Monday, June 4, 2007

Sony DSC-H2 Digital Camera

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I recently bought this camera and I am quite happy with my purchase! The Sony DSC-H2 is priced at Rs.19,990 and at first feels a little bulky. After a while using this camera, you actually appreciate holding the sturdy camera with its big grip! This camera is 6 megapixel with 12 x optical zoom lens and has image stabilization technology. This is particularly important for an amateur like myself. Basically, the image stabilization technology detects the camera move in your hands and automatically compensates this motion by shifting the camera lens. The Sony DSC-H2's predecessor "H1" also had this technology.

The picture quality is fantastic specially indoors and the red eye reduction tool is very handy indeed! Also, you can utilize the white balance feature by setting it to Auto, Manual, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, or Flash. Moreover, you can set various image parameters such as Saturation, Sharpness, and Contrast. Depending on your image setting, you can also select different shooting modes such as Landscape, Portrait, or Beach. Recording small movies is also a breeze.

Basically, it is up to you as to how far you want to go with these advanced settings. Of course, you can connect this camera to your computer through the USB port.

I was very impressed with the battery life of the Sony DSC-H2 Digital Camera compared to some of the Olympus cameras in this range. This is particularly important for me as I travel a lot throughout India.

Now for the negative stuff! I wish this camera had a slightly larger LCD screen, a bit like its predecessor, the H1! The second issue is that it is quite noisy for high ISO sensitivity settings. However, this issue is there with most other cameras as well. Generally, higher ISO settings = more noise! Really, I would recommend that you only increase the ISO for extreme conditions.

Conclusion: The Sony DSC-H2 Digital Camera is great value for money! It has an excellent battery life, produces quality pictures, and includes some really cool features for advanced users! A good buy!

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