Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55: Conclusions

by Howard Creech Reads (1,022)
Editor's Rating
7.25

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.25
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

CONCLUSIONS
In my opinion, the H55 is a little pricey, but I liked it and I had fun shooting with it. Overall, the H55 did a good job for me and with the exception of its abysmal shot-to-shot times I have no major complaints about the camera. The H55 is obviously targeted toward photo enthusiasts rather than casual photographers and that presents something of a quandary.

A 14 megapixel point-and-shoot with a manual exposure mode and a 10x zoom should be capable of capturing near pro quality images – and the H55 delivers excellent image quality and colors that remind me of classic Kodachrome slide film, but a 2.5 to 3.5 second shot-to-shot time isn’t conducive to capturing the decisive moment. As it is, the Sony Cyber-shot H55 would be an almost ideal choice to replace an aging first digital camera, an excellent choice as a family camera, and a very good choice for travelers who want a small, lightweight, easy to use digicam, but I don’t believe it is a good choice for photo enthusiasts.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Compact 
  • First rate optics 
  • Excellent image quality 
  • Very good feature set

Cons:

  • Slow – especially shot to shot
  • No optical viewfinder 
  • Battery life could be better 
  • Pricey


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