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Sony DSC-H70
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Sony DSCH70B Digital Camera

16.1MP 10x CCD 1/2.3" Jan 2011
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Get Even Closer To Great ImagesCompact and easy to use, the Cyber-shot H70 digital camera lets everyone capture detail-packed still images and HD video. Powerful 10x zoom and Sweep Panorama expand... More
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25 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Cameras.co.uk, about.com and PC Welt.de this digital camera has an overall expert rating of 74%.

Good User Reviews

On average, based on 17 user reviews this camera has an overall user rating of 88 out of 100.

Good Size

Some Sony DSC-H70 owners said that the Sony DSC-H70 was compact. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk said in their review “The big attraction of this camera is the lens power it offers in a relatively compact body”.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Sony is one of the superior digital camera manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Sony also has good ratings for its compact camera digital cameras.

Good Technical Features

Three customers who purchased the Sony DSC-H70 considered that it had good features. Expert review site About.com wrote “Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H70 has some very strong features for a camera in its price range” in their review and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com mentioned “Sony's Cyber-shot series of point-and-shoot digital cameras is known for being budget-friendly while showcasing some of the company's more advanced features”. Imaging-Resource.com wrote on expert website Imaging Resource.com “It has a modest feature set with only a handful of Scene modes”.

Good Quality Pictures

One Sony DSC-H70 owner thought the product was able to produce good images. One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was good in low light. Expert website About.com wrote “The H70's image results in low light are surprisingly good, some of” in their review of the Sony DSC-H70.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Sony Cybershot DSC H70 has 16 megapixels and a 10x optical zoom lens”.

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Good Product Quality

One customer who purchased the product reckoned that it was good quality. Expert website About.com mentioned five years ago “Its image quality is very good”.

Good Flash

One person said in their reviews that it had a good flash. Five years ago expert website About.com wrote “In fact, for a sub-$200 camera with a small built-in flash” in their review.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony DSC-H70 owner concluded that the product had a good lens.

Robust

One customer who reviewed the Sony DSC-H70 concluded that it was well made. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com mentioned “Sony's Cyber-shot H70 is a pretty solid long-zoom compact” in their review of this digital camera.

Nice Design

One person who reviewed it thought it was good looking.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor to this camera and we think the Canon IXUS 150[plb_2176458_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 1x to 810x. The DSC-H70 has a fairly big digital zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-H70.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] (40x), the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price] (102x), or the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price] (486x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this compact camera camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Canon PowerShot S120[plb_1602828_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The DSC-H70 supports video recording. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also support video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support video recording and we think the Olympus SP-820UZ[plb_1792852_price] which is cheaper; or the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price], and the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] both from Sony which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The Sony DSC-H70 has a fairly high megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Across all the digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-H70 the megapixel counts range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

If this compact camera camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might also want to consider the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price] (18.2MP), or the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] (18.2MP) both from Sony or the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] (16.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Extra / Smart Zoom

The average extra / smart zoom of digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-H70 is 26x, and the extra / smart zooms range from 1.3x to 96x. The Sony DSC-H70 has one of the bigger extra / smart zooms (72 times zoom factor) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of 30 seconds, the DSC-H70 has a quite long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-H70. Similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-H70 have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.0005s and 250s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 14s.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-H70 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera also have still image resolutions of 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 and 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736. Across all cameras of this age and spec the still image resolution ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Has One Playback Mode

The DSC-H70 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most commonly found playback mode is Movie, but this playback mode is not found on this camera. The playback modes slide show are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the DSC-H70 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-H70. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the Sony DSC-H70 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes rotating and trimming are also found on this Sony camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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Features Two Light Metering Modes

The number of light metering modes featured on the DSC-H70 is more than most similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most frequently featured light metering mode featured on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-H70. The light metering mode "Spot" is also featured on this Sony camera.

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290 Shots Per Battery Charge

The DSC-H70 is a camera that takes 290 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years take between 30 and 869 shots per battery charge.

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11 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One person who bought it said that it was not good value for money. Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 is a very good basic compact megazoom, if not the best value”.

