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Sony DSC-H70R Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.1MP 10x CCD Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Expert reviews are average
Good ergonomic handling experience with well-placed external control points
Packed full of features, lens ring
39 Reviews

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Cameras.co.uk, erenumerique.fr and optyczne.pl the average expert rating of this camera is 74%.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this medium megapixel camera rated it as 89 out of 100. Over 89% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 23,045 user and expert reviews (including 401 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Good Ergonomic Handling Experience With Well-Placed External Control Points

Nine people considered that it was easy to use. Six years ago About.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “LCD is clear and bright, even in direct sunlight, "Intelligent auto" mode works very well, making 70 easy to use”. Pradeep said “I would suggest you will feel awesome to use this product” in their review of this digital camera. Potsandpans wrote “The camera I have found is EXCELLENT - very easy to use - I had to get used to not having a viewfinder” in their review of the Sony DSC-H70R and gave it a score of 9 stars.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Six years ago Owen mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Nice features and very good menu system” in his review of this digital camera. Chris mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “The flash could be in a better place as my fingers often obsecure it if I don't think about it and the manual settings could be easier to access” in his review of this digital camera and rated it 6 stars.

One owner considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Good Ergonomic Handling Experience With Well-Placed External Control Points

Two owners who purchased it reckoned that it was ergonomic. Pocket Lint said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Good ergonomic handling experience with well-placed external control points” although they only rated it 1 stars. In the same month Carl mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Ergonomics are decent with the camcorder.” in his review of this digital camera.

Two customers mentioned that the product was good looking. N. Bryan wrote “Pretty simple to use (I tend to leave it on automatic mostly) as it's similar to my old camera” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 8 stars. Six years ago Ian S. Mowat he wrote “I found a beautiful leather carry case for my belt on Amazon France” in his review of the Sony DSC-H70R.

One owner said in their reviews that this digital camera was well designed.

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Reliable AF Performance for Its Class

One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was reliable. Pocket Lint mentioned six years ago “Reliable AF performance for its class” in their Sony DSC-H70R review. One owner who reviewed it thought it was well made.

Image Quality is Very Good

Twelve customers mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-H70R was good quality. About.com said “Image quality is very good” in their Sony DSC-H70R review. Pocket Lint mentioned “Good image quality for its class with pleasing colors” in their review of this digital camera. Pocket Lint also said “Excellent video quality and stereo microphone” in their review.


Features

Packed Full of Features, Lens Ring

Eight owners who reviewed it considered that it had good features. Pocket Lint said “Packed full of features, lens ring”. About.com gave the product a rating of 8 stars and mentioned six years ago “Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H70 has some very strong features for a camera in its price range” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com wrote “Sony's Cyber-shot series of point-and-shoot digital cameras is known for being budget-friendly while showcasing some of the company's more advanced features” in their review of this digital camera.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had gps. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert review site Pocket Lint “Sony’s latest HX100V has a massive 30x optical zoom, GPS technology” in their review of the Sony DSC-H70R.


Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three owners who reviewed the product mentioned that it had a good screen. Potsandpans wrote in their Sony DSC-H70R review on Amazon.co.uk six years ago “Soon got used to the screen - very sharp images - the 10x optical zoom is excellent - at 16 megapixels the pictures can even be cropped more”. Kieran Wilkinson gave it a score of 7 stars and mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “It can be difficult to view the image screen in bright daylight”. Kieran Wilkinson also wrote “Then again, isn't that alwasy the case with any screen in sunny locations? Good zoom, usual functions associated with a camera of this size” in their review.

Good Video Capture

Three people who reviewed the product considered that it was good for video recording. Potsandpans gave it a rating of 6 stars and wrote on Amazon.co.uk “The HD Video looks great to me”.

Impressive Flash Power for Its Class

Three people concluded that the product had a good flash. Pocket Lint said “Impressive flash power for its class” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site About.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “In fact, for a sub-$200 camera with a small built-in flash”.

Extremely Versatile Zoom Range

Twelve people said that it had a good zoom. About.com wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-H70R “10X zoom lens also offers some good wide angle capabilities” nonetheless they scored the product 1 stars. Pocket Lint said “Extremely versatile zoom range” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they rated it 1 stars. Owen wrote “Very small camera, with 10 x zoom its amazing”.

