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Sony DSC-H7Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7/B 8.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)

Flash - integrated (soldered memory - 3 MB ) Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, 1y warranty, F/2.7-4.5

Shoot dramatic close-ups and sharp fast-action shots with the 8.1 megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-H7 digital camera. The Carl Zeiss 15X optical zoom and Advanced Sports Mode with high shutter speed are perfect for crisp long shots and excellent detail when shooting at sporting events. Super SteadyShot image stabilization and high-sensitivity (ISO 3200) mode reduce blur when shooting without a flash and Face Detection technology brings out the best in faces. You can also manually control the exposure an... Read more
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Comments to date: 8. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
Grey 7:05am on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 
We have been using this camera for about 8-9 months now and we absolutely love this. Picture quality is very good and crisp. This is a great camera. Zoom, Resolution Lack of built-in memory, Price This is a great camera. I wanted a super zoom camera without buying an SLR. Though this camera is a little bulky.
G3ck0G33k 5:25pm on Friday, September 24th, 2010 
We have with this camera for about 8-9 months, and we absolutely love this. The picture quality is very good and clear. Canon camera Sony camera and compared, in fact, want a different sub-series, a series of more or less the same compared to a more comparable. This digital camera is good for close-up and fast shots with the 8.1 megapixel Cyber-shot. The Carl Zeiss 15X optical zoom are perfect for long shots.
Zachariah 11:24pm on Thursday, July 29th, 2010 
Awesome camera Great point and shoot camera, the best one I ever had, excellent 15X zoom, for the average user like me this camera is a no brainer.
WebCM 1:11am on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 
My ability to take great photos has improved dramatically since i bought this camera I have enjoyed this camera tremendously. Great Pics with Sony Sony is indeed the leader in digital photography and videography. The body design of the camera is just great. Little old model now It was a great model in its class during 2007. I bought a relatively new model in the same class Cannon SX 10 IS.
animalprote 12:18pm on Friday, July 16th, 2010 
I take this camera to all my track meets and ...  Great for taking pictures of sports. Takes a bit to take first photo if auto focus is on
netdroid9 12:08am on Friday, June 18th, 2010 
This camera is great for the money and reliability. Great camera, easy to operate None I bought this camera last weekend. Not being a real digital pro.I found I had to look at booklet a number of times to figure out what I was doing.
pfoxxy 8:38am on Monday, May 31st, 2010 
The Cyber-shot DSC-H2 and DSC-H5 Sony announced the replacement cameras; the DSC-H7 (reviewed here) and the top-of-the-range mode the DSC-H9 (reviewed...
auh 2:07am on Saturday, May 29th, 2010 
he camera has a very good picture quality . The night shots when taken using IsO option has minor problems . It has a very powerful flash .

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[ Regulatory Information

Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: DSC-H7 Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc. Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127U.S.A. Telephone No.: 858-942-2230 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: DSC-H9 Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc. Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127U.S.A. Telephone No.: 858-942-2230 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Battery charger

This power unit is intended to be correctly orientated in a vertical or floor mount position.


You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.

For Customers in Europe

This product has been tested and found compliant with the limits set out in the EMC Directive for using connection cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet).

[ Note:

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. The supplied interface cable must be used with the equipment in order to comply with the limits for a digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.

Supported Operating Systems for USB connection and application software (supplied)... 28 Viewing Cyber-shot Handbook and Cyber-shot Step-up Guide. 29
Indicators on the screen... 30 Battery life and memory capacity.. 32
Battery life and number of images that can be recorded/viewed.. 32 Number of still images and recording time of movies.. 33

