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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570

*Est. $125
Reviewed
November 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570

Sony's pocket-friendly shooter is somewhat sluggish

Pros
  • Price
  • Very compact
  • iAuto automatically adjusts to optimal settings
  • Easy-to-navigate menus
Cons
  • Lag between shots
  • Softness in corners and edges of images
  • Performs poorly on moving objects
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Sleek, elegant and only 0.4 inches thick, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 is "barely bulkier than your run-of-the-mill smartphone, yet it takes better pictures," say the editors of Imaging-Resource.com. Like other compact cameras in Sony's W-series, the W570 includes Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, iAuto and Sweep Panorama modes, and Face Detection with Smile Shutter technology. The successor to the W350 -- a favorite of CNET and its readers -- the W570 boasts a 16-megapixel resolution over the W350's 14 megapixels and adds a "slightly brighter, wider, and longer lens," says Joshua Goldman of CNET, that offers 5x zoom (25 mm to 125 mm). Despite the extra two megapixels the W570 has over the W530, image quality isn't any better or worse. "In fact, it just seems to slow the camera down between shots," says Goldman.

Portability and ease of use are two of the main selling points of the W570, reviewers say. "It is a very good take-everywhere ultracompact camera," says Goldman. The user manual is built into the camera itself for help on the go, and reviewers agree that the interface is simple to navigate. iAuto mode automatically chooses the most appropriate settings for the shot and creates nice results, but the small selection of manual adjustments can be "limiting" says Imaging-Resource.com. HD video recording at 720p is available.

Image quality is good for the price range, according to reviewers, but does show noise at ISO 800 and above, along with some softness around the corners and edges of images. Reviewers agree that the W570 works well for the casual point-and-shoot owner, but performs poorly when photographing moving subjects, and the images it produces aren't intended for heavy cropping. The W570 demonstrates lag between shots, which reviewers feel poses problems for those who need to snap pictures in a hurry. Still, the W570 is "fine if you're not a picky shooter and just want something light and portable that will make small to mid-size prints," says Imaging-Resource.com.

Imaging-Resource.com presents the most in-depth test results covering image quality and camera speed. CNET and PC World (Australia) both present condensed overviews of the W570's performance and basic lab tests. Steves-Digicams.com and PhotographyBlog.com offer longer reviews of the W570, complete with image galleries and video recording samples.

Where To Buy
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 (Violet)

 (164 reviews)
Buy new: $159.00   4 Used from $119.99

 

Our Sources

1. Imaging-Resource.com

Featuring the most in-depth camera tests of our sources, the editors of Imaging-Resource.com examine all aspects of the W570's performance and conclude that while it is an "okay" ultra-compact digital camera, it's "not one of Sony's strongest efforts."

Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570, Greg Scoblete, Shawn Barnett, Zig Weidelich and Stephanie Boozer, Sept. 1, 2011

2. CNET

Rating the W570 3.5 out of 5 stars, Joshua Goldman says that the slower performance and softer lens are all that keep him from giving the W570 the same strong recommendation he gave its predecessor, the W350.

Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC=W570 (Black), Joshua Goldman, May 4, 2011

3. StevesDigicams.com

In an eight-part review, editors at Steves-Digicams.com present a gallery of photos and explanations covering all of the cameras features and controls in addition to a thorough conclusion and review of the W570's performance.

Review: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 Review, Editors of Steves-Digicams.com

4. PhotographyBlog.com

Matt Grayson evaluates the W570 in a 10-part review including a list of its main rivals and user reviews of this ultra-compact digital camera.

Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 Review, Matt Grayson, Aug. 2, 2011

5. PC World (Australia)

Elias Plastiras rates the W570 only 2.5 out of 5 stars, calling its image quality "somewhat muddy and noisy" and noting that the shutter button is poorly designed.

Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 Camera, Elias Plastiras, April 13, 2011

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