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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70

alaTest has collected and analyzed 447 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and image quality. The screen and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the manual image adjustments and features, and there are mixed reviews on the exposure and shutter.

portability, usability, screen, image quality, performance

flash, build quality, focus, features, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W70


Although it boasts a sleek, ultracompact design, the 5.5-ounce Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W70's controls are just a bit too small and closely spaced for easy operation, the mode dial is too easy to turn accidentally, the buttons are too flush with the...

Can take very good photos in sufficient light; compact; easy to use; decent performance.

Photos display processing artifacts in shadow areas; above-average noise at ISO 200 and higher.

The ultracompact Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W70 is a competent snapshooter, but its cheaper, lower-resolution siblings, the DSC-W30 and DSC-W50, are better values.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W70


Sony rounds out the 2006 W-series line of digital still cameras with two top-end models packed with powerful features -- the 8-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-W100 and the 7-megapixel DSC-W70. Both cameras are equipped with an eye-level viewfinder and a large...

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Sony's 7.2 megapixel Cybershot DSC-W70 reviewed


Wasn't it just a few years ago that $300 wouldn't buy you much of a digital camera? How times have changed, because these days, you can not only score a compact 7.2 megapixel model for under three C-notes, but a good one at that -- especially if it's...


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!


Thin and ultra-compact, the new Sony DSC-W70 digital camera (and its siblings the W30 and W50 models) updates the Cyber-shot line with convenient portability and fully automatic exposure control in a compact, rugged metal case. The W70 offers the...

Fast, excellent shutter response, excellent shot to shot speed ; Fast startup/shutdown time ; Good color accuracy ; Very capable movie mode ; Very fast multi-burst (reduced resolution) mode, great for analyzing golf/tennis swings ; LCD is usable in...

Macro mode shows significant curvature of field/blurry corners ; So-so handling of household incandescent lighting ; A tendency toward slight warm casts in many shots ; No custom/manual white balance option ; Slightly limited low-light capability ;...

Though the LCD monitor dominates the rear panel, Sony managed to keep all the main functions close at hand and fairly easy to operate. Grab the Sony W70 in your right hand and your middle and third finger naturally grab the raised ridge on the front of...

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Sony Cybershot W70 Review


There is not much to say about the Sony Cybershot DSC-W70. It is a fairly typical ultra-compact camera, with no manual controls, not even custom white-balance. Image quality is about average, with less noise but less accurate white-balance.

Mostly good lens sharpness, Fast and responsive, Good LCD visibility, Great battery life

Softening of details above ISO 200, Above average pincushion distortion, Corner softness, more pronounced near telephoto, Strong corner blur and distortion in macro mode

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W70


In conclusion, the Sony Cybershot DSC-W70 is an excellent addition to the Sony Cybershot family of digital cameras and this model definitely lives up to the good reputation of these cameras. This specific model is excellent for anyone who is a casual...

Excellent image quality, Very compact and lightweight, Easy to use

Mediocre image quality when the image is zoomed in more than 100% of bigger than 8.5x11-inches

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Sony Cyber-Shot W70


It's another one of Sony's new W-series cameras of 2006 - The Cyber-shot W70. The W70 features 7 megapixels, a 2.5 inch LCD, 2 cm macro and high ISO capabilities. I found the W50 a great camera but is the W70 an upgrade worthy of the extra $50? How...

Large 2.5 inch LCD ; Expandable with conversion lenses and filters ; Above average battery life ; Powerful flash with good control (especially with closeups) ; Very close 2 cm macro mode ; Good - not great - high ISO performance (Acceptable up to ISO...

LCD visibility and resolution not excellent ; No manual controls ; No ISO 80 option on my camera ; Slow and limited continuous shooting ; Lens retracts too soon in playback mode ; Performance could be faster and better ; Redeye ; Movie mode is very...

The Sony Cyber-shot W70 takes all the features of the W50: a 2.5 inch LCD, high sensitivity mode and great battery life, and tosses in 7 megapixels.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 Digital Camera Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 is an excellent, very compact performer.

Easy access to shooting modes (just change the dial, no digging in menus) ; Good indoor performance with flash ; Awesome battery life ; Good LCD

Controls a bit tiny (in my opinion) ; High rates of noise in shots taken with a sensitivity setting over ISO 200

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 is a stylish, compact camera that takes great pictures. With its 7.2 megapixels, you get plenty of resolution even if you have to crop out some bad areas of your image. The 3x optical zoom is pretty standard these days, but...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W70


Sony expands its W-series line of digital cameras with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC W70. "The Sony W70 features intelligent functions that work behind the scenes, said James Neal, director of digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. "Users can focus on...

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"very disapointed.many shots not useable."


if you can get this camera cheap they it would be great but if your serious about taking pictures don't buy.

when it takes good pictures, they are really good. it's small and easy to bring any where. battery life is great and easy to charge.

many shots are messy from and noisy. even in the brightest shoots moving objects blur. we took a shot of a water fountain with are friends. are picture was blured and there picture look like they froze time!

Product Specifications

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70 is an ideal camera for starting out right in digital photography, combining the quality of 7.2 megapixels and Carl Zeiss 3X optical zoom, the performance of High Sensitivity mode for great low-light shots, the simplicity of on-screen Function Guide for easy setup, and the convenience of 58 MB2 Internal Memory for shooting images in-camera. Higher megapixels give you more detail and definition for large prints and cropping in on your subject. Sony's advanced Super HAD (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD design allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise. The DSC-W70 has a bright 2.5" LCD screen for setting up and viewing images - with a one touch " Play" button that makes it quick and easy to view your photos. User-friendly controls and simple on-screen Function Guide text/icon display help you set up camera functions - and you' ll have greater creative freedom to adjust color mode (including "Natural" for subtle colors and "Rich" for more intense colors), sensitivity, brightness and image size. A new High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 1000) allows you to shoot with great results in low-light conditions - and Sony's original Clear RAW NR (Noise Reduction) image processing technology helps suppress the color noise that can accompany high-sensitivity shooting.

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

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):1000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical