The H100 performed fairly well in our indoor and outdoor tests. We noticed that the images were slightly overexposed and lacked contrast when shooting in broad daylight. The EV had to be stepped down to get optimal exposure. Also, even at the lowest ISO, the results were a bit grainy. So you can imagine what you would get in low light with the ISO boosted. The ISO ranges from 80 to 3200, but we recommend not going beyond ISO 400, unless the lighting is too low—use the Program mode with the flash active, tinker with the EV and metering, and you won’t need to go beyond ISO 400.
Shooting is more fun with the Effect Filters enabled, but you cannot use it all the time. It depends on the type of the scene and the subject you’re shooting. However, you can get really good looking results without having to post-process.
Washed out images with poor contrast in broad daylight
Shot using Toy Camera mode with Magenta Hue
The quality of video recording was good. The picture looked nice and the panning was smooth; however, the camera struggled at times to maintain focus, especially while zooming. The image stabilisation works quite well while shooting videos. The videos weren’t too shaky even at full zoom. On the whole, the performance was just above average.
Verdict and price in India
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H100 is priced at Rs 12,990. In this price range, it has one of the highest zoom ratios. That’s it, nothing more—it would have been better if Sony had designed it like the DSC-H90, which is a travel compact that weighs less than half, packs almost the same feature set and uses a li-ion battery. The H100 is nothing but a bloated point-and-shoot with a 21x zoom lens and a crippled manual mode. We say, extend your budget to Rs 16,000 and you will have much better options to choose from such as Fujifilm F660EXR and Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25.
Updated 22 May, 2013, 9:27 pm IST
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