Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 Review

May 24, 2010 | Gavin Stoker | |

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#1 r4 nintendo ds

As we know Sony is realable company and according to one survey it is in the top ten most popular company. I had used it’s product and they all are very nice. Now coming to this camera review it is really very nice to read about this product. The best thing about this is it very easily fit in my pocket.

10:13 am - Tuesday, May 25, 2010

#2 Wesley

Maybe it would be better to have the new Samsung WB600 in the main rivals section instead of the old WB500…

4:47 pm - Wednesday, May 26, 2010

#3 Mark

Choice of SD/SDHC is great to have. But the red eye reduction doesn’t seem to be good as per this review.
Maybe I’m not comparing apples to apples, but which would be better, this or Canon SX20 IS?

6:06 am - Thursday, May 27, 2010

#4 Sudha


This is the Best camera(which is also affordable) one can have in the H Series of Sony.
The Sony G Leans definitely is a miracle!
I just got it in March 2010. It is great in performance and comparable to Carl Zeiss lens.
Just go for it Guys :)

6:05 am - Monday, May 31, 2010

#5 Sudha

By the way it costed me just $314. Got a free 4 GB memory card and a Camera Pouch.

6:21 am - Monday, May 31, 2010

#6 Makusa

Yes sudha it is true. I am using this. works good. Far better than my Sony 380.
got it@ $320.00

6:36 am - Monday, May 31, 2010

#7 Tobias

I just bought this camera today and so far, I’m very pleased. Great functionality and afordable! 
Got mine for $290.00

7:28 pm - Wednesday, June 9, 2010

#8 Karthik

Though this is a very very late comment (I just bought it) I must say that you’re totally wrong in saying that the maximum shutter speed of this camera is 2 seconds. Infact the maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds which is very much enough for night photography. Please dont post misleading reviews.

5:14 pm - Friday, June 11, 2010

#9 Sudha

We never discussed the shutter speed!! Check the comments before posting one.
would like to reiterate that, H55 is the best in its class for an amateur or a semi-pro. with added lens(with ring) it is as good as a SLR.

8:34 am - Sunday, June 13, 2010

#10 Rishabh Jain

I just got this cam a week back….but I am a bit disstisfied as I am not geting a few manual controls.

Again, I am seeing too much of reddishness in the photographs.

And I dont really know why…but when I am trying to shoot a running fan in the sports mode, the image is getting blurred.
I get better images in M mode.

Macro performance in flash is not good, and without flash the image is getting blurred…!!!
THe build quality is superb, but snap to snap time is a bit high.

Once again, there are no options to adjust the levels of flash, which is dissapointing.

otherwise, the camera performs great, and I really get DSLR like pics….The best feature is the zoom option….20X including digital..!!

8:24 am - Friday, June 18, 2010

#11 John


I’ve been looking around on the web for a compact digital camera. One that I can use mainly for work, but one that’s also good to use out and about and for family photos and videos.

I’m willing to spend £350

I need one that’s got (In order of importance)
1) Good - Excellent picture quality.
2) Great HD video quality.
3) Does good in low light - For a compact digital camera.
4) Long optical zoom - 8x minimum.
5) (Not vital) Some sort of panorama feature.

I’m really not that bothered about fancy GPS features, I’ll probably turn it off anyway because it drains your battery. I’m still open but so far I’ve narrowed it down to the SONY CYBERSHOT-H55, PANASONIC TZ10 AND THE SAMSUNG WB650.

Which camera would you recommend? Thank you.

10:16 pm - Friday, June 25, 2010

#12 nick

the rewiew seems ok; noise is a major factor ; cant think of replacing my hs2 to a compact one; the older still produces amazing results; checking hx5 over this

4:04 pm - Monday, June 28, 2010

#13 D.D.G.

I have Sony make digital camera (Model DSC-H55)

After using this camera I feel that image stabilizer of this camera is not perfect, due to this some photos taken by this camera is not clear.

I also faced a major problem that, in some pictures, faces of objects are some bend type and not sappy type.

I am not satisfy by picture quality of this camera. and so far my search for best camera is not completed.

In movie picture I also got sound of ZOOM motor/mechanism.

