Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 Review
Designed to appeal to those who are looking for a compact take anywhere type of camera that can easily fit in a pocket or purse while offering a range of user friendly features, the Sony DSC-W570 is available in stores for just under $200 Canadian - based on manufacturer's recommended retail price (MSRP).
The Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 incorporates a 2.7-inch 230,000 pixel LCD, which in today's market is considered fairly average for a camera in this class. A grid display can be activated and superimposed on the monitor to assist in landscape or architectural composition. A lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger comes supplied in the box.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 Major Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 Overview:
The 5x optical zoom provides a field of view from 25mm wideangle to 125mm at telephoto (in 35mm terms). The lens incorporates Sony's optical image stabilizer technology which assists handheld shooting in low light.
The On/Off and shutter release buttons are located on the top of the Sony DSC-W570, while the main controls and buttons are found on the back of the camera as shown below.
The top located zoom control lever is easy to operate by simply toggling back and forth with your thumb. Selecting the desired shooting mode is simple to activate by sliding the Still / Sweep Panorama / Movie mode switch found on the very left side of the camera right under the zoom control lever.
To play back an image or a movie you first press the camera's dedicated playback button, and then use the left and right positions on the 4-way push control pad to scroll through images.
In still shooting mode the 4-way push control pad provides control over the following settings:
The top position on the control pad (marked DISP.) provides control over the camera's LCD display settings. You can select to have the played back mage displayed with or without shooting information, and you can adjust the brightness of the screen display.
The right position offers options for selecting the desired flash mode. Available settings include; Auto, Flash on, Slow Sync or Flash Off.
The bottom position on the control pad is used to select and set Self-Timer settings. The choices include; a Self-Portrait and two person Self-Portrait mode where the shutter does not fire until a new face(s) is detected entering the frame. Standard self-timer settings include either a 2 sec or a 10 sec delay before the shutter fires.
The left position on the 4-way control pad is used to activate the camera's smile shutter function, which sets up the camera to take a picture when it detects a person smiling in the frame.
The Sony DSC-W570 also offers Blink warning technology that warns you when the camera thinks that a person in the scene might have blinked when the image was taken.
Sony DSC-W570 Camera Menu Settings
When the DSC-W570 is set to shooting mode, pushing the "Menu" button superimposes the camera operation menu on the LCD screen. The following options are available by scrolling down the menu;
Shooting Mode: Select from Intelligent Auto (iAuto), Program (P) or Scene Mode (SCN).
Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, faces, and adjusts settings accordingly.
In Program mode although the camera still determines the exposure automatically, users have control of other settings such as ISO, Exposure Compensation and White Balance.
The Sony DSC-W570 features 12 convenient user selectable Scene modes. Choose the desired Scene mode (as seen in the above screen grab on the right) and the camera automatically adjusts settings to match the conditions.
Available Scene modes include: High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Landscape / Twilight Portrait / Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet / Underwater and Soft Skin.
In Soft Skin scene mode for example, the camera recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.
When set to Hand-held Twilight Mode, the Sony DSC-W570 can capture six images in a fraction of a second with one press of the shutter, and combines the data from all six to create a single image with improved detail and lower noise. Intended for producing cleaner and sharper night shots while using a tripod.
Easy Mode: 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.
This mode works together with Intelligent Scene Recognition which automatically detects eight different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings. Recognized scenes include; 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.
Image Size: Select the desired image recording size.
Continuous Shooting: Select from single frame or continuous burst mode shooting. The Sony DSC-W570 can shoot images at a rate of approx 1 rame per second at 16.1MP (Maximum 3 shots).
Exposure Compensation: Adjust exposure by +/- 2 EV in 1/3 step increments (darkens or brightens the exposure).
ISO Sensitivity: Select ISO settings from Auto (default) or manually set 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 ISO.
White Balance (WB): The camera can automatically determine the WB (default) or users can manually set the WB from a number of WB presets.
WB options include: Auto (Intelligent) / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push. In a difficult lighting situation, One push allows users to take a WB reading based on the lighting source.
Focus Mode: Focus Mode settings include 9 points AF (Under Face Undetected), Center Weighted AF or Spot AF for more precise focusing.
Metering: Metering mode options include Multi Pattern (default), Center Weighted and Spot.
Smile Detection Settings: The camera will automatically shoot when a smile is detected. Sensitivity options include; Big Smile, Normal Smile and Slight Smile.
Face Detection: set Face Detection priority by choosing from Face Detection Off, Auto, Child Priority and Adult Priority.
DRO settings: 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. Available DRO settings include: DRO Off, DRO Standard and DRO Plus.
In-Camera help guide: The Sony DSC-W570 contains a built-in help guide to assist beginners in learning how to use the camera.
This feature allows you to search the cameras functions according to your needs. Available options include;
/ playback guide: Search for various operation functions in shooting /
The screen grabs below
show the in-camera guides on how to use the DSC-W570's Sweep Panorama
mode feature (left graphic) and a description for "Intelligent Auto
Shooting" (right graphic).
