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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)

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  • 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
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Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 2 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004H8FNKI
  • Item model number: DSCW570
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,708 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 4, 2011

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Color: Silver

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Sony DSC-W570
Sony DSC-W570 Features and value all in a slim design with the Sony DSC-W570. Capture your videos in 720P HD  and use Sweep Panorama for breathtaking images. Add more features like iAuto, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and this camera is jam packed with everything you need. 
Sony DSC-W570 Highlights
16.1 Megapixels
16.1 Megapixel Super HAD CCD Image Sensor
A powerful 16.1 megapixel ½.3-inch Super HAD CCD image sensor helps you capture gorgeous images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail. With 16.1 megapixels, you can create stunning, photo-quality prints up to A3+ (13x19-inch) size, or crop your images and still come away with high resolution shots.
2.7-inch LCD 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD display (230k pixels)
2.7-inch (230K pixels) Clear Photo LCD display features sharp, natural color that makes it easy to compose shots, read menus, and view photos, even in bright sunlight.
720p MP4 HD Movie Mode  
In 720p MP4 movie mode the camera shoots 1280 x 720 high definition movies at 30 fps, which is the format when working with a PC. Users will create high quality movies with full use of optical zoom in files small enough to transfer to compatible PC or Mac.  Once transferred to your computer you can effortlessly upload your media to popular photo and video-sharing websites such as Photobucket and YouTube. (Compatible computer with internet capability required)
Sweep Panorama Sweep Panorama Mode
Reach beyond the traditional wide angle lens, and capture more breathtaking shots with Sweep Panorama Mode. Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide and ultra-wide options, the camera can take panoramic shots of up to 235 degrees. Now capturing wide landscapes is as easy as press and sweep.
Optical SteadyShot Optical SteadyShot image stabilization   
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.
Intelligent Auto Mode Intelligent Auto Mode
Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, faces, and adjusts settings resulting clear images, faces with natural skin tone and less blur. Take advantage of all the technology without leaving Auto mode. Kids on the playground, landscape shots, a beautiful flower or an indoor birthday party; result in clear images without leaving auto mode.
Soft Skin Mode   
Your portrait subjects will thank you for this. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.
Natural Flash   
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them.  Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images.
Self-Portrait Timer   
Self-Portrait Timer helps take the guesswork out of self portraits by utilizing Face Detection technology to recognize when your face enters the frame. Once the camera detects your face, it triggers a 2-second timer, and then snaps a picture.
In camera guide
Take all the guesswork out of photography with the in camera guide. Its convenient step by step instructions lead you to the perfect shot.
Face Detection technology Face Detection technology
Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.
Smile Shutter Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can now be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.
Carl Zeiss Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with 25mm wide 5x Optical Zoom
The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for video recording as well as for outdoor, sports, and travel photos, and Close Focus shoots close-ups up to just under ½-inch from the subject. A wide angle of 25mm wide-angle lens allows you to take wider shots of the scene or group in crowded spaces.
Anti-blink Function