I had used 10 years old(approx) digital camera of SONY that have 5.1 MP and 3 X digital zoom. And after using this I was deicided that I will purchase only SONY make
camera. But after purchasing this I found that this is very simple camera

12:57 pm - Sunday, July 4, 2010

#14 D

I have a Sony Cybershot DSC H55.  After shooting, the image appears on the LCD for a couple of seconds.  Is there a way to change this setting, or turn it off altogether?

4:00 am - Friday, July 9, 2010

#15 Ace

Hello Guys,
I just got this camera Sony DSC-H55.

Worst performance in low light condition
-Agree that its a compact camera, but the performance (low light) nowhere compared to other including sony models.When the zoom is at maximum i can barely see a clear image in the LCD all i can see is red dots and images taken are blurred.

6:53 pm - Sunday, July 11, 2010

#16 Chris

Picked this up a few days ago, and I’ve mostly been doing test shots.  I think the problem with the noise in low-light photographs is that the camera tends to push the ISO up more than is necessary.  My old Kodak Z730 took OK low(er)-light shots at ISO 140.  When I first got the H55 I took it to one of my old stomping grounds and took a few shots with it in full auto and it was shooting at ISO 1600, which was a mess.  Cranking it down to 400 made it OK, and I suspect that at 200 it would have been quite lovely.  I’m definitely thinking of investing in a monopod or light tripod.

Everything else about the camera is spectacular, from the fact that it fits in my pocket to the stunning daylight shots to the massive zoom.  Definitely recommended.

3:56 am - Monday, July 12, 2010



12:48 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2010

#18 Krishna

Just ordered this camera for $215 and cant wait any longer to get my hands on it :) I guess is is great value for money.

3:06 pm - Friday, July 16, 2010

#19 MOhammed

so which better Canon powershot SX210, or CyberShot H55 or Cybershot HX5v

please help , cause i read many comments about Low light performance in H55 , which make me so afraid of buy it
also PowerShot i’ve read that isn’t have Panorama option

8:26 am - Monday, August 2, 2010

#20 Siddharth

@mohammed-if u r on a low budget,go for this camera..i havent figured manual settings yet,i take all pics in auto mode,and they are gr8…
ya low light is a issue in auto mode,bt using manual mode,the problem can be removed i guess..

and SX210 and Hx5v are way to better cameras from this,but their budget is high..
if u have budget upto 20k,den go for sx210 IS…
der’s 1 more camera,nikon L110,bt it lacks manual settings..

u can check my pics clicked from Sony H55..
any more questions about the camera,mail me at

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or post a comment in my flickr account…take care guyzz

here’s my flickr link

7:48 am - Sunday, August 22, 2010

#21 Gati

Got it in August 2010. Its an awesome camera with great features in affordable price. Proud to own one. Great for amateur like me.

10:35 am - Tuesday, September 21, 2010

#22 omybuddha

there should"nt be any differance in picture quality between sony dsch55 & dschx5v as far as i am aware.and both weigh the same..i keep reading that picture quality on canon sx210 is better than its rivals..and picture quality is what we are really after huh!? just wish canon would lift their act and bring out a 24-360mm camera…in australia dsh55 sells for a$379 and the dschx5v for a$549..the sx210 now sells for appx. a$460…o you can take of 10p/c for online shopping…happy trails…

12:41 pm - Monday, October 11, 2010

#23 Pranjal

A great point and shoot camera. Very efficient in taking panoramic shots. Great battery life. In all a very satisfying purchase for me for Rs. 13500.00

6:06 am - Monday, October 18, 2010

#24 Coby

How do you change the quality settings for still images between “fine” and “standard”?

Where is it found in the menu?


4:54 am - Friday, October 22, 2010

#25 Sujeet

I want to purchase a digital camera with high zoom and has shortlisted Sony cybershot H55 and Kodak Z981. Can anyone suggest which to choose between. which of the two is better.

7:50 am - Wednesday, November 3, 2010

#26 Siddharth

ofcourse sony is better than each and every sense.kodak might give more features than sony,but the quaity and standards would not be as good as sony..
go for sony h55…

3:26 pm - Wednesday, November 3, 2010

#27 ADP

Sony Cyberfshot series is better then kodak & Samsung digital cameras available today.I purchased it last week & I found it very Xiting.Sweep Panorama facility is Xcelent for new users.Image quality & Video quality is Xcelent.

