Sony CyberShot DSC-W370

Last Updated (08 June’10):
- Review video by DigitalCameraHQ

Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 is a 14.1-megapixel resolution features 7x (34mm) optical zoom lens with 3.0-inch LCD, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur; iAuto detects 8 scenes and optimizes camera settings, HD Movie mode (720p), Accepts Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo (not included). The camera Measures W x H x D 4″ x 2 1/4″ x 1 1/16″ (99.6mm x 56.9mm x 25.5mm) and weighs 0.39 pounds.

Sony CyberShot DSC-W370
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 Reviews

DigitalCameraHQ reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 and writes;
“the W370 and its 1/2.33-inch sensor do a serviceable job of keeping noise at a reasonable level up to ISO 800 speeds up to and including 800, though the camera does support ISO 1600 and 3200 (in single-shot mode). Like just about every point-and-shoot camera, going beyond an ISO of 800 isn’t really recommended if you want clean, printable images.”
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Techreviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 and writes;
“The video quality is respectable. It is possible to make use of 7x zoom when recording. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370 is an excellent camera for those customers who want to get a range of specs.”
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CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 and writes;
“Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-W370 is an inexpensive compact camera with a long lens; however, its shutter lag and low-light photo quality keep it from earning a higher rating.”


Rating: ★★★½☆

ImagingResource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 and writes;
“ISO 80 and 100 printed results look good at 13×19 with fairly good color, with the exception that some yellows look greenish…ISO 400 shots are usable at 11×14 inches, though shadows deepen somewhat and yellows start to lose detail as reds did from the start.”
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Blog.itechtalk.com reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 and writes;
“Amazingly, the quality of the image taken with this cam is extra ordinary. The cam set at 3200 which is the highest grade of resolution gives very realistic pictures where the colors seems natural but with a few grain like appearances. Apart from these images, the images taken at the other resolutions also look great.”
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Techreviewsource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 and writes;
“Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370 is a decent camera with great qualities and useful features which give it great value and potential. But the size and shutter lag may push some customers away.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Pcworld reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 and writes;
“The DSC-W370 has a great zoom range and a lot of extras for a point-and-shoot that costs about $200, but the lag time between actions is a major drag..”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

User Opinions

Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 User Reviews

Good | Rating: ★★★★★
“The W370 does not have an optical viewfinder, but it has everything else, and does everything right. The low-light, indoor shooting that the W7 could not handle is not an issue at all for the W370. Each indoor shot has been clear and well-focused, with exquisite background detail in shot after shot. In 10 test shots, only 1 came out bad, whereas with previous Sonys there might be 4 good shots and 6 bad…. In sum, I purchased the W370 and haven’t looked back. This is an excellent little camera and everything a digital camera should be. Takes excellent photos whether indoors or out, natural light or artificial, bright conditions or low, etc. I highly recommend this product. ” – By the-movie-guy

Pros & Cons | Rating: ★★★★★
“Pros: sweep panorama picture is really tremendous, noob like me can take great pictures using this particular camera, distant object looks as clear as crystal, Cool HD Movie (clear pictures, clear sounds, can zoom while recording), adjustable in many aspects (scenes, megapixels, timer, etc), makes you feel special (really!). Cons: short battery life, not much memory (I highly suggest you buy a memory card together with this), hard to detect smiles, sounds of camera while zooming is recorded during video mode ” – By mucon

Great still shot camera; crappy audio playback on video corrected | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I was so excited to finally get my DSC W370. The still pictures look great, the panoramic sweep mode I like but just like the 3 other reviewers, I am so disappointed with the audio during video playback. The audio is ok if there is no other sound interference nearby but if you video record while in a moving car or a plane, the sound is totally useless, so distorted, unless the camera has a setting to correct this. I have a DSC H7 and I think it has the same still picture quality but the sound recording is definately distortion free. I recorded a video while we are on a single engine 4 seater cessna and the sound quality is good. Engine noise of a plane versus engine noise of a car. This is where I am disappointed, thinking if you buy a newer camera, it is an improvement of their older model. ” – By Adrian D

