Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700 review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

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MSRP: $179.99
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700 has respectable performance for its class.

The Bad Unfortunately, it has some issues with photo quality.

The Bottom Line Other models do budget better than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700.

6.2 Overall
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Image quality 6.0

Given the budget Cyber-shot DSC-S700's position at the rock-bottom of Sony's 2007 camera line, all you should really expect from it is the ability to take usable photos with minimal fuss. And by those standards, it passes muster. Just.

Compact and weighing 6.8 ounces, the S700 fits comfortably in a jacket pocket. It uses a typical control layout: the mode dial and power switch sit on top, while on the back you'll find a zoom rocker; four-way-plus-enter switch for exposure compensation, flash, macro and self-timer; and image quality/delete, review, display, and menu buttons. All these controls are large enough--the 2.4-inch LCD leaves plenty of space for them along with a small thumb grip--and it's pretty comfortable to shoot one-handed. However, the buttons all feel a bit flat and hard to push, while the navigation switch doesn't always seem to register presses. Like many of its classmates, the S700 lacks an optical viewfinder, and there are times in bright sunlight that the LCD becomes unreadable.

Feature wise, there's not a lot to the 7-megapixel S700. As with many budget options, it sports a relatively slow, narrow-angle lens, in this case an f2.8-4.8 35-105mm 3x zoom. From within the menus you can choose from some color effects, spot or evaluative metering, several white-balance presets, sensitivity up to ISO 1000, Fine or Standard compression quality, sharpness, flash compensation, and single or burst shooting.

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