Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 reviews and prices: Compact camera

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+ This digital camera scores high on performance. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.1 out of 10 based on 196 reviews.
Sony CyberShot DSC-W170: 10.1 MP (Megapixels), 5x optical zoom, Memory Stick Duo storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Score 8.0/10
Good points:
size-optical viewfinder-ease of controls/use-optical zoom range
Bad points:
special battery, all compact cameras ought to use AA batteries, I have five digital cameras and Sony score badly for needing special battery and thus seem to get overlooked when out and about, in favour brands using AA
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 31 Jan 2010


Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Personally I like an optical viewfinder on my digital cameras. This is now quite rare and the W170 was one of the few models which included this feature.
Bad points:
I would have liked a voice memo facility. Otherwise no bad points.
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Review date: 30 Jan 2010

John, Rochester Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It has a view Finder which is very valuable in sunlight when the screen becomes difficul to see .
Bad points:
Took a bit of learning but I am very pleased with this camera
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Mar 2011

zena, swansea

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
light to carry, compact, easy to use, great pics.
Bad points:
cant think of any bad points, know there is gona be another newer model,
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 16 Jul 2010

Bryan, Lancaster

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
I do not use the full features, but it is small, compact and easy to use.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Review date: 14 Jun 2010

Will, St Helens UK

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use. Has all the features needed for a Family and hobby digital camera and has satisfying specifications on pixel view. A pleasure to attach to a laptop and does all the work for you on the transfer of the card images to your hard drive.
Bad points:
the shoot button is slow and a little unresponsive
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 11 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
love the ease of the function wheel
Bad points:
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Jan 2011

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 3648x2736
Optical zoom ratio 5
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 10
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Gold
Colour Silver
Colour Black
Colour Red
Media format Memory Stick PRO Duo
Media format Memory Stick Duo
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer No
Weight (g) 142
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1600
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 58x93.7x24
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.3-5.2
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 1 46
In-built memory (Megabytes) 15
Release date 39520
Height in mm 5.8
Width in mm 93.7
Depth in mm 2.4
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Type of lens fixed
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 140
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: CyberShot DSC-W170, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170, Sony Cybershot DSC W170

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Manufacturer's Description

Compact, feature rich camera with aluminium case in silver finish. 10.1 megapixels plus 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide angle. Large 2.7-inch screen, Face Detection, Smile Shutter and Intelligent Scene Recognition

  • 10.1 effective megapixels resolution for
    clear enlargements beyond A3 size
  • 5x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
    lens with 28mm wide angle for panoramic
    landscapes and large group shots
  • Smile Shutter waits until the subject
    smiles before firing the shutter with
    adjustable smile threshold setting
  • Enhanced Face Detection with high-speed
    subject tracking for clearer portraits
  • Intelligent Scene Recognition
    automatically selects correct shooting
    mode depending on subject
  • Large 2.7-inch (230K dot) Clear Photo LCD
  • HD Output compatible with PhotoTV HD
    displays for optimised still images on
  • BIONZ processor for enhanced image
    quality and fast response
  • Double Anti-blur with Super SteadyShot
    image stabilisation and High Sensitivity
    ISO 3200 for clearer handheld shooting
    in low light
  • D-Range Optimiser adjusts exposure and
    contrast in high contrast and backlit

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