Sony’s unshakeable SLR-alikes

Sony’s becoming Al Green – it just can’t stop. Like the recent Sony W30 and W50 [story here], the new DSC-H2 and DSC-H5 cut out the shake of jittery h

Sony’s becoming Al Green – it just can’t stop.

Like the recent Sony W30 and W50 [story here], the new DSC-H2 and DSC-H5 cut out the shake of jittery hands with clever gyroscopes built into the camera and pole-vault to a light sensitivity of ISO 1000 by using new sensors. In other words, they’re the perfect cameras for photographing cityscapes at night and mates in dark clubs.

Unlike their compact companions, however, this pair come in SLR-alike designs with huge zooms.

The H2 is the cheapskate’s option, equipped with a respectable 6MP and a 2in screen, while the H5 (above) trumps it with a poster-printing 7.2MP sensor and a glorious-looking 3in LCD.

Whichever one you get, both boast a nature-friendly 12x optical zoom - with interpolated ‘cheat’ zooms that can hit the 57x mark - plus manual aperture, shutter priority modes and electronic viewfinders. Storage comes via 32MB of internal memory and – naturally – Memory Stick slots. Handily, they can also take photos in 16:9, which makes for fewer squashed images when you run a slideshow on your widescreen TV.

The DSC-H2 will be winging its way to these parts in April while the DSC-H5 will turn up at the end of May. There’s no news on pricing yet, but we’ll keep you informed.

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