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good lens.

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Good Quality Pictures

Sixteen owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Chardee Macdennis mentioned “It takes great photos with its 16.1mp” in their Sony DSC-H70R review and scored it 7 stars. D. Temple said on Amazon.co.uk “The results are amazing, instant panorama picture with no editing! would highly recommend this camera it is user friendly, great build quality”. Andy Burch Norfolk said six years ago “Takes excellent photo's” in his Sony DSC-H70R review and scored the product 8 stars.

Two people who reviewed the product concluded that it was good in low light. About.com gave the product a rating of 6 stars and wrote six years ago “The H70's image results in low light are surprisingly good, some of”. Kieran Wilkinson gave the product a rating of 6 stars and said on Amazon.co.uk five years ago “Image quality is good, in daylight and low light” in their Sony DSC-H70R review.

Two people considered that the product had a good picture resolution. Expert website Cameras.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Sony Cybershot DSC H70 has 16 megapixels and a 10x optical zoom lens”. Ian S. Mowat mentioned “In "easy" mode it will determine you are shooting faces which are back lit” and gave the product a score of 7 stars.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the DSC-H70R has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera. The display diagonals of cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera range from 2" to 4.8".

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HX100V is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Df ($1,995.95) (3.2"), or the D4 ($4,299.99) (3.2") both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera that we have assessed, the Sony DSC-H70R's digital zoom of 20 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The digital zooms of medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Sony DSC-WX10 (28x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 10 times zoom factor, the DSC-H70R has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 10x optical zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung 200 is also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Samsung WB50F (12x), or the Nikon S6800 (12x).

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The DSC-H70R supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon 140.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DSC-H70R has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Support

Good Support

Three customers who bought it agreed that it had good technical guidance. Ian S. Mowat said in his review of the Sony DSC-H70R on Amazon.co.uk “And if automatic is to blasé for you you can have fully manual on aperture or exposure”. Janeofsheffield wrote on Amazon.co.uk four years ago “In manual mode it is better”.


Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Sony DSC-H70R features smile detection, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Smile Detection

The DSC-H70R features smile detection. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also feature smile detection.

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Picture Quality

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Sony DSC-H70R has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this type and age. This digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 and 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736. Across all medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this type and age.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The Sony DSC-H70R features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Very Fast Start-Up Time

The average start-up time of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera is 1,100ms. With a start-up time of only 18 milliseconds, the Sony DSC-H70R has a fairly fast start-up time compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Does Not Feature Contrast Adjustment

The DSC-H70R does not feature contrast adjustment, unlike most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera which feature contrast adjustment.

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Quite Low Playback Zoom (max)

The playback zoom (max) of the DSC-H70R of only 1 times zoom factor is one of the lowest amongst digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera. Across all the cameras of this age and type the playback zoom (max) range from 1x to 16x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 9.1x.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The DSC-H70R has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC- 70 Has a Compact, Lightweight Design

Three owners who reviewed it agreed that it was compact. Cnet.com gave the product a score of 6 stars and wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-H70R on expert review site CNET.com six years ago “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 is a very good basic compact megazoom, if not the best value”. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk mentioned also six years ago “The big attraction of this camera is the lens power it offers in a relatively compact body” in their review of the Sony DSC-H70R. J. Owen said on Amazon.co.uk also six years ago “It's compact & easy to use, with good size viewing window to look at my photo's” in their Sony DSC-H70R review.

One person concluded that the product was lightweight. Six years ago Cnet.com mentioned on CNET.com “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC- 70 has a compact, lightweight design” yet they scored it 18.2 out of 100.

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Average Weight

The Sony DSC-H70R has a relatively average weight (164 grams) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This medium megapixel camera was released in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 0027242265219, sony dsch70r, dsch70l.cee8, dsch70r.cee8, dsch70bcee8, dsch70black, dsch70r.ceh, dsch70l.ceh, dsch70bceh
Barcodes 00027242808706, 00027242808713, 00602589109848, 02222200713117, 03610170006718, 03610170012894, 03610170020875, 03610170024989, 04905524767841, 04905524767858, 04905524767865, 04905524767872, 04905524767889, 04905524767896, 04905524767902, 04905524767919, 04905524767926, 04905524767933

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