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Old Aug 16, 2007, 9:30 AM   #1
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Just found this new Sony DSC-H3, 8 megapixal,10x optical zoom:

http://www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/ser...ductId=1004281

LENS
Lens Construction: 10 elements in 9 groups (including asperic elements)
Optical Zoom: 10x
Precision Digital Zoom: Approx. 20x
Smart Zoom: 5Mega:Approx.12x, 3Mega:Approx.15x, VGA:Approx.51x, 16:9:Approx.17x )
F: 3.5-4.4
Focal Length f= (35mm conversion): 6.3-63.0mm( 38-380mm )
Focusing Range:
AF: Approx.50cm to Infinity, T:Approx.90cm to Infinity
Macro AF: Approx.2cm to Infinity, T:Approx.90cm to Infinity
Filter Diameter: 58mm (with Adapter Ring)
Conversion Lens Compatibility (with Adapter Ring): Wide:VCL-DH0758, Tele:VCL-DH1758, Closeup:VCL-M3358
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens

IMAGE SENSOR
Sensor Type: Super HAD™ CCD
Size: 1/2.5" Type (7.18mm)
Gross Pixels: Approx. 8,286K pixels
Interlace Scan System
Primary Colour Filter
Effective Pixels: Approx. 8,083K pixels

The DSC-H3 has no aperture/shutter priority, butdoes have manual, alsotheadapter ring takes 58mm filters. As this is a new lens will be interesting to see the image quality.













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Old Aug 16, 2007, 12:04 PM   #2
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I am glad to see Sony doing something. However, ISO 3200 on a very small CCD can get scary. I guess we have to wait to see some reviews of the camera.

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Old Aug 16, 2007, 12:49 PM   #3
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Agree, I would not get too excited about this latest Sony H camera, it looks like it is to be marketed against the Panasonic TZ3, also with no aperture/shutter priority, camera enthustiasts on camera forums like herewould not show much interest.

However maybe the new lens might be very good and the camera can be used in manual for those that know how, but we are still confronted with 8.1 megapixels on the small 1/2.5" sensor.
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Old Aug 16, 2007, 1:02 PM   #4
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You see the problem exactly. Sony really needs to hit the streets with an ultrazoomcamera that is at least competitive with the Canon S-5. If they do not,camera enthustiasts will continue to walk awy from the Sony brand.

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I will stick with the cameras I have now.
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Eeeek! there is also no EVF or optical viewfinder, funny H series camera this one.


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Hi All,

With these one sentence assertions about Sony and the H9 I believe a re-visit to a Reality Check is in order:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=572423&forum_id=28

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You see the problem exactly. Sony really needs to hit the streets with an ultrazoomcamera that is at least competitive with the Canon S-5. If they do not,camera enthustiasts will continue to walk awy from the Sony brand.

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I don't think Sonys sales are hurting at all, Sony has a big following on their cameras. There are very few people I know that don't own them. Only reason why I didn't buy a Sony DSLR instead of my Canon is the Sony body didn't fit my hands good and I like the controls of the Canon better. But in order for me to get another camera now one of mine would have to break first.
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Fully agree with you Cyberf828, I would doubt anymore than 2-3% of people if that look at camera review sites and and are at the mercy of the camera salesman whatever he is pushing at the time.
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I take review sites with a grain of salt all due to me doing my own reviews of the camera I am about to buy. Where I am the stores allow you to buy them and try them out and if you are unsatisfied you can take them back with 100% refund. All but one camera and it was the Canon 30d I had to use a friends due to nobody having them in stock.:roll:
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