Pretty cool | Rating: ★★★★★
“Most things about this camera are good. Resolution, shutter speed (don’t know why people complain about this. Can’t say I’ve had more than 1-2 motion blurred pictures out of ~300 I’ve taken), high quality, HD view (16:9 picture taking. It basically cuts the top and bottom off and ends up using 11 MP, but considering most things are in 16:9, I find this extremely useful), and physically it’s pretty light and small. ” – By CEO of UFO HQ

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Samples

Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 Sample Photos

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- Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 Sample Photos @ Imaging-resource.com

Manual

Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 User Manual (PDF)

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Features

Sony CyberShot DSC-W370 Features

14.1 Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD
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. With 14.1 megapixels, you can create stunning, photo-quality prints up to A3+ (13×19”) size, or crop your images and still come away with high resolution shots.

Sony Lens with 7x Optical Zoom
7x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for great outdoor, sports, and travel photos.

3.0″1 Clear Photo LCD™ display (230k pixels)
Generous 3.0”1 (230K pixels) Clear Photo LCD™ display features sharp, natural color that makes it easy to compose shots, read menus, and view photos, even in bright sunlight.

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.

Sweep Panorama mode
Reach beyond the traditional wide angle lens, and capture more breathtaking shots with Sweep Panorama Mode. Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide and ultra-wide options, the camera can take panoramic shots of up to 243 degrees. Now capturing wide landscapes is as easy as press and sweep.

HD MP4 Movie Mode9
In 720p MP4 movie mode the camera shoots 1280 x 720 high definition movies at 30 fps, which is the format when working with a PC. Users will create high quality movies with full use of optical zoom in their Cyber-shot®DSCs in files small enough to transfer to compatible PC or Mac®. Once transferred to your computer you can effortlessly upload your media to popular photo and video-sharing websites such as Photobucket® and YouTubeTM. (Compatible computer with internet capability required)

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. By incorporating advanced features such as Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, iAuto mode lets you take advantage of the latest Sony® Cyber-shot® technology without leaving auto mode. Whether you’re shooting landscapes, capturing a beautiful flower, or taking pictures at an in-door birthday party or wedding shower, iAuto mode will optimize your camera’s settings to help ensure you come away with a great shot.

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: Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a tripod, Portrait, Landscape, and Macro. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.

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. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization
Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically compensates to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.

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. In addition to High Sensitivity Mode (ISO), you can select up to seven ISO settings (Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200) when shooting in Program Auto Mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.

Face Detection technology
Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

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.

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. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can now be used together with Smile Shutter™ mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

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. DRO is particularly effective when shooting backlit portraits or any scene with a dramatic contrast between background and foreground lighting. DRO Plus allows for even greater optimization by analyzing each region of an image and performing additional image processing.

Scene modes
The DSC-W370 features 10 convenient scene modes: High Sensitivity / Twilight / Twilight Portrait / Portrait Snap / Landscape / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / 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). Select from pre-loaded tracks on the camera or transfer your own from your compatible computer (sold separately).

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 just your subject. Since this mode works together with Intelligent Scene Recognition, the camera selects the optimum setting for each scene. In addition the easy mode simplifies preview mode.

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.

PhotoTV HD
Bring your photos to life and enjoy highly detailed, high definition images with PhotoTV HD-capable Sony® BRAVIA® HDTVs.6 PhotoTV HD fine tunes settings on your PhotoTV HD enabled BRAVIA HDTV, such as sharpness, gradation, and color to display images that look more like printed

Viewing modes
Find your photos using the simple folder or calendar viewing modes.

In-Camera Retouching Tools
Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming, Red-Eye Correction, and Unsharp Masking functions

Includes Sony® PMB Portable software3
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software3 the DSC-W370 makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites5 without the need for any additional software or install.

Media card slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images, the DSC-W370 accepts Memory Stick Duo™/Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ media (sold separately) and SD/SDHC media.13

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.02
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites2

Colors Available:
The Cyber-shot® DSC-W370 camera is available in silver, red and green.


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