in movie mode.
Flash Modes: The flash can be set to Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, or No Flash. In Auto mode, the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are dark. When the flash is set to Forced Flash, it strobes with every shot. In Slow Synchro, the flash is used regardless of the amount of ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions, allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit area. In addition, this camera has a "red-eye reduction" setting, which causes the flash to pre-strobe before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.
Flash Range: The recommended distance using the flash is 11-26/32 inches to 22 feet 3-23/32 inches (wide) and 2 feet 11-14/32 inches to 17 feet 23/32 inches (telephoto).
ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set to Auto, 64, 100, 200, or 400. When shooting under dark conditions or shooting a fast-moving subject, you should use a high number setting. When recording high-quality images, use a low number setting.
Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject. When Multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings manually. In addition to Auto, the white balance can be set to Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight, Cloudy, Flash, One Push and One Push Set (which memorizes the basic white color to be used in the One Push mode).
Exposure Adjustment: Besides auto exposure, you can manually adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to -2.0EV in steps of 1/3EV.
Approximate Still Image Recording Capacity:
|Image Size||Image Quality||Capacity|
|32 MB||64 MB||128 MB||256 MB||512 MB||1 GB||2 GB|
(2592 x 1944)
[2592 x 1728 (3:2)]
(2048 x 1536)
(1280 x 960)
(640 x 480)
Approximate Movie Recording Capacity:
|32 MB||64 MB||128 MB||256 MB||512 MB||1 GB||2 GB|
|Movie: 640 (Fine)||-||-||-||2 minutes, 57 seconds||6 minutes, 2 seconds||12 minutes, 20 seconds||25 minutes, 18 seconds|
|Movie: 640 (Standard)||1 minute, 27 seconds||2 minutes, 56 seconds||5 minutes, 54 seconds||10 minutes, 42 seconds||21 minutes, 47 seconds||44 minutes, 27 seconds||1 hour, 31 minutes, 9 seconds|
|Movie: 160||22 minutes, 42 seconds||45 minutes, 39 seconds||1 hour, 31 minutes, 33 seconds||2 hours, 51 minutes, 21 seconds||5 hours, 47 minutes, 5 seconds||11 hours, 44 minutes, 22 seconds||24 hours, 18 minutes, 25 seconds|
Viewing Images: Still and moving images can be played back on the camera's color LCD screen, or the images may be transferred to a computer, where they can be displayed or manipulated with the use of compatible software. In addition, the images can be played back on a television (NTSC or PAL), if the television has an RCA composite video input.
Index Mode: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index mode. This feature lets you to display nine or sixteen images at a time, allowing you to easily find the image you want.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 3, 5, 10, and 30 seconds or 1 minute. You can select Folder play (all images in the selected folder) or All play (all images on the Memory Stick). When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting an image, it can be protected.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to five times the size of the original image. You can also record the enlarged item as a new file. To select the area to be enlarged, you can move the enlargement "frame" up/down/left/right with the arrow buttons, and adjust the zoom with the W/T button. You cannot enlarge movies or images recorded in multi-burst mode.
Resizing Images: After an image is captured (still images only), you can resize the picture and save it as a new file. Images can be resized to 5M, 3M, 1M and VGA. The original image is retained even after resizing. You cannot resize a picture to a 3:2-sized image, and if you resize a 3:2-sized image, black bands will appear at the top and bottom of the image.
Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.
Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The DSC-H1 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.
PRINT Image Matching III: PRINT Image Matching III (P.I.M. III), a technology developed--and recently updated--by Seiko Epson Corporation, ensures that P.I.M. III-enabled digital cameras and printers work together perfectly to produce the best possible prints. After an image is captured, the camera automatically tags the picture with 14 optimal image settings and includes it as part of the Exif Print header in the JPEG file. A P.I.M. III-enabled photo printer reads and utilizes the information in order to make the most accurate print.
Note: Cameras with P.I.M. III are completely backward-compatible with printers with the original P.I.M. technology.
Software: The included software allows you to easily transfer images from the camera to your computer. The CD-ROM includes:
- Picture Package (for Windows only)
- Cyber-shot Life (for Windows only)
- Sony USB driver (for Windows only)
- ImageMixer VCD2 (for Macintosh only)
Viewing or Transferring Images to a Computer: By using the supplied USB cable, you can transfer the still digital images and MPEG movie clips stored on a Memory Stick to a computer. The computer must have these minimum system requirements:
Windows 98 Second Edition
Windows Millennium Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows XP Home Edition/Professional pre-installed (IBM PC/AT compatible)
|Mac OS 9.1, 9.2, or Mac OS X(v10.0/v10.1/v10.2/v10.3)|
Intel MMX Pentium 200 MHz or
Pentium III 500 MHz or faster for creating slide shows
|iMac, eMac, iBook, PowerBook, and PowerMac Series G3/G4 series|
Macromedia Flash Player 6.0
Windows Media Player 7.0 or later
DirectX 9.0b or later
|Sound||16-bit stereo sound card with stereo speakers||N/A|
|Memory||64 MB or more (128 MB is recommended)||128 MB or more (256 MB or more is recommended)|
|Hard Disk||Approximately 500 MB for program||Approximately 250 MB|
|Display/Graphics||Display: 4 MB or more of VRAM, minimum of 800 x 600 at 16-bit hi-color (65,000 colors)||Graphics: Minimum of 1024 x 768 dots or more, 32,000 colors or more|
|Others||DirectX compatible. DirectX must be installed. A separate environment for operating the recording device is required in order to write to CD-Rs.||An environment running QuickTime 4 or later is required (QuickTime 5 or later is recommended)|
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