Full review posted for Sony W70|
(Friday, July 14, 2006 - 14:14 EDT)
Featuring a 7.2-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom lens, and well-designed user interface, the Sony DSC-W70 updates the popular Cyber-shot line with a thin, compact body style perfectly suited for travel.
Exposure remains under automatic control, something novices will appreciate, and its seven preprogrammed scene modes help with more tricky subjects. It's a very responsive camera, with low shutter lag in daylight conditions, and excellent shot to shot speeds. It also sports very good battery life, a very capable movie mode, and excellent download speed. Finally, Sony makes a line of accessory lenses, filters, a slave flash, and even an underwater case for it as well, greatly expanding your options beyond what you'd normal expect from a compact digicam model.
The bright 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout of the W70 is user-friendly and hassle-free. If you're looking for a good "take anywhere" camera with great versatility and good color and tonality, the Sony W70 deserves a close look. (And if you feel you can get by with a 2.0-inch LCD instead of the 2.5-inch one the W70 sports, and a 6.0 megapixel sensor the Sony W30 will save you $60-70 at retail.) One advantage that the W70 does offer over its lesser siblings though, is that its ISO 800 and 1000 settings produce images good enough to make 5x7 inch prints that we think most consumers would be happy with.
All in all, a nice little package at an attractive price, making the Sony W70 another Dave's Pick in its category. Read our full Sony W70 review for all the details!