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Sony launch Cyber-shot H1 - 12x Optical Zoom digital still camera with Super Steady Shot
The Sony Cyber-shot H1 uses an enhanced Super HAD CCD to deliver a 5.1 effective Megapixel resolution, working in tandem with the Sony Real Imaging Processor to produce high-resolution, high quality images. The outstanding feature of this model is the 12x Optical Zoom lens with Sony Super Steady Shot, ideal for keeping objects in pin sharp focus as you frame and zoom in to your shot. This lens gives a focal length of 36-432mm (35mm conversion) at F2.8-3.7, while also offering a 2cm Macro shooting facility for close-up work. A substantial 24x Precision Digital Zoom supplements the Optical Zoom, as well as a Smart Zoom facility that allows 48x shooting in VGA mode. In addition, the high zoom ratio benefits from the years of experience Sony has in image stabilisation technology, Super Steady Shot. This highly effective feature ensures that your photographs will not be blurred due to 'hand-shake' or from encountering similar small vibrations during shooting.
The Cyber-shot H1 features a large and bright high quality 2.5-inch LCD screen (115K pixel) for viewing images, allowing access to menu options and framing the shots - an electronic viewfinder is also featured.
The camera offers a substantial amount of flexible and creative shooting features including program auto, shutter speed and aperture priority exposure modes as well as fully manual and fully automatic exposure control. In addition options such as Flexible Spot and Continuous AF, or Multi Pattern, Spot and Centre-weighted Light Metering lift the Cyber-shot H1 above the ordinary feature set of a consumer digital camera. Other options include a Histogram display, Auto Exposure Bracketing, Multi Burst shooting and settings for ISO and Sharpness, Contrast and Saturation levels.
For ease of use the Cyber-shot H1 has seven Scene Selection modes that are specially preset for such environments as candle light, twilight, shooting landscapes and at the beach, or can be used for occasions demanding a high-speed shutter. For added usability, a new animated and enlarged icon feature is activated whenever the user changes the Macro, Flash or Self-Timer settings. The camera also features an AF Illuminator that aids auto-focusing in low-light situations.
The Cyber-shot H1 supports Sony Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO, as well as 32MB of internal memory. When equipped with Sony Memory Stick PRO, the Cyber-shot H1 is also capable of recording high quality VGA video in the high-resolution MPEG Movie VX Fine (640x480, 30 frames per second).
The Cyber-shot H1 features Hi-Speed USB 2.0 to quickly transfer images to a compatible PC for editing, where users can take advantage of the software supplied with the camera. It also features the PictBridge** interface, which allows direct connection to a compatible PictBridge** printer, outputting images without any need for a PC.
About the Real Imaging Processor and STAMINA
Sony's STAMINA power management technology allows up to an impressive 290* shots to be taken on the Cyber-shot H1 with one charge of the optional NiMH (2500mAh) batteries. The camera can also sustain a respectable 260* shots using the two supplied NiMH (2100mAh) rechargeable batteries. The Real Imaging Processor, designed by Sony to control operations on its Cyber-shot range of cameras, also contributes to the energy efficiency for the Cyber-shot H1. It also reduces the playback and shooting interval, and improves the shutter and release time lag enabling faster shooting. Among the other enhancements offered by this chip are more accurate colour reproduction, improved auto focus performance and a greater signal to noise ratio for clearer images, as well as enhanced auto white balance and auto exposure.
About the Cyber-shot Accessories
Supplied accessories for the Cyber-shot H1 include two NH-AA-DA rechargeable batteries and charger, a lens hood, lens adaptor ring, shoulder strap, AV and USB 2.0 cables, and a software CD containing Sony Picture Package, ImageMixer and USB Drivers.
- 12x Optical Zoom, up to 48x Smart Zoom, 24x Precision Digital Zoom
- Super Steady Shot (optical image stabiliser)
- Large 2.5" LCD
- 5.1 effective Megapixel
- Stamina Battery Life (approx 260 shots*)
- Real Imaging Processor
- Manual Exposure Setting
- Rechargeable Batteries & Charger included
- MPEG VX Fine with Audio
- AF Illuminator
- Histogram Indication
- USB 2.0 High Speed Transfer
- Scene Selection Mode (7)
- Internal Memory 32MB
- PictBridge** Compatible
* Initial, tentative figures. The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard (CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association).
** PictBridge is a trademark
Subject to errors and technical changes.
The Cyber-shot H1 will ship throughout Europe at the end of June 2005.