Sony DSC-H5 and Sony DSC-H2

February 25, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras, PMA Show 2006 | 242 Comments | |

Sony DSC-H5PMA 2006: The Sony DSC-H5 and Sony DSC-H2 ultra-zooms digital cameras are announced at PMA today. 12x optical zoom lenses, 7.2 and 6 megapixels respectively, 3 inch and 2 inch LCD screens. The Cyber-shot DSC-H5 camera will be available in May for about $500 and the DSC-H2 model ships in April for about $400.

Sony USA Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla., (PMA 2006, Booth #4150), Feb. 25, 2006 — Sony is expanding its high-zoom digital still camera line with two new Cyber-shot® models that are sure to zero in on the subjects you most desire. Clad in black, the new DSC-H5 model has a 7.2-megapixel CCD imager and extra-large, three-inch LCD screen. It also shimmers in silver along with the stage-worthy DSC-H2 model, which has a six-megapixel imager and two-inch LCD. Both cameras flaunt Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar 12x optical zoom lenses and focal length ranges of 36 to 432 millimeters (35 mm equivalence). “High-zoom cameras are one of the fastest-growing segments in the industry,” said James Neal, director of digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. “They are powerful enough to get those hard-to-see distant shots, and have the easy-to-use functionality of point-and-shoot cameras.

Ready, Steady, Shoot
Even without the steadiest of hands (or subjects), the cameras’ anti-blur technologies ensure challenging shots can be executed with ease.

These new models incorporate Sony’s Super SteadyShot® optical image stabilization to help reduce image blur caused by hand movement. Because these cameras feature high-light sensitivity settings up to IS0 1000, fast-moving cars and people along the boulevard can also be captured with considerably less blur and graininess. Sony’s Clear RAW™ noise reduction technology minimizes picture noise, making it easier to shoot at faster shutter speeds.

These anti-blur technologies are an advantage when shooting in low-light conditions, such as outdoor shots in the evening or inside dark museums. These shots can be taken without a flash, resulting in naturally-exposed images that truly capture the drama and atmosphere of the moment. And, you can get as close as you want with the cameras’ significant macro mode of three-quarters of an inch.

You Are Big! The Cameras Got Smaller - And Smarter
The new H-series cameras are substantial, without feeling bulky, and feature a comfortable grip with controls easily accessible by thumb.

You can count on detailed image previews using the H5 model’s three-inch, high-resolution LCD screen, with a pixel count of 230K and Sony’s Clear Photo LCD Plus™ technology. The LCD features high-quality color reproduction and displays pictures with vivid clarity.

Sony’s ultra-fast Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry increases both models’ battery efficiency for quicker start-up, faster shot-to-shot times, higher-quality movie capture, and longer battery life. The H5 camera delivers up to 340 shots on a single charge, while the H2 model offers 400 shots per charge.

The new cameras include auto-exposure and multi-point, auto-focus features along with pre-set scene modes customized for specific shooting conditions, all working silently in the background while you concentrate on the “center-stage” action. When greater creative control is needed, aperture/shutter priority and manual exposure modes are available options.

Both models have 32MB of internal memory, which can be expanded with an optional Memory Stick Duo™ media card or Memory Stick PRO Duo™ card, now available in capacities up to four gigabytes.

My Autograph, Please
Make the most of your close-ups by producing high-quality prints. Simply connect these models to a Sony DPP-FP50 digital photo printer and produce lab-quality photos at home. You can even create postcards for all of your budding fans with the printer’s supplied software.

With Sony’s ImageStation® online photo service, you can expand your options to print tens or even hundreds of pictures, create online photo and video albums, or make customized gifts such as photo books and calendars.

The Cyber-shot DSC-H5 camera will be available in May for about $500 and the DSC-H2 model ships in April for about $400.