Troubleshooting.... 34

Battery pack and power... 34 Shooting still images/movies... 35 Viewing images... 35
Precautions... 36 Specifications... 37
Notes on using your camera
[ Internal memory and Memory Stick Duo back up
Do not turn off the camera or remove the battery pack or Memory Stick Duo while the access lamp is lighted, as the internal memory data or Memory Stick Duo data may be destroyed. Always protect your data by making a back up copy.
[ Notes on the LCD screen, the LCD finder and the lens
The LCD screen and the LCD finder are manufactured using extremely high-precision technology so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, there may be some tiny black points and/or bright points (white, red, blue or green in color) that constantly appear on the LCD screen or the LCD finder. These points are normal in the manufacturing process and do not affect the recording in any way. When the battery level becomes low, the lens might stop moving. Insert a charged battery pack and turn on the camera again. Do not hold the camera by taking hold of the LCD screen.
[ Notes on recording/playback
Before you start recording, make a trial recording to make sure that the camera is working correctly. This camera is neither dust-proof, nor splashproof, nor water-proof. Read Precautions (page 36) before operating the camera. Be careful not to get the camera wet. Water entering the inside of the camera may cause malfunctions which in some cases may not be repairable. Do not aim the camera at the sun or other bright light. It may cause the malfunction of your camera. Do not use the camera near a location that generates strong radio waves or emits radiation. The camera may not be able to record or play back properly. Using the camera in sandy or dusty locations may cause malfunctions. If moisture condensation occurs, remove it before using the camera (page 36). Do not shake or strike the camera. In addition to malfunctions and an inability to record images, this may render the recording medium unusable, or cause image data breakdown, damage or loss. Clean the flash surface before use. The heat of flash emission may cause dirt on the flash surface to become discolored or to stick to the flash surface, resulting in insufficient light emission.
[ On image data compatibility

This camera conforms with DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) universal standard established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). Playback of images recorded with your camera on other equipment and playback of images recorded or edited with other equipment on your camera are not guaranteed.

[ Warning on copyright

Television programs, films, videotapes, and other materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the provisions of the copyright laws.
[ No compensation for contents of the recording
The contents of the recording cannot be compensated for if recording or playback is not possible due to a malfunction of your camera or recording media, etc.

Getting started

Checking the accessories supplied
Battery charger BC-CSG/BC-CSGB/ BC-CSGC (1) Shoulder strap (1)

Remote Control (1)

Power cord (mains lead) (1) (not supplied in the USA and Canada) Lens hood (1)/Adaptor ring (1)
Rechargeable battery pack NP-BG1 (1)/ Battery case (1) Lens cap (1)/Lens cap strap (1)
USB, A/V cable for multi-use terminal (1) CD-ROM (Cyber-shot application software/ Cyber-shot Handbook/Cyber-shot Step-up Guide) (1) Instruction Manual (this manual) (1)
Attaching the shoulder strap and the lens cap Attach the strap to prevent the camera from damage by being dropped, etc.

[ Remote Control

Transmitter HOME button SLIDE SHOW button MENU button SHUTTER button for shooting: Zoom (W/T) button for viewing: / (playback zoom)/ (Index) button Control button
Remove the insulation sheet before using the Remote Control.
Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.
When the lithium battery becomes weak, the operating distance of the Remote Control may shorten, or the Remote Control may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion. The Remote Control has a button type lithium battery (CR2025) built in. Do not use batteries other than CR2025.

Insulation sheet

To change the battery of the Remote Control
1 While pressing on the tab, inset your
fingernail into the slit to pull out the battery case.
2 Place a new battery with the + side facing
3 Insert the battery case back into the
Remote Control until it clicks.
1 Preparing the battery pack
For customers in the USA and Canada Plug

For customers other than those in the USA and Canada
CHARGE lamp CHARGE lamp Power cord (mains lead)
1 Insert the battery pack into the battery charger. 2 Connect the battery charger to the wall outlet (wall socket).
The CHARGE lamp lights on, and charging starts. When the CHARGE lamp turns off, charging is finished (Practical charge). If you continue charging the battery pack for about one more hour (until it is fully charged), the charge will last slightly longer.

[ Charging time

Full charge time Practical charge time

Approx. 330 min.

