Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H70 16.1 MP Digital Still Camera with 10x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom G Lens and 3.0-inch LCD – Product Description:
Shoot life at its fullest with the compact DSC-H70 Cyber-shot® digital camera. Featuring a 10x zoom and 25mm wide angle lens, you’ll be able to get closer to your subjects or everyone in the picture, depending on your shooting situation. Capture expansive landscapes with one touch Sweep Panorama or take stunning 720p HD videos. Advanced features including Anti-blink, Soft Skin, Face Detection and Smile Shutter™ technologies make it a breeze to capture amazing people photos. Additionally, this camera has High Sensitivity ISO 3200 for low-light shooting and a large 3.0″ LCD to compose, review and share your photos and video.
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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H70 16.1 MP Digital Still Camera – Review:
CRYSTAL CLEAR PICTURES & MOM FRIENDLY!
I bought this as a gift for my mom to replace her nice, but bulky digital SLR. Her requirements were the camera must take excellent pictures, be user friendly or intuitive, and also be easy to grasp and hold while taking a photo.
The Sony DSC-H70 passed all three by me, and more importantly by my technologically declined mom.
The 10x optical zoom on the camera is sweet, while it isn’t as flawless as the alpha models lenses or carl zeiss lenses it comes really close. It has a very high-quality lens and internal components. For the price/quality tradeoff I think this camera beats out all camera’s under $300 currently on the market. I think the 16 MP is probably overkill, but it doesn’t seem to sacrifice image richness so the more the merrier. Also, the blue color looks classy.
A huge selling point is the smart design of the camera. It has a groove for your thumb on the back, and the front has a slightly raised and concave area opposite of the lens side to grip. With the really thin cameras it seems people end up pinching the edges or hold the camera in an awkward position. You can grip this with a more natural grasp which helps keep the camera steady (although it does have a really good image stabilizer on it).
I was instantly a fan of the option for the auto setting that takes two shots at slightly different settings when light conditions are low or there is abnormal backlight conditions. When I tested it under a variety of poor light conditions one of the two pictures always turned out great (the other was good too, but one was just more ideal). That feature alone is worth buying the camera for. Saves a ton of time knowing you’ll have a good snapshot when light conditions are less than ideal. The smile recognizer actually does work well and I can see it coming in handy quite often. The panorama setting works better than any camera I’ve seen to date. I weebled and wobbled the camera on purpose and the panorama still would turn out really well.
Those are the main items noticeably better than other digital point-and-shoots. It does come with an digital instruction manual on the camera if your curious about what something is when you are away from home.
I’ve been playing with my FujiFilm 3D camera recently, which if you are a photography geek I recommend scoping out. I went with 3D over high-quality 2D, but after seeing this in action I’m seriously considering the H70. Before this I was eyeing the alpha line (a55) from sony, which is an amazing camera in its own right.