Sony reveals Cyber-shot DSC-H10 pocket ultra-zoom

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We barely finished reviewing the Cyber-shot DSC-H3 pocket ultra-zoom before word of its replacement came down from Sony. Among today’s announcements, the manufacturer made it known that the new Cyber-shot DSC-H10 would fill the H3’s former spot in Sony’s lineup.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10

The new model comes dressed with same 10x Carl Zeiss zoom lens, long-range flash, and 8.1 megapixel sensor of its predecessor; the only noted physical modification, in fact, is the H10’s move to a 3-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10

Our favorite things about the H3 Super SteadyShot image stabilization, the Advanced Sports Shooting mode, and Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer all make it over to the H10 as well. Interestingly, however, the new model doesn’t appear to have received any of the improve Face Detection technology seen on the more consumer-focused compacts.

Likewise, we were hoping that Sony’s DRO Plus advanced dynamic range optimizer from the SLR series, which appeared on several point-and-shoot models in this batch of releases, would carry into this replacement to help address concerns about the previous generation’s hyper-contrasty images. Maximum ISO remains at 3200, though there’s no word as to whether Sony has updated its controversial noise reduction choices for this model either.

Overall, most reviewers were ambivalent about much of what the H3 had to offer, feeling like it could have been a more powerful camera than it turned out to be. Based, admittedly, on the specs sheet alone, it doesn’t look like much has changed with the migration to the H10.

Look for the new model to go on sale in March, with pricing around $300.

Sony DSC-H10 specifications:

Sensor 8.1 megapixel, 1/2.5″ CCD
Zoom 10x (38-380mm) Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar, f/3.5-4.4
LCD/Viewfinder 3.0″, 230K-pixel Hybrid TFT LCD
Sensitivity ISO 100-3200
Shutter Speed 60-1/2000 seconds
Shooting Modes Auto, Program, Manual, Movie, Scene, High Sensitivity
Scene Presets Soft Snap, Advanced Sports Shooting, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Twilight, Beach, Snow, Fireworks
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, Flash
Metering Modes Multi, Center, Spot
Focus Modes Multi AF, Center AF, Spot AF, five approximate distance AF modes, Macro
Drive Modes Normal, Burst
Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Slow Synchro, Forced Off
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory Formats Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Internal Memory
31 MB
File Formats JPEG, MPEG
Max. Image Size 3264×2448
Max. Video Size
640×480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video No
Battery Rechargeable 960 mAh lithium-ion
Connections USB 2.0, AV output, DC input
Additional Features Face Detection, Super SteadyShot mechanical image stabilization, Red-Eye Reduction, HD shooting modes

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