Approx. 270 min.
Time required to charge a fully depleted battery pack at a temperature of 25C (77F). Charging may take longer under certain circumstances or conditions. See page 32 for the number of images that can be recorded. Connect the battery charger to an easily accessible wall outlet (wall socket) close by. Even if the CHARGE lamp is not lit, the battery charger is not disconnected from the AC power source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet (wall socket). If some trouble occurs while using the battery charger, immediately shut off the power by disconnecting the plug from the wall outlet (wall socket). When charging is finished, disconnect the power cord (mains lead) from the wall outlet (wall socket), and remove the battery pack from the battery charger. Designed for use with compatible Sony batteries.
2 Inserting the battery pack/a Memory Stick Duo (not supplied)
Insert the Memory Stick Duo all the way in as shown in the illustration until it clicks.
Insert the battery pack while pressing the battery eject lever with the tip of the battery pack.
Battery/Memory Stick Duo cover
1 Open the battery/Memory Stick Duo cover. 2 Insert the Memory Stick Duo (not supplied) all the way in until it clicks. 3 Insert the battery pack. 4 Close the battery/Memory Stick Duo cover.
[ When there is no Memory Stick Duo inserted
The camera records/plays back images using the internal memory (approx. 31 MB).
[ To check the remaining battery time
Press POWER button to turn on and check the remaining battery on the LCD screen.
Battery remaining indicator Battery remaining guidelines Sufficient power remaining Battery almost fully charged Battery half full Battery low, recording/ playback will stop soon. Change the battery with fully charged one, or charge the battery. (The warning indicator flashes.)
It takes about one minute until the correct battery remaining indicator appears. The displayed battery remaining indicator may not be correct under certain circumstances. The Clock Set screen appears when the camera is turned on for the first time (page 15).

When shooting movies: Press the shutter button fully down. To stop recording, press the shutter button fully down again.
Mode dial/Zoom/Flash/Macro/Self-timer/Display/Finder/Lens hood

[ Using the mode dial

Set the mode dial to the desired function.

Auto Adjustment

Allows easy shooting with the settings adjusted automatically.

[ W/T Using the zoom

Press T to zoom, press W to undo zoom.
Flash (Selecting a flash mode for still images)

P Program Shift

Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value). Also you can select various setting using the menu.
Press B ( ) on the control button repeatedly until the desired mode is selected.
: Flash Auto Strobes when there is insufficient light or backlight (default setting) : Flash forced on : Slow synchro (Flash forced on) The shutter speed is slow in a dark place to clearly shoot the background that is out of flash light. : Flash forced off When using flash, the flash automatically pops up and strobes. Close the flash by hand after use.
S Shutter Speed Priority Shooting
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually.
A Aperture priority Shooting
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually.
M Manual Exposure Shooting
Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually.

Movie Recording

Allows you to record movies with audio.
Macro (Shooting close-up)

High Sensitivity

Shoot images without a flash even in low lighting.
Press b ( ) on the control button repeatedly until the desired mode is selected.

: Macro off

Shoot with backgrounds blurred away, and the subject is sharpened.
: Macro on (W side: Approx. 1 cm or farther
(13/32 inches or farther), T side: Approx. 120 cm or farther (3 feet 11 1/4 inches or farther))

Advanced Sports Shooting

Shoot images by predicting the movement of the subject and setting focus.

Using the self-timer

Twilight Portrait
Shoot sharp images of people in a dark place without losing the nighttime atmosphere.
Press V ( ) on the control button repeatedly until the desired mode is selected.
: Not using the self-timer : Setting the 10-second delay self-timer : Setting the 2-second delay self-timer


Shoot with the focus on a distant subject.

AF range finder frame indicator Exposure value Aperture value Shutter speed

ISO value


Wheel dial

Control button

To select the item

3 To set other items, press z and then
perform the following operations. Items that cannot be selected are displayed as gray.
1 Turn the wheel dial to select the item you
want to set. Move the yellow indication V to select the item.

