Sony DSC-H55 Digital Camera with 14.1 Megapixels, 10x Optical Zoom, 3.0 inch LCD Display, iAUTO Mode, 720p MP HD Movie Mode

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About Sony

The compact Sony DSC-H55 Cyber-Shot digital camera's powerful 10x optical zoom wide (25mm equivalent) lens takes better shots from greater distances. For breathtaking panoramic shots of wide landscapes, just move in one sweeping motion and Sweep Panorama mode does the rest. Your shots are clear, too, thanks to Optical SteadyShot technology that helps reduce blur when your hands are less than steady. Review the phenomenal results on the large, 3.0" (diag.) screen.

Sony Features

  • 3.0" Clear Photo LCD display (230k pixels): Compose and show off your images on the large 3.0" (230K) Clear Photo LCD display, which features a special anti-reflective coating for sharp visibility, even in bright sunlight.
  • Sweep Panorama mode: IReach beyond the traditional wide angle lens and capture more breathtaking shots with Sweep Panorama Mode.
  • Self-Portrait Timer: Self-Portrait Timer helps take the guesswork out of self portraits by utilizing Face Detection technology to recognize when your face enters the frame. Once the camera detects your face, it triggers a 2-second timer and then snaps a picture.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.
  • Face Detection technology: Sony's Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults.
  • Smile Shutter technology: Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest.
  • Scene modes: The DSC-H55 features 11 convenient scene modes: High Sensitivity / Twilight / Twilight Portrait / Portrait / Landscape / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Advanced Sports /Gourmet / Pet.
  • PHOTOMUSIC: PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music4 (4 tracks, 5 minutes per track) to produce fun and entertaining slide shows with standard visual effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Active and Stylish).
  • Media card slot: For convenient storage and sharing of your images, the DSC-H55 accepts Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media (sold separately) or SD/SDHC media (sold separately).
  • 10x (25mm) Professional-quality optical zoom G-Lens: G lenses are used in top of the line digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and advanced pro-sumer HD Camcorders.
  • 720p MP4 HD Movie Mode: MP4 is ideal for enjoying and sharing HD movies on your PC, Mac or the Internet. You can record video up to 1280x720 at 30fps. A MP4 HD file is a compressed single file format, perfect for uploading to computers and Web sharing sites like YouTube.
  • Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode: Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions and faces and adjusts settings resulting in clearer images, faces with more natural skin tone and less blur.
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode gives you the freedom to shoot movies even while walking or running.
  • Motion Detection: Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard and Plus: Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) Standard and Plus uses a sophisticated algorithm to help recover shadows and highlights. The result is more natural images with clearer details that more closely match what your naked eye sees.
  • Easy Shooting Mode: With Easy Shooting Mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting Mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings, removing several function choices and allowing you to focus on subject.
  • Viewing modes: Find your photos using the simple folder or calendar viewing modes
  • 14.1 Megapixel Super HAD CCD Image Sensor: A powerful 14.1 megapixel 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD image sensor helps you capture gorgeous images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail.
  • BIONZ Image Processor: The BIONZ image processor delivers the high resolution and fast performance you expect from a Sony digital camera.
  • Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode:Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings.
  • High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200): High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash.
  • Anti-blink Function: It's frustrating to think you've captured that perfect shot, only to review it later and discover one of your subjects blinked just as you pressed the shutter.
  • Intelligent AF: Thanks to Intelligent AF technology, capture fleeting moments like a child's adorable expression with the ultra-quick AF which locks focus in as little as 0.3-sec.
  • Function Guide: This beginner-friendly optional function helps navigate through the various functions and settings displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.
  • In-Camera Retouching Tools: Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming, Red-Eye Correction and Unsharp Masking functions.

Sony Specifications

3.0" Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)
Lens Construction
10 elements in 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
Lens Type
Sony G-Lens
Mono / Mono
AF Illuminator Light
Auto / Off
Clear RAW NR
Histogram Display
In-Camera Editing
Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking
Multi-Pattern Measuring
NightFraming System
NightShot Infrared System
Power Save Mode
Standard / Stamina /Off
Burst Mode
Approx.1.84 fps at 14.1MP (maximum 4 shots)
Date/Time Stamp
Available in the included PMB software.
Dynamic Range Optimizer
Plus / Standard / Off
Image Stabilization
Media/Battery Indicator
Movie Mode(s)
1280 x 720 (29.97fps, Progressive) (Approx.9Mbps,6Mbps) / VGA (640 x 480) (29.97fps, Progressive) (Approx.3Mbps)
PictBridge Compatible
Red-Eye Reduction
Auto / On / Off
Scene Mode(s)
High Sensitivity / Twilight / Twilight Portrait / Soft Snap / Landscape / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Advanced Sports / Gourmet / Pet
Self Timer
Yes (Off / 2 sec. / 10 sec.)
Still Image Mode(s)
Normal / Burst
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1(White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push.
Imaging Device
1/2.3" (7.76mm) Super HAD CCD Sensor
Approx. 14.1 Megapixels
Recording Media
45MB internal Flash Memory, optional Memory Stick Duo Media, optional Memory Stick PRO Duo Media, optional Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), optional Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo, optional SD/SDHC media
35mm Equivalent
Still shots: 25-250mm / Movie 16:9: 30-300mm / Movie 4:3: 36-360mm
Aperture Range
iAuto(F3.5/F8.0(W)) / Program Auto(F3.5/F8.0(W)) / Manual(F3.5/F8.0(W)) (2 Steps with ND Filter)
Digital Zoom
Smart Zoom / Precision Digital Zoom / Off
Exposure Compensation
Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
Face Detection
8 Faces (Auto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority)
Focal Length
9 points AF / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF
Macro Mode
iAuto(W: Approx.5cm(0.16') to Infinity, T:Approx.100cm(3.28') to Infinity)
Optical Zoom
Shutter Speed
iAuto(2" - 1/1,600) / Program Auto(1" - 1/1,600) / Manual(30"-1/1600)
Smart Zoom Technology
10M:Approx.11x(Total), 5M:Approx.16x(Total), VGA:Approx.67x(Total), 16:9(2M):Approx.22x(Total)
Total Zoom
Approximately 20x with Precision Digital Zoom
Accessory Terminal
Multi connector
Audio/Video Output(s)
HD Output
Component (1080i)
USB Port(s)
Yes - USB2.0 Hi-Speed
Battery Capacity
Approx. 155 minutes / Approx. 310 images (when shooting still images)
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM G type 3.6V
Power Consumption (in Operation)
Approx. 1.1W
BIONZ Engine
Flash Effective Range
ISO Auto: Approx.0.25-Approx.4.1m(Approx.0.82'-Approx.13.5')(W) / Approx.1.0-Approx.2.6m(Approx.3.28'-Approx.8.53')(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.8.2m(Approx26.9)(W) / Approx.5.2m(Approx17.06')(T)
Flash Mode(s)
Auto / On / Slow Syncro / Off
Operating System Compatibility
Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Macintosh OS X(v10.4-v10.6)
Supplied Software
Picture Motion Browser Ver 5.0, PMB Portable 5.0 (for Windows), PMB Portable 1.1 (for Macintosh), Music Transfer
Dimensions (Approx.) W x H x D
4-1/8" x 2-3/8" x 13/16" (102.9mm x 57.7mm x 28.9mm)
Weight (Approx.)
Body: Approx. 6.0oz. (170g), With battery and Memory Stick media: 7.1oz. (200g)
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