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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5/B

by Sony
4 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 11.3 x 8.3 cm ; 9 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: DSCH5B.CEE5
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 4 Sept. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,101 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Get closer than ever with the Cyber-shot DSC-H5 digital camera from Sony. It offers a spectacular array of advantages for creative expression, including 7.2 megapixel performance for editing, cropping and making big prints, top-quality Carl Zeiss 12X Optical zoom lens and Super SteadyShot stabilization system for rock-steady long-distance photos.

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This was bought to replace my wife's older point-and-shoot, which got stolen on holiday. The Canon S3 ran it close, but she preferred the feel and splendid, huge LCD of the H5. It won out over a dSLR because of its compactness. After all, you don't take good photos with a camera that's left in a bag at home.

There's no memory stick included (no one else includes them either), and your old Sony Memory Sticks won't work. Pity Sony didn't go with the SD format. I guess they want to tie people into their own brand.

The feel is reassuringly chunky, and the response is pretty good, though the zoom takes a bit of getting used to. It comes with just about every feature you could ask for at this level. And yes, it does look cool. Everyone at a party wants to play with it.

The auto setting is not fantastic, but if you want the best shots in Auto mode, you probably shouldn't be wasting your money on a camera like this anyway.

Like any quality camera, you have to learn your way around it, and shouldn't be disappointed if sunny-day shots look rather washed out (use the Vivid setting) or dusk seem underexposed (compensate 1/3-2/3 of a stop). Once you have, it starts to deliver tremendous images, full of life and colour. Most still look fantastic at A3. Portraits are especially good, and because of the compactness and 12x zoom, you can often get a great shot across a room without anyone realising. Try doing that with a dSLR and 200m lens!

Some reviews have complained about purple fringing. It's there in high contrast areas, but to be honest you really have to look for it. I would not let it put me off.

Why only 4 stars? Because its performance in low light lets it down.
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The Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 is my second digital camera, a huge step up from the simple point and click Nikon that I bought five years ago. Like that camera, you can use the Cybershot in a fully automated mode right out of the box. But what makes this camera worth the money are the host of manual features you can use to explore more fully the possibilities in the photographic art. Switching back and forth between the two takes only a few minutes of studying the options interface.


It appears that there is a serious design flaw in the DSC-H5. Two months after I bought it the automatic focus feature stopped working. As designed, you push halfway on the shutter button to focus, then press fully to take your picture. I was happily shooting away at a recent baseball game when I noticed that I could no longer hold the shutter halfway to focus. After discharging the batteries, reinitializing the camera, and pouring through the manual for a solution, I began a search of the internet. To my great disappointment I have found that several other consumers have had the identical same problem with the shutter button. Some have had the problem fixed, only to have it resurface several hundred shots later. See the forums (dsc-h5 autofocus problem) at Photography Review for more discussion of this issue.

I'm still under warranty and sending my camera for repair next week. I may sell it afterwards and move onto a new model, which I really hate to do. This is in all other respects a wonderful camera.

UPDATE 08 June 2007: Sony sent a courier with a self-addressed padded box and the camera left home within moments. The local service center called the next afternoon to say repairs had been completed and the camera arrived by courier the next afternoon.
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I bought this camera 2 weeks ago. Needlessly to say, I have experienced the fear of having auto focus problem. However, so far I am lucky. I do not have the problem and the camera is perfect. Its body is solid and it has a huge and high quality LCD.

According to me, one of the most important things is that Sony supplies a lens adaptor ring and a bayonet lens hood in the box with the H5. There's also a substantial clip-on lens cap to keep the front element nice and safe when not in use.

I strongly recommend this camera to everyone who wants to buy a bridge camera. On the other hand, you can not find another bridge camera at this price.
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