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Sony Cyber SHOT DSC H3B

alaTest has collected and analyzed 425 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the zoom and image quality. The performance and portability also get good opinions. Views about the storage and focus are mixed. Some have doubts about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, performance, image quality, zoom

viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber SHOT DSC H3B is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 review

 

The H3 is small and light for an ultra-zoom camera, so it's good for times when a bulkier camera would be impractical.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H3 Digital Camera Review

 

If you are looking for an ultra-compact digital camera but don't want to compromise on the features, technology or price, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H3 is ideal. With an 8.1 effective megapixel resolution and powerful 10x optical zoom, this digital camera...

high-quality 10x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. Intended to be the replacement for the Sony H3, however, there are just a few subtle changes – perhaps driven by the fact that the H3 was launched [...]

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Claire Gillo (digicambuyer.co.uk)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3

 

A superzoom with HD output - whats the catch?

The H3 has its flaws but its a viable option for those shopping on a budget.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by (cameras.co.uk)

Sony DSC H3

 

The Sony DSC H3 is one of the more compact super zoom digital cameras. This model has 8 megapixels and a 10x zoom lens. Picture quality is very good and it also has one of the lowest shutter delay times. Recommended.

Picture quality - fast shutter lag times - build quality - design

Hard to say

"Picture quality, build quality and shutter delay times are all very impressive. I really enjoyed testing this camera and would be happy to own one. It is smaller than most super zoom models and sells for a reasonable price. Recommended"

Dec, 2007

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Sony DSC-H3

 

Despite its name, the H3 has no bearing on the über-camera from medium format gurus, Hasselblad. It is in fact a clipped version of the H7 giving the same 8Mp resolution with a slightly smaller 10x optical zoom and creative control.

Great lens; Good build; 2cm Macro feature

Divided menu

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 is a great ultra-zoom camera. Its compact build makes it ideal for travellers and it has a boatload of features along with capturing some fairly good shots.

10x zoom, slim build, lots of features, nice colour balance, fast

Noisy shots above ISO 200, pictures a touch soft

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Lars Rehm (dpreview.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3

 

The Cyber-shot DSC-H3 was first announced back in August 2007 and is the latest addition to Sony's High Zoom range of compact cameras - and something of a departure (previous models were all considerably larger 'SLR-style' affairs). This 'baby-brother'...

Reliable 'point and shoot' performance ; Good image quality in good light; bright, sharp images with immediate 'consumer friendly' appeal ; Powerful flash ; Efficient image stabilization ; Very good zoom range (although no real wide angle) ; Compact...

No real wide angle ; Manual mode only offers 2 F-stop settings ; Slow, unreliable focus in low light ; Ugly, bulky lens hood (although you don't have to use it) ; Mediocre build quality ; Only basic external controls ; Longwinded menu structure ;...

I must admit I wasn't that impressed when I first held the Sony H3 in my hands. It looks like a toy camera and the build quality did not inspire my confidence either. In the three weeks or so that I have now used and tested the H3 I have had to...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (cnet.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 review

 

If you're reading this, then you probably already know that there are a lot of different kinds of cameras in the world. This year, we saw the birth of a new variation with the advent of superzooms that don't have electronic viewfinders, such as the...

Has 10x optical zoom lens; small size; optical image stabilization; face detection.

Noisy images at higher ISOs; no place to put your thumb.

If you don't like electronic viewfinders, but want a superzoom, this Sony packs a 10x zoom lens and 8 megapixels into a tiny package, but image quality at higher ISOs is a bit lacking.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (cnet.com.au)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3

 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3

Has 10x optical zoom lens; small size; optical image stabilization; face detection.

Noisy images at higher ISOs; no place to put your thumb.

If you don't like electronic viewfinders, but want a superzoom, this Sony packs a 10x zoom lens and 8 megapixels into a tiny package, but image quality at higher ISOs is a bit lacking.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Mike Pasini (imaging-resource.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

The Sony DSC-H3 is the latest addition to the company's Cyber-shot H-series, forming a new entry point to the line beneath the existing DSC-H7 and DSC-H9 models

10x zoom in a compact package at an affordable price ; Advanced Sports mode combines faster shutter speed with continuous and predictive autofocus ; Bionz processor holds details in shadows and highlights ; SteadyShot optical image stabilization ;...

No Aperture or Shutter Priority modes ; No HD output cable included ; Slow flash recycle time ; Lack of detail in high ISO images ; Menu system is confusing ; Slow AF at telephoto ; Focus seeks a lot in low light ; Chromatic aberration is strong at...

The Sony H3 combines eight megapixel resolution with a 2.5-inch LCD display and a powerful Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded 10x optical zoom lens, offering a range from a rather tight 38mm wide-angle to a very useful 380mm telephoto. As with previous...

Nov, 2007

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