gw105
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Sony DSC-H50

Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:12 pm

Hello, I am still looking for a decent P&S camera to do some spotting, and I have been looking towards the new Sony DSC-H50. I was wondering if anybody here has any knowledge or experience with this camera, and what their opinions about it are? Do you suppose this camera is capable of Anet quality shots?? I am debating between this and the Canon S5 IS.

Here is a link:

http://www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/ser...avigationPath=n32090n100454n100450
 
othic
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:21 pm

IMO it is crap the focus is slow and the quality of photos are not so good either
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gw105
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:11 pm

Really? That is quite odd, because most of the reviews I have read, of the limited ones available, say the opposite! Are you sure your unit is not defective?
 
gw105
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:56 am

There is a review on Steves Digicams, and it seems positive, but I don't see one at all on dpreview... most of the user reviews are positive. I know they are fairly new, but someone here must have or have used one?
 
ZootSuit
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:17 pm

I looked at this model when shopping for something in this range. It has both optical and electronic image stabilization and 15x zoom is nice though. I went to Ritz Camera and held one though, and that made me not want one. The camera is very light and that made it seem very cheaply made to me. The adapter/hood arrangement is very good on Sony models like you are considering, but that one reason is not enough for me to choose it. The ISO 3200 is a moot point because your pictures will turn out grainy.

I ended up with the S5 (seems that a lot of people here have this model, yay Canon!). The LCD screen doesn't just angle, it swivels out to a variety of different positions. There are a good amount of buttons on the outside so you don't have to search through menus for what you want. One button can be customized to one of a few settings depending on your needs. There is also a custom shooting mode where you can save your most common settings and always go to this mode. None of the buttons are in the way of your hands when shooting. The battery compartment door is a bit difficult to close because of the AA's, and you can't change a memory card with the power on. Rechargeable AA's are cheap though, much cheaper than an extra battery for the Sony, which can run you $50US. I have 2 sets of Duracell 15-minute rechargeables, and I have gotten 500+ shots from one set. So in about 30 minutes, I'll have enough batteries charged from nil for 1000+ shots, where your single Sony battery will still be on the wall.

I am quite surprised at the popularity of the S5 on this site, but I think it just goes to show how good it is.
 
gw105
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:25 am

Thanks ZootSuit for your reply. I went to the store and held the Sony, and I see what you mean about the feel of it... poor quality. I ended up purchasing the S5 IS anyway.
I'm hoping I'll be able to get some shots on here with it, although I doubt I will for a while judging by some of the pictures I've seen that have been rejected!
Do you have any tips about getting the best pictures possible from the S5?
 
jj8080
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:55 am

Guys I'm also considering of getting one of the two cameras, and what most worries me is the zoom. Is 15x optical zoom enought for plane spotting? How many mm 15x means?

Thanks
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iamlucky13
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:17 am

The Canon has a 36-430 mm equivalent lens:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/canon_s5is.asp

The Sony has a 31-465 mm equivalent lens:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sony/sonydsch50.asp

That much zoom is more than ample for most spotting needs, and more importantly, you can't get lenses much longer than that on a point-and-shoot.
 
ZootSuit
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:03 pm



Quoting Gw105 (Reply 5):
Do you have any tips about getting the best pictures possible from the S5?

Don't use the automatic setting. If anything, always keep it on program (P). Always keep the ISO low. The S5 has a minimum of ISO80, and I get great pictures without grain on this setting. If you need a higher ISO, you can go to 100 or 200, but any more than that and the pictures start to turn out grainy. You can also use the aperture or shutter priority modes (Av or Tv respectively). I normally don't, but if you go to your airport and just dry different settings as airplanes depart/arrive, I'm sure you'll find the best ones to use.
 
jj8080
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:38 pm



Quoting Iamlucky13 (Reply 7):
The Canon has a 36-430 mm equivalent lens:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/canon_s5is.asp

The Sony has a 31-465 mm equivalent lens:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sony/sonydsch50.asp

That much zoom is more than ample for most spotting needs, and more importantly, you can't get lenses much longer than that on a point-and-shoot.

Thank you very much....
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charlietj
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Sun Aug 24, 2008 10:02 pm

God bless this post!

I was 1 click away from getting the SONY H50. Instead of the S5 IS

I can't wait for my CANON to get home, thanks for the tips!

 Big grin
 
legoguy
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:22 pm

It's probably too late however whenever I was searching the market for a high range point and shoot camera, I searched Flickr and A.net for pictures taken with the point and shoot cameras. It gave me an idea of the quality to expect from the camera. In the end I choose the Panasonic DMC FZ18, which has a decent x18 zoom. I'm still waiting for a sunny day to use it at the airport  Sad
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ZootSuit
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:33 pm



Quoting Legoguy (Reply 11):
I'm still waiting for a sunny day to use it at the airport

Your shots look good so far. I'll hope you get a sunny day!
 
gabriel3630
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RE: Sony DSC-H50

Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:15 am

Hello,

I don't known the canon, but I know the DSC-H50.
The Sony have many things interesting, but the quality of image is not very good, the main problem is the noise. Even if you use ISO 80, F8 and right focus or any thing you do the noise is always there, even if you use the

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