Bundled accessories include rechargeable AA NiMH batteries, charger, lens hood with adaptor and lens cap with strap, and USB and AV output cables. Options include a wide conversion lens (VCL-DH0758) for about $150, a tele-end conversion lens (VCL-DH1758) for about $150, a close-up lens (VCL-M3358) for about $70, a jacket case (LCJ-HC) for about $50, and a soft carrying case (LCS-HA) for about $40.

Both models can be purchased direct at, Sony Style® retail stores (, and authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin today at and

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#201 Juanjo

Hi Everyone! just to tell all of you that I GET THE DEFINITIVE SOLUTION TO THOSE DSC-H(1 to 9)

SHUTER AND AUTOFOCUS PROBLEMS! FOREVER AND EVER! Do you wanna know how it has been possible?

Hola a todos! solo para contar a todos los interesados que YA PROPONGO LA SOLUCION DEFINITIVA


Quiere saber como es esto posible?


Now in English and Español!

Forget about shopping SONY replacement parts, they going to fail soon. The problem is the

quality on them.
Olvidese de comprar las partes originales SONY porque ellas van a fallar también en el mismo

tiempo debido a la mala... malísima calidad de sus componentes.

Nevertheless if you want to throw your money these are the references:
Sinembargo si Usted quiere seguir botando su dinero estos son los números de referencia de las


Shutter Part #: X21083262 $22.14
Autofocus Part #: 147969921 $62.91


fill with the code on the right side (just for U.S).

8:08 pm - Thursday, October 2, 2008

#202 Huub de Groot

Lost my button monday on a bycicle tour... It suddenly popped of. Ik read this site and I ordered a new button. Today I went to get it. Replaces the button, but focus problems also. It's the weak part of the camera. The pin of the pushbutton is to sharp and makes the hole into the film for the forus. So have to use it without focus half-press. Foto's are good, but this is my final Sony camera. Will buy Canon of Nikon next time.

7:59 pm - Wednesday, October 22, 2008

#203 Charlie

This is Charlie. My previous posts are #153 and #160. I purchased a Sony DSC-H2 in January 2007. The shutter button never popped off, but it regularly failed to activate the focus mechanism when depressed halfway. The failure occurred 3 times, in May 2007, November 2007, and August 2008. The first time it failed, Sony repaired it. The second time it failed, Sony sent me a prepaid mailer, fixed it, and extended my warranty an extra 6 months. The third time it failed, Sony offered me the option of trading up to a DSC-H50 for $156 + tax or to a DSLR-A200K for $256 + tax. Although Sony never admitted to a design flaw, I think it is obvious that the DSC-H2 has a design flaw, as demonstrated by the number of complaints registered on this site. I chose to trade up to the DSC-H50. I hope it doesn't have the same flaw as the DSC-H2. I first contacted Sony by writing to the Sony Executive Review Committee, 12451 Gateway Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33913. I spoke with Kevin. His number is 239 768-7510. He was very courteous to me. If you call him, please be courteous to him. I think everyone who has posted to this site deserves the same consideration from Sony that I received. Good luck.

3:08 am - Saturday, November 1, 2008

#204 battery

I have checked up-it does not work! If your battery is still alive, do not do it! Well certainly if it does not breathe at all then experiment - all the same to lose there is nothing

10:23 am - Monday, November 24, 2008

#205 John G

I found everyone's messages really useful I was thinking of buying one of these as a present for a buddying photographer but think I'll keep look, thanks

11:27 am - Wednesday, January 14, 2009

#206 Gary

This is a nice little camera which I had borrowed to take some shots for the website.

Whether I will purchase one, will be based on further reading though! Thanks for the helpful comments.

1:42 pm - Sunday, February 15, 2009

#207 Blaire

i have a sony dsc h5 and i was at the beach when i took some pictures and turned the camera off and the lens wouldn't go in. when i took it to a dealer to find out about fixing it they said that something was broken and it would cost me 250 dollars to fix it. i have shook and tapped it to try to see if there was something stuck in it but it still won't stop telling me to turn it off and back on.

