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Old Jan 17, 2010, 11:36 AM   #1
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hi everyone ,i am new here and i come with a question.
i am partial to sony cameras and i love them ,that being said i am again looking at a sony camera purchase .
i am looking at the sony dsc h20 because it has hd capability.
does the h50 have this?i dont think it does.

i like to do my research befor i buy so help me out here .
which current sony cameras offer hd and do videos too?i just started looking and i am looking at the h20 as of now .

maybe if i tell you what my main uses will be you can help me make a good choice .



mainly it would be my ebay camera and forum picture posting camera.
most times my resolution will be 640by480 for forum posting and ebay pictures.
i would like to have hd for future you tube video posting and things like that .
this will also be my family event camera for parades/xmas..ect..ect....

how fast can this h20 take pictures?
my current camera(fd200..i know,i know..lol)has a small wait time between pics.

i have read good things about the h20 .
what other sony digitals offer hd ?

thanks guys/gals.

i love sony cameras so probably no other will do.they do great closeups.


ps-i would like to stay with memory stick media
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Old Jan 17, 2010, 12:03 PM   #2
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you are right the H50 only does VGA video.

I really think the H20 will be a great choice. it offers a nice zoom, great image quality, adjustable flash output, and can do nice HD video with zoom during recording.
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Old Jan 17, 2010, 12:13 PM   #3
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thanks .....i been watching some vids on youtube taken with a h20 and they all look great.i think this will be my next camera choice .but keep the reviews coming .thanks
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Hi there, John-

Welcome to the Forum. We're glad you dropped by.

You are correct, the Sony H-20 is the standout in its class it has the best automatic mode and the best built-in flash unit. It is the very first Sony, P+S to do HD video and you can zoom while filming. The video is 720p, so the quality is high.

For your E-Bay work the H-20 can focus down to 2 cm with ease and the flash will brilliantly reduce itself for close-up and then extend out to whopping 23 feet of flash range. Flash range is defined as the distance, measured in feet, from the camera to the subject. So the H-20 will handle family events and groups with ease. That is saying a lot, because certain Panasonic cameras only have a maximum 6 foot flash range.

Color and contrast are great and, as I mentioned previously, the H-20 has the best automatic mode in its class. That allows you to feel safe if you are handing the camera off to less experienced folks to snap a family photo.

Of course the H-20 has all of the scene modes, face detection and the like. It is currently selling on the internet for between $235.00 and $250.00. It is a very safe choice and you can be assured of a quality camera build, excellent Zeiss formula lens, and very good image quality. By the way the H-50 does not have HD video.

Have a great day.

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hi sarah ,glad you jumped in here .after a few quick reads it was apparent you are the go to person for camera questions.

i am pretty sold on this camera as i am partial to sony cameras having been thru thier whole fd line of cameras.
i still use my fd200 on mem stick mode to this day for ebay and closeups.
i will sell this great camera when i buy a new one .

hey sarah,i see on ebay that there are non US sony cameras??how can i be assured i am getting a US made camera?
how can you tell?by the box?
thanks
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You can be assured of a full U.S. guarantee by buying from an authorized dealer or through Sony Style.

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Old Jan 17, 2010, 4:13 PM   #7
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hhmmmm probably going buy online with paypal and ebay .i am a power seller and a pretty good shopper so i,ll ask the right questions.

for kicks i stopped by the best buy today and looked at the camera .
the salesman broke out 3 pictures taken by 3 different cameras and i must say the picture taken by A CANON..was magnificent.

now had they taken the same picture with each camera it might have gave it more validity.the canon picture was a much more lit area of the store .

these were instore pictures printed on a store pic printer.
the canon sx120 picture was outstanding .

but i am a sony guy ,the canon was not hd either.

they did have other slim style cameras that do hd video but i like a camera with some beef to it .

i still like the sony and its features.

is there a camera sale section here?i didnt see one.
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john-

No there is no camera sale (used) section on the Forum. In the front as you transition from the Main Menu to the Forums, there is a Best Buy section.

Have a great day.

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i asked a ebay seller about the origin of thier camera .thier reply was made in japan .

so there is in fact made in japan and made in usa sony dsc h20`s?

best buy has them for 239.00 guess i,d be getting a usa made there eh?
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i been watching some hd videos made by the sony hx-1 and they are mighty impressive .
one thing i notice right off the bat is that the hx-1 does not have the zoom noise you hear in the h20 when zooming while filming.

does the hx-1 use the same battery as my mavicas?np-f550?
i am going to research this camera more .i like the fact there is no motor noise during zooming like the h20 has .

and the hdmi output is in a more user friendly place on the hx 1 too.

decisions,decisions.....more read time .catch ya`ll soon.

lets discuss this.
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