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7.2-megapixel digital camera with 12X zoom

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Our take on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5

by Dave Bar
Sony

Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

With its advanced features and extensive photographic controls, Sony's DSC-H5 delivers everything you need to capture brilliant, print-worthy images. Its powerful Carl Zeiss® 12X optical zoom lens lets you zero in on far-off scenes, while an optical image stabilization system reduces the blurriness caused by camera shake. You get 7.2-megapixel photo recording for rich detail, plus a huge 3" LCD screen that makes it easy to compose your pictures and share them with friends and family.

You can count on impressive performance and versatile shooting, too. The 'H5's fast processor means less time waiting between shots. Manual exposure mode lets photography buffs set shutter speed and aperture themselves. A high-sensitivity mode lets you snap natural-looking photos in low-light without using a flash. And when a photo isn't enough, you can capture full-motion video clips with sound. You can even use the optical zoom while filming movies — another nice touch.

This easy-to-handle cam offers lots of other photo-friendly perks. Helpful scene modes such as Twilight, Landscape, and Beach let you capture great-looking shots in tricky lighting conditions. A 16:9 photo mode records images that are perfect for displaying on your widescreen TV or computer monitor. Pick up optional Memory Stick Duo™ cards to store your images. But even if you forget to bring a card along, you can still use the H5's built-in 30MB memory to catch a few quick shots.

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Highlights:

  • 7.2-megapixel effective recording
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens
  • 12X optical zoom (2X digital/24X total zoom)
  • Super SteadyShot® optical image stabilization
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 36-432mm
  • 3" color LCD viewscreen
  • color electronic viewfinder
  • Real Imaging Processor™ for high-quality images and faster camera response
  • top JPEG resolution: 3072 x 2304
  • 16:9 widescreen photo mode (1920 x 1080)
  • MPEG Movie VX with audio (640 x 480 at 30 frames per second)
  • optical zooming capability in movie mode
  • 14-bit DXP A/D conversion
  • three-area multipoint autofocus
  • 7 Scene modes, including Twilight, Landscape, and Beach
  • High Sensitivity mode for low-light shooting without flash
  • shutter speed: 1/4 - 1/2000 second (Auto), 1 - 1/2000 second (Program Auto), 30 - 1/1000 second (Shutter Priority, Manual)
  • variable ISO (sensitivity) settings
  • 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
  • 30MB built-in flash memory holds approximately 8 shots at highest resolution
  • compatible with Memory Stick Duo™ or Memory Stick PRO™ Duo
  • high-speed USB interface
  • PictBridge-compatible
  • audio/video output for connection to a TV
  • 4-11/16"W x 3-5/16"H x 3-3/4"D
  • weight (without battery or media): 14.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • 2 rechargeable NiMH "AA" batteries
  • AC battery charger
  • USB and audio/video cables
  • lens cap
  • lens hood with adapter ring
  • shoulder strap
  • software CD-ROM (for Windows®)

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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3"
Adjustable-angle LCD
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Wi-Fi
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No
Touchscreen
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Waterproof
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GPS-enabled
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Lens 35mm Equivalent
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36-432mm
Optical Zoom
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12x
Digital Zoom
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2x
Filter Diameter
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58
Manual Focusing
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Yes
Manual Exposure
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Yes
Built-in Flash
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Yes
HDMI Output
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Memory
Internal Memory
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30MB
Memory Media
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Memory Stick
Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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7.201e+006
Total Megapixels
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7.41e+006
Image Stabilization
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Super SteadyShot
Highest Resolution
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3072 x 2304
HD Video Recording
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Dimensions
Width (inches)
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4-11/16
Height (inches)
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3-5/16
Depth (inches)
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3-3/4
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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19.5
Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Digital still camera
  • 2 "AA" NiMH batteries (1.2 Volts/2500mAh) in a plastic case
  • BC-CS2A Battery charger (1.4V/400mA x 2)
  • Adapter ring
  • Lens hood
  • Lens cap
  • Lens cap strap
  • 58" 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)
  • 52" A/V cable with in-line ferrite core (has a mono RCA audio connector and RCA composite video connector on one end and a minijack connector on the other end)
  • 59" AC power cord (for use with battery charger)
  • Shoulder strap
  • Cyber-shot Application Software CD-ROM
  • User's Guide
  • "Read This First" sheet
  • Warranty sheet
  • Online registration sheet
  • "Quick Start Guide for connection to your computer" sheet
  • Accessories catalog
  • "Application Software" card

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General Features
Recording Images
Viewing, Editing and Printing Images
Supplied Software

General Features

Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization: Sony's Super SteadyShot system uses sensors to detect camera movement while it sends correcting signals in order to stabilize the lens. This system results in the reduction of image blur and camera shake when shooting in low light.