5:00 am - Sunday, March 15, 2009

#208 Ed Krimmer

Sorry to hear about your H5. Sound like it may have gotten sand in the mechanism while at the beach.

I posted earlier about my shutter button failure. I finally got tired of Sony refusing to acknowledge the problem. I had just arranged to send it in for the $171 flat rate repair. Thankfully I didn't ship as the next day I saw the H10 at Costco for $179 and picked one up. I really liked the H5 but this was ridiculous. The only thing I've seen so far that may annoy me is that the H10 doesn't have the analog view finder.

5:52 am - Sunday, March 15, 2009

#209 joni

I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only one with a shutter button that fell off. $75.00 I won't buy another Sony.

1:26 am - Thursday, May 7, 2009

#210 Sher

i bought this camera as a gift for my husband in 2006 in nov 2007 the shutter button popped off (while it was in my possession, so it was believed that it was thru some mishandling by me - not the case). My husband creatively rigged it back up using rubber band and a push pin. It works, but I wanted to finally get it fixed for him for father's day ... but IM NOT paying $150 to sony . im so disappointed in sony.

7:35 pm - Saturday, June 13, 2009

#211 michelle

my shutter button fell off , the warrenty covered it right away . Not even 5 months later "new camera" the shutter button fell off again. They need to recall this camera . There is alot of the same complaints . I have a sony cybershot dsc-h2/h5

2:56 am - Thursday, July 9, 2009


I totally agree that Sony should have recalled this camera! Even the H9 that came out less than a year later is so much better. (My son bought one before I realized there was a defect in mine and that Sony was not going to admit it and give us lousy customer service.)No more Sony's for me either, and they don't know how many people I've advised NOT to buy a Sony just because of this experience.

4:57 am - Thursday, July 9, 2009

#213 Kathy

I have a cyber-shot DSC-H5 and the shutter button came off. The Sony people say they do not have many complaint about this problem. Make sure you ask to talk to the consumer complaint department and register a formal complaint. File a complaint with the attorney generals office in you state as well. Maybe we will get some help if enough people file formal complaints. It should not cost 1/3 the price of a camera to replace a simple manual button.

4:21 pm - Friday, July 24, 2009

#214 Corey

Any updates on the shutter button issue. Mine fell off as well but I'm not spending $200 on a repair. This camera also eats up batteries. Is Sony being reasonable with anyone?

3:59 pm - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

#215 Melinda

there is no any update.
unfortunately, sony did a really bad thing, and left a really bad impression on its customers.
i will never ever buy any sony product again...
battery thing is also true...

4:01 pm - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

#216 R Abraham

My son has a DSC H2 which he bought online. Out on an airfield, after taking a couple of pictures, he went to take another and lo and behold the push button cap had gone. Getting parts from Sony seems an almost impossible task and none of the major stores keep this type of part. Anyone have a phone no. or website for Sony UK Parts?

9:59 pm - Saturday, August 8, 2009

#217 Ed Krimmer


They emailed me a diagram and I was able to tell them exactly what parts I needed (or thought I needed - didn't fix my problem).

6:26 am - Monday, August 10, 2009

#218 Nicolas Mason - From Argentina

I`m so sad, after 3years with the same problem and still trying to get any answer from sony and nothing, total silence.
So sad... i`ve been faithfull to sony all my life, my first walkman was sony, audio system, TV, etc etc... and now that i have a problem not answer from them.
if some one have an email or any contact to reclaim, pls send it.

thanxs and good luck.


2:48 pm - Friday, September 18, 2009

#219 Scott

I posted a while ago regarding my Sony H2 failing after 15 months, and I too was very upset. $180 to repair a $300 camera. Don't think so. The H2 was my first "real" digital camera. I do photography on the side and was still shooting film, yet was holding out for DSLR's to not only improve, but to be more somewhat affordable. You would think Sony would be more helpful for those who would eventually move up to any of the Sony Alpha series of DSLR's.

