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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the lens and design. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the battery, and the screen and memory get negative opinions.

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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-W270 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Happy with it


I bought the W270 as a replacement for an older, bulkier Cyber-shot, and was pleasantly surprised to find out how greatly pocket cameras have improved in performance and features over the last few years. Indeed, I now find little occasion to take out...

Simple yet provides many manual controls; great for face shots; Sony quality

Somewhat awkward rocker switch and shutter button; proprietary battery and card

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W270


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270 review


Do you want technology or picture quality? The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270 certainly does the tech, but while it might improve your hit rate of good shots, the outright quality is underwhelming. The handy zoom range and super-fast AF raise the W270 above...

Elegant design ; Easy for beginners ; 5x wideangle zoom ; Super-fast autofocus

Indifferent picture quality ; No zooming in movie mode ; Advanced options quickly become complicated

The HD movie mode is worth having, even if it is only 720p rather than 1080p. But this is no alternative to a camcorder. The quality is there, but you can't zoom during shooting


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Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270


This point-and-shoot is a good performer, though we have some issues with its design.

5x optical zoom lens; 28mm wide-angle optics; effective image stabilizer; HD video recording

Average image quality; some buttons hard to operate

For S$499 (US$388.45), the W270 is quite an affordable camera for its class. Its main draw is the 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle focal length and HD video recording. Casual shutterbugs who aren't fussy with image quality can consider this...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270


The Sony W270, or W270S for the Silver camera, is a camera that has a 5x optical zoom so you can get closer to your shot without affecting the image quality at all. Using the best photography technology available the stylish cyber-shot DSC-W270 has the...

The Sony DSC-W270 is a really high quality digital camera giving fantastic quality images without the camera costing a small fortune to buy. If your looking for a camera to take family or holiday shots this is a great digital camera for that, if your...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270


Sony's Cyber-shot range of compact cameras is divided into four main groups: the simple and affordable S-series, super-slim Ts, a hybrid H-range and a high-spec, but pocket-friendly, W-series. The 12-megapixel DSC-W270 is a high-end model packing an...

Metering and colour rendition was generally good, though, but Sony's usual vibrant greens can be tiring with landscape shots. Indoors, colour accuracy with video was superior to the yellowy orange cast seen in stills, but this was offset to a degree by...

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Sony Cyber-shot W270


Sony W270 - a stylish compact camera with 28mm wide angle lens and 720p HD movie mode. Should the W270 be the HD compact to find itself onto your wishlist? The What Digital Camera Sony Cyber-shot W270 review investigates...

Optical SteadyShot, small size, 720p HD video, Advanced Dual Shot mode, great for day to day snaps

Limited image quality, LCD quality lacks, macro mode limitations, poor battery life, Memory Stick Duo type only

The Sony W270 is a great little camera that's dinky enough to slip into a pocket and carry around anywhere. Its features list - whilst small - cover the main lists of basics for your basic everyday shooting; ideal for those not looking for...

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Sony DSC W270


This camera does not really stand out from the crowd. It takes a decent enough snapshot and its features include a wide angle lens and High Definition movies. It is just lacking that killer reason for making me say, go out and buy this camera.

Ease of use - shutter lag times with flash

Macro mode could get in closer - one or two of my test shots were soft

There is not a lot wrong with the Sony Cybershot DSC W270, although one or two of my shots could have been sharper. It puts in a fair performance and has some useful features. Even so it is difficult for me to come up with reasons to buy this camera...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270


Does Sony's latest high-performance compact carry on the good work set by previous cameras in the Cyber-shot W Series?

Sony's cameras remain synonymous with style, but for the price the W270 feels like it's trying a bit too hard with all the onboard gimmicks

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Amazon review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270


alaTest has collected and analysed 140 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W270 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.


Product Specifications

Taking great pictures is easier than ever with the DSC-W270 Cyber-shot digital camera. The iAuto mode adjusts the settings for you based on your surroundings, so all you have to do is press a button to capture shots with the right amount of light and beautiful clarity. And with the ingenious Face Detection mode, faces in your photos will look more realistic with natural skin tones and sharp details. Tired of blurry photos? Optical SteadyShot image stabilization minimizes blur for better results. You can also connect your camera to a compatible HDTV and show off your shots on the big screen in high definition.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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 Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight


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:Back light / Backlight portrait / Landscape / Macro / Portrait mode / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Beach / Fireworks / Gourmet / High sensitivity / Landscape / Smile shutter / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait / Underwater


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



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size: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:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None