Sony DSC H2 Review
The Sony DSC H2 is a super zoom digital camera. It has a twelve
times optical zoom lens. This type of camera is often used for shooting
sports action and taking photos of wildlife. It also comes with
image stabilisation. This feature comes in useful on cameras with
long zoom lenses especially when the light is getting low. It is
a six megapixel model.
In terms of features the DSC H2 is similar to a more expensive
SLR camera. Fully manual exposure is available as is aperture priority
and shutter priority. These features coupled with the longer lens
and extra weight of the camera means that the DSC H2 is likely to
appeal more to someone who is looking for a more serious camera
and sees photography as a hobby rather than someone who is looking
for a simple point and shoot model. It is certainly likely to appeal
to anyone who is starting out in photography but is unable to afford
or justify a more expensive Digital SLR.
My test shots showed an impressive set of images. I found the DSC
H2 handled both light and darker conditions well. It is important
though not to get carried away with the capabilities of this or
any other consumer level digital camera when shooting in lowlight.
I was impressed by the sharp images the camera was able to produce.
They were clearly above average when compared to other similar models.
All super zoom models have a tendency to suffer from purple fringing
when the zoom lens is in use. This becomes increasingly noticeable
as you increase the amount of zoom you are using. Purple fringing
is where a thin purple line is added to the edge of light coloured
objects in bright conditions. It can be removed by using an image
Despite the features it has I still found the DSC H2 to be relatively
easy to use. Sony appears to have put plenty of time and effort
into the design of this camera. To get the most out of the DSC H2
or any digital camera with this number of features you will need
to spend time experimenting and getting to know your camera. Your
efforts will be rewarded in time.
As with more or less all the super zoom digital cameras the Sony
DSC H2 bears more than a slight resemblance to a traditional 35mm
camera. Compared to other similar models it is of average size and
weight. It feels good in the hand and I was able to take a good
grip of the camera when taking a shot.
AA batteries are used to power the camera. Sony supplies a set
of rechargeable batteries and a charger with the DSC H2 as standard.
This is a decent little bonus in my eyes. Photos are stored on Memory
Stick Duo cards. With memory built into the camera a memory card
is not supplied with the camera. I was able to take thirteen shots
before the memory was full. Therefore you will need to pick up a
memory card to go with the camera.
Almost all of the major brands offer at least one super zoom digital
camera to compete against the DSC H2. In my view there are few models
around that beat it in terms of all round quality though. When it
comes to price I think it offers good value for money.