In an effort to overtake Canon, Fujifilm and other competition the new Sony CyberShot H50 promises photographs of high quality without having to pay the price of a full-spec DSLR. The H50 captures images of up to 9.1 megapixels using a CCD sensor of 1/2.33 and optical Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar f2.7-4.5 with image stabilization (“Super Steady Shot”) and a zoom lens of 15x (equivalent to 31 – 465mm). This lens is the main weapon of the H50 and Sony is boasting of its “low dispersion” and capacity to “capture clear images of high fidelity”.
Other technical characteristics fo this camera include an ISO of up to 3200 and shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 second, which combined with its continuous 9-point autofocus system allows bursts of up to 100 photographs at 1.6 fps.
The H50 also boasts Automatic Scene selection, a face detection system (up to 8 subjects), video capture with a resolution of up to 640×480 at 30 fps and a 3 inch folding screen LCD (230,000 píxeles).
For storage, the H50 saves to Memory Stick and thereby expands it internal 15 MB. Power supply is by an ion lithium (NP-BG1) battery.
It will be sold as of May with a price of $400.