7:25 am - Wednesday, November 10, 2010

#28 Sunil Nehru

Please can you advise me whether the Sony DSC-H55 in manual mode allows manual focusing or not. When taking shots with a large aperture, auto focus sometimes misses the subject you want to be sharp in a blurred background. Manual focus would overcome this weakness. Also is there a manual viewfinder window - needed in bright external light conditions. Thanks in advance for your information.

6:07 pm - Wednesday, November 17, 2010

#29 Khan

Well i am planning to buy one.. but getting confused between canon sx210 and dsc h55… i need the one which gives a better image quality…

5:24 pm - Saturday, November 20, 2010

#30 Siddharth

Hey Khan,
there’s new arrival of canon sx130 IS..go for it..
its has loads of features and also it gives much manual options..

8:27 am - Sunday, November 21, 2010

#31 Abhigya

hello everyone

i bought this camera last month and itz amazing..but the photos i have taken are on intelligent auto mode…and i also see program auto and manual mode,so guyz could you please tell me the difference betwn program auto and manual mode..and also what is aperture speed?

11:23 am - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

#32 amanda mc

wanting a camera thats excellent in low light conditions eg concerts ! would u recommend the h55 for this purpose ? i have a sony cybershot h5 and thats good at concerts but looking to upgrade to a better model

8:02 pm - Sunday, November 28, 2010

#33 Siddharth

There’s new arrival from canon,SX130 IS,cheaper than this and has got plenty of features…
H55 isnt that good for low light canon SX130 IS and sony H55 live at some shop..then consider the camera which suits you the best..
Take care..enjoy..

5:06 am - Wednesday, December 1, 2010

#34 praveen

hi friends, i want to purchase a DG Cam which hav high quality zoom as well as good picture quality in low light condition even in dark. I am confuse b/w sony h55, nikkon s8000 and canon sx210. Can any one suggest me which one i should purchase. Please also advise me in which term H55 is better than Nikon S8000 and vice versa. i shall be very thankful if anyone mail me their suggestion directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

8:25 am - Saturday, December 11, 2010

#35 Bulent

I have bought H55 , I have been a loyal costumer of sony cameras for a long time..the size of the camera was very attractive with the specifications..But I am not happy with the image quality at all.night shoots very poor. for 14.1 mp and 10x optical zoom I was expecting far better results..I will definitely replace this camera with some other rivals.

11:20 pm - Monday, December 27, 2010

#36 Andy

One thing i don’t get in all the reviews here is this.
“Quality 50 in Photoshop”
Why would you do that? You are lowering the quality for a picture thats made to compare quality….
Sorry but thats ridiculous. Why not use 100?
And don’t say it uses up to much space, its just a few kb and even with thousands of those pictures, it wont matter. And don’t say there difference between 50 and 100 is not great enough to notice, because it clearly is.

12:04 am - Thursday, December 30, 2010

#37 Fred

Just got this camera for a present.  On the display on the back of the camera, while inside everything has a red tint to it.  So bad, that I returned my first thinking that the camera was defective.  How can I correct this?  Ideas?  When I take a inside picture of my livingroom which has oak paneling on Easy mode, the paneling looks red.

2:01 am - Saturday, January 1, 2011

#38 niloy

which will be better….....cybershot h55 or Fuji Finepix S1800????

10:05 pm - Thursday, January 6, 2011

#39 Siddharth

@niloy—go for canon sx130IS..give next preference to sony h55…fuji nt that gud..

9:53 am - Friday, January 7, 2011

#40 c.s

the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 was a gift given to me less than 2 weeks ago. at first, shooting around my house, it looked fine, but i recently took it to a dinner and the images weren’t consistent in quality at all. i used intelligent auto, manual, program and scene, and it was hard to find a setting that took good photos. the shots were either too dark, too exposed or blurry. i just want a point and shoot camera that i can take good pictures with right out of the box, i don’t want to play around with the settings, which wouldn’t help anyways since it resets everytime u turn it on or off. i’ll be returning it asap.

7:53 pm - Monday, January 10, 2011

#41 Aidin

The H55 camera is not the best choice in its level.
The noises are very bad.

6:27 pm - Saturday, January 15, 2011

#42 Noah

I just bought this camera and am thinking of returning it.  I’m not at all impressed with the image quality.  The photos are dull and occasionally blurry.  I’ve used the Auto and also, set scene setting and have gotten maybe 2 out of 25 pictures that look good. 
But, I’m not sure if it’s because of the cold that the image quality is so poor.  Any advice?  should I hang onto it to see how it does in warmer weather?

