Sony Cyber-shot H70 Brief Review


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  • 16.2 Megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 25mm wide-angle lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD (230k pixels)
  • 720p HD video
  • Sweep panoramas
  • Motion detection
  • In-camera guide
  • TransferJet technology
  • Face detection
  • ISO up to 3200
  • Captures to Memory Stick Duo/ Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo/ SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-03-17
  • Final Grade: 88 4.4 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Cyber-shot H70
16.2 Megapixels; 10x optical zoom; 25mm wide-angle lens; Optical image stabilization; 3-inch LCD (230k pixels); 720p HD video; Sweep panoramas; Motion detection; In-camera guide; TransferJet technology; Face detection; ISO up to 3200; Captures to Memory Stick Duo/ Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo/ SD/SDHC/SDXC; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Sony's H70 is a basic but effective travel zoom with a 25mm-250mm lens (that's 10x zoom), plus all the good stuff like optical image stabilization, 720p HD video, sweep panoramas, a 3-inch LCD, so on and so forth. It's a bit more middle-of-the-road, specs wise, than most of the travel zooms on the market right now, but at a top price of $230, it costs a heck of a lot less than most of them. Image quality is not the strong suit, though it's fine considering the price and specs. A head-turner, it is not, but a decent, affordable point-and-shoot with a long zoom.

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