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Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 Review

Sony DSC-W570 in black front view

March 11th, 2011: The compact 16.1 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 digital camera serves as an update to the Sony DSC-W370 from 2009. The Sony DSC-W570 features the same sleek design although the key specs have been updated to include; a 16.1 megapixel image sensor, a longer 5x zoom (25mm-125mm coverage in 35mm terms) combined with Sony's optical Steadyshot image stabilizer, and in terms of video the camera provides for the ability to record 720p HD movies with sound (MP4 format).

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 DSC-W570 Major Features
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 Sample Images
Sony DSC-W570 Specifications

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 Major Features:

  • 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 25mm equivalent wide 5x optical zoom lens. Approximately 25mm-125mm field of view in 35mm terms
  • Incorporates Sony's SteadyShot optical image stabilizer technology to minimize the chance of blurred shots
  • 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD display with 230,000 pixel resolution
  • Face Detection (up to 8 faces), Smile Shutter and Blink warning technology
  • Easy shooting mode for beginners
  • Intelligent Auto (iAUTO) mode designed to recognize the type of scene and adjust settings accordingly
  • 12 convenient user selectable scene modes including Hand-held Twilight Mode
  • Anti motion Blur mode to minimize effects of subject movement in low light
  • Built-in automatic flash coverage to 12 feet in Auto
  • 720p MP4 movie mode: shoot 1280 x 720 high definition movies at 30 fps with sound
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode for capturing wide panoramic images
  • Auto ISO up to 1600 ISO, Manual up to 3200 ISO
  • In-camera editing features including cropping
  • Sony NP-BN1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and charger supplied

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 Overview:

Sony DSC-W570 camera  top view

The Sony Cyber-shot W-570 features a 16.1 megapixel Super HAD™ CCD image sensor providing lots of detail. With 16.1 megapixels, you can create photo-quality prints up to A3+ (13x19”) size, or crop your images and still come away with high resolution shots.

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.

Sony W570 at 25mm   Sony Cybershot DSC_W570 at 125mm telephoto

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.

Sony DSC-W570 buttons and controls

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 camera’s functions according to your needs. Available options include;

- Shoot / playback guide: Search for various operation functions in shooting / viewing mode
- Icon guide: Search the function and meaning of displayed icons
- Troubleshooting: Search common problems and their solution
- Objective guide: Search functions according to your needs
- Keyword: Search functions by key words
- History: Display the last 12 searched items

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;


- EASY: Provides larger font size and simplified menu layout for basic use

- Slideshow: Choose to play back a slideshow of selected images with or without music (viewed on the LCD screen or by plugging the camera into an external TV)

- In-Camera Edit: The camera's Retouch feature offers three selections, including the option of choosing to Trim / Crop the image, apply Red-Eye Correction or use an Unsharp mask to improve the appearance of sharpness

- Delete: Use to delete one or multiple images or the contents of a folder stored on the memory card

- Protect: Select to protect an image or images from being accidentaly erased
- Rotate: used to rotate the orientation of an image

- In-Camera Guide: Used to access the in-camera help guide

- Menu Screen: used to select and set camera sounds, time, language display, download music for slideshow, choose LCD display background colour (white. black or pink) etc.

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 Cybershot DSC-W570 in violet front view

Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 Review: User Experience

The Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 is a compact camera that lends itself to family and travel photography. The camera is simple to operate and provides a feature set that is in-line with expectations for this type of camera.

Based on our tests with the Sony DSC-W570, the 5x optical zoom with Steadyshot optical image stabilizer delivers good center sharpness throughout the zoom range. Some edge softness is visible in wideangle images although this is fairly common to point and shoot cameras in this class.

The widest 25mm zoom setting does produce a fair amount of barrel distortion especially when shooting close to your subject, so if you are capturing close ups of people you are better off zooming in from a little further away.

The 9-point Auto focus system did a good job at maintaining focus for still image shooting, and the Sony Face Recognition system is very responsive and quickly locked in on faces in the scene. The metering system did a good job delivering well balanced exposures in general.

Taking advantage of some of the camera's built-in selectable scene modes and exposure compensation allowed us to compensate and get the desired shot that might not have been as achievable by simply using Auto mode.

The HD 720p video quality is pretty good although the camera did some focus hunting when using the zoom feature during recording. All in all within expections for this type of a camera.

We found the 2.7-inch LCD screen on the W570 to be adequate. The camera's monitor is not as high resolution as some competing models and does not offer a wide viewing angle which makes composing images from different angles (high / low) a little more hit and miss.

We found the menu interface on the Sony DSC-W570 to be intuitive and geared towards simple operation. Overall the Sony DSC-W570 is easy to handle and use, and in most cases delivers acceptable image quality for its class.

If you are looking for a user friendly, sleek and compact digital camera that can easily be brought along wherever your travels take you, the Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 is a decent option.

The reality is that this camera falls into an area of the market with a lot of competition. Prospective buyers might want to compare the Sony DSC-W570 to some of the other new models, among them the Canon Powershot A3300 IS, which although a little larger offers a similar price point and the same resolution, and comes with a bigger 3-inch LCD monitor plus added features.

To buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 we recommend Amazon. Compare US street prices here.

Sony DSC-W570 in silver front view

Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 Review Sample Image Gallery:

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)
Zoom Optical 5x

Digital Zoom:

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
Face Detection Detect up to 8 Faces


Child Priority
Adult Priority
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
D-Range Optimizer Settings include:

ISO Range Auto
Shutter Speed Auto: (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 Monitor 2.7" LCD Clear Photo LCD (230K dots)

Brightness Control: Normal / Bright / Auto Bright

Grid Display: Off / On
Built-in Flash Flash Modes:

Auto / Flash On / Slow Syncro / Flash Off

Flash Range:

ISO Auto:

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
Shooting Modes Intelligent 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
Drive Modes Single, 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)
Image Size 4:3 Aspect Ratio

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)
Movie Size 1,280 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
Self-Timer Off
Portrait 1
Portrait 2
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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