Well do you think after my experience with the H2 the Alpha series was on my mind? Nope, bought NIkon. Sony this is what you missed out on. I do now own this equipment.

Nikon D700 - $3000.00
Nikon D300 - $1700.00
Nikon 12-24 2.8 Lens - $1800.00
Nikon 24- 70 2.8 Lens - $1800.00
Nikon 70-200 2.8 Lens - $1800.00
Nikon 50 1.4 G Lens - $450.00
2 Nikon SB - 900 Flashes - $450.00 ea.
1 Nikon SB - 800 Flash - $280.00
Nikon Battery Grip $260.00
Nikon Flash Sync cord - $ 80.00

Ahhhhhh, what could have been for you Sony, if only you took the time to say, yeah the H2 & H5 were defective, we'll eat the $180.00.

No way in hell I was going to outlay that kind of cash, especially if this is going to be how you handle any potential issues with your Alpha Series Cameras.

So instead of eating $180.00, you lost over $11,500.00 plus in future sales. Ooops!!!

That my friend is revenge.

P.S. I love my Nikons

3:38 pm - Friday, September 18, 2009

#220 Tim Duncan

I will never ever buy a SINGLE sony product again. I am not buying since 2 years, in the future, it will not change...
Good luck sony.

5:57 pm - Friday, September 18, 2009

#221 Andrea

Scott... I too will follow in your footsteps one day and buy a DSLR from someone other than Sony. The problem is that a company like sony doesn't care about losing some business, but that's the only power we have. Oh, and I tell all my friends :)

6:18 pm - Friday, September 18, 2009

#222 Margaret

Yea Scott! I too moved up to a DSLR and stayed far away from any Sony products. Did not get near the stuff you did, but bought a D90 and three extra lenses, about $2,000 worth. Another sale Sony missed out on by not treating their customers right.

BTW, I'm extremely envious of your set up. WOW! $1,800 lenses? I really, really wanted the D300 but was not able. Maybe in the future...

7:07 pm - Friday, September 18, 2009

#223 Scott

Hey Margaret,

Yeah, I have a lot of fancy stuff, but you have a great camera in the D90, AND you can shoot HD video, which I wish I could do. Spend money on your lenses if you are really into photography. I actually paid $1500 per when I made the move last year, and they have increased in price nearly $300 per in a years time. I needed lenses for low light, so they can stay at 2.8 though out the entire zoom range. Glass won't depreciate like a camera body will.

Enjoy your new toy.

12:45 am - Saturday, September 19, 2009

#224 Charlie

I got some satisfaction from Sony US. After 3 failures on my DSC-H2, they let me trade up to a DSC-H50 for $156. After nearly a year, I have had no problems with the DSC-H50. See my previous comment #203 for more details. However, this probably does not help Nico in Argentina.

1:08 am - Saturday, September 19, 2009

#225 Margaret

Hey Scott. I really love low light shooting too and am envious of your 2.8 zooms. The kit lens is OK but not great for concerts etc. w/no flash. Was disgusted with the higher ISOs on my Sony H5, so that's why I moved up to a DSLR. I could not afford to get the 1.4G like you bought, but did get the 1.8 50 & 1.8 35G. Shot a concert the other night with just the 35 1.8 am pretty happy with a lot of the pics. Of course could not compose wit a prime so will be cropping left & right, but lens was fast enough to use a lower ISO and get some very ice pix.

You are a pro so you need those top quality, fast lenses. This is just a hobby for me at this point, though I would love to keep learning and get better & better. D90 is a good start I think.

RE the video: Well, when you get it right its nice but to tell the truth, it's a pain that you can't zoom in or out as AF does not work once you start recording! Of course can't rec through the VF either. AF on the LV is tricky. I need a lot more practice with the video feature, and it has much to be desired, but that was one feature that helped me decide on the D90 over a Cannon.

