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CNET First Look
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 is a very good basic compact megazoom, if not the best value.
-Hey, I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor with CNET and this is a look at the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H70. The H70 is Sony's basic compact mega zoom for 2011 replacing 2010's H55 and actually almost nothing changes from that model to this one. The big difference is the resolution bump from 14 mega pexis to 16 and change doesn't really improve photo quality. So, if you already have the H55, there is little reason to upgrade. The rest of the camera is pretty basic, but good because you get things like a 3-inch LCD and a wide-angle Sony G lens with a 10x zoom. The Sony G lenses are Sony's highest quality lenses. So, it's nice to find that on something that's inexpensive as the H70. Shooting options are mostly automatic, including Sony's reliable intelligent auto. A bunch of scene modes and its sweep panorama options for creating a wide shots just by sweeping the camera left to right. There is a manual mode too if you want to control aperture and shutter speed, but apertures are really limited, so it's best for playing with shutter speeds. It records movies too, resolution is up to 720p HD and that's with use of the lens while recording. As for photo quality, while the extra mega pixels don't really improve things, they don't make photos worse either. The H55 took very good photos and so does the H70. Then again, shooting performance wasn't great from the H55 and remains slow with the H70 too. Shot-to-shot time in particular are long; so, if you need speed, this probably isn't camera for you. Also, if you're after a lot of shooting options and other features, you wanna checkout Sony's slightly more expensive HX-7V, which gets you a lot more camera for your money. Otherwise, this is a nice easy to use compact mega zoom. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Sony Cyber-Shot H70.