One Sony DSC-H70 owner who bought this digital camera concluded that it was not cheap. Cnet.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site CNET.com.au “The 16-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-H70 is the least expensive of Sony's 2011 compact megazooms” but despite that they scored the Sony DSC-H70 70 out of 100.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The DSC-H70 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-H70 which have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price], or the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] both from Sony which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony DSC-H70 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other cameras of this spec and age which have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price], or the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] both from Sony.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-H70, the DSC-H70 does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to consider including the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price], or the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The DSC-H70 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-H70 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price], the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price], or the DSC-QX10[pl_2136113_price] all from Sony.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-H70, the Sony DSC-H70 is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price], the Nikon Coolpix L820[plb_2153075_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-H70 do not have a GPS. The DSC-H70 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS and we think the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-H70 are not waterproof. The Sony DSC-H70 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony DSC-H70 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-H70. The flash modes "Flash off", "pre-flash" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Low Maximum Playback Zoom

When compared to other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years that we have checked, the maximum playback zoom of the Sony DSC-H70 of only 1 times zoom factor is one of the lowest. The average maximum playback zoom of digital cameras of this age and spec is 8.8x, and the maximum playback zooms range from 1x to 16x.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the DSC-H70 is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The image format "JPEG" is also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-H70

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Sony DSC-H70 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Released Over Six Years Ago

It was over six years ago when Sony released the DSC-H70.

Average Optical Zoom

At 10 times zoom factor, the DSC-H70 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-H70.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S6800[plb_2118627_price] (12x), or the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] (15x) which is also higher rated.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on digital cameras that are a similar age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 164 grams, the DSC-H70 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Focusing
Smile Detection
Focus
Smile Detection
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance Mode
Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Video Recording
USB 2.0 Port
Dimension
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Camera CCD Sensor
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

(20)
22 June 2011

Ever been out stuck with the limitations of your cellphone camera, which in turn makes you appreciate your actual digital camera when you finally have it again? Once you operate Sony's 2011...

Sony's Cyber-shot H70 is a pretty solid long-zoom compact. It has a modest feature set with only a handful of Scene modes, and a Manual Mode for some photographic experimentation, and a few... Read more…

18 May 2011

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H70 has some very strong features for a camera in its price range, and its image quality is very good. In fact, for a sub-$200 camera with a small built-in flash, the H70's... Read more…

1 May 2011

There is a lot to like about the Sony Cybershot DSC H70. It is a clear step up in many ways from a more basic digital camera. Picture quality impresses as does the build quality of the camera and...

23 April 2011

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 is a very good basic compact megazoom, if not the best value...

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User Reviews

(17)
Reviewed 13 June 2011 by Master-rater

My previous camera was the Ricoh R10, but i decided to get this camera for a holiday trip. When going through the settings, I found considerably less settings than on my previous camera (for... Read more…

Reviewed 23 June 2011 by ANDY BURCH NORFOLK

A fantastic camera with many features. Purchased for my wife. Takes excellent photo's. The only gripe is not having view finder, as when you are outside it is very difficult to see image on LCD... Read more…

Reviewed 18 July 2011 by Ian S. Mowat

I am in love with this camera. It does everything so well. For instance with a 10X zoom you would expect it to be unusable except with a tripod. But with the anti-shake software, shots have... Read more…

Reviewed 20 July 2011 by N. Bryan

I bought this as my old camera struggled to take photos in the dark and half-light and also I wanted a better zoom. My old camera was a Sony Cybershot, 6 megepixel, 3 x zoom. So far, I've managed... Read more…

Reviewed 1 August 2011 by Potsandpans

I bought this as a secondary camera to a digital SLR - I was tired of carrying the bulk of this around and wanted something I could pop into my pocket. The camera I have found is EXCELLENT - very... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dsch70, dsch70r, dsch70l, dsch70b, DSCH70/R, dsch70/l, dsch70rceh, dsch70bceh, dsch70lceh, dsch70bcee8, dsch70r.ceh, dsch70lcee8, dsch70black, dsch70l.ceh, dsch70rcee8, dsch70l.cee8, dsch70r.cee8, 0027242265219
Barcodes 00027242808706, 00027242808713, 00602589109848, 02222200713117, 03610170006718, 03610170012894, 03610170020875, 03610170024989, 04905524767841, 04905524767858, 04905524767865, 04905524767872, 04905524767889, 04905524767896, 04905524767902, 04905524767919, 04905524767926, 04905524767933

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