It’s frustrating to think you’ve captured that perfect shot, only to review it later and discover one of your subjects blinked just as you pressed the shutter. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.
Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard and Plus
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) Standard and Plus uses a sophisticated algorithm to help recover shadows and highlights. The result is more natural images with clearer details that more closely match what your naked eye sees. DRO is particularly effective when shooting backlit portraits or any scene with a dramatic contrast between background and foreground lighting. DRO Plus allows for even greater optimization by analyzing each region of an image and performing additional image processing.
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode   
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings: Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a tripod, Portrait, Landscape and macro. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.
High Sensitivity Mode High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200)
High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. In addition to High Sensitivity Mode (ISO), you can select up to seven ISO settings (Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200) when shooting in Program Auto Mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.
Easy Shooting Mode
With Easy Shooting Mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting Mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings, removing several function choices and allowing you to focus on just your subject.  Since this mode works together with Intelligent Scene Recognition, the camera selects the optimum setting for each scene. In addition the easy mode simplifies preview mode.
In-Camera Retouching Tools
Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming, Red-Eye Correction, and Unsharp Masking functions.
PHOTOMUSIC
PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music (4 tracks, 5 minutes per track) to produce fun and entertaining slide shows with standard visual effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Active, and Stylish). Select from pre-loaded tracks on the camera or transfer your own from your compatible computer (sold separately).
Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.32
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD  using an external  DVD burning device (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (such as Facebook and Sony’s Personal Space). Using the new 5.3 version also enables playback of 3D images taken on the Cyber-shot camera.
PMBP Software Includes Sony PMB Portable software3   
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software2 the DSC-W570 makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites4 without the need for any additional software or install. 
  1. PMB Requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/Windows 7. Not supported by Mac OS.
  2. PMB Portable (ver 5.2) for Windows is pre-loaded. PMB Portable (ver 1.2) for Mac is available at www.eSupport.sony.com. PMB Portable requires USB cable (included) and PC with internet connectivity. 64-bit environments not supported.
  3. Uploading directly to the web requires PMB Portable software and USB cable (included), and PC with internet connectivity (not included). PMB Portable for Mac is available at www.eSupport.sony.com. 64-bit environments not supported.
  4. Requires compatible wireless access point(s). Some features may rely on Internet services.
  5. When fully charged. Actual results may vary based on product settings, usage patterns and environmental conditions.
  6. Four preset music tracks stored in internal memory. Imported music tracks can be up to five minutes long. When using Music Transfer to download music, tracks longer than five minutes will be reduced to five minutes when uploading to the Cyber-shot camera.
  7. Movie recording is limited to (29min segments for MP4 up to 12Mbps 1440x1080/30p)
  8. HD Viewing requires an HD output adapter cable (VMC-MD3) and compatible HDTV, both sold separately.
  9. When using movie mode Memory Stick PRO Duo with MARK2 logo, Memory Stick PRO-HG, Class 4 or higher for SD/SDHC/SDXC media are recommended.
  10. The camera is assembled in Asia and comes with a limited 1 year US warranty.

