Suddenly, it seems that compact, inexpensive megazooms without an eye-level viewfinder are all the rage. Canon just announced its first foray at the $300 price point, the PowerShot SX100, and now Sony follows suit with the Cyber-shot DSC-H3.
The H3 will offer the usual set of buzzword features, including face detection and HD downconversion for correct-aspect HDTV output.
Sony rated performance specs:
- Startup: 1.8 secs
- Shutter lag: 0.3 secs
- Shot to shot: 1.3 secs
- Burst: 2fps
- Battery life: 330 shot
|Canon SX100 IS||Sony DSC-H3||Sony DSC-H7|
|Resolution||8 megapixels||8 megapixels||8 megapixels|
|Lens||f/2.8-4.3 36mm-360mm (10X)||f/3.5-4.4, 38-380mm (10X)||f/2.7-4.5 31-465 mm-equivalent (15X)|
|LCD size||2.5 inches||2.5 inches||2.5 inches|
|Power||2 AA batteries||Proprietary lithium ion||Proprietary lithium ion|
As I mentioned in my dicussion of the SX100, it's not clear who this camera is for; competitors like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8, Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS and even the last-generation Canon PowerShot S3 IS offer a much better feature set for the price. The H3 will be available in silver or black when it ships in early September.