Internal Memory: The Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 is equipped with a high-capacity 30 MB internal memory for storing still images and movies. You can store up to 459 picture files (VGA, Standard) or about 21 minutes of movies (recorded at 160 size). Images are stored on the internal memory when no Memory Stick Duo is inserted.

Memory Stick Compatibility: The DSC-H5 is compatible with Memory Stick Duo, the shorter (1-1/4" long) version of the Memory Stick portable recording medium. Standard Memory Stick Duo, along with MagicGate Memory Stick Duo, and Memory Stick PRO Duo recording media are usable in the camera. Although this unit is compatible with MagicGate Memory Stick Duo, it cannot be used to record or play back copyright-protected music.

Note: No Memory Stick Duo memory card is included with the camera.

Imaging Device: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.5"-type (7.20mm), 7.2 Mega-Pixel Super HAD CCD imaging device with approximately 7.41-million gross pixels and 7.201-million effective pixels. Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCDs provide excellent image quality by allowing more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.

Real Imaging Processor LSI: To improve camera response and extend battery life, Sony's Real Imaging Processor LSI (Large Scale Integrated) circuit decreases shutter lag, improves picture quality and clarity, and increases battery stamina.

LCD Screen: The DSC-H5 has a 3" color LCD screen with 230,400 pixels. The LCD screen allows you to view an image before taking a picture and replay images that have been stored in memory.

Electronic Viewfinder: The camera has a 0.2" LCD viewfinder with a resolution of 201,000 pixels.

Carl Zeiss Lens: The camera has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. Carl Zeiss lenses are famous for their sharpness and color accuracy. The Vario-Tessar lens is specially produced for compact cameras and provides rapid auto focus with appealing zoom range.

Optical/Digital Zoom: The lens has a 12x optical zoom and a focal length of 6.0mm to 72.0mm, which is equivalent to 36mm to 432mm in 35mm photography. Sony's Precision Digital zoom provides an additional 2x magnification (Total Zoom 24x) without the jagged edges of other designs, resulting in smoother images.

Smart Zoom: In addition to the Precision Digital zoom, the DSC-H5 features the Smart Zoom to enlarge the image digitally with almost no distortion. The maximum magnification varies with the image size:

  • 5M: approx. 14x
  • 3M: approx. 18x
  • 2M: approx. 22x
  • VGA: approx. 57x
  • 16:9: approx. 19x
  • 7M & 3:2: Smart Zoom not available

Image Size/Compression: When recording digital still images, the DSC-H5 allows you to choose from seven 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:

Image Size Resolution Examples
7M 3072 x 2304 Up to A3/11"x17" print
3:2* 3072 x 2048 Match 3:2 aspect ratio
5M 2592 x 1944 Up to A4/8"x10" print
3M 2048 x 1536 Up to 5"x7" print
2M

1632 x 1224

Up to 4"x6" print
VGA 640 x 480 For e-mail
16:9 (HDTV) 1920 x 1080 For viewing images on a widescreen TV

*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 the following auto focus methods using the AF range finder. These methods are easily selectable from the menu:

  • 3-area Multi-point AF: The camera calculates the distance in three areas. This method is helpful when your subject is not centered in the frame.
  • Center AF: The camera focuses only on the subject framed in the AF range finder in the center of the image.
  • Flexible Spot AF: This method is for focusing on an extremely small subject or a narrow area.

Manual Focus: You can select a Manual Focus mode if you want more control, or cannot achieve a good focus automatically.

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 lens. With the zoom set all the way to telephoto, the camera can focus on objects up to 35-1/2" from the lens.

Note: Minimum distance needed to focus on a subject when not in the Macro mode is 19-3/4" (wide).

AF Illuminator: The AutoFocus Illuminator, located on the front of the camera near the lens, emits red light to allow the camera to more easily focus on a subject in dark surroundings. Focus is achieved as long as the AF Illuminator light reaches the subject. The AF Illuminator has a range of up to 8.8' when the zoom is at full Wide position, and up to 8.5' at full telephoto position.

Auto Power-Off: If you do not operate the camera for approximately 3 minutes during recording or playback, it will turn off automatically to conserve battery power.

Lens Hood: When you shoot in bright lighting conditions, such as outdoors, the supplied lens hood can be used to increase image quality by blocking excess light.

Adapter: The supplied adapter allows you to use an optional Close-up, Tele, or Wide conversion lens.

Battery Information: This unit comes with two "AA" nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries (1.2 Volts/2500mAh). The camera is also compatible with "AA" alkaline batteries.

Battery Performance:

When shooting still images:

Batteries LCD/Viewfinder Number of Images Battery Life (minutes)
NH-AA-DB NiMH (supplied) LCD Approximately 340 Approximately 170
Viewfinder Approximately 370 Approximately 185
"AA" Alkaline (optional) LCD Approximately 50 Approximately 25
Viewfinder Approximately 60 Approximately 30

When viewing still images:

Batteries Number of Images Battery Life (minutes)
NH-AA-DB NiMH (supplied) Approximately 8600 Approximately 430

When shooting movies:

Batteries Battery Life (minutes)
NH-AA-DB NiMH (supplied) LCD Viewfinder
Approximately 190 Approximately 230

Recording Images

Still Image Shooting Modes: You can choose one of the following shooting modes:

  • Auto: The camera automatically adjusts the focus, exposure and white balance.
  • Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value). You can access functions from the menu.
  • 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 the menu):
    • High Sensitivity: The camera shoots without flash in low light, reducing blur.
    • Twilight: For shooting a distant night view. Tripod recommended.
    • Twilight Portrait: For shooting subjects in the foreground at night. Tripod recommended.
    • Beach: For shooting seaside or lakeside scenes. The blue of the water is clearly recorded.
    • High-Speed Shutter: For shooting moving subjects outdoors or in other bright places.
    • Landscape: For shooting far away images.
    • Portrait: The camera focus tightly on the subject.

Picture Effects: When desired, you can select one of the following picture effects:

  • B & W: The image is recorded in monochrome.
  • Sepia: The picture is sepia-toned like an old photograph.
  • Natural: The image has quiet color.
  • Vivid: The image has bright and deep color.

Continuous Shooting: You can shoot a sequence of photographs using one of the following modes:

  • Burst Mode: When you press and hold the shutter button, you can shoot images until the maximum number of images are shot. The maximum number of images shot continuously depends on the image size and image quality settings:
    • 7M:
      • Fine: 5 images
      • Standard: 8 images
    • 3:2:
      • Fine: 5 images
      • Standard: 8 images
    • 5M:
      • Fine: 6 images
      • Standard: 11 images
    • 3M:
      • Fine: 9 images
      • Standard: 17 images
    • 2M:
      • Fine: 15 images
      • Standard: 27 images
    • VGA:
      • Fine: 85 images
      • Standard: 100 images
    • 16:9:
      • Fine: 15 images
      • Standard: 27 images
  • 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 1/30 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, either continuously with a fixed interval or manually frame-by-frame in either direction. 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: Records a series of three images with the exposure values automatically shifted.

Flash Modes: The flash automatically strobes when surroundings are dark. The recommended distance for using the flash is 11.8" to 29.5' (wide) and 35.5" to 22.3' (telephoto) when ISO is set to Auto. You can set the flash to one of the following modes:

  • Auto: The camera decides to use the flash based on lighting conditions.
  • Forced Flash: The flash strobes with every shot regardless of lighting conditions.
  • 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.
  • No Flash: The flash does not fire regardless of lighting conditions.

Note: The camera also has a "red-eye reduction" setting, which causes the flash to pre-strobe before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. It can be turned on/off in the Set Up menu.

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set to Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1000. 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 from the following metering modes:

  • Multi-Pattern: 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.
  • Center-Weighted: The camera measures the center of the image, and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject.
  • Spot Metering: The camera measures only a part of the subject. Useful when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background.

EV Compensation: You can adjust the exposure of an image + or - 2EV in increments of 1/3EV.

Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. A live histogram display is available in both recording and playback modes, making it easy to evaluate the correct exposure.

NR Slow Shutter: During long exposures, the NR Slow Shutter function activated automatically to reduce picture noise.

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. The White Balance settings (and color temperature settings in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Auto: adjusts the white balance automatically
  • Daylight: adjusts for outdoors, shooting night scenes, neon signs, fireworks, sunrise, or conditions before and after sundown
  • Cloudy: adjusts for a cloudy sky
  • Fluorescent: adjusts for fluorescent lighting
  • Incandescent: adjusts for places where the lighting conditions change quickly, such as a party hall, or under bright lighting such as a photography studios
  • Flash: adjusts for the flash conditions
  • One Push: adjusts the white balance depending on the light source
  • One Push Set: memorizes the basic white color which will be used in the One Push mode

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 - 30 frames per second), 640 x 480 (Standard - 17 frames per second), and 160 x 112 (Mail - 8 frames per second). 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 Duo.

Note: The unit's flash will not operate in movie mode.

Approximate Still Image Recording Capacity:

Image Size Image Quality Capacity
30 MB (internal memory) 32 MB 64 MB 128 MB 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB
7M
(3072 x 2304)
Fine 8 9 18 37 67 137 279 573
Standard 17 18 36 73 132 268 548 1125
3:2
[3072 x 2048 (3:2)]
Fine 8 9 18 37 67 137 279 573
Standard 17 18 36 73 132 268 548 1125
5M
(2592 x 1944)
Fine 12 12 25 51 92 188 384 789
Standard 22 23 48 96 174 354 723 1482
3M
(2048 x 1536)
Fine 19 20 41 82 148 302 617 1266
Standard 34 37 74 149 264 537 1097 2250
2M
(1632 x 1224)
Fine 31 33 66 133 238 484 988 2025
Standard 57 61 123 246 446 907 1852 3798
VGA
(640 x 480)
Fine 183 196 394 790 1428 2904 5928 12154
Standard 459 491 985 1975 3571 7261 14821 30385
16:9 (HDTV)
(1920 x 1080)
Fine 31 33 66 133 238 484 988 2025
Standard 57 61 123 246 446 907 1852 3798

Approximate Movie Recording Capacity:

Image Size Capacity
30 MB (internal memory) 32 MB 64 MB 128 MB 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB
Movie: 640 (Fine) - - - - 2 minutes, 50 seconds 6 minutes 12 minutes, 20 seconds 25 minutes, 10 seconds
Movie: 640 (Standard) 1 minute, 20 seconds 1 minute, 20 seconds 2 minutes, 50 seconds 5 minutes, 50 seconds 10 minutes, 40 seconds 21 minutes, 40 seconds 44 minutes, 20 seconds 1 hour, 31 minutes
Movie: 160 21 minutes, 50 seconds 22 minutes, 40 seconds 45 minutes, 30 seconds 1 hour, 31 minutes, 30 seconds 2 hours, 51 minutes, 20 seconds 5 hours, 47 minutes 11 hours, 44 minutes, 20 seconds 24 hours, 18 minutes, 20 seconds

Viewing, Editing and Printing Images

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 9 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 Duo). 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 and 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 directional keys, and adjust the zoom with the W/T button. You cannot use Playback Zoom with movies or images shot in the 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 7M, 5M, 3M, 2M or VGA. The original image is retained even after resizing. You cannot resize a picture to a 16:9 or 3:2-sized image.

Print Order Mark: You can place a print order 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.

PictBridge Compatible: You can easily print images recorded on this camera by connecting it to a PictBridge-compliant printer. You can connect the camera via the supplied USB cable.

Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The DSC-H5 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.

PRINT Image Matching III: PRINT Image Matching III (P.I.M. III), the newest version of a technology developed 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 numerous 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. and P.I.M. II technology.

Supplied Software

Software: The DSC-H5 comes with Cyber-shot Viewer, which allows you to do the following:

  • Import images shot with the camera and display them on your computer
  • Organize images on the computer into a calendar by shooting date
  • Retouch, print, and send still images as e-mail attachments

System Requirements: The supplied software can be used on a Windows PC but cannot be used on a Macintosh. Your Windows computer must have these minimum system requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows XP Professional Edition pre-installed
  • CPU: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (Pentium III 800 MHz recommended)
  • Memory: 128 MB or more (256 MB is recommended)
  • Hard Disk: 200 MB or more
  • Sound: 16-bit stereo sound card with stereo speakers
  • Display: 800 x 600 dots or more colors; High Color (16-bit color, 65,000 colors) or more
 
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5 out of 5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5

Written By Lane, Booneville, MS on Sunday, April 15, 2007
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I absolutely love the 3 inch display. Features are great. Top of the line product for the average line price. BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK!!!!!! Recommend to everyone.
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4 out of 5

