Price When Reviewed: 340
Pros: Boasts solid build quality, 12x zoom, Steady Shot image stabilization, and an impressive feature set.
Cons: Limit of 1/1,000 shutter speed.
Sony’s Cybershot H1 is clearly going after the same buyers targeted by Panasonic’s FZ5 (reviewed here), another camera released at around the same time. Both are styled like an SLR, and both feature two-piece clip-on lens hoods, image stabilization, 12x optical zoom lenses and 5mp sensors. Both tout a full set of photographic controls in addition to basic point-&-shoot and scene modes to appeal to photographers looking for more control. Finally, both hit roughly the same price point.