2:09 pm - Sunday, January 23, 2011

#43 amanda30ronan

this camera seems far too advanced for a novice like me !

8:57 pm - Sunday, January 23, 2011

#44 Eileen

Regrettably, I own this camera.  I bought it in July.  I don’t think the color is accurate, I constantly have to use my photo fix to get the correct color. Aside from that I recently had another problem with the camera. The other day when I pushed the shutter button it sent out a puff of smoke and a foul odor.  It was as if something got fried.  I have had a terrible experience with Sony customer relations.  They want me to mail my camera to Texas for an undisclosed amount of time to assess the problem.  When I told them this is not acceptable they gave me no alternatives. When I asked to speak to a supervisor I was refused. I want a camera from a company that stands behind their product.  This problem is theirs, and their making it mine.

3:10 am - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

#45 c.s

i did return the sony dsc-h55 and bought a samsung pl200. i take the samsung everywhere with me and so far i’m so happy! the store i bought it from gave me no problems returning it, the samsung was the 3rd camera i bought after returning 2, the first was an olympus tough for $243 with tax, the second was this sony for $224 with tax, and my samsung was only $193 with tax and i’ve definitey learned that expensive doesnt necessarily mean better

6:19 pm - Friday, January 28, 2011

#46 Sourav

canon powershot SX130 IS or sony cybershot H55???please suggest…

7:08 am - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

#47 Aidin

SX130IS is better choice. but it uses AA size battery.

7:53 am - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

#48 Soumen

Hey guys…...I checked the comments in this site and others also.I found the main alternative to H55 is Sx130.
I got few requirements,
Absolute crisp day light photos of landscapes/mountains/nature with real colors.
Easy operations,convenience in transferring photos to my laptop.

I also heard that the SD card also matters much.Which 4GB card would be the best?

10:27 pm - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

#49 Farabi

I love macro shooting very much!is it good for macro shots?

8:19 am - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

#50 Farabi

I just love Macro shooting very much!Is it good for Macro Shots?

8:31 am - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

#51 Sourav

what is the maximum shutter speed of this camera in manual mode?

4:08 pm - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

#52 Soumen

Can anyone please help me choosing between H55 & Sx130?I did mentioned my criteria in the previous note…

7:06 pm - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

#53 prashant dandavate

I bought the DSC-H55 camera two months before,
Initially i thought it like wrong investment.I used it in family functions twice.But now i’m satisfied with its performance,Excellet video shooting with sounds,photographs and Naturaly white back ground,
Otherwise in some cases we get pale/yellowish gorund.
Dears,Until and unless we are not familier with interface of our product,one should not come to negative conclusion.
Try it and enjoy the product.

10:57 am - Sunday, April 17, 2011

#54 csaba

Using Auto mode almost all the time, but in low light condition I got blurred images. I’m really disappointed.

10:07 am - Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Except low light condition and night picture this camera is great for day light.

2:21 pm - Sunday, August 7, 2011

#56 joshua

i m not happy with the flash snaps of this camera.
shadow of the object appears.

9:13 am - Wednesday, September 14, 2011

#57 Farabi

Hy….use Slow Syncro flash in Programme Auto mode…it will improve ur Image Quality@joshua

11:07 am - Sunday, September 18, 2011

#58 KaranJ


can anyone tell me if pics with background blur taken with this camera?

1:12 pm - Friday, December 30, 2011

#59 Pollob

i just order a Sony Cybershot DSC H55B. i m quite excited but also confused abt low light photo.i dont know what will happen….........

6:28 pm - Sunday, January 8, 2012

#60 Junaed

please tell me whether i can use or attach other high resolution lens in DSC H-55 sony….please please let me know in .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

5:23 pm - Wednesday, May 2, 2012

#61 babsie

How do I remove video from my sony cyber-shot dsc-h55? When I connect the camera to my computer the pictures come off, but I can’t figure out how to get the VIDEOS off?! Please be specific.

3:57 pm - Thursday, October 25, 2012

#62 Babsie

How do you remove video from the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H55? When I hook the camera up to the computer the pictures will come off, but I can’t figure out how to remove the videos I made. Please explain in specific details! Thanks for your help~

4:55 pm - Thursday, October 25, 2012

#63 nona

hello guys,

what are the best alternative compatible memory cards to be used with this camera?


9:22 am - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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