Sony Cyber-shot W70 review

Review Date : Mon, 4 Sep 2006

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W70

Lifestyle compact boasting ISO 1000

Pros: Style, ISO range, Handling, Viewfinder
Cons: Some noise at high ISO, Little bit bland

Sony has a variety of lifestyle-type compacts, such as the T-series. But the W-series cameras offer a little more control.

With a 7.2MP sensor, the W70’s main selling point to those in the know is it’s maximum ISO 1000 top sensitivity setting. It has a limited number of manual controls but, like most compacts, relies more heavily on auto and scene functions.

It’s a good looking model, with a large 2.5in screen and an optical viewfinder, a rarity among the compact lifestyle cameras. The menu system has a groovy animated main menu which models the position of the mode dial, and is impressively slick and user-friendly.


Quick start up, with a pleasant jingle, the Sony W70 has fast autofocus and little shutter lag. It pretty much takes pictures instantaneously, which is always good from a compact.

Image Quality

For general photography, the W70 does a good job, and the extended ISO range shows how quickly camera specs move on. It may not match Fujifilm’s output, but it ain’t half bad mum!

Value For Money

The sleek metal body combined with a better-than-average feature set, makes the W70 a surprisingly good value option, especially if you consider the good ISO range.


The Sony W70 is a good-looking and easy-to-use camera, that still manages to incorporate some very nice features.

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Design 18/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 17/20
Value 16/20
Features 17/20
Overall Score 85%

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