Viewing, Editing and Printing Images
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
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
Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG
format. Moving images with audio (monaural) are recorded in MPEG1.
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.
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
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 Optical Image Stabilization fights
motion blur, even during longer exposures at full 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|
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
consumption increases when the camera is set to Monitoring AF or
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).
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.
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
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.
For shooting far away images.
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
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.
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).
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.
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).
Besides auto exposure, you can manually adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to
-2.0EV in steps of 1/3EV.
Approximate Still Image Recording
|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
|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
Viewing, Editing and
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
included software allows you to easily transfer
images from the camera to your computer. The CD-ROM includes:
- Picture Package (for Windows
- Cyber-shot Life (for Windows
- Sony USB driver (for Windows
- ImageMixer VCD2 (for Macintosh
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:
|Operating System||Windows 98|
Windows 98 Second Edition
Windows Millennium Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows XP Home Edition/Professional pre-installed (IBM PC/AT
|Mac OS 9.1, 9.2, or Mac OS
|CPU||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|
|Software||Macromedia Flash Player 6.0
Windows Media Player 7.0 or later
DirectX 9.0b or later
|Sound||16-bit stereo sound card with
|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|
4 MB or more of VRAM, minimum of 800 x 600 at 16-bit hi-color
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