Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 is definitely a good choice for budget conscious users. It performs fairly well in generally all the aspects of basic casual photography and can be easily said to be stripped down version of it’s higher end cousin, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V. Equipped with 16x optical zoom and high resolution 3 inch LCD, its a smart choice indeed. Lets take a deeper look into it’s distinctive features and find out what is most appealing and valuable.
Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90
Appearance and Measurements
The camera has dimensions of 104.7mm x 59.7mm x 33.8mm and weighs around 222 gm with battery and memory card inclusive.
The camera comes in 3 colors i.e. black, silver and red and typically does not have a viewfinder window in it’s body. This camera comes under the category of “High Zoom Digital Camera” since it has 64x of digital zoom and 16x optical zoom.
The camera supports Sony’s Smart Zoom Technology and is equipped with 35 mm focal length. DSC-H90 is equipped with MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot for any kind of memory extension.
One distinguishing feature of camera is Panorama Still Image support up to 360 degrees. What that means is that in Panorama shooting mode, user can take snap of visually long objects by just sweeping the camera along. It supports aspect ratio of 16:9 as well as 4:3.
Connectivity and other features
The camera indeed supports USB 2.0 for high-speed data transfer to PC, Laptop or any other devices. The underlying BIONZ processor is fast enough to handle all the camera activities efficiently. ISO support is from Auto to 3200 at the max.
Also there are several innovative AF (Auto Focus) modes such as Multi Point AF, Spot AF, Face Tracking Focus etc.
DSC-H90 supports HD video mode at 1,280×720/30fps for fine quality movie shots. Unlike its higher end cousin, this camera supports mono audio and not stereo. Audio format supported is MP3. As mentioned, it is equipped with 460K dots 3.0 inch Clear Photo LCD for subject viewing, playback, etc.
To adjust the LCD brightness according to the users preference, 5 brightness modes are provided varying from bright (for outdoors) to dark (for battery saving or low illuminated indoors). The supported Flash modes are Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro and Flash Off for user to select and shoot.
Price and availability
The camera is available at various online as well as other stores at around $150. You can get it at lesser price too, if its on sale.
Performance of DSC-H90 is fair enough for casual photography as lots of easy to use options are provided for the user. The price of camera is reasonable and within reach. The only drawback that has been noticed is decrease in picture quality above ISO 200 shooting modes. Other feedback is that it’s a bit sluggish sometimes due to limited processor speed.
On the other hand 360 degrees Sweep Panorama feature, ease of use and within budget for most people are positive points for this camera. With no major noticeable disadvantages, the camera is a must buy for amateur photographers as well as budding professionals!