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Light and easily pocketable, the Sony H70 has a good-quality G-series lens, Sweep Panorama mode, and produces a good-quality image; it's a natural choice as a travel camera. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 digital camera is a pocket camera with a 10x zoom starting at 25mm and reaching out to mm, a great choice as an everywhere camera, or a vacation camera. With a The Sony H70's lens carries the same Sony G branding as the company's digital SLR lenses, an indication of its confidence in the lens' optical performance.

To help combat blur from camera shake, the Sony DSC-H70's lens includes an optical stabilization mechanism that works in concert with a built-in gyro sensor to detect and correct for camera motion. As with certain of Sony's other recent Cyber-shot cameras, the stabilization function works with up to 10x increased power in Movie mode, taking advantage of the more forgiving lower resolution of the movies as compared to still images. The Sony H70 uses a 3-inch Clear Photo LCD display with a resolution of , dots, roughly equating to a resolution of x pixels with separate red, green, and blue dots per pixel.

A nine-point autofocus system includes face detection capability, and can recognize up to eight faces in a scene. The face detection function can be disabled if desired, and can also be programmed to give priority to either adult or child faces. As well as still images, the Sony H70 can capture either high-definition p 1, x pixel or standard definition VGA x pixel video at a frame rate of Movies are saved with MP4 compression, and include monaural audio.

The Cyber-shot DSC-H70 also includes a sweep panorama function, which can automatically capture multiple shots by simply sweeping the camera across the scene, and then stitch these in-camera into a single image with an increased field of view. A Self Portrait Timer mode allows the photographer to get in the picture before the shutter is automatically triggered, and a Smile Shutter function ensures everybody is smiling before the shutter fires.

Connectivity options include both USB data, as well as standard definition composite and high definition component video outputs. The product bundle includes Sony's Picture Motion Browser v5. If there's been any upside to the Great Recession we're only now we're told dusting ourselves off from, it's that it helped drive prices down on everything from dental floss to digital cameras.

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H70 is clear evidence of this trend, packing a range of features into a very budget-friendly package.

Throw in some manual control, several "Intelligent" scene modes and a compact design and you're looking at quite a capable digital camera in the Sony H But there's a lot of competition for your camera dollar in this price range, including many cameras that can bundle big lenses into little bodies. Let's see how the Sony Cyber-shot H70 stacks up.

Look and Feel: The Cyber-shot H70 is comfortable to hold, with a rounded, ergonomic rest running down the left side. There's also a gently indented rest for your thumb to the right of the Sony H70's 3-inch LCD display. This little home for your thumb makes it easier to grip the camera one-handed, but it forces the camera's controls to cluster down at the bottom of the camera, and those controls are fairly small.

Beneath the thumb rest on the back of the camera you'll find a Playback button, a four-way controller for accessing the Display, Smile Shutter, Flash and Self-timer. These controls are not only small in diameter, but pretty flush with the Sony H70's body. Often they'll need a determined press to activate. Aesthetically, the Sony H70 isn't much to look at. It's rather bland in black, but you'll also have a choice of more dynamic red, blue, or silver with a black lens barrel -- at least if you're shopping online.

It's a Sony G Lens composed of 10 elements in seven groups with four aspheric elements. Wide and Tele. Got the time? With a 10x zoom you should be able to pull it in. It's definitely nice to get this kind of optical zoom in camera just a smidge over an inch thick.

It's doubly nice when it's a wide-angle lens, which is really useful for getting the scene in tight quarters. Sony also throws in what they dub their "Smart Zoom" technology, which delivers 12x when you're shooting at 10 megapixels. Unfortunately, the zoom is apparently not smart enough to automatically down-res your photo as you push past the 10x mark, so resolution must already be set to 10 megapixels before using Smart Zoom, which takes away some of the feature's utility.

You can zoom still further if you lower the resolution more: at 5 megapixels you'll get 17x total, at 2 megapixels you'll get 24x when shooting at a aspect ratio. If you were inclined to take a VGA resolution photo, the Smart Zoom would propel you all the way out to 72x.

There's also a Precision Zoom function, which brings you out to 20x by cropping out a portion of the image and interpolating it back up to full resolution, though image quality deteriorates. As you zoom out past 10x, the LCD will display a box to help you frame the portion of the photo that will appear magnified. Unlike Smart Zoom, Precision Zoom will kick on while shooting at full resolution.

Sony's H70 also uses a nine-point autofocus system with face detection capable of recognizing up to eight faces in a scene. There was room on the dial for additional functions, but Sony opted to keep it to this simple lineup.

Pretty straightforward stuff. What's a bit curious is that while you have the ability to adjust both shutter and aperture in Manual, there are no Shutter or Aperture Priority Modes. Those modes would have been useful as well, though the lack of a full range of apertures is probably why. As mentioned above, the external buttons are on the smallish side, so you may need to use the edge of your thumbnail for them.