The Sony DSC-W570 features a built in flash capable of providing illumination up to 3.7m (12 feet) in Auto ISO. The flash power extends up to 7.4m with ISO sensitivity set to 3200. Flash functions include; Auto, Fill Flash, Off, Slow Sync, and Red Eye reduction (emits a pre flash).
The Sony DSC-W570 can capture either 720p high definition (HD) or standard VGA video at a frame rate of approximately 30 frames per second with audio. Continuous recording is possible for approximately 29 minutes.
The maximum size of a movie file is up to approximately 2 GB. Movies are saved in the MPEG4 format. In movie recording mode there is a dedicated Scene mode for shooting movies underwater with an optional protective housing.
With the Sony DSC-W570's Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode you can have the camera automatically stitch together a series of images for an extra wide field of view as seen below. Simply activate the feature by using the shooting mode switch and press the shutter release while panning the camera from side to side or up and down.
The images that are stitched together are captured at lower resolution so there is some trade off in image quality when using this mode compared to shooting regular full size stills. The application is best suited for creating panoramic images for online use, including photo galleries, blogs and social networks.
The Sony DSC-W570 offers a number of playback functions. Playback can be accessed by pressing the dedicated playback button located on the back of the camera. Pushing the Menu button in playback mode provides access to a range of playback options.
The features available in the camera's playback menu include;
Provides larger font size and simplified menu layout for basic use
The Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 features a component output (1080i) for connecting the camera to a high definition TV (the cable is an optional accessory). A standard combination Audio/Video and USB cable is included in the box.
The camera uses Secure Digital (SD) or SDHC media or Sony Memory Stick Duo and Pro Duo memory cards. The camera does not come supplied with a memory card.
The DSC-W570 runs on a Sony NP-BN1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery which provides up to approximately 220 shots per charge. The camera comes supplied with one battery and a charger.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 Specifications
|Sensor Type||1/2.3" Super HAD CCD Sensor|
|Effective Pixels||16.1 megapixels|
|Focal Range||25-125mm in 35mm terms (4:3 aspect ratio)|
10M: Approx. 6.3x (Total), 5M: Approx. 8.9x (Total), VGA: Approx. 36x (Total), 16:9 (2M): Approx. 12x (Total)
|Aperture Range||F2.6 (W) - 6.3 (T)|
|Image Stabilizer||Yes optical steadyshot|
up to 8 Faces
Key Selected Face Memory
|AF Modes||9 points AF (Under Face Undetected) / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF|
|Tracking Focus||Yes (Face only)|
|AF Assist Beam||Yes|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||iAuto
(W: Approx. 5cm to Infinity
T: Approx. 100cm to Infinity)
|Metering Modes||Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps|
(2" - 1/1600 sec)
Program Auto: (1" - 1/1600 sec)
|White Balance Settings||Auto (Intelligent) / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push|
LCD Clear Photo LCD (230K dots)
Brightness Control: Normal / Bright / Auto Bright
Grid Display: Off / On
Auto / Flash On / Slow Syncro / Flash Off
Approx. 0.2- Approx. 3.7m (W)
Approx. 1.0-Approx. 1.5m (Approx. 3.28'- Approx. 4.92') (T)
Up to Approx. 7.3m (W) / Up to Approx. 3.1m (T)
Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color
|Red-Eye Reduction Settings||Auto / On / Off|
Auto, Program (P), Scene Modes
Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, faces, and automatically adjusts settings for best results
|Scene Modes/td>||High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Landscape / Twilight Portrait / Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet / Underwater / Soft Skin|
Continuous, Smile Shutter
Smile Shutter™ technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter™ button and the camera does the rest
|Continuous Shooting||Approx 1.0 fps at 16.1MP (Maximum 3 shots)|
16M (4,608 x 3,456)
10M (3,648 x 2,736)
5M (2,592 x 1,944)
VGA (640 x 480)
12M (4,608 x 2,592)
2M (1,920 x 1,080)
|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 a panoramic image|
|Panorama Still Image Size||7,152
x 1,080 (235deg)
4,912 x 1,080 (161deg)
4,912 x 1,920 (161deg)
3,424 x 1,920 (112deg)
x 720 (Fine) Approx 9Mbps Approx. 30fps
Progressive 1,280 x 720 (Standard) Approx. 6Mbps Approx. 30fps
Progressive 640 x 480 (VGA) Approx. 3Mbps Approx. 30fps
|Movie Format||MP4 / MPEG-4 Visual with mono sound|
|Still Image Type||JPEG|
|In-Camera Guide||Take all the guesswork out of photography with the in camera guide|
|In-Camera Editing||Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking|
|Menu Languages||English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi|
|Interface||Hi-Speed USB, A/V output (PAL/NTSC), Component|
|Memory cards compatibility||MS
Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC type cards
Memory Stick Duo: No movie recording
Memory Stick PRO Duo: Mark 2 only for movie recording
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
|Supplied Software||Windows®: PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Ver. 5.3, PMB Portable|
|Battery||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NP-BN1 (NP-BN1 battery and charger supplied)|
|Battery Life||Approx. 220 shots|
|Dimensions||91.0mm x 51.5mm x 9.1mm|
|Weight||Approx. 116 g (including battery and memory card)|
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