Great Camera

Written By Mel, Peoria, IL on Saturday, March 31, 2007
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I'm going to give my H5 a 4 rating now because I've only had one chance to use it so far but I think it's a great camera and would probably rate it a 5 after I've used it awhile. I don't understand someone saying the image stabilization doesn't work because it worked great for me and I took a lot of pictures at max zoom this first time out. The photos were very clear and bright and needed no touching up with software including the focus, even when I used the digital zoom on pictures I had taken. I took a lot of movie clips along with the photos and they were very good as well. The movie feature uses battery pretty heavily especially when you have the 3" LCD turned on (I love it) but you would expect that - it's not a movie camera. I bought 2 extra pair of batteries and see no problem with battery life so far considering you only need 2 to power it. I haven't had a chance to use the ISO no blur feature along with the IS but it makes sense that increasing the ISO setting would increase the noise. You would only use that when you're using the zoom in a low light situation with no flash. This isn't a $1000+ SLR after all - it's a below $400 camera. As for the flash I haven't needed it - one reason for not giving it a 5 yet - because it does such a great job taking photos inside with no flash, again many taken with the full 12X zoom.
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3 out of 5

Flash and More: Disappointing

Written By Robin, Christiansburg, VA on Sunday, March 04, 2007
 
This camera is not the easiest to use with all the many settings. It's hard to find a setting "just right" for your situation. The flash overexposes even with the adjustable settings. Also, using the non-blur feature creates grainy photos. The stabilization feature...it says it's there...I use it...but many photos are blurred with the slightest breath. Very good clarity when you have one that comes out well.
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4 out of 5

Would buy again

Written By Ben, NJ on Friday, January 26, 2007
 
I would agree with the reviewer who wished that the batteries would last longer - however - it only takes two and it certainly isn't painful to carry two spare AA batteries in one's pocket. Compare it with the Canon IS3. If the canon's screen was 2.5 instead of 2 inches it would have been a harder decision. (This sony has a 3" screen, and once you try it, there is no going back to small screens) I like the 12X Zoom - and the flash which is more powerful than most - and yet still seems to do the right thing. I'm coming from a 4 year old camera - and wow has the video improved over that. No limits (other than how much memory you have, I bought a 4gb card) for video and a great picture even on full screen.
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4 out of 5

Sony DSC-H5 - Black

Written By Randall, Northern Virginia on Sunday, July 23, 2006
 
This camera is excellent overall. Fabulous pictures, quick and accurate auto focus, manual controls, 12x optical zoom, fantastic 3" LCD screen and it is easy to use. My only beef is that the two rechargeable AA batteries don't seem to last very long.

Bottom line - great pictures, highly recommended.
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5 out of 5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5

Written By jennie, West Lafayette, OH on Saturday, July 22, 2006
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This camera takes great pictures, especially action shots. It is also easy to use. I highly recommend this camera.
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5 out of 5

This a REALLY good camera!

Written By RANDY, Lehi, Utah on Saturday, July 22, 2006
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I wanted a super zoom camera for a long time. I did a TON of research regarding Super Zooms.
Obviously the Canon SI3 is the closest competition to this Sony H5. I initially was trying to decide between the Canon and the Sony H2. Also I saw good reviews on the Panasonic FZ7.However EVERY review on the Panasonic said it had above average noise, So I decided to forget about the Panasonic. I went to a local store...and played with the Canon S3, Sony H2, and SONY H5. Right away the H5 had a feeling of overall quality that I wasnt feeling/seeing in the H2 and Canon. The H5 has a GREAT BIG CLEAR LCD by the way. Maybe OVERALL the Canon SI3 does a little more, maybe a LITTLE more comfortable to hold, and has SLIGHTLY better video. But bottom line is picture quality. At the end of the day when you put the camera away, Stop PLAYING with it,its the pictures you are left with...and this is where the Sony SHINES... I have a Canon G3 and it has major trouble with sun and over exposed useless pictures. I admit Im no photography pro..but I wanted a camera that is easy to use, AND that I could grow with. I was tired of the Canon "smooth" looking photos. Smooth is not bad, but I wanted a sharper picture and hopefully more CONSISTANT pictures overall. Ive had the Sony H5 for about 3 weeks. and I think I only managed 1 blurry pic. Even the pics shot in poor light or shot totally incorrectly look good or GREAT. The image stabilization REALLY works. and works WELL! Ive taken shots from a BUMPY ski lift..in Utah..zoomed up to 12 times, and no matter how much my hand shaked..all the pics were sharp and focused. Colors look correct, Skin tones also come out GREAT. Try it, Youll LOVE it.
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