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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W170

 

For a slightly pricey $250 (as of 11/21/08), Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-W170 offers a 10-megapixel sensor and a pleasing wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens with 5X optical zoom, not to mention a number of fun features, in a sturdy, industrial-looking form. However,...

Very full-featured, with unique extras ; 5x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens

In-camera navigation takes practice ; No zooming in video mode

The DSC-W170 is a high-quality camera with nifty features that are worth the extra cash.

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Sony DSC-W170

 

Newly-available on the W-series cameras is Sony's "smile shutter" mode, which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles - without having to press the shutter. This function even lets you prioritize adult or child faces to capture photos...

Each of the new W series models includes Sony's improved face detection technology, which, like the smile shutter technology, can now distinguish between the faces of children and adults. You can select "child priority" or "adult priority" and the...

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Sony Cyber-shot W170

 

The Sony DSC-W170 matches point-and-shoot ease-of-use with advanced features to pack a powerful punch. The sophisticated, compact body features an enviable 10.1 megapixel resolution, Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens, and Sony's Double Anti-Blur solution...

umer (26) ; Wireless (6) ; Hybrid (3) ; Webcam (3) ; Show more ; Maximum Resolution ; 3264 x 2448 pixels (59) ; 3072 x 2304 pixels (57) ; 2592 x 1944 pixels (34) ; 3648 x 2736 pixels (33) ; 2560 x 1920 pixels (29) ; 2048 x 1536 pixels (28) ; 2816 x...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 couples a 10.1-megapixel sensor to a Zeiss-branded 5x optical zoom and a generous 2.7" LCD display. The Sony W170 also has an optical viewfinder, an increasingly rare feature that's useful when the LCD is difficult to see,...

Image stabilized 5x zoom lens with serious glass that starts at a 28mm equivalent ; Face Detection can tell a child from an adult ; Smile Shutter waits until someone smiles to capture the shot ; Auto Macro mode ; Dynamic Range Optimization holds...

Menu system with Home and Menu options is confusing ; ISO over 200 is more color than detail ; Flash kicks up ISO as high as 800 ; Mediocre macro performance ; HD output but no HD movies ; No HD cable or dock included ; No zoom in Movie mode ; No...

The Cyber-shot W170 includes Sony's latest face detection technology, which can now distinguish between the faces of children and adults. "Child priority" or "Adult priority" modes are available and the camera will detect up to eight faces in a frame...

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Sony CyberShot W170 review

 

The first quarter of a year tends to be the busiest period for most manufacturers, since many introductions are usually made at that specific time. In January, the first large consumer electronics show kicks off, the CES in Las Vegas; which generally...

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Sony Cybershot DSC W170 Review at Let's Go Digital

 

The Sony Cybershot W170 is a pleasant camera to work with. It's a pity that the image quality did not appear clearly from a technical point of view in a number of situations. This is not a camera for the evening or in difficult light circumstances; it...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 Review

 

We were impressed with Sony's 8.1 megapixel Cyber-shot W150.

Crisp, clean images, even at high ISOs ; Impressive features set ; Sleek design, solid construction ; DSLR-like shooting speed

Red channel clipping still a problem ; White balance inconsistent ; Menus can be dense, slow ; Do you really need Happy Face Retouch

Although it remains an excellent performer and one of the most well-rounded cameras we've had the pleasure of testing, the W170 is actually undermined by its successful and equally competent little brother. In light of the fact that the W150 does...

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Sony W170 Review at Imaging Resource

 

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.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 is a 10 megapixel point and shoot digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens (28 mm - 140 mm). It features a 2.7 inch LCD, face detection technology, scene recognition, ISO of up to 3200, … Continue reading →

It features a 2.7 inch LCD, face detection technology, scene recognition, ISO of up to 3200, stead shot image stabilization and much more. It comes in red, black, champagne and silver.

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its been a good friend

 

overall i liked it but now its a bit outdated... better out there.

lasted ages ; good quality pics ; cool functions

a bit slow with time ; could do better night photos

Product Specifications

The Sony DSC-W170 matches point-and-shoot ease-of-use with advanced features to pack a powerful punch. The sophisticated, compact body features an enviable 10.1 megapixel resolution, Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens, and Sony's Double Anti-Blur solution for crisp, clear images. For easy viewing and sharing, the large 2.7" LCD displays your shots in vibrant color. In addition, Face Detection technology, Smile Shutter, and Intelligent Scene Recognition elicit stunning detail from special moments.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.3in
Weight:5oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / High sensitivity / Landscape / Smile shutter / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Landscape / Twilight portrait / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Beach / Snow / High sensitivity / Smile shutter

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:2GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DSC-W170/DSC-W170/B/DSC-W170/N/DSC-W170/R
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5.2
Max Focal Length:25mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Gold/Red/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"/1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 3200 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid/Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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