Sony H55

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 200g - 103 x 58 x 29mm
  • Revealed June 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
28
Overall
34

Sony H55 summary

Sony H55 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first revealed on June of 2010. It has a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The H55 comes in at #128 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over all #961 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should use our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Sony H55 history

The Sony H55 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX80 front thumbnailSony HX80
H55 vs HX80
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2016
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX90V front thumbnailSony HX90V
H55 vs HX90V
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2015
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX50V front thumbnailSony HX50V
H55 vs HX50V
24-720mm
F3.5 - 6.3
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX20V front thumbnailSony HX20V
H55 vs HX20V
25-500mm
F3.2-5.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX10V front thumbnailSony HX10V
H55 vs HX10V
24-400mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX30V front thumbnailSony HX30V
H55 vs HX30V
25-500mm
F3.2-5.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H90 front thumbnailSony H90
H55 vs H90
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX7V front thumbnailSony HX7V
H55 vs HX7V
25-250mm
F3.5-5.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX9V front thumbnailSony HX9V
H55 vs HX9V
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H70 front thumbnailSony H70
H55 vs H70
25-250mm
F3.5-5.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H55 front thumbnailSony H5525-250mm
F3.5-5.5
14MP1/2.3"2010
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H20 front thumbnailSony H20
H55 vs H20
38-380mm
F3.5-4.4
10MP1/2.3"2009
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H50 front thumbnailSony H50
H55 vs H50
31-465mm
F2.7-4.5
9MP1/2.3"2009

Sony H55 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of good and bad points of the Sony H55 based on criterias which are typically considered important in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built in zoom lens (25-250mm 10.0 x zoom)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
image stabilization (Optical)
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
very long zoom (250mm)
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have microphone socket
does not have Timelapse mode
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually not possible
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
manual exposure not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.5)
no aperture priority mode
no phase detect AF
no RAW support
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen does not articulate
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Sony H55 Sensor specifications

The Sony H55 features the Bionz processor chip. The sensor dimension in the Sony H55 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and has a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The image underneath displays the H55's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The H55 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony H55 dimensions

Sony H55 has a weight of 0.44 pounds (200 grams or 7.05 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 103mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Sony H55 is heavier when compared to various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Sony H55 besides a softdrink to help you get a sense of its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button design on the H55.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 topview buttons dials

Sony H55 Lens specifications

The H55 comes with a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 25-250mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which isn't huge nevertheless it is likely to be valuable in a few cases.

At the widest 25mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.5 which will be somewhat slow and not the best for low light situations and you will probably find it difficult to get good bokeh. You might also need to boost the ISO giving you noisy shots. On the tele end, 250mm is terrific zoom and comes at f5.5 which is pretty slow and you would need to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Sony H55 Connectivity

The H55 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy files and in some cases alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Sony H55 Video specifications

The max video resolution in the Sony H55 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 file format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You should really shoot for at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not have a microphone and / or headphone socket so you get little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to look into an alternative model if you want decent audio for your videos.

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Sony H55 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Sony H55 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty situations.

Sony H55 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony H55 has a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 screen and viewfinder Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

The View Finder specs for Sony H55 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be quite helpful during sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Sony H55 Shutter specifications

Sony H55 has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.

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Sony H55 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Sony H55 comes with only integrated flash without external flash support.

Sony H55 Autofocus specifications

Sony H55 comes with just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and precise when compared to Contrast Detect focusing.

The Sensor has 9 focus points to choose from. Sony H55 has not got manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful during low light situations or you want to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Sony H55 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the maximum (470) battery life within this type of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Sony H55 for different styles of photography

The following diagram displays a rundown of the Sony H55 for different styles of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Sony H55 Portrait photography highlights

The Sony H55 has a score of 29 which is horrible, meaning that it is simply not good to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support & flexibility to utilize external flash.

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megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Sony H55 Street photography factors

With a average score of 56, the Sony H55 is somewhat adequate for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Sony H55 Sports photography factors

A horrible sports photography score of 39 indicates the Sony H55 is simply not good for taking photos of sports. A camera should have great tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Sony H55 Travel photography highlights

Weight is super crucial in choosing a camera for travel. Overall, the Sony H55 gets a very good 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable pick to purchase for your holidays.

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decent MP (14MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
great reach (250mm)
missing Timelapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)

Sony H55 Landscape photography highlights

If you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Sony H55 at it's horrible rating of 42 as a landscape camera is simply not good within the current marketplace.

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pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Time Lapse recording

Sony H55 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera ought to come with a moving display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Sony H55 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a horrible rating of 28.

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rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic jack

Sony H55 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the H55, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall under the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram underneath shows you an overview of the H55 vs it's top scoring rivals suggested above.

Here are a few more cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To see a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Revealed
2010-06-16
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Processor
Bionz
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW photos
Max native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Screen resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
30s
Max shutter speed
1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.80 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Slow Syncro, Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video format
MPEG-4
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
200 gr (0.44 pounds)
Dimensions
103 x 58 x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
Other
Battery model
NP-BG1
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
1
Launch cost
$235