Featuring a Sony 6-72mm f2.


July 30, 2005: Sony has joined the “long zoom” manufacturers’ club with the release of its Cyber-shot DSCH1 model.
Featuring a Sony 6-72mm f2.8-3.7 lens with an equivalent focal length of 36-432mm in 35mm format, the new model comes with Super SteadyShot optical image stabilisation and has an SLR-like body design and handling. The H1 also sports a 5.34 x 4.01mm Super HAD CCD sensor with 5.1 effective megapixels plus Sony’s Real Imaging Processor and 14-bit DXP processor technologies. Other key features include a 2.5-inch LCD screen, pop-up flash, and MPEG Movie VX Fine video capture capabilities. The electronic viewfinder shows the subject as it will be recorded and a live histogram display allows users to check exposure levels. The camera comes with 32 MB of internal memory plus a slot for Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro media.
Exposure modes include the expected P, A, S and M settings plus seven scene modes and sepia and B&W settings. Shutter speeds range from 1/8 second to 1/2000 second in auto mode, with an extension to one second in P mode, 8 seconds in S mode and 30 seconds with manual exposure. Multi-pattern, centre-weighted and spot metering are provided.
Video clips can be recorded in MPEG VX format, with the Fine setting capturing VGA at 30 fps but requiring use of Memory Stick Pro media. With the standard setting and memory card the top frame rate is 16.6 fps. The burst mode captures nine high-resolution shots at 0.8 second intervals. The H1 is supplied with two AA NiMH batteries, which should supply enough power to capture approximately 290 shots. Its RRP is $899.
For more information, go to www.sony.com.au and click on Digital Imaging in the Products dropdown menu.