To select the value

When the values are displayed in yellow, the values can be selected and set by turning the wheel dial. The displayed value is set.
2 Press z on the control button.

The value turns yellow.

Viewing/deleting images
MENU button (Playback) button (playback zoom)/ (Index) button Multi connector (side) HOME button Speaker (bottom) (playback zoom) button
Control button (inside)/ Wheel dial (outside)

1 Press

If you press when the camera is powered off, the camera is turned on automatically and set to playback mode. To switch to the shooting mode, press again.
2 Select an image with b/B on the control button.


Press z to play back a movie. (Press z again to stop playback.) Press B to fast forward, b to rewind. (Press z to return to normal playback.) Press V to display the volume control screen, then press b/B to adjust the volume. By turning the wheel dial, you can also easily view the next/previous image.

To delete images

1 Display the image you want to delete, then press MENU. 2 Select [Delete] with v and select [This Image] with b/B, then press z. 3 Select [OK] with v, then press z.
[ To view an enlarged image (playback zoom)
Press while displaying a still image. To undo the zoom, press. Adjust the position: v/V/b/B Cancel playback zoom: z

Viewing an index screen

Press (Index) button to display the index screen while a still image is displayed. Then, select an image with v/V/b/B. To return to the single image screen, press z.
You can also access the index screen by selecting [ Index Display] in (View Images) on the HOME screen. Each time you press (Index), the number of pictures on the index screen changes.
[ To delete images in index mode
1 Press MENU while the index screen is displayed. 2 Select [Delete] with v and select [Multiple Images] with b/B, then press z. 3 Select the image you want to delete with v/V/b/B, then press z.

mark is checked in the checkbox of the image. To cancel a selection, select an image you have selected for deletion, then press z again.
4 Press MENU and select [OK] with v, then press z.
To delete all the images in a folder, select [All In This Folder], then press z in step 2.
[ To play back a series of images (Slide Show)
1 Press HOME and select [ Slide Show] in 2 Select [OK] with v, then press z.
[ To view images on TV screen

(View Images).

This is same as pressing the SLIDE SHOW button on the Remote Control.
Connect the camera to the TV with the cable for multi-use terminal (supplied).

To the multi connector

To audio/video input jacks
Cable for multi-use terminal
Learning the various functions HOME/Menu

Using the HOME screen

The HOME screen is the gateway screen for all the functions of your camera. You can select the shooting mode or playback mode, or change the settings from the HOME screen.
Control button HOME button
1 Press HOME to display the HOME screen.

Category Item

Select a category with b/B on the control button. Select an item with v/V, then press z.

[ When you select the

(Manage Memory) or

(Settings) category

1 Select the desired item with v/V on the control button.
This is functional only when you select (Settings).
2 Move to the right with B, select a setting with v/V, then press z. 3 Select a setting with v/V, then press z.
The camera is set to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway down.
For details on the operation 1 page 23

HOME items

Press HOME button displays the following items. Details on the items are displayed on the screen by the guide.

Category Items

Shooting Single Image Index Display Slide Show

Shooting View Images

Printing, Other
Print Music Tool Download Music Format Music

Manage Memory

Enjoying your computer

You can display images shot with the camera on the computer. Also, you can use still images and movies from the camera more than ever by taking advantage of the software. For details, refer to Cyber-shot Handbook.
Supported Operating Systems for USB connection and application software (supplied)
For Windows users USB connection For Macintosh users
Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional
Mac OS 9.1/9.2/ Mac OS X(v10.1 to v10.4) not compatible
Application software Picture Motion Browser
Must be installed with above OS at delivery. If your OS does not support USB connections, use a commercially available Memory Stick Reader/Writer. For further details on the operating environment of Picture Motion Browser Cyber-shot application software, refer to Cyber-shot Handbook.
Viewing Cyber-shot Handbook and Cyber-shot Step-up Guide
[ For Windows users [ For Macintosh users
Turn on your computer, and insert the CDROM (supplied) into the CD-ROM drive. Follow the instructions below.
1 Turn on your computer, and insert the CDROM (supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.
The screen below appears.
To view the Cyber-shot Handbook
1 Select the [Handbook] folder and copy
Handbook.pdf stored in the [GB] folder to your computer.
2 After copying is complete, double-click


