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|LCD Size||3.0 Inch|
|Built In Memory||No|
|Battery Life||350 Images|
|Slim Less than 1"||No|
|Dimension||122.9 x 81.3 x 83.2 mm|
DSCH100 Digital Camera
Get up close and personal with the image stabilised powerful 21x optical zoom using premium Sony lens with a 25mm equivalent wide angle that brings distant subjects right up close for the great wide outdoors and travel photos, all in a convenient package that makes use of easily obtainable 'AA' batteries. Coupled with SONY's pioneered 360 degree sweep panorama, the H100 makes shooting great creative images, easy and fun without having to pay a hefty price while lugging along equally hefty pieces of telephoto lenses.Excellent Sony quality and attention to detail makes this high zoom cybershot a great holiday camera to bring along for those sweeping landscape photos and those long shots of far-off views that only a 21x optical zoom lens can capture.
This 16.1 MP shooter resembles an entry-level DSLR thanks to the large lens housing and the bulge for grip. Well, it also feels like one when held. The grip is comfortable because the fingers comfortably curl around the bulge and the textured rubberised finish for both the fingers and thumb lend a sense of confidence while shooting. The bulge for the grip is slightly larger than other megazoom cameras since this camera draws power from four AA batteries. Now, this is an advantage as well as a drawback. You're all good if you have a charger and spare set of rechargeable batteries-so you can continue shooting with the fully-charged extra set if the existing set runs out of juice. Also, it's easy to find AA batteries at the nook and corner of any street. However, four AA batteries add around 100 grams to the camera's weight. At 415 grams with batteries loaded, the H100 is more than twice as heavy as a travel zoom camera. It seems like Sony hasn't gone in with a li-ion battery pack to bring down the cost. The package includes four AA alkaline batteries (non-rechargeable).
The H100 isn't as complicated as it may come across. In fact, the controls are much simpler than what's found on travel zoom cameras-the control panel resembles one found on entry level point-and-shoot, but the buttons are larger and well-spread, which makes menu navigation and changing settings comfortable. The control panel comprises a 5-way D-pad and buttons for playback, Menu and In-camera Guide/Delete. The D-pad has shortcuts for flash settings, self-timer, smile shutter and display info. This clearly explains this camera isn't targeted specifically at pros. It's meant to make taking good photos easy for everyone with the added advantage of a long zoom lens that starts from 25 mm and goes way up to 525 mm, translating to 21x optical zoom. This makes it a breeze to capture larger groups of people and wider area - even wide landscapes - without moving away too far. The lens is mated with optical image stabilisation mechanism to counter handshake and prevent blurry photos, especially at full zoom and in low light. The largest aperture at wide and telephoto ends is f/3.1 and f/5.8 respectively-nothing extraordinary, but it isn't Achilles Heel in low light.
A simple control panel with large and well-spread buttons
The H100 offers six selectable shooting modes via the mode dial - Scene Selection, Intelligent Auto, Program, Manual, Sweep Panorama and Movie. If you want to simply point and shoot without having to tinker with exposure settings, you can use the Scene Selection or Intelligent Auto mode. The former has 11 presets, which includes Soft Skin, Night Portrait, High Sensitivity (shoots in low-light without flash), Pet and Fireworks. Here, you can only change the image size, EV and Face Detection settings. The Face Detection option in the menu can be set to prioritise faces of children and adults. Then there's a setting for smile detection sensitivity that can be set to Slight, Normal or Big smile. On activating smile shutter from the D-pad, the camera automatically shoots when it detects the subject smiling. It's fun and useful for taking self portraits-pose, smile and the camera goes click!
The mode dial offers six shooting modes
The Program and Manual mode are meant for those who want to manually adjust the exposure settings. The Program mode allows adjusting the ISO, white balance and metering. An interesting addition is the set of effect filters, which includes Toy camera, Pop color, Partial color and Soft high-key. The Toy camera filter can be customised to yield green, magenta, blue and sepia hues. The Manual mode should ideally allow the user to tinker with the aperture and shutter speed in addition to all the parameters available in Program mode. Here, the aperture setting is crippled. Instead of allowing to increase or decrease the f-value 1/3-step at time, you can only switch between the smallest and the largest value at the current focal length-for example, f/5.8 and f/16.7 at 525 mm. Thus, you don't have much control over the depth of field, and it also restricts using aperture and shutter speed in combination for the desired exposure.
The Sweep Panorama mode is a common feature of most Sony Cyber-shot cameras. With this mode you can take up to 360 degree panoramas. You simply have to release the shutter and pan the camera-the camera automatically stitches the frames on-the-fly to yield a single panoramic shot. The H100 can shoot videos at up to 720p and you have the optical zoom to play with while shooting videos. There isn't a dedicated button for video recording, so you have to switch to the Movie mode and press the shutter release to initiate or stop video recording.
Compatible Recording Media
STILL IMAGE RECORDING
OPTIONAL ACCESSORY CAPABILITY
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