Sony Announces CyberShot DSC-H55 Digital Camera With 720p HD Video

Sony has today unveiled Sony CyberShot DSC-H55 digital camera, which is equipped with 14.1 Megapixel Sensor and is capable of shooting video in 720p HD besides offering intelligent sweep panorama option.

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Incorporating foldable 25 mm equivalent wide-angle 10X optical zoom SONY G Lens, the new Sony Cybershot DSC-H55 digital camera has 3.0-inch 230 x 400 pixels LCD-ClearPhoto Touchcreen display that offers excellent detail, high contrast and wide viewing angle. The camera also offers 10X optical zoom lens-High quality optics that helps providing crisp, clear images at all zoom settings.

The new Sony CyberShot H55 camera features 14.1 effective megapixel Sony SuperHAD CCD image sensor with RGB color filter array and is equipped with Sony’s BIONZ processor and offer memory card slot supporting both Memory Stick (PRO Duo) and class-four and above SD/SDHC formats.

The camera also features in-camera multi-shot Backlight Correction High Dynamic Range (HDR), that combines highlight and shadow detail of two separate captures into one remarkably natural looking image.

Sony H55 also comes equipped with a innovative Intelligent Sweep Panorama feature which allows easy press-and-sweep motion for capturing panoramic scenes and features special functions like Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur modes that benefit from a high-speed burst of six frames by cutting picture noise by up to 50% for crisp, natural results in low-light conditions.

The Sony CyberShot H55 camera also offers Optical SteadyShot image stabilization which helps reduce blur in photos without compromising image quality and comes with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode that allows shooting more smoother movie clips in unsteady recording conditions by shifting with 10 times the range of the Optical SteadyShot feature at wide end in standard mode to compensate for camera shake.

Sony H55 camera is equipped with back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and features a ultra fast 24mm Sony G F2.4 wide-angle lens, that enables this camera to offer almost most of the capabilities otherwise offered by a larger and expensive H-series DSC-HX1. Besides, both the Exmor sensor and the G lens are of the same quality as in Sony expensive dSLR and prosumer camcorder lines of advanced cameras.

The Sony H55 offers autofocusing to a minimum of just 5-cm at wide angle, or 50 centimeters at telephoto. The camera captures 4:3 aspect ratio images at up to 4,000 x 3,000 pixel resolution, and 16:9 aspect ratio images at up to 4,000 x 2,248 pixels.

Weighing about 120 gms, the new Sony CyberShot H55 digital camera comes with support Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick Duo, PRO Duo, PRO Duo High Speed, or PRO-HG Duo cards, along with the more common Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity cards and it features SteadyShot for reduces blur during handheld shooting, Scene Selection Presets that offers choice of eight scene modes makes it easy to get excellent results under a wide range of conditions, Intelligent Auto feature that automatically adjusts exposure and other settings for optimum results in a wide range of shooting situations.

The Sony H55 cameras  allows HD movie recording in 1280 x 720 @ 30fps and some advance features of the camera includes Face Detection that automatically adjusts focus, exposure and white balance for clearer portraits, Smile Shutter option that automatically fires shutter when subject smiles, and Easy Shooting mode option for a really fuss-free operation for beginners with simplified controls and easy-to-read on-screen instructions.

Sony Cybershot DSC-H55 has a more specialized modes viz the Sweeping Panorama that, unlike other shooters that require you to take several shots, lets users shoot horizontal or vertical panoramas with a single press of the shutter release. In addition, it also offers Anti Motion Blur and Handheld Twilight modes,  which allows quickly capture six images and combine them into one photo with less blur and better detail than otherwise possible with just one shot.

The Sony CyberShot H55 camera will be available in black and silver this April 2010 for about $250.

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