Product Description

Blending rich features and value all wrapped up in a slim design, the Cyber-shot W570 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 include Optical SteadyShot 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.

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Customer Reviews

The pictures are excellent, the panoramic feature is great. HD videos are hard to believe they came from such a small device. Read more ›
I bought this Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 16.1 MP Digital Still Camera with Carl Zeiss last year. Picture quality is very good. I recorded many HD video using this camera. Read more ›
It is used one, but the quality is very good! Really good! Read more ›
I've since purchased an external memory…On a high note though, the camera takes amazing pictures, and is super compact, so there isn't anything big or bulky to lug around. Read more ›
The panoramic picture is a great feature. Really gives a whole new perspective for pictures and you can get a lot more in one picture. Read more ›
it got scratch now lol but works superbs taken all kinds of photos , panoramic shots are easy to do .if you are looking for a small decent camera, you will love this one. Read more ›
I lost my last one and wanted to replace it with the same thing Easy to use...takes great pictures. Real simple to download. Read more ›
Now I love my new one too! Its very easy to operate if your not mechanically saavy. Read more ›
So Far it's very good the ONLY concern I'm having is that…This camera is very simple to use and takes good pictures and sometimes it's like a Professional's picture too!!! Read more ›
Didn't buy the camera through Amazon, but am very happy with it. Very easy to use. Read more ›
This camera takes beautiful pictures, is very easy to use, is small, pretty, and lightweight! I needed something much smaller than a DSLR that I could take with me on… Read more ›
this camera is very easy to use, takes great pictures. its the smallest and thinnest camera i have seen that sony makes. Read more ›
Not only that,…The camera now has an auto-adjust setting which is great if you are looking for a camera that needs little to no manual adjustments, otherwise, not so much. Read more ›
There are also different settings for smile detection, red eye guard, different…The panoramic mode is very fun and easy to use, allowing you to take wide, long shots. U… Read more ›
I was able to start using this out of the box. The menu is easy to understand and navigate (unlike the Samsung - ARGHH!) and the pictures are CLEAR and even in low light… Read more ›
The sweep panorama mode is great, I took a few cool shots with it. Definitely don't expect because the MP is higher that you'll get DSLR quality, photos, but nevertheless… Read more ›
It's easy to use and has a lot more features. The panoramic mode is cool and the movies are great!! We just have to use a class 10 memory card. Read more ›
i love this camera very much. The sweep panorama is awesome and the functionality of the camera are very easy to use. Thanx to amazon for providing me a best deal to buy… Read more ›
It takes wonderfully clear pictures and is an absolute DREAM to use ! The price is very reasonable as well, and I looked at quite a few of them ! Read more ›
Overall, it's a good camera. Can't complain and the price is pretty good! Read more ›
I love the ability to set it to automatic and the camera reads the environment for the perfect picture. The price was also great. I wanted a camera that I didn't have to… Read more ›
1st digital camara, great for the price Read more ›
I purchased this cybershot in 'Thanks Giving' Deals with good price offered by AMAZON and not only this I did recieve Amazon's Memory Stick & Carrying Case Free as per the… Read more ›
I got all everything as advertising. Really great price, with bonus 4GB memory card and a camera bag. ****Fast service.**** Read more ›
Another good thing is that the video quality is great and it doesnt seem like it has a limit of time per video recording. I used this camera to film an entire photoshoot… Read more ›
Then there are those panoramic images that come out beautifully (I've posted a few). The video quality is pretty good, a lot better than my old panasonic camera. I like… Read more ›
I purchased this camera for my son so…The quality of the pictures and videos are very good even though he is using the lower quality imiage so they travel by email easier. Read more ›
I'm so glad I bought this camera, the picture and video quality is excellent, I couldn't be happier. My daughter is beautiful of course, but since I've been taking shots… Read more ›
This camera has many settings and takes good quality video and photos. It is light and slim. Read more ›
I love purple! Takes great pictures and video :-D I read a lot of reviews before buying this as I always do and I am very pleased with the camera. Light weight and easy to… Read more ›
This is…It has great features for its price, Pictures quality is really good in many different light conditions, Optical zoom is very good and digital zoom does quite well. Read more ›
Flash photos at night look a little too bright and soft. The zoom works well, but the noise it makes is loud and somewhat "clunky". Read more ›
I've had the camera close to a year now and I'm not overly impressed. The biggest thing that it's missing is a good zoom distance. I feel like even at the closest zoom, I'm… Read more ›
I've recharged the battery once since I got it, and though I have used it, I didn't think I'd used it enough to require a battery recharge, so I will…It's got a good zoom. Read more ›
