Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Review

Review Date: June 16th 2008
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Design
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Specifications
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Conclusion

Conclusion


Ratings (out of 5)
Design
4.5
Features
4.5
Ease-of-Use
4
Image Quality
4.5
Value for Money
5

Targeting those who want better image quality and a broader range of features not to mention lens reach than the typical compact, without going the whole hog and investing in a DSLR, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 shapes up as a surprisingly compelling proposition. With build quality almost equal to an entry-level DSLR, the DSC-H50's chief selling point of that 15x zoom reach is ideal for candid portraiture and even amateur wildlife photography, the kind of subjects where standing back for once can pay creative dividends. As we noted earlier, the H50's image quality is better than expected, and if its images don't quite sing like those from a DSLR with a subject dedicated lens attached, they're nevertheless reassuringly sharp and colourful even at the default settings, with the ability to adjust these parameters either way to suit personal taste. In short, if you're looking for control it's there and if you don't want to bother getting hands on, you don't have to in order to still end up with images worth keeping. Just half a star short of the full set there's no RAW, that control pad/scroll wheel combination is fiddly and the menu/home options are confusingly ordered and divided up. The DSC-H50 is a camera that nevertheless comes highly recommended to those looking for one device that covers nearly all photographic bases, and is reasonably easy to use plus unusually for Sony kit very fairly priced to boot. At a cost of 299 in the UK, a quick Internet search for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 is bound to make this bridge model more appetizing still.

Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
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Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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