Last update: Review & Sample Photos at TrustedReviews(Added on 20.01.07)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 25.02.06) with 7.20 megapixel CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38 – 114mm ), 2.5″ LCD screen display, measuring 3.5 x 2.2 x 0.9″ (89.0 x 57.0 x 23.0mm), and weighing 157.0 g (5.5 oz). The camera has 3 metering modes (Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot) and it’s running on NP-BG1 Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 will be available in stores from April 2006 with an estimated retail price of $300 USD.
>> REVIEWS (last update: 20.01.07)
ImagingResource reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 where they rated the camera 6/10 and wrote;
“So far the W70 is about average in most respects, with a couple of good points, so naturally there are a couple of bad points to balance them out. Unfortunately the bad points are in the crucial area of image quality, which is odd because this is usually a strong point for Sony….The Sony DSC-W70 is pretty much the definition of an average snapshot compact. It is well made, looks good, is reasonably light and compact, performs competently and can take decent pictures. It has a couple of strong points, namely its excellent low-light performance and exceptional battery life, but it also has a couple of flaws, specifically image noise above 200 ISO, and that unusual telephoto lens distortion. Good value for money, but doesn’t stand out in a crowded and competitive field.”
ImagingResource reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 and wrote;
“We were quite impressed with the Sony DSC-W70’s responsiveness. It starts up and shuts down quickly enough, and its shutter response is quite a bit faster than average these days, particularly among relatively compact digital cameras. It’s faster than average from shot to shot in single-shot mode, but its continuous-mode speed is a little laggardly by current standards. It’s ultra high-speed (but lower resolution) Multi-Shot mode makes up for this though, giving frame rates as high as 30 frames/second, albeit for only 16 frames in a series. Another plus in the W70’s favor is its excellent battery life, particularly impressive for such a compact camera model.”
CNET reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 and wrote;
“Excellent color reproduction counts as one of the Cyber Shot DSC-W70’s strongest assets. At its best, the vivid colors pop without crossing over to glowing, exhibiting good white balance. The 38mm-to-114mm lens (35mm equivalent) renders crisp, sharp images with limited fringing, and when properly exposed, photos exhibit solid tonal range and contrast.”
CamerasUK reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 and wrote;
“As is typical of Sony digital cameras the DSC W70 copes well with the reduced lighting levels of the indoor portrait. The camera produces another sharp photo and gets the brightness levels right too. The drawback of the photo is the level of red eye that you can see. This is despite the fact that red eye reduction was switched on for the shot…The menu system is one of my favourites and you can soon find the options you are looking for. Most of the key controls are at your fingertips on the back or on the top of the camera. “
Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 and wrote;
“The W70’s image quality was very good, the equal of its siblings. Outdoor images were well- exposed and sharp with true to life colors. Indoor shots are limited to small rooms and small group portraits because of the limited flash range (12 feet at wide angle) and the lens limited field of view at its full 38mm wide angle. Portraits had realistic skin tones, but the red eye reduction flash mode proved only marginally effective because of its relatively weak power. Autofocus worked quite well in dim lighting, helped by the focus assist lamp. Flash power was well controlled at close range, making the W70 a good candidate for capturing images of small objects for online auction listings.”
DPInterface reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 and wrote;
“Well, no problem up till ISO 400. Things are sharp and colors look natural. At ISO 800, the colors look less vivid but noise is still fairly low. At ISO 1000, there’s quite a bit more noise and things are smudgy. There was chromatic aberration (Color fringing) throughout the range.Barrel and pincushion distortion were both not very evident. Red-eye was in some people photos though. The image quality of the Sony Cyber-shot W70 is very good though at ISO 1000, things look less usable compared to that of the W50.”
DigitalCameraReview reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 and wrote;
“The W70 demonstrated very good image quality. I was lucky enough to be able to take a stroll around the University of Notre Dame campus on a beautiful spring day with the camera. It handled a wide variety of lighting conditions very well — sunlight filtering through leaves, shadowy entrances to various buildings, and long shots with a lot of blue sky.
The camera’s automatic white balance handled mixed lighting very well. Color representation was also good. Reds were a bit oversaturated, in my opinion, but skin tones were not too ruddy.The flash did a good job of illuminating things indoors. The claimed flash range of almost 14 feet was demonstrated well.”
>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 20.01.07)
– Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 sample photos posted at TrustedReviews
– Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 sample photos posted at ImagingResource
– Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 sample photos posted at CamerasUK
– Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 sample photos posted at Steve’sDigicams
– Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 sample photos posted at DPInterface
>> PRESS RELEASE
SONY’S LATEST CYBER-SHOT W-SERIES CAMERAS FUSE PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN
ORLANDO (PMA 2006, Booth #4150), Feb. 25, 2006 — Sony rounds out its new W-series line of digital still cameras with two top-end models packed with powerful features — the Cyber-shot® DSC-W100 and DSC-W70.
“Our W-series feature intelligent functions that work behind the scenes, said James Neal, director of digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. “Users can focus on those moments of inspiration that make great photographs without the hassle of worrying about camera settings.”
The DSC-W100 model packs in an eight-megapixel imaging sensor, and has a compact metal body with a stylized finish in black and silver. It features a manual exposure mode with extended control for up to 46 steps of adjustable shutter speeds (30 – 1/1000 sec.) and two steps of aperture control.
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