by R. K. Bloom

Fair fight: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 vs Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

Fair fight: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 vs Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

The market of digital photography is so saturated that the producers did not even know what interest the potential buyer. But despite this, still come up and release more new models. More and more devices are in vogue, “all in one (all-in-one). But often these devices work well the main function (be it a camera or mobile phone), but more markedly so far behind. The vast majority of novice amateur photographers want to have a machine that would do everything for them. Because of this, is to simplify the model range of digital cameras.

More advanced users are more demanding of their potential mate. Thus, the camera noticeably reduced in size, but their filling is the same or slightly better. More recently, the presence of more than six times optical zoom was available in the chambers with dimensions comparable to the mirror devices. Now it is in the past. In cameras with a very modest size appeared 10x magnification.

Our todays review – just the two of these cameras.

Description of models

Both cameras are presented in this review are made of composite materials.

Housing Sony DSC-H3 along with a plastic frame and includes some elements made of aluminum. Sanon SX100 IS, by contrast, is almost entirely made up of plastic materials. But it does not worsen the quality of the assembly.

The color scheme of the camera body is reduced to two basic colors – black and silver.

With regard to the availability of megapixel cameras then they are the same – 8 MP at the size of the matrix is ??2.5. Type of the matrix of the camera Sony DSC-H3 – Super HAD CCD Processor BIONZ.

Canon SX100 IS is equipped with a DIGIC III processor with iSAPS technology for CCD-sensor.

Canon SX-100 IS has a more flattened shape of the body with a barely noticeable marked tongs handle the camera. At Sony DSC-H3 is more accentuated, but it occupies only 80% of the right front of the case. Both cameras are very conveniently located in the right hand, but still advise not to forget the seatbelt carriers for reliability.

What is the one that other camera have a very modest compact with respect to their abilities: Sony DSC-H3 – 106×68, 5×47, 5 mm and weighs 380g, Canon SX100 IS – 108×71, 4×43, 7 mm with a weight of 266 was

Slightly more than half of the front panel Sony DSC-H3 is mine is a zoom lens. Beside her on the left side there is a window display backlight autofocus be seen on the right microphone. 80% of the right side of the handle body is holding the camera.

The front of the camera is Canon SX100 IS is almost completely identical. In the middle, slightly shifting to the left, is a lens on it, on the left side, can see the LED light beam autofocus. And right there is a built-in microphone. The handle tongs camera, in contrast, occupies the entire right side of the shell.

A long and fruitful collaboration of Sony and Carl Zeiss can not affect the external appearance of their cells. As usual, another brainchild of the Sony lens is equipped with a Carl Zeiss. Model DSC-H3 is decorated with an elegant lens – Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3,5 – 4,4 / 6,3 – 63 with 10x optical zoom (38 – 380 mm equivalent in 35mm cameras). In addition to the optical approximation, the camera also makes it possible to use digital zoom. In the smart zoom can zoom in 51 times.

In this regard, Canon with no one working and she is developing models for their lenses. The parameters of the lens, frankly, somewhat better than its competitor – CANON ZOOM LENS 10x IS 6,0 – 60,0 mm 1:2.8 – 4.3 (36 – 360 mm equivalent in 35mm cameras). The combination of digital and optical zooms you can achieve 40x approximation.

A nice feature is the presence of both cameras image stabilization system.

At Sony DSC-H3 has a stabilizing system – Super SteadyShot, which is complemented by a choice of high sensitivity up to 3200 (REI).

In addition to the standard optical system (IS), in-camera Canon SX100 IS provides for the possibility of placing more value ISO (Higt ISO Auto). For this purpose, the camera adds a special feature – Auto ISO Shift. Also, the sensitivity of the parameters can be set manually.

A notable difference that distinguishes the unit Sony DSC-H3 against its competitor, it is included in the delivery blend, which is very useful when shooting in backlit.

Built-in flash in the camera Sony DSC-H3 is strictly above the lens in a special compartment of the emerging and has the following parameters: In the wide-angle lens radius of the outbreak range from 0.2 m to 7 m at tele – 0.9 – 5.6 m . rise and trigger the flash is done automatically or by using the settings in manual mode.

