Viewing, Editing And Printing Images
Tilt-Up LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 digital
camera has a 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus display with 230,400 pixels
(resolution 960 x 240). 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,
the LCD screen tilts-up and adjusts. You can also adjust the brightness of the
LCD monitor, and increase the amount of backlight in the monitor when using the
Viewfinder: The Sony DSC-H50 digital camera also features 0.2" color
viewfinder with 200,000 pixels. The viewfinder can be used instead of the LCD
screen to save battery power or when it's too bright outside to use the LCD
15 MB Internal Memory: This camera has 15 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.
Memory Stick Compatibility: This camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. All
compatible Memory Stick Pro Duos can be used to record still pictures and moving
images with audio. You can copy still images recorded to the
camera's 15MB internal memory to an inserted Memory Stick Duo card.
Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG
format. Moving images with audio (monaural) are recorded in MPEG1.When
recording digital still images, the DSC-H50
allows you to choose from seven image sizes. When recording moving images, you can
choose from three different image sizes and frame rates. The options include:
|Image Size ||Still Image Internal Memory ||Still Image Memory Stick Duo Capacity |
|Approx. 15 MB ||128 MB ||256 MB ||512 MB ||1 GB ||2 GB ||4 GB ||8 GB |
|9M (3456 x 2592) ||
|5M (2592 x 1944) ||
|3M (2048 x 1536) ||
|VGA (640 x 480) ||
|3:2-8M (3456 x 2304) ||
|16:9-6M (3456 x 1944) ||
|16:9-2M (1920 x
Note: The 3:2 option records images in a horizontal to
vertical proportion of 3:2 to match the size of the print paper
used. The 16:9 option recorded images fills the entire screen.
Both edges of the image may be cut off when printing
|Image Size ||Video Internal Memory ||Video Memory Stick Duo Capacity (total) |
|Approx. 15MB ||256
GB ||8GB ||16
|640 x 480
Fine (approximately 30 fps) ||
x 480 Standard (approximately 17 fps) ||
|320 x 240 (approximately 8fps) ||
Note: Movies with the image size set to 640 x 480 Fine cannot be
recorded using the internal memory. The maximum length of time you
can shoot continuously is about 10 minutes.
For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 7.70mm (1/2.3" type)
Super HAD color CCD imaging device with approximately 10.3-million gross pixels
and 9.1-million effective pixels. More pixels give you more detail and
definition when you make big prints or crop in tight on your subject.
DRO Plus: Powered by the exclusive Sony Bionz high-speed processing engine,
Dynamic Range Optimization (DRO) preserves image data in bright highlights and
reveals more detail in shadows or backlit areas, for great results even in
difficult lighting conditions. By using DRO, the DSC-H50 analyzes the shooting
scenes and automatically corrects the brightness and contrast to improve the
image quality. The DRO Plus mode enhances optimization, analyzing each region of
an image and performing additional image processing.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The Vario-Tessar lens is specially produced for very compact cameras. This
specialized design allows quick auto-focus, appealing zoom range while still
maintaining a compact design. The lens has a 15x optical zoom and a focal length
of 5.2mm to 78mm, equivalent to 31mm to 465mm in 35mm photography. It
has a maximum aperture range of F2.7(W) to F4.5(T). The ED lens used is
manufactured from super low-dispersion glass, which drastically reduces
chromatic aberration. This yields sharp, high contrast images and decreases
color fringing, especially on the edges of images shot with the telephoto
Smart Digital Zoom: The camera has a
Precision Digital Zoom of 2x. Combined with the 10x optical zoom, the maximum
total zoom is 20x. The camera's Smart zoom technology 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:
|Image Size ||Maximum Smart
|5M ||20x |
|3M ||25x |
|VGA ||81x |
|16:9 (2M) ||27x |
Note: Smart zoom is not compatible with
9M, 3:2 or 16:9-6M image sizes or Smile Shutter, Advanced Sports
or Shooting Movie modes.
