Conclusion: Sony CyberShot DSC-W170 digital camera review The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-170 is a handy and compactly built camera with a straightforward operation. The convenient automatic functions demonstrate the ongoing substantial automation. The camera is becoming more and more intelligent, and is able to recognize situations and act accordingly. One person will hate it, and will want to be in control, while another person will love it.
Summary: Overall, the Sony DSC-W170 has several very appealing features that may win over some people, but its image quality doesn't overwhelm. We expected better performance from its 5x optical Carl Zeiss lens. Nevertheless, this camera's interesting features are definitely a draw.
Sony DSC-W170 Cyber-shot 10.1MP Digital Camera/Camcorder Delivers
Personal Electronics buzz
27 July 2008
Excerpt: Sony's DSC-W170 Cyber-shot features a 10.1 MP digital resolution for still images. To my delight the movie mode is darn good and even though it doesn't have a Sports setting it does do a good job taking video of soccer games, basketball games and a variety of actions movies. The DSC-W170 has a 5x zoom and the expected Carl Zeiss lens. The zoom doesn't work in movie mode.
Excerpt: I had to do a double take when I unboxed our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 review unit. "Wait. Didn't I just review this camera?" From all of the press materials, I had an idea that the W170 shared a lot in common with its recently reviewed Cyber-shot W150 sibling. As it turns out, the cameras are essentially clones, visually and functionally.
Pros: Crisp, clean images, even at high ISOs, Impressive features set, Sleek design, solid construction, DSLR-like shooting speed
Cons: Red channel clipping still a problem, White balance inconsistent, Menus can be dense, slow, Do you really need Happy Face Retouch?
Excerpt: Physical Views The Cyber-shot DSC-W170 and a CD for size comparison. Go to Page Two Sony DSC-W170 Specifications Image Device: 1/2.5" 10.1 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD Recording Media: 15MB of internal memory Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO Media (up to 16GB) Zoom: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5X Optical, 5 - 25mm (28-140mm equivalent in 35mm) 6 elements in 5 groups, 3 aspheric elements Digital Zoom™ Feature: o - 2.0x (Precision) Filter Diameter: N/A Auto...
Conclusion: The Sony DSC W170 is a fairly solid offering without being anything spectacular. As I have found with other Sony digital cameras in this range the pictures tend to be a bit softer than with some other brands.
Excerpt: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W170 Digital Camera Review Sony’s latest incarnation of the popular Cyber-shot W-Series, the W170, combines remarkable High-Definition image quality with impressive functionality and contemporary looks. Exceptional Image Quality With 10.1 effective megapixels and a high-quality Carl Zeiss wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom, the Cyber-shot W170 produces fantastic high quality images no […]
Excerpt: Sony's W170 looks stylish, especially in black, gold or red. The lens has a 5x zoom with a 28mm wide-angle setting. There's a 2.7in screen and an optical viewfinder, plus a dial to jump quickly to useful shooting modes such as High-ISO and Smile Shutter, which takes a picture when your subject breaks into a smile. It's a shame it's not also possible to shoot manually when in Smile Shutter mode.