But on the whole, they're responsive. Advanced mode. It takes a little longer, but in tough lighting, Advanced mode can save the day Modes: There's a fair amount to do on the Sony H70, enough to satisfy your average point-and-shooter with a little dollop of creative freedom thrown in, and the Manual Mode to slake the thirst of more advanced users. It's not as extensive a selection of scene modes as we've come to expect from a compact point-and-shoot, but it covers the important bases.

If you simply want a point-and-shoot experience, the Sony H70 is equipped with the company's iAuto or Intelligent Auto mode, which optimizes your exposure based on shooting conditions. When you're shooting in Advanced Mode, the camera will snap two photos one with the flash, one without whenever it encounters scenes with low light or excessive backlighting. What's nice is that the camera will alert you when it's about to take two shots and will then display the images side-by-side briefly on the display.

It takes a few seconds for the Sony H70 to process both images, so shooting in Advanced Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode can slow you down a bit, but it's a useful feature when used in challenging settings. If you want a super-streamlined interface, you can set the Sony H70 to Easy Mode, which enlarges the text and icons and limits the number of settings you can access in the camera. I've never quite understood the appeal of Easy Modes why make your camera less functional?

You might want to use it as a mode to use when handing the camera to the kids or a complete novice. Face detection can identify up to eight faces in a scene and you can set the camera to Child or Adult Priority to optimize focus on children or adults.

There's also Blink Detection, which can be turned on or off to alert you when a subject is blinking. Finally, there's Smile Shutter, which gets prominent placement on the camera's four-way controller and pauses the moment of image capture until a single person in a frame is smiling. You can adjust the sensitivity of the Smile Shutter in the menu so that the H70 can snap a photo at the merest hint of a smile or until your subject's chicklets are beaming.

Smile Shutter is a neat trick but I find it has very limited utility outside of impressing people around you with what your camera can do yes I do that, don't you?

Sweep Panorama: Sweep Panorama is one of Sony's big bragging points, and for good reason: they've finally figured out how to make panoramic shooting on a point and shoot camera simple and the results are almost always impressive.

Simply set the camera to Sweep Panorama using the Mode dial and a guide will appear at the bottom of the display pointing you in the direction in which you pan the camera. Then gently pan the camera in that direction and the camera assembles the panorama for you.

Gone are the days of trying to align faint overlays of your previous image in the display - with Sweep Panorama the process is seamless. There are some tricks to shooting in Sweep Panorama, however. For one, it's best for static photographs. If any objects are moving in your frame, they're going to appear chopped up into many pieces or truncated depending on which direction they're moving as you pan.

HD optional. Audio is recorded via a mono microphone not surprising, given the price. You can use the camera's zoom while recording with a sensor-cropped focal length of 30 to mm.

While it's nice to have access to the zoom while recording, the camera's microphone picks up the sound of the zoom motor, producing a distracting, high-pitched buzz every time you zoom. Not nice. The video quality at p isn't particularly impressive either.

The video clips I recorded were frequently on the noisy side, especially indoors. I found the focus was rather soft too, although the lens did a nice job keeping things relatively in focus as you zoom. Sony provides a small amount of control over your videos: you knock back the resolution to VGA quality, adjust exposure, white balance, and choose from center or multi metering mode.

You can also select from Standard or Active image stabilization, depending on your conditions. While it's not the most extensive movie menu set you can find in a compact digicam, given the price it's nothing to sneeze at. You can adjust DRO settings in Program Mode with a choice of Standard -- which recovers some detail in shadowed areas -- and Plus, which claims to recover said detail without losing the highlights.

In practice, it didn't appear that DRO Standard washed out too many highlights, but it definitely wasn't as effective as DRO Plus at pulling all the details from the shadows.

However, DRO Plus did tend to wash out some of the colors in the frame. Menu: The on-screen menu on the DSC-H70 is quite intuitive: it's easy to quickly find what you need, set it, and jump back into shooting. Hit the Menu button on the back of the camera and the Sony H70 will bring up a series of functions on the left of the LCD display, which expand out into the LCD as you highlight them.

Each function is helpfully described for you by brief explanatory text on the display. Once you dive into the camera's settings, the menu gets a bit more simplistic and less graphical as you'd expect. You can pop out of the menu anytime by pressing the shutter. It's accessible through a dedicated button on the back of the camera or in the menu. The guide not only explains almost all of the core functions of the camera, it also gives you easy access to the functions you were just learning about so you can make changes to the camera settings immediately.

In Keyword, you can search the Guide by select keywords obviously and in "History" you can view all the various guide pages you have already used in the event you need more information. All in all, quite a nice feature to have on board the camera, especially since the documentation provided isn't great, and is fragmented into multiple manuals and formats PDF and HTML.

Shooting: The Sony Cyber-shot H70 makes for a pretty easy travel companion, given its trim size and light weight. On the performance side, the Sony H70 is a bit of a mixed bag. It springs to life fast enough but when the flash is on, you'll notice some lag between shots.

Burst mode isn't much help at all, it's a sluggish one frame per second at full resolution for just three images. The camera is many things, but it's definitely not a speed demon.


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