Best point and shoot digital camera I've had so far! Easy to use, amazing image quality, incredible ZOOM and wide angle, lightweight and soooo portable! Very happy with the… Read more ›
The 5X zoom lens extends from the body quickly and does features an optical image stabilization (I.S.) system which I would rate as "so-so effective", due to the fact the… Read more ›
It's portable, easy to use, and has great zoom…I wish the color was more vivid and it had effects like black and white/sepia/etc. on it, but it's not a bad camera! Espe… Read more ›
I like this kind of pink'it is…The camera is very good till now and the color are bright and clear which is excellent'And thank you all the same for the quick delivery. Read more ›
I am not a professional…it gives me pictures with great resolution and colors I would recommend it to anyone who needs a simple camera with basic needs and low price. Read more ›
The 720p video feature actually takes halfway decent video indoors in well lit areas, but outdoors in bright sun, colors appear washed out/faded, and the level of detail is… Read more ›
I love the color! The only thing I don't like about the camera is that it takes too long to take the picture. Read more ›
The greatest feature is the soft skin mode, it erases acne and wrinkles, no need for plastic surgery. Love the color and size. Read more ›
The black just looked nicer to me and I…The size is a good size in that I can fit it in most of my pockets - something that will be good come summer when I go on vacation. Read more ›
It is possible to get professional quality shots from this camera. I have taken and sold photos using this camera and can get very nice poster size prints. Read more ›
If you turn off the flash and then turn the camera off and then back on, the flash doesn't come back on, which…It will take pictures quickly and it a perfect pocket size. Read more ›
This camera gives so much bang for your buck. The camera is a great size to fit inside a suit jacket, loose pants, or purse. The image quality is great and the panoramic… Read more ›
Easy to use. Convenient size. Great software, easy to upload photos, very user friendly. Read more ›
I had to get a camera to make due until the insurance claims came through, etc. I really like the size of this, because I always have it on hand (in my purse). It also has… Read more ›
After transfer, you can tell and most pictures come out fine. Flash is quite strong. Different picture modes seem to be the same. Read more ›
The shutter button is hard to hit half-way and there is some processing lag after some shots. Battery life was not great, even with flash off. At least the screen is… Read more ›
- 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… Read more ›
You can't charge it using your USB Night photos aren't very good and the flash often spoils pictures Not good at capturing people in motion Read more ›
You can't charge it using your USB Night photos aren't very good and the flash often spoils pictures Not good at capturing people in motion Read more ›
Very unhappy with the limited flash settings and un-crisp, indoor pictures. HD video is nice, but incompatible with my older laptop. Read more ›
auto-focus works well-- with a half press of the shutter button, the focus is locked so the image can be recomposed while keeping the original target as the focus distance.… Read more ›
Focus works well even while zoomed all the way in. Image stabilization works brilliantly. Read more ›
The focus was too soft on many of the shots. To it's credit, it's quick to focus and locks onto many points. The problem is that when you review your shots, you can see the… Read more ›
Pros: great size, lightweight, cool colors, easy to figure out, easy to…Cons: not the greatest at focusing close up, not the highest quality, but good enough for sure. J… Read more ›
I turned it on and pointed the camera all over the room, different lighting, darker to light to see…The camera thinks on its own, changing the settings and fast fast focus! Read more ›
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… Read more ›
The shutter button is hard to hit half-way and there is some processing lag after some shots. Battery life was not great, even with flash off. At least the screen is… Read more ›
1, its rechargeable battery does die quickly. The camera comes with a 15% off coupon that I'd recommend using to buy a spare battery or a quick charge device. Read more ›
Nothing like the high quality ones or…Pros: great size, lightweight, cool colors, easy to figure out, easy to charge battery and get pics off card, battery lasts fine. C… Read more ›
Only thing that i did not liked is the slow operation, it reminds of of old computers which takes time to start a…Pros: Good pics, sleek size, easy to carry, good battery Read more ›
Nice camera, features you'd expect today but we are exhausted at the battery life! I'm shocked that for a camera over $100, Sony can't use a stronger battery system. Read more ›
I have got this camera in a bundle offer from amazon - camera, case and memory card. Look and feel is very good, easy to carry camera, case was too big for the camera. Only… Read more ›
Only thing that i did not liked is the slow operation, it reminds of of old computers which takes time to start a…Pros: Good pics, sleek size, easy to carry, good battery Read more ›
This is my 4th Sony Cybershot and they just get better and better. Perfect size to carry on me all the time to catch pictures of my kids even when I don't expect to. 16.1… Read more ›
I like the wide angle feature. Easy to carry and very easy to operate. The picture quality seems to be very good. Read more ›

