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.
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