Camera Canon SX-100 IS also features a built-in flash, which is located in the upper part of the hull above the mine is strictly objective. The radius of the outbreak of more modest than the opponent and reduces to 0.5 – 3 m in wide angle and 0.5 – 2 m – in the tele. Raise the flash manually by the user performs, while it is possible to set up three levels of flash output. In addition, the camera can be connected to an external high-power flash Canon HF-DC1.

On the top panel Sony DSC-H3 are located some controls. Thus, the right hand side there are: on / off button the camera shutter key and the movie selection of shooting modes.

The upper panel of the camera Canon SX100 IS has a few important components, coordinated in the right part. There is a video control shooting modes, on / off button camera (ON / OFF) and the shutter release button, which is located in the frame control zoom. The left side of the top panel has a built-in speaker.

On the left side of the Sony DSC-H3 is present only a carabiner to attach the belt carrying the camera.

At Canon SX100 IS, in contrast to the competitor, on the left side of a slot for batteries, plastic cap in disguise. The battery is responsible for the specification of the date of the unit.

Connectors to connect the camera to a computer, television and network hiding on the right side of the case Sony DSC-H3 under a plastic flap. Near the cap is carabiner for attaching a belt carrying.

Canon SX100 IS has a cap made of rubber. Under it are connectors for the AC adapter ACK-800, and USB and A / V out. Carabiner Strap Carrying located just below the rubber plugs.

At the bottom of the camera Sony DSC-H3 under the plastic cap is a dual battery compartment and memory card slot. The camera supports memory card standard Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo. It also has a built-in device buffer memory 31 MB.

Almost exactly a lens is a connector for connecting the camera to a tripod, and on the right side of it, the handle tongs camera has a built-in speaker.

In the lower right-hand side of the camera under the Canon SX100 IS is a plastic flap compartment for memory cards and AA batteries. The package includes a standard SD memory card capacity of 16 MB. Supports standard SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC plus, HC MMCplus.

All new Sony units are equipped with H-series lithium-ion battery. Was no exception Sony DSC-H3. Includes Battery NP-BG1, which, according to the developer, you can shoot 330 shots (CIPA standard with display). In fact, about what happened. Charging the battery takes place within two hours.

Canon offered his version off the camera. So, with your Canon SX100 IS has two finger-alkaline AA batteries. Their capacity was enough for some 50 pictures. Therefore, we strongly recommend you get a rechargeable battery, as they significantly increase operating time. Alternatively, you can buy the original battery charger CBK4-300 with NiMH batteries NB4-300 from Canon.

What type of food is better?

Here, everyone decides for himself.

Each of these has its own, both positive and negative sides. In favor of a lithium-ion battery said the possibility of charging at any time, but it is still slightly reduces the duration of his life. And going on a campaign or a long journey, you will need to be concerned about buying an additional battery.

AA batteries, one might say, more universal, as is almost universally available and, in their absence, freely replaced by conventional salt batteries. They should be charged only after a full discharge.

Slightly more than half of the back of the camera body Sony DSC-H3 is 2,5 TFT-display with a resolution of 115,000 pixels. Above the screen is a button view the footage.

Really take some additional controls. At the top there is a double zoom slider, below the button MENU, slightly lower – around five button dzhoypad responsible for setting the parameters of the flash and the display, adjust the timer and go in close-up. In the middle is a button confirming your selections. Slightly to the left – button HOME, which opens the menu to configure additional settings (language, date, memory management and configure direct printing).

The camera Sanon SX100 IS is equipped with a 2,5 P-Si TFT-monitor with a resolution of 172,000 pixels with 100% coverage map. The screen has 15 levels of brightness.

On the right hand of the screen is located a circular joystick, in charge of selecting and managing outbreaks of parameters, the transition to close-up, selection of ISO, setting the timer and continuous shooting. Under the joystick, there is another button. With it you can delete the footage and make the correction (+ / -).

Below the display are four buttons: control the parameters of the press, face detection function, parameter setting and display MENU.