Double Anti-Blur Solution: With
Super SteadyShot Optical Stabilization and high sensitivity (ISO 3200), the DSC-H50 compensates for
shaky hands, minimizes blur, brightens images, and allows flash-free shooting to
preserve the mood. Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization compensates for
shaky hands and minimizes blur with a built-in gyro sensor that detects camera
movement and sends correcting signals to a stabilization lens, so there's no
need to crop in on your shot to reduce blur.
Night Shot: The Night Shot
function lets you shoot subjects in dark places without using the flash such as
camp scenes at night or nocturnal plants and animals. Note that images recorded
using the Night Shot function will become greenish.
Recording Modes: You can select whether the camera captures one image or multiple images at a
time. The Recording Modes include:
- Normal: shoots only one
frame when the shutter button is pressed
- Burst: shoots up to 100 images in succession
when you press and hold down the shutter button; recording interval is as
fast as 0.6 seconds (varies depending upon the
image size setting)
- Exposure Bracket: records a series of three images with the
exposure values automatically shifted. One photo is taken under exposed, one
is taken over exposed, and the third is taken at the set exposure; you can
select a bracket shift of +/-0.3EV, +/-0.7EV, or +/-1.0EV.
- White Balance Bracket: records a series of tree images with the
white balance shifted in the following order - current color tone, toward
blue, and toward red
- Color Mode Bracket:
records a series of three images with color mode shifted in the following
order - Standard, Real, and Vivid
- Self-Timer: you can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second or
2-second delay so you can be in the picture
Focus Modes: You can choose from the following auto
and manual focus modes:
- Multi-Point AF: focuses on 9 points throughout the frame, useful when your subject is not
- Center AF: focuses on the center of
useful for shooting stationary subjects
- Flexible Spot AF: focuses on the area of the
frame you specify, allows for small subject or narrow focus area
- Semi Manual: automatically and quickly focuses on the area around
the set distance
- Manual Focus: focuses on the subject using a previously set
distance to the subject
Note: You can also set the auto focus operation to Single
(adjusts the focus when your press and hold shutter button halfway down)
or Monitor (adjust the focus before your press the shutter button
halfway down, shortening focusing time).
Expanded Focus: Using the Expanded Focus function, the image on
the LCD screen is expanded double to focus on easily.
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.
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides
fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. The AF
Illuminator is most useful within approximately 10.5' of the subject.
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 13/32" from the lens. With the
zoom set all the way to telephoto, the camera can focus on objects as close as
3.9375" from the lens.
Face Detection: When activated, the Face Detection function
detects the faces of up to eight subjects and adjusts the focus, strobe,
exposure, white balance, and pre-strobe for red-eye reduction. Face Detection
helps make skin tones look more natural and eliminates harsh facial glare. The
DSC-H50 features three different modes of Face Detection.
- Auto: selects the face the camera is to automatically
- Child Priority: detects and shoots with priority on
- Adult Priority: detects and shoots with priority on
Smile Shutter Mode: The DSC-H50 helps you capture more
smiles by shooting automatically when your subject laughs, smiles, even grins.
You select the person to watch and the expression to catch, the Face Detection
system and intelligent Smile Shutter algorithm do the rest. You can choose from
the following Smile Detection Shutter Mode settings.
- Subject Detection:
- Auto: detect and shoots smiling faces automatically
- Child Priority: detects and shoots with priority on
- Adult Priority: detects and shoot with priority on
- Smile Sensitivity Detection:
- Low: detects a big smile
- Medium: detects a normal smile
- High: detects even a slight smile
Scene Recognition: The digital camera
automatically detects shooting conditions, such as backlight or a night scene,
and then takes the shot. You can select from the following Scene Recognition
- iSCN: camera detects conditions such as backlight or a
night scene and takes the shot using the optimal settings
- iSCN+: camera shoots one image without using the scene
recognition functions and another image using the scene recognition
Shooting Modes: The camera features the following shooting modes:
- Auto: camera automatically adjusts the focus,
exposure and white balance
- Easy Shooting Mode: allows you to shoot still images using the
minimum necessary functions with easy-to-see indicators
- Program Auto: exposure adjusted automatically, manual
adjustment of white balance, color mode, and flash level available
- Shutter Speed Priority:
allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually while
aperture is set automatically
- Aperture Priority:
allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture manually while the shutter
speed is set automatically
- Manual: allows you to manually adjust the shutter speed and
aperture value of the camera
- Scene Selection Modes: choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
- High Sensitivity: shoot without flash in low light, reducing blur
- Portrait: shoots with backgrounds blurred away and the
subject is sharpened
- Smile Shutter: camera detects a smile and shutter is release
- Soft Snap: capture subject with a softened background
- Advanced Sports Shooting: suitable for shooting scenes with
fast movements such as sports
- Twilight Portrait: shooting
people with a dark background
- Twilight: used for shooting a
distant subject at night
- Landscape: focuses only on a distant subject, such as a
- Beach: for shooting at seaside or
- Snow: use with a white background
- Fireworks: record fireworks against a night sky
- Movie Mode: allows you to record movies with audio
Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to
-2.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Flash Modes: The flash can be set to Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, or Off.