1:34 am - Saturday, September 19, 2009

#226 Nicolas Mason - From Argentina

Thanx Charly!!!
i will try to call him and write to him. Here in Argentina all i got is silence.
All my house is full of Sony!!! so imagine.

Any news i`ll post.

thanx a lot, best of luck.


12:27 pm - Saturday, September 19, 2009

#227 Sam Belote

highway robery to repair the shutter button that falls off while in the storage case. Sony is not a repuptable company in my mind any longer.

Their repair fees to fix a simple malfunction on their DSC- H2/H5. New consumers do not purchase unless you want junk that Sony will not stand behind with reasonable repair costs.

I had been considering other Sony products, like a large screen TV this year but not now. Sony is no longer in my shopping vocabulary. So sorry to have to say these negative things but they happen to be turn. My camera is alway kept in the case and treated with kid gloves. No more Sony junk for me.

2:55 am - Tuesday, June 1, 2010

#228 Nicolas Mason - From Argentina

ì had too many problems with the botton shouter, and i never recieved any solution, anless y paid to fix it!!
i fix it two times the same problem!!! and SONY never gaves me an answer.

i have all my house with sony products!!!! and y stop bying sony`s for this kind of things!

2:15 pm - Tuesday, June 1, 2010


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9:39 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

#230 Paul

Well I am about to order my third focus/shutter button now for my Sony DSC H2 camera in the last 3 years. Just like in the past, the button just simply pops off unexpectedly. This time it at least happened in the camera bag so I found the part and could tape it on to keep taking pictures during my vacation. I wish I would hear something about a lawsuit as I would join it in a heartbeat. Fortunately nobody is getting injured by this defect, unfortunately this means no big settlement that is gonna make a lawyer interested in picking this up. Guess my only power is to NEVER buy another SONY product.

5:09 pm - Monday, July 12, 2010

#231 Steve Guzman

Has Sony let you down? Are you mad that your $400 Cybershot is now useless due to their design flaw? Well jump on in! We're gonna do something about it.

8:44 pm - Friday, July 23, 2010

#232 rajrae

Well, that suit is for the H2. What about the H5??? It should be for both of them.

10:50 pm - Friday, July 23, 2010

#233 Rafael

Hi guys

It is only in 2010, 4 years after I bought my DSC-H2 camera that I took a look at sony forum. Well, I did not have any problem with my camera the 1st year because I didn t use it but now, it has been the 4 time that the shutter button has poped off. In one way, I am veru fortunate that I bought an extended warranty for 5 years but in any case it does not confort at all because I was spending my vacation in Europe when this happened for the 3rd time

3:43 am - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

#234 Hopeful

Could everyone sign this petition for a recall. It may not make a difference but unless we try we don't know.

2:50 pm - Monday, September 6, 2010

#235 cc

Having searched the internet for hours to find a replacement shutter buton for my h-5 within the U.K, i finally found the authorised parts dealer in the small print of the sony website(as they would rather you pay hundreds to send it to them to fix it. Have just ordered it, costs £ 17.45 + £ 4.49 shipping. Hopefully i will be able to assemble it>
Please find the link to the parts website below

3:09 pm - Wednesday, December 8, 2010

#236 Ian

Beware. The Sony H cameras have a small internal lithium ion battery. When it fails (about 3 years) the camera won't switch on. Easily replaced although soldered in.
I nearly threw away an expensive camera!

11:52 am - Saturday, November 19, 2011

#237 Nicolas Mason

Its my 4th time that i change the shutter botton. Here in Argentiena, in a Official Service office cost me USD170. a lot of money for us.
But it worth it. MY H2 its the best camera that i ever had. Best Colors!
i made a lot of shoots like in a pro way and i have excelents results.
its a shame that sony still not recognize this bug.

12:09 pm - Saturday, November 19, 2011

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#241 papadubi

Does anybody still use H-5 ?
If yes, please tell me if its worth it to buy one.
I am a total beginner in photography, so i found one 50 euros Sony DSC-H5, and i am not sure to buy it or not?

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