Sony CyberShot DSC-W170

Last update (06 February’09):
- Review by TechRadar

The Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 is a 10.1 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 5x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm), Super SteadyShot® Optical Image Stabilization, Smile Shutter™ technology, Face Detection, and a 2.7″ LCD Screen. The camera measures 93.7 x 58 x 24mm and weighs Approx 142g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 Reviews

TechRadar reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 and writes;
“You have to work to get used to the Sony, but once you’ve done that you’ll find the image quality is good for interior shots but variable for outdoors.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCWorld reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 and writes;
“W170 has several very appealing features that may win over some people, but its image quality doesn’t overwhelm. I expected better performance from its 5X optical Carl Zeiss lens. Nevertheless, this camera’s interesting features are definitely a draw.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 and writes;
“The image quality of the pictures is fine and colour reproduction shows beautiful and quite accurate colours. .. This is not a camera for the evening or in difficult light circumstances; it is a good-weather model…This is what forces us to conclude that the Sony Cybershot DSC-W170 performance is average.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCR reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 and writes;
Pros: Crisp, clean images, even at high ISOs, Impressive features set, Sleek design, solid construction, DSLR-like shooting speed. Cons: Red channel clipping still a problem, White balance inconsistent, Menus can be dense, slow, Do you really need Happy Face Retouch?”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 and writes;
“Images are crisp. Portraits are warm and detailed. The wealth of easily tweakable options in program mode gave us some excellent results, even in low light…The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 and the Casio Exilim EX-Z200 edge it on features and looks, but the W170 is still extremely adaptable.
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 and writes;
“This is a very capable consumer point-n-shoot, with robust performance, plenty of exposure options, great image quality, and loads of useful and “cool” technologies…”
Rating: N/A reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 and writes;
” This is a decent camera and I am sure the wide angle lens will come in handy for many people. It is easy to use and has the added attraction of a viewfinder. You can also slip this camera into most pockets without a problem. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 and writes;
“Despite all the fancy features and the attractive body, what makes the W170 a Dave’s Pick is its image quality. Don’t take a loupe to these 10.1-megapixel images, but print them and you’ll see what we mean. Good color and detail at large print sizes. And that, after all, is what you buy a camera for. ”
Rating: n/a

Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 Samples

- Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 Sample Images @ LetsGoDigital
- Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 Sample Images @ DCR
- Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 Sample Images @ Steve’sDigicams
- Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 Sample Images @
- Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 Sample Images @ ImagingResource

Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 User Manuals (PDF)

- Download Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 User Manual (English)

Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 Press Release

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 23, 2008 – Sony is introducing a line of colorful W-series Cyber-shot® digital cameras with new imaging technologies for easier photo capture.

The 10.1-megapixel DSC-W170 and 8.1-megapixel DSC-W150 models feature Carl Zeiss® 5x optical zoom lenses with wide angles of view, 28 mm – 140 mm and 30 mm – 150 mm, respectively, and 2.7-inch LCD screens along with eye-level viewfinders. Rounding out the series are the 8.1-megapixel DSC-W130 models and 7.2-megapixel DSC-W120 units with 4x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD screens.

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Comment by Alejandro Subscribed to comments via email
2008-09-20 18:38:55

This camera is amazing only at daylights.
It has 5x optical Zoom (not very common in Sony Cybershots).
Also it has some bizzarre things like “Smile Shutter” or a “Happy Faces” filter.
The worst part is because as newer Cybershots, it doesn’t have Manual settings.
Almost everything is Automatic and selecting “Scenes” don’t fix it.
The camera tends to add ISO values on dark environments, but 3200 ISO ends in a blurry image.
Newer Cybershots are Scrap (except “H” ones, but you can’t carry one of those in your pocket).
2004 Cybershots are still better than newer ones.

Comment by Alex
2008-10-18 16:01:01

I Cannot Agree with Your MORE !! Alejandro.
2004 saw the last of the best cybershots. Stopping at the DSC P200 in my experience. I haven’t tried the W series, although it’s the W170 is the next I was checking up on before buying. I needed to upgrade so I first got the T200, Took images in all kinds of settings, indoors/outdoors/flash/noflash, you name it. Then compare them with P200, P200 was miles ahead in picture sharpness, without any messing about with settings etc. Compared to my Nokia N73 3.1MP phone camera, it is about the same. say about 5% better.. how shameful. and thats only a phone camera not a serious camera. Then I quickly returned the T200 and went for T300. Guess what, absolutely no difference except more softness/blurrness from the extra 2MP. I dont know why Sony releases all this slick cool design rubbish. Surely, when people download the images onto their PC, and look at them in full 8mp or 10mp they will see plenty of blurr. I always look at background prints, street names, signs etc. at least with P200, its not perfect , but very acceptable… even the colour is good. I sold my P200 to upgrade to T200 ( which I got rid of) the T300 ( which I returned ), and was to be W170 .. But I have , in the meantime, bought a used P200 and will not get rid of it until a similar decent compact camera comes along. cant keep buying new cameras and returning them as it wastes a lot of time testing, and cost of return postage. So cybershots !!! looks like your old faithful loyal user is going for good. I still dont know what camera to get now.


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