When you click the [Cyber-shot Handbook] button, the screen for copying Cyber-shot Handbook appears.
To view the Cyber-shot Step-up Guide
2 Follow the on-screen instructions to copy.
When you click the Cyber-shot Handbook button, the both of the Cyber-shot Handbook and the Cyber-shot Step-up Guide will be installed.
1 Copy the [stepupguide] folder in the
[stepupguide] folder to your computer.
2 Select [stepupguide], [language] and then
[GB] folder stored in the CD-ROM and copy all the files in the [GB] folder, then write over them to the files in the [img] folder stored in [stepupguide] which is copied to your computer in the step 1.
3 After the installation is complete, doubleclick the shortcut created on the desktop.
3 After copying is completed, double-click

stepupguide.hqx in the [stepupguide] folder to uncompress it, then double-click the generated file stepupguide.
If an uncompress tool for HQX file is not installed, install the Stuffit Expander.

Indicators on the screen

Each time you press v (DISP) button, the display changes (page 18). A

Battery remaining

[ When shooting still images
Low battery warning Image size
Mode dial/Menu (Scene Selection) PSAM
Mode dial Night Shot (DSC-H9 only) White balance

[ When shooting movies

Recording mode Metering mode Face Detection SteadyShot Vibration warning Self-timer Zoom scaling Color mode

[ When playing back

Contrast Sharpness PictBridge connecting Protect VOL. Volume Print order (DPOF) mark Zoom scaling PictBridge connecting
Standby REC ISOF3.5 +2.0EV
AE/AF lock Standby/Recording a movie ISO number NR slow shutter Shutter speed Aperture value Exposure Value AF range finder frame indicator 00:00:00

12/12 96

Recording/playback Media Recording folder Playback folder Remaining number of recordable images Image number/Number of images recorded in selected folder Remaining recordable time Change folder AF illuminator Red-eye reduction Metering mode Flash mode Flash charging White balance
Manual focus Manual focus bar Macro


Playback Playback bar Counter/Recording time Histogram
appears when histogram display is disabled.

Conversion lens REAR


101-9:30 AM

Folder-file number Recorded date/time of the playback image Operation guide for shooting image
Flash synchro Self-diagnosis display ISO number Exposure Value Shutter speed Aperture value


+2.0EV 500 F3.5

z SET z OK



Operation guide for playing image Adjust volume

BACK/NEXT Select images

Self-diagnosis display Self-timer AF range finder frame
Spot metering cross hair Histogram
Battery life and memory capacity
Battery life and number of images that can be recorded/viewed
The tables show the approximate number of images that can be recorded/viewed and the battery life when you shoot images in [Normal] mode with the battery pack (supplied) at full capacity and at an ambient temperature of 25C (77F). The numbers of images that can be recorded or viewed take into account changing the Memory Stick Duo as necessary. Note that the actual numbers may be less than those indicated in the table depending on the conditions of use.
Battery capacity decreases as you use it more, as the time passes. The number of images that can be recorded/ viewed and the battery life are decreased under the following conditions: The surrounding temperature is low. The flash is used frequently. The camera has been turned on and off many times. The zoom is used frequently. The brightness of Backlight is set to up. [AF Mode] is set to [Monitor]. [SteadyShot] is set to [Continuous]. The battery power is low. [Face Detection] is set to [On]. Shooting in the following situations: [AF Mode] is set to [Single]. [SteadyShot] is set to [Shooting]. Shooting once every 30 seconds. The zoom is switched alternately between the W and T ends. The flash strobes once every two times. The power turns on and off once every ten times. The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard. (CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association) The number of images/battery life does not change, regardless of image size.

