Sony Cybershot W170 Brief Review


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  • 10.10 Megapixels
  • 5x Optical Zoom /25x Digital Smart Zoom
  • D-Range Optimizer for low light focus, partial manual focus, "smile shutter" mode, which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles
  • Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization
  • MPEG-1 Movie Mode
  • Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot Metering
  • 80-3200 ISO Levels
  • JPG File Format
  • 2.7 inch LCD
  • MS Duo/MS PRO Duo with 15MB Internal memory
  • Custom Lithium Ion Rechargeable
  • Release Date: 2008-02-11
  • Final Grade: 80 4.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Cybershot W170
10.10 Megapixels; 5x Optical Zoom /25x Digital Smart Zoom; D-Range Optimizer for low light focus, partial manual focus, "smile shutter" mode, which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles; Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization; MPEG-1 Movie Mode; Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot Metering; 80-3200 ISO Levels; JPG File Format; 2.7 inch LCD; MS Duo/MS PRO Duo with 15MB Internal memory; Custom Lithium Ion Rechargeable
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The W170 is several years old. Check out a newer model, like the W350. Here's what we had to say about the W170 when it was released in February 2008:

With face detection and smile shutter mode - which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles without the need of pressing the shutter, the Sony Cybershot W170 is an innovative 10 megapixel camera for those looking to capture those special moments that never come around again.

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