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Sony Cybershot DSCH1 5.1MP Digital Camera with 12x Steady Shot Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 20, 2015

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Sony Cybershot DSCH1 5.1MP Digital Camera with 12x "Steady Shot" Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 10/29/2015
Based on 62 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 11.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Zoom4.7   above average
Battery4.4   above average
Image4.2   average
Screen4.2   above average
Focus3.3   average


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Battery

Battery:
"The battery life is its' worst problem."
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"Only disappointment is that the batteries don't last very long and the camera will not accept regular AA akaline batteries."
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"After getting batteries that were not counterfeits the camera worked just great, Thanks"
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"I love the AA batteries rather than proprietary $$$ and like the simplicity of taking shots with different settings just by twisting the adjustment knob."
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"It goes through batteries pretty quickly but takes great pictures."
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"Now, on to the accessories:I bought an extra set of batteries for $6 and 2 extra 256mb cards for about $40, and now I am all set for shooting pleasure."
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"The battery life (sony) is also good."
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Focus

Focus:
"The lowlight focus lamp is annoying as hell to the human eye."
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"The manual focus feature is confusing and rather hard to use, especially if you're used to the traditional SLR manual focus."
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"The multi-burst mode has some focus problems so be careful when using that, especially in high speed action settings."
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"I really liked the camera but was dissapointed with the auto focus failure."
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"The combination of great optical zoom, surprising focus 'depth of field' at distance and really sharp resolution (for just 5 MP density) make it possible to take very satisfying landscapes."
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"Unless you're in EXTREAMLY low light, you'll still get a good focus."
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"I had no focus problems."
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"I find myself sitting at work wishing I could be out taking pictures with my H1.Some of the highlights:* Excellent manual modes with live histogram and preview* Very fast and accurate autofocus* Excellent quality photos* Very bright and clear LCD screen (2.5) usable in sunlight (not so for the Canon S2)Things that could be improved:* Move from using 2 to 4 AA batteries, because of this:* Shot to shot times with flash are a little slowHonestly that's the only con I can think of and it's not too difficult to work around."
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"And, the lens wich strangely is not a Carl Zeiss (first in nearly 10 years) wich has minimal barrel distortion at wide angle, super smooth and fast focus, as well as producing clear well exposed images!"
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Image

Image:
"Camera shoots great photos, yes, now a days we have cameras with over 20mp shots but like I said, this is not a total dslr, it's truly for beginners and amatuers, but that doesn't mean you can't take just as good of a photo."
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"- I perceived the H1's image stabilization, while good, was not quite as good as the S2's, but it's still fairly close between them."
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"Really struggled to focus on stationary subjects, the image stabilizer (yes, it was on) didn't seem too effective, the low-light performance was awful."
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"I'd seen impressive images taken with this camera, so I sought one out and found it at Amazon."
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"Not many are likely to be buying this older model, but you need to know the following if you do: The image quality is REALLY extraordinary wihtin it's limitations."
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"I take pics in the dark and it works great."
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"Sometimes the pics are too white but with better angle its great."
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"Some of the great features that I love about this camera are: 12x optical zoom, super steady shot optical image stabilization (to help from getting blurry pictures), the large LCD display makes it great to review your pics, and you also have the option of using a regular viewfinder (which should be nice on very sunny days, when the LCD may be harder to see), and another great thing about this camera is that it comes with 2 batteries, a battery charger (which I didn't find in a lot of other cameras).Size: Larger than the fit in your pocket cameras, but not as bulky as standard film SLR cameras."
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Screen

Screen:
"Battery life is worse with flash, but if you use the LCD screen for composing shots, it's unbearable."
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"I thought that the big screen was worst in quality, but it impressed me."
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"I love the large 2.5 screen, and also a separate viewfinder."
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"The large screen makes reviewing your shots or video very nice."
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"The only flaw I saw with this camera and which may apply to other digital cameras as well is the screen."
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"I find myself sitting at work wishing I could be out taking pictures with my H1.Some of the highlights:* Excellent manual modes with live histogram and preview* Very fast and accurate autofocus* Excellent quality photos* Very bright and clear LCD screen (2.5) usable in sunlight (not so for the Canon S2)Things that could be improved:* Move from using 2 to 4 AA batteries, because of this:* Shot to shot times with flash are a little slowHonestly that's the only con I can think of and it's not too difficult to work around."
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")Has a nice sized LCD screen as well as a decent EVF with diopter adjustment, All the controls on the camera are sane and well placed."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Awesome zoom, but the software that comes with it is terrible, you can't even delete a picture with it, you have to open windows explorer and delete the picture from there, quite annoying."
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"The zoom is wonderful as well, I'm having a hard time finding anything to compete with this camera, even with current available technology."
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"Sure, they each had their bells and whistles, great zooms, but the bottom line for me is the picture QUALITY!"
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"The combination of great optical zoom, surprising focus 'depth of field' at distance and really sharp resolution (for just 5 MP density) make it possible to take very satisfying landscapes."
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"I finally decided to go for DSC-H1This is an absolutly great camera, the 12x zoom rocks."
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"Although a bit bulky than the sleek 3x zoom cameras, i would recommend this product for anybody who is interested in buying a higher zoom camera."
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