[ When viewing still images
No. of Images DSC-H9 Battery life (min.)

Approx. 6000


Approx. 300 Approx. 360

Approx. 7200
Viewing single images in order at about three second intervals
LCD screen/ Finder DSC-H9 No. of Images Battery life (min.)
Shooting with the LCD screen DSC-H9 Shooting with the finder
Approx. 150 Approx. 280 Approx. 310 Approx. 300 Approx. 320 Approx. 140 Approx. 155 Approx. 150 Approx. 160

Approx. 170 Approx. 170

LCD screen Finder

Approx. 160

Shooting movies continuously with an image size of [320]
Number of still images and recording time of movies
The number of still images and the length of time for movies may vary depending on the shooting conditions.
You can select the image size to be used when shooting from the menu (pages 25, 26).
[ The approximate number of still images

(Units: Images)

Capacity Size Internal memory Approx. 31 MB 128 MB Memory Stick Duo formatted with this camera 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB

8M 3:2 5M 3M VGA 16:9

202 33

790 133

1428 238

2904 484

5928 988

12154 2025

24014 4002

48166 8027

The number of images listed is for when [REC Mode] is set to [Normal]. When the number of remaining shootable images is greater than 9,999, the >9999 indicator appears. When images recorded using earlier Sony models are played back on this camera, the display may differ from the actual image size.
[ The approximate recording time of movies
(Units: hour : minute : second)
640(Fine) 640(Standard) 320

0:01:30 0:06:00

0:05:50 0:23:40

0:02:50 0:10:40 0:42:50

0:06:00 0:21:40 1:27:00

0:12:20 0:44:20 2:57:50

0:25:10 1:31:00

0:50:00 3:00:00

1:40:20 6:01:10
6:04:30 12:00:20 24:04:50
Movies with the size set to [640(Fine)] can only be recorded on a Memory Stick PRO Duo. The size of a movie file is limited to approx. 2 GB. During recording, movie recording stops automatically when the file size of the movie reaches approx. 2 GB. This camera does not support HD recordings or playbacks for movies.


If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions.
1 Check the items below, and refer to Cyber-shot Handbook (PDF).
If a code such as C/E:ss:ss appears on the screen, refer to Cyber-shot Handbook.
2 Remove the battery pack, and insert the battery pack again after about one minute, and turn on the power.
3 Initialize the settings (page 24).
4 Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Please understand that you give your consent that the contents of the internal memory, Music files may be checked when you send your camera to be repaired.

Battery pack and power

The battery pack cannot be inserted.
Insert the battery pack correctly to push the battery eject lever (page 13).
Cannot turn on the camera.
After installing the battery pack into the camera, it may take a little while to get the camera


Insert the battery pack correctly (page 13). The battery pack is discharged. Insert charged battery pack (page 12). The battery pack is dead. Replace it with a new one. Use a recommended battery pack (page 10).
The power turns off suddenly.
If you do not operate the camera for about three minutes while the power is on, the camera
turns off automatically to prevent wearing down the battery pack. Turn on the camera again (page 15). The battery pack is dead. Replace it with a new one.
The battery remaining indicator is incorrect.
This phenomenon occurs when you use the camera in an extremely hot or cold location. The displayed battery remaining differs from the current one. Fully discharge and then charge
the battery pack to correct the display.
The battery pack is discharged. Insert the charged battery pack (page 12). The battery pack is dead. Replace it with a new one.
Cannot charge the battery pack.
You cannot charge the battery pack using the AC Adaptor (not supplied).
Shooting still images/movies
Your camera cannot record images.
Check the free capacity of the internal memory or Memory Stick Duo (pages 33). If it is

