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Sony Cybershot W170
Sony Cybershot W170

Hey! You should know that Sony has released a newer version of this product: the Sony Cybershot W350.

Sony Cybershot W170

We've given the W170 a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

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.


  • 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
  • Part Number: DSCW170-BN
  • UPC: 27242726758
  • Release Date: Feb 11, 2008

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Sony Cybershot W170 Reviews

Sony Cybershot W170 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great (Herb — 07/17/2009)

This is my second Sony the first being a w80, this one is far superior, pictures are sharper many more features. this is a good choice camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
small and easy to use (Sudam — 04/18/2009)

I have'nt seen a digital camera like this... This is a good zoom lens camera because it can zoom 5x as longer(optical)... and the digital zoom also goes up to 25x... Smile shutter and Face defention are marvelas technologies that camera should have... I never leave this camera untill 2015

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor picture quality (DADGE Joanna — 03/08/2009)

In a comparison test with 4 megapixel Olympus C765 ( now 5 years old) every picture was inferior on the Sony. A waste of time having 10 megapixels if most of the time you could not possibly enlarge any part of a picture without losing even more quality.
I wish I had not bought it, but I suppose I'm stuck with it now!

  • 5.0 out of 5
sony w170 vs olympus 1050sw (steven choo — 02/20/2009)

i have this this model sony w170 , it was very very great night for me ,, camera most important thing is night scene shot so this sony w170 take night shot very great picture and this camera many funtion for kids for man also easy to use ....
this sony w170 vs olympus 1050sw picture quality sony picture quality more nice !!! if u want to buy camera for travel just buy this Sony W170 and best price ,of you want water proof but not care picture quality then just buy olympus 1050sw

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not for me (Dennis — 01/08/2009)

I am convinced that if anyone rates this camera highly for picture quality, it only means they either have low expectations or they have nothing to compare it to. For me it lacks detail and clarity when compared to my daughters Nikon S51. The identical 10 shots taken in all different situations were all better on the Nikon. I had hoped this Sony would be an upgrade but it's going back to the store. It's easy to use but I'm sorry that's where it ends.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera (rachael — 12/30/2008)

beautiful camera to look at, compact, with great image quality when reviewing pictures both on the camera and once they've been uploaded.
the smile shutter is amusing, and a great conversation piece! people never believe me at first ;)

  • 5.0 out of 5
impressive (Ian — 12/27/2008)

good steady shooting. easy to use. very compact and light. zoom is okay.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Photo - Questionable Video (Kyle Pointer — 12/26/2008)

I ended up with this nice little camera as a Christmas gift this year. Normally, I shoot with a Nikon D70s or D90, so I am slightly spoiled in the realm of image quality.
That said, I believe this is an excellent camera if you can find it in your heart to accept a few small flaws.

Cons -

Image Quality - not as good as my SLR, but not bad for a point & shoot... also, the Sony camera seems to go more for color than texture... if you catch my drift.

Menu System - Sluggish, not horrible... except when deleting a photo, because there is no dedicated "delete" button. You can, however, select multiple photos to delete as a batch, so this isn't horrible

Full Manual Controls - there are none :(

Memory Format - You have to use Sony memory sticks... not really a dealbreaker, but I *already had* a bunch of SD cards that worked just fine.

Flash - Not the brightest flash I've used on a point & shoot... and it's easy to cover with your fingers

Shape - The camera body is not as ergonomic as it could be. It is hard to hold with one hand, especially when you're trying not to cover up the flash.

Shutter Release - It wiggles... not a huge deal, but it's weird.

Pros! -

Optics - Nice, Big, Quick - I can't pretend I'm an expert, BUT the quality seems pretty good. 5x optical zoom is a plus, but not extraordinary.

Speed - This camera shoots exceptionally fast. Dealing with the menu system is another story.

View Finder - THANK GOD! I can't stand it when a camera doesn't have a viewfinder. This one isn't the best... I'd say you get around 80-85% of the frame in the viewfinder, and there's no adjustments for glasses people, but it's there, and it works. My last point & shoot died because I broke the LCD... and there was no viewfinder.

Display - I love the display. I also love the live histogram available on the display.

Conclusion -

Basically, this is a very nice, high-end point & shoot. There's a few little quirks with it, but they aren't really too bad. I know it looks like I probably hate this camera, because I wrote so much more on the negative half, but that's only because I'm coming from an SLR and take a lot of these things for granted. Everything that I didn't mention is basically perfect. This camera has a few extra features like smile recognition, which I will personally never use, but some people might get a kick out of.

BASICALLY - This is an *excellent* Point & Shoot. Just don't expect it to be an SLR.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lenses broken within 12 minutes (Johannes Naumann — 09/08/2008)

After unpacking and charging of the battery the Zoom lens got stuck after 2! full range operations and the take of 3! Photographs. Message on the screen: Switch off and on again.

The camera obviously tries to move the lens but always ends up with the same message.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Really good and Handy (santhosh — 07/25/2008)

Recently i bought this camera....

It is really superb....Picture clarity is very good....this is my first i felt very good about this....

If u dont have any camera...i can suggest you to go for this...

  • 5.0 out of 5
best I've owned of 2 others (jay maya — 07/10/2008)

I got this camera to have what I was saying "the last camera I'll need" Well the camera has very good resolution, zoom and video. Easy to use with any of the multiple settings it has. The screen is plenty in size, clear viewing and very compact, flash great, it just feels that I had gotten the best and for the prize at Brandsmart in Fl reduced to under $200. I got the 3 year uncoditional warranty. I feel this camera will take me a long ways before I'll be needing another ultra compact with so many good features and easy to use. More than I really need at this time, but is better to get more than not to have enough.