Sony CyberShot DSC-H1 Brief Review


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  • 5.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 12x optical zoom
  • 2x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Release Date: 2005-03-21
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony CyberShot DSC-H1
5.1 megapixels (effective); 12x optical zoom; 2x digital zoom; autofocus only; program and manual exposure; JPEG file format; 2 AA batteries
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Sony CyberShot DSC-H1 offers a compelling combination of high resolution, powerful zoom, and ergonomic styling. As one of only a handful of digital cameras with a 12x zoom, the Sony H1 is a great choice for nature photography or any situation where it's necessary to get up close to your subject. To guard against image shake at full zoom, the Sony H1 has an optical image stabilization system; other notable features include a large 2.5" LCD screen and a live histogram to help you expose your pictures correctly. Note that despite its appearance the H1 is not an SLR camera and will not accept interchangeable lenses.

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