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. The red-eye feature also has an
automatic setting, engaging when the camera detects a face in the frame.
Flash Range: The recommended distance using
camera's the flash is
to 29.8125' with the zoom set
to wide and 3.9375' to 18.625"' with the zoom set to telephoto. The Flash Level can
also be increased or decreased from -2.0EV to +2.0EV in 1/3EV increments.
High Sensitivity Mode: For better shots in low light, or when you can't use flash, you can set the
camera to the high sensitivity mode of ISO 3200.
The ISO speed can be also be set to Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. 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
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. When using
flash, you can select the flash white balance mode. In addition to Auto and
Flash, the white balance can be set to Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white
fluorescent), Fluorescent 2 (natural white fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (day
white fluorescent), Daylight, Cloudy, One Push (adjust white balance depending
on the light source) or One Push Set ( memorizes the basic white color which
will be used).
Color Mode: When desired, you can select one of the following color
- Normal: normal color tones
bright and deep color
- Real: sets the image similar to real color
- Sepia: sepia-toned like an old photograph
- B & W: in
black and white
Color Filter: Five color filter effects (including Red, Green, Blue,
Warm, and Cool) provide the same effects via in-camera image processing that are
typically achieved with colored lens filters. Each effect provides increased
creative control when shooting.
Picture Adjustment: You can
adjust the camera's sharpness, contrast and color saturation to improve the
picture quality of your images.
Nose Reduction: To allow greater control over NR, three NR Level
Settings are available (High, Low and Standard) allowing you to select the
optimal setting depending on the scene and individual tastes.
Grid Lines: The cameras
on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subjects horizontal and vertical
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image.
The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a
dark image when skewed to the left side.
Date and Time: Each time you take a picture, the camera records the date and time. The date and
time are not superimposed on the picture, instead saved in a data file along
with the image.
Function Guide: An
on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera
functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings. The
function guide can be turned on or off as desired.
Lens Hood/Adapter Ring: When shooting in bright lighting condition,
such as outdoors, use the supplied lens hood to reduce the image quality
deterioration caused by unnecessary light. The camera also comes supplied with
an adapter ring which allows you to connect optional conversion lens (sold
separately) to the digital camera's lens for enhanced wide-angle shots or
Remote Control: The DSC-H50 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote
control which you can use to easily operate the camera for recording and
Viewing, Editing And
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. You can select a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for
the camera's video output to match the aspect ratio of your television.
High Definition Playback: You can view an image recorded on the camera
by connecting the camera to an HD (High Definition) TV with the optional HD
Component Output Adapter Cable (sold separately).
Note: Images shot in VGA image size cannot be played back in HD
Auto Orientation: When the camera is rotate to shoot a portrait
(vertical) image, the camera records it position change and displays the image
in the portrait position.
Auto Review: This feature displays the recorded image on the screen
for approximately two seconds immediately after shooting a still image.
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 up to six images, allowing you to easily find the image you want.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back
images one after the other. You can select from the following slide show effects
(Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, Active, Face1:Basic, Face2:Nostalgic, or
Face3:Stylish). Each effect has a preset music soundtrack, or you can choose
from the 8 selections. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted,
allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds or automatic to suit the selected
effect. You can select Folder play (all images in the selected folder), All play
(all images on the Memory Stick Duo) Date (all images from selected date), or
Favorites (select Favorite images 1-6). You can then filter images you want
played; you can select from All People, Children, Infants or Smiles. When repeat
is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Date View: Displays a calendar display of your images so you
can easily select the date and images you want to view
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to eight
times the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left
to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in
90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Wide Zoom Display: During playback, you view still images
recorded at a 4:3 and 3:2 aspect ratio as 16:9 wide on the camera's LCD screen.