full, do one of the following: Delete unnecessary images (page 21). Change the Memory Stick Duo. You are using the Memory Stick Duo with the write-protect switch, and the switch is set to the LOCK position. Set the switch to the recording position. You cannot record images while charging the flash. When shooting a still image, set the mode dial to a position other than. Set the mode dial to when shooting movies. The image size is set to [640(Fine)] when recording movies. Do one of the following: Set the image size to other than [640(Fine)]. Insert a Memory Stick PRO Duo. The lens cap is attached. Remove it.
Cannot insert dates on images.
This camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images. By using Picture
Motion Browser, you can print or save images with the date.
Vertical streaks appear when you are shooting a very bright subject.
The smear phenomenon is occurring and white, black, red, purple, or other streaks appear on
the image. This phenmenon is not a malfunction.

Viewing images

Your camera cannot play back images.
Press (Playback) button (page 21). The folder/file name has been changed on your computer. When an image file has been processed by a computer or when the image file was recorded
using a model other than that of your camera, playback on your camera is not guaranteed.
The camera is in USB mode. Delete the USB connection.


[ Do not use/store the camera in the following places
In an extremely hot, cold or humid place In places such as in a car parked in the sun, the camera body may become deformed and this may cause a malfunction. Under direct sunlight or near a heater The camera body may become discolored or deformed, and this may cause a malfunction. In a location subject to rocking vibration Near strong magnetic place In sandy or dusty places Be careful not to let sand or dust get into the camera. This may cause the camera to malfunction, and in some cases this malfunction cannot be repaired.
[ On moisture condensation
If the camera is brought directly from a cold to a warm location, moisture may condense inside or outside the camera. This moisture condensation may cause a malfunction of the camera. If moisture condensation occurs Turn off the camera and wait about an hour for the moisture to evaporate. Note that if you attempt to shoot with moisture remaining inside the lens, you will be unable to record clear images.

[Power, general]

Power: Rechargeable battery pack NP-BG1, 3.6 V AC-LS5K AC Adaptor (not supplied), 4.2 V Power consumption (during shooting with the LCD screen): DSC-H9: 1.2 W DSC-H7: 1.1 W Operating temperature: 0 to 40C (32 to 104F) Storage temperature: 20 to +60C (4 to +140F) Dimensions: 109.5 83.4 85.7 mm (4 3/3/3/8 inches) (W/H/D, excluding protrusions) (for both DSC-H9 and DSC-H7) Mass: DSC-H9: Approx. 546 g (1 lb 3.3 oz) (including NP-BG1 battery pack, shoulder strap, adaptor ring, lens hood and lens cap, etc.) DSC-H7: Approx. 514 g (1 lb 2.1 oz) (including NP-BG1 battery pack, shoulder strap, adaptor ring, lens hood and lens cap, etc.) Microphone: Monaural Speaker: Monaural Exif Print: Compatible PRINT Image Matching III: Compatible PictBridge: Compatible
[Input and Output connectors]
Multi connector Video output Audio output (Monaural) USB communication USB communication: Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant)
BC-CSG/BC-CSGB/BC-CSGC battery charger
Power requirements: AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/ 60 Hz, 2 W (BC-CSG/BC-CSGC)/ 2.6 W (BC-CSGB) Output voltage: DC 4.2 V, 0.25 A Operating temperature: 0 to 40C (32 to 104F) Storage temperature: -20 to +60C (4 to +140F) Dimensions: Approx. 91 mm (2 1/2 31/5/8 inches) (W/H/D) Mass: Approx. 75 g (2.7 oz)

[LCD screen]

LCD panel: DSC-H9: 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive DSC-H7: 6.2 cm (2.5 type) TFT drive Total number of dots: DSC-H9: (960 240) dots DSC-H7: (480 240) dots
Rechargeable battery pack NPBG1
Used battery: Lithium-ion battery Maximum voltage: DC 4.2 V Nominal voltage: DC 3.6 V Capacity: 3.4 Wh (960 mAh) Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.


