Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 16.1 MP Digital Still Camera

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 16.1 MP Digital Still Camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (Silver) – Product Description:

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 16.1 MP Digital Still Camera Blending rich features and value all wrapped up in a slim design, the Sony W570 DSCW570 Cyber-shot Digital Camera features a powerful 16.1-megapixel CCD image sensor to capture gorgeous images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail. Compose and shoot photos and 720p HD movies on the 2.7″ LCD. Additional features of the Sony W570 DSCW570 Cyber-shot Digital Camera include Optical SteadyShotâ„¢ image stabilization for reduced blur and Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode which thinks for you by recognizing scenes, lighting conditions and faces, then automatically adjusts settings. Reach beyond the traditional wide angle lens, and capture more breathtaking shots with Sweep Panorama Mode of the Sony W570 DSCW570 Cyber-shot Digital Camera.

Product Features :

  • Capture your videos in HD Movie mode (720p)
  • Capture breathtaking images in Sweep Panorama Mode
  • 16.1 megapixel 2.7-inch LCD screen for easy viewing
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur
  • iAuto mode automatically optimizes camera settings

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 16.1 MP Digital Still Camera – Review:

SLIGHT VICTORY OF FORM OVER FUNCTION!

With such a broad variety of nice point-and-shoot cameras in this price range one gets to be picky, and a couple of relatively minor things is all that’s wrong with this camera. I am a pretty big Sony fan and own, or have owned, many items from them – headphones, laptops, cameras, and of course, PSP and PS3. This one is a bit of a let-down. Not a BAD camera, just clearly not the best, and clearly not up to the standard of Sony quality and construction. Here’s why:

– The marketing photos look cooler than the camera does in person. The rear of the case is dark gray plastic; only the front half is silver.
– The shutter release button is a small, low-profile rectangle. Every other camera ever made has a circular shutter release that protrudes from the top, making it very easy to locate without looking for it. This one is smooth and low-profile so it’s not as easy to just blindly grab and shoot. I just can’t fathom why they would have made a button that’s harder to locate by touch…
– Untrue to Sony’s standard, the body feels light-weight and plasticy. The buttons (power, shutter release, zoom) feel kind of loosely fitted not solid and firm. Very un-Sony-like.
– The flash is overpowering for subjects up close. Subjects across the room (or the room itself) turn out pretty good colors with flash on.
– The battery life is truly abysmal. I took around 50 test pictures and one short (<15s) video and found that a fully-charged, brand-new battery was completely flat dead. I'm hoping this was some fluke with the first charge of the battery or something, although I haven't observed that in other cameras. But does it take good pictures? Yes! Focus works well even while zoomed all the way in. Image stabilization works brilliantly. Low-light images turn out pretty well - obviously you need a steady hand and it won't take a sharp picture of a crazy kid chasing the dog across the room with only table lamps on, but if the kid stops for a second, you can get a good pic. Colors are very life-like. In pictures taken outside, I got about 19/20 clear and sharp and the one that wasn't sharp was only because it snapped a second photo while I was taking the camera down to put in my pocket - so, essentially 100% sharp clear focus as long as you're pointing at the thing you want a picture of. Indoors I'd say about 2/3 of the pictures came out perfectly clear in very low, incandescent light with no flash. It's so-so because of the aforementioned form factor issues and dreadful battery life. Taking good pictures is meaningless if the thing goes through 2 or 3 batteries in a single afternoon outing. I'll revise my rating up to 4/5 if in subsequent use I find that the thing has more acceptable battery life; but, fewer than 100 pictures is just crazy. On other point-and-shoot cameras, even some where there are complaints about battery life, I've been able to take 200+ pictures, half indoors w/ flash and half outdoor with zoom heavily used, and 5-10 minutes of video, and the battery still indicates full charge. This issue alone could be a deal-breaker for this otherwise OK camera.

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