In this case the top and bottom of the image will be slightly cropped.
Retouching Still Images: You can add effects or make corrections to a
recorded images and then record it as a new file while the original image is
retained. You can use the following feature to edit your recorded images.
- Trimming: playback zoom is performed on the image and
part of the image is cropped
- Red Eye Correction: corrects the red-eye phenomenon
caused by flash
- Unsharp Masking: sharpens the image within a chosen
- Soft Focus: blurs the periphery around a chosen point
to emphasize the subject
- Partial Color: surrounds a chosen point in monochrome
to signalize a subject
- Fisheye Lens: applies fisheye effect around a chosen
- Cross Filter: adds starburst effects to light sources
- Radial Blur: decides the center point for expressing
movement in the still image
- Retro: softens the image by blurring the focus and
lowering the surround light so that is appears as if it was taken by and
- Happy Faces: puts a smile on a person's face, when the
camera detects a face that can be retouched
Multi-Purpose Resize: You can change the aspect ratio and
size of the shooting images, then record them as the new files. You can convert
images to 16:9 aspect ratio for high definition viewing and to the VGA size for
blog or-email attachments.
Images: You can delete a selected
image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid
accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
Music Transfer: You can change the music
files that are preset at the factory with your own music, using the Music
Transfer program in the supplied CD-ROM.
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 2.21): The
DSC-H50 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
Battery Information: The DSC-H50 comes with the
NP-BG1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery and BC-CSGB battery charger. This battery takes approximately
330 minutes to fully charge. It can reach a "normal charge" in
approximately 270 minutes. Under normal operating conditions the
battery has the following capacity:
|Function ||Number of Images ||Battery Life (min) |
|Record Still Images ||LCD Monitor ||Approximately 300 ||Approximately 150 |
|Viewfinder ||Approximately 330 ||Approximately 165 |
|Playback Still Images ||Approximately 7200 ||Approximately 360 |
Auto Power-Off: If you do not operate the camera for approximately 3 minutes, it will turn off
automatically to conserve battery power.
Software: The DSC-H50 comes
with a CD-ROM containing the following:
- Picture Motion Browser
(Ver.3.0.02): compatible with Windows operating systems only
- View images saved on your
- View photos organized by date
- Edit images
- Display the shooting
locations of still images on maps online (Internet connection required)
- Create a new data disc (CD
burner drive or DVD burner drive required)
- Print or save still images
with the date
- Music Transfer: compatible with Windows and
Macintosh operating systems
- Change the music files on the camera and replace them with your own
selections; upload MP3s from your computer or music from CDs
- Cyber-shot Handbook: a
detailed instruction booklet (PDF)
- Product Registration: register your camera online
- Step-Up Guide: explains how to use the camera with optional
System Requirements: You can
copy images from the DSC-H50 to a Windows PC or a Macintosh computer. The supplied Picture Motion Browser software can only be used on a Windows PC; it cannot be used on a Macintosh. The supplied Music Transfer software can be used on both a Windows PC and a Macintosh.
The minimum requirements are:
- OS: Microsoft
Windows 2000 Professional (SP4), XP (SP2), or Vista (64-bit and Starter
editions not supported)
- CPU: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster
(Pentium III 800 MHz of faster recommended)
- Memory: 256 MB or more
(512 MB or more is recommended)
- Hard Disk: 400 MB or more (required for
- Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more colors
- Interface: USB jack
- OS: OS 9.1,
9.2, Mac OS X v10.1 to v10.5 (OS X v10.3 or v10.5 for Music Transfer)
iMac, eMac, PowerBook, Power Mac G3/G4/G5, Mac mini
- Memory: 64 MB or more
(128 MB or more is recommended)
- Hard Disk: 250 MB or more (required for
- Interface: USB jack