Panel: 0.5 cm (0.2 type) color Total number of dots: Approx. dots equivalent


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Technical specifications

Full description

Shoot dramatic close-ups and sharp fast-action shots with the 8.1 megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-H7 digital camera. The Carl Zeiss 15X optical zoom and Advanced Sports Mode with high shutter speed are perfect for crisp long shots and excellent detail when shooting at sporting events. Super SteadyShot image stabilization and high-sensitivity (ISO 3200) mode reduce blur when shooting without a flash and Face Detection technology brings out the best in faces. You can also manually control the exposure and focus of the DSC-H7, making it ideal for more artistic shots. And with HD (high definition) output, photos can look even more spectacular when you share them with friends and family on HDTV screens.

Product TypeDigital camera - compact
Width4.3 in
Depth3.4 in
Height3.3 in
Weight13.2 oz
Enclosure ColorBlack
Main Features
Resolution8.1 Megapixel
Color SupportColor
Optical Sensor TypeSuper HAD CCD
Effective Sensor Resolution8,100,000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size1/2.5"
Light SensitivityISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO 3200
Digital Zoom2 x
Shooting ModesFrame movie mode
Shooting ProgramsLandscape, portrait mode, twilight portrait, fireworks, sports mode, twilight mode, beach, snow, high sensitivity
Special EffectsBlack & White, Sepia, Vivid
Image StabilizerOptical (Super Steady Shot)
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure MeteringMulti-segment
Exposure ModesProgram, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
Exposure Compensation±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Face DetectionYes
White BalanceCustom, automatic, presets
White Balance PresetsIncandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, flash, daylight
Digital Video FormatMPEG VX
Still Image FormatJPEG
Continuous Shooting Speed2.2 frames per second
Remote ControlRemote control - infrared
Video CaptureMPEG - 640 x 480 - 30 fps MPEG - 640 x 480 - 16 fps MPEG - 320 x 240 - 8.3 fps
Memory / Storage
Flash MemoryFlash - integrated (soldered memory - 31 MB )
Supported Flash MemoryMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Camera Flash
Camera FlashPop-up flash
Flash ModesFill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode
FeaturesAF illuminator
Lens System
TypeZoom lens - 5.2 mm - 78 mm - f/2.7-4.5
Focal Length5.2 mm - 78 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera31 - 465mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, manual
Auto FocusTTL contrast detection
Auto Focus Points (Zones)9
Macro Focus Range0.4 in
Lens ApertureF/2.7-4.5
Optical Zoom15 x
Zoom AdjustmentMotorized drive
Lens Construction8 group(s) / 13 element(s)
Lens ManufacturerCarl Zeiss
FeaturesED glass, aspherical lens
Additional Features
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay10 sec, 2 sec
Additional FeaturesDirect print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, auto power save, digital noise reduction, PictBridge support, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping an image, face detection
Viewfinder TypeLCD
Viewfinder Color SupportColor
Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.2"
Viewfinder Resolution201,000 pixels
TypeLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color
Display Form FactorBuilt-in
Display Format115,000 pixels
TypeMicrophone - built-in
Connector Type1 x USB 1 x composite video/audio output
Expansion Slot(s)1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo
SoftwareDrivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Motion Browser
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportMS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, Apple Mac OS 9.2, Apple Mac OS 9.1, Apple Mac OS X 10.0 - 10.4
Peripheral DevicesUSB port, CD-ROM drive
Included AccessoriesLens hood, lens cap, shoulder strap, lens adapter ring
Cables IncludedA/V cable USB cable
Power DeviceBattery charger - external
Supported BatterySony NP-BG1
Supported Battery Details1 x Sony NP-BG1 Li-ion rechargeable battery - 960 mAh ( included )
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support1 year warranty
Service & Support DetailsLimited warranty - parts and labor - 1 year
Universal Product Identifiers
Part NumberDSCH7/B
GTIN00027242707184, 00027242712935



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