Sony Cyber-shot DSC –H 55.
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I have owned two other cameras in the past. My last Camera, before this one, was a 12 Megapixel. And I thought it, at first to be ALL THAT. This was only because my previous camera had been a four Megapixel. I was so impressed with the increase in the resolution that is all I could see was the ability to crop photos to a better end then I had been able to. After the newness had worn off I began to realize the Cameron was just a lemon. So with this camera, that mistake will not happen again. The (14 Megapixel) of this Sony camera is not that different from my (12 Megapixel) camera that I am replacing. So I will look past the resolution difference with ease.
However the (10 x) zoom lens is NEW. Not only to me, but to all (point and shoot) cameras I have ever seen. Now, the 10 x zoom lens that I am talking about is NOT digital zoom. But rather, purely optical. There is a digital zoom offered in the menus of this camera. But I simply turned this feature off. If I want to do any digital zoom, I’ll do it in Photoshop on my own time.
Other perks include; a battery and charger. The battery is lithium. And knowing that a lithium battery must be conditioned before its true capacity can ever be obtained. And even before the battery had been ‘conditioned’ it was still able to take approximately 400 shots. And of course four or five HRS of me playing around in the menus with the features. And I know from past experience this can be one of the biggest power drains on a camera battery. And this is only the first cycle. I don’t foresee a need in my future to buy a spear battery.
While I am on the subject of batteries, I need to mention. The battery charger is a cute little thing. The part of the plug that actually goes into the wall will fold into the plastic housing. So it is not a burdensome piece of machinery to store. And the whole thing is extremely small. It is only 3”x2”x1”. To me that sounds ridiculously small, and if it were not right here in front of me I might not even believe. But it is true. It will fit in my small camera case, instead of the drawer. I already have enough mess around my room.
Also about batteries, there is a handy little gauge, on the LCD screen, that reports the amount of battery left by a four bar indicator (like a cell phone).
I spoke earlier about the massive zoom lens. But I didn’t even tell how this camera can also take a macro picture up to about 8” at full wide angle (zoom out). The 8” I just spoke could be off a little by + or – an inch. The manual that could tell me for sure is over there in that box, and I am over here. And I’m a lazy person.
I’m really impressed at how small this camera is. It will fit very nicely, with lots of room to spare, in my chest pocket. I do wear a 2X shirt, but there is so much room left over, I bet you could fit this camera in a large size pocket. I haven’t had a chance to test it; I’m just using my best estimate. On outings, being able to tuck this camera away in my pocket will be way awesome. And it is so light weight.
And it weighs very, very little for such a nice camera. I have a cordless optical mouse hooked up to this computer. So by comparing weight, the mouse is the more heavy of the two.
I think I have touched on the biggest topics I can think of at this sitting, but to sum this up. This is the best camera I (personally) have ever owned. This would include 2 other digital cameras (one SLR type & one point and shoot) and a couple ‘film cameras’ 110 and a 35mm SLR my uncle left to me. And after comparing it with all the other ones available at the stores, it IS the best. I compare every time a store has a display, to see if mine is still better. Even some of the ‘better’ SLR types that sell for several hundred dollars, fall short. I would be really upset to see that a little ‘point & shoot’ can beat my $800 ‘SLR type’ camera.
At $225 and $25 3 year extended warranty from Samsclub, I have a new gizmo and I did not break the bank.
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This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Easy Enough for Anyone to Use