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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10

>> Friday, December 26, 2008

For the Cyber-shot DSC-H10 budget megazoom camera, Sony didn't change much from its predecessor, the Cyber-shot DSC-H3. Only its 230,000 pixel 3 inch LCD is new, compared with the 115,000 pixel, 2.5 inch version on the H3. Given the lack of an electronic viewfinder, that's a nontrivial enhancement, but pretty much the only one.

At 10.3 ounces with battery and Memory Stick Duo Pro card, the H10 is one of the lighter megazooms, and as compact as any of them.

Still, I found it relatively comfortable to hold and use. The grip is a tad shallow, which make may it uncomfortable for users with larger hands.

A mode dial on top lets you choose from the various exposure modes program auto, full auto, and manual as well as the H10's handful of scene modes and movie mode.

The center control button in the manual, Sony doesn't give it a name, just an iconic representation sticks up a bit high, making it somewhat difficult to navigate without accidentally pressing it. Additionally, the Home and Menu buttons are flatter than I find comfortable. One of my chronic gripes with Sony's menu system is that it doesn't wrap once you've scrolled all the way to the end, it doesn't take you back to the beginning. You've got to scroll all the way back again.


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