Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10 review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10

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The Good Capable of excellent photos outdoors in good light; compact and comfortable.

The Bad No semimanual exposure modes; lens distortion; no zooming during movie capture; poor high-ISO noise profile; so-so auto white balance indoors.

The Bottom Line The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10 is a decent budget megazoom that can deliver very nice outdoor shots, but its photo quality falls short in other respects.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 7
  • Image quality 7

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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