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Real Raleigh Reviewer on July 25, 2011
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
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.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By trhouse on July 25, 2011
Color Name: Black
I have to disagree with some of these reviews regarding the build quality of this Sony. I have owned HP, an Olympus, two previous Sony's, two Nikon's, and two Canon's. They were all 100% plastic bodies like the DSCW570. I carried them in pants pockets or a shoulder bag. Some were dropped more than a few times onto garage or concrete floors. None including this Sony ever suffered any damage because of the plastic case.

If they broke, it was inside. The Nikon was dropped and the lens failed to extend. An earlier Sony became intermittent. They were sold or given away on Craigslist or BCKS. I carry this Sony in my pants pocket along with a cell phone. It has never been a problem.

I went away from Sony before because I was tired of paying a lot for their proprietary media sticks but there were features of those Sony's I always liked. For example, the infrared focusing beam allows composing in total darkness something my HP, Olympus, and Nikon's could not do. I liked a feature which showed up in my second Canon. It automatically would switch to Macro mode when necessary and would automatically select a Scene mode in Auto mode. In Program mode, it allowed adjusting the exposure, metering method (spot, central area, multi-area), etc. The Sony does the same.

All the other cameras were 3 to 1 optical zooms or less with similar f stop range to the 570 so I see nothing unusual about that. Some would automatically switch to digital zoom so it was necessary to watch out for that happening. The 570 does not do that. One of the earlier cameras had a battery compartment door switch which caused it to open when sliding it into your pants. I would reach for the camera and end up with a handful of batteries. The 570 does not do that either.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SpaceDoll on July 21, 2011
Color Name: Violet Verified Purchase
I bought this because my mom had wanted her own digital camera to take pictures with. She knows absolutely nothing about technology, so the Intelligent Auto mode works wonderfully for her! It continually tries to choose the best scene mode for all pictures, and it actually works really well! The camera takes beautiful outdoor pictures during the daytime, and photos look great under normal lighting conditions when taking photos indoors. Flash photos at night look a little too bright and soft. The zoom works well, but the noise it makes is loud and somewhat "clunky".

The screen is big and bright at 2.7 inches, and the camera itself is small; it's a bit longer than my palm and it's super slim. Even my mom, a petite Asian woman, thought it was a little too small! I like that Sony made a slider button for the different playback modes so that you can capture photos/videos during the action. You can change it from picture to panorama to video instantly -- no fiddling around with menus here! The menus themselves are easily navigable, and you are given 3 different color options to change the menu color. The color of the camera is pretty close to the picture, and it's a gorgeous shade of metallic violet! It will definitely stand out from the usual black and silver cameras most people own.

This camera will be great for people who just want a nice point and shoot camera under $200. The in-camera guide is also quite helpful for those who have never used a digital camera before.
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106 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Gregory A. Henry on April 18, 2011
Color Name: Black
I picked up a DSC-W570 recently at "a major discount warehouse chain" (actually, Amazon is cheaper on the price, though). I paid $179.00 for the bundle.

The camera was blister packed with the camera, case, memory card, and basic accessories that included a USB cable, software, wrist strap, and battery/charger. When you look at this camera even up close, it almost appears to have a metal body, which would have been great. Unfortunately, once you unpack it, you realize it's plastic - and not just any standard grade of plastic, but EXTREMELY cheap, "toy-grade" plastic. It stands to reason that these days most of the sub-$200 cameras are going to be made of plastic, but this really did feel like a toy, even once the small battery was installed to add a little weight to it. I handed it to several coworkers who commented, "Oh, is this for children?", and were shocked when I told them it was $179.00.

That aside, with battery charged, I tested the camera out and I'll just go over a few of the very basics here. The camera is small enough to fit into a pocket, though due to the build quality I'd be tempted not to do it as it could easily break. The 5X zoom lens extends from the body quickly and does features an optical image stabilization (I.S.) system which I would rate as "so-so effective", due to the fact the lens has a maximum aperture of around 6.2/6.3 when you're fully zoomed; this means it takes in much less light when zoomed, and unless you have excellent light, the camera has to use a slower shutter speed to get the shot. Even outdoors on a sunny day but in shade, and even with I.S., the camera produced several blurry shots due to this.
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