The Good Good image quality; handy 'intelligent auto' mode; impressive panorama feature.
The Bad Video focus can be fooled by unstable movement; case can be tricky to hold.
The Bottom Line Approaching the limit of comfortable miniaturisation, the ultra-compact Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 camera nevertheless offers sufficient features to hold its own against far larger rivals.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570
What the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 lacks in size, it more than makes up for in features. This 16-megapixel camera is a great choice for first-time photographers or anyone who wants a carry-anywhere device as an upgrade to the snapper on their phone. It's available now for around £130.
The W570 is ultra-compact. But, while it's easily slipped into a pocket and highly portable, it's not massively comfortable to use. We worried we'd drop it when holding it over water, and, although it's light enough to be held with one hand, it's also fiddly enough to need a second hand for support when you're using the buttons and controls.
The W570 weighs just 100g, a great deal of which will be accounted for by the metal lens barrel and associated zoom, rather than the plastic body and 2.7-inch screen. The result is that this camera feels somewhat cheaper than its fairly low price already suggests. There's very little travel in the shutter button and the mode switch is a simple slider on the edge of the body that travels through the stills, panorama and movie settings.
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