Features & Controls

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H70 features a Sony G 10x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 25-250mm in standard 4:3 aspect, or 27-270mm in 16:9 (when shooting in stills). In video mode, the coverage changes slightly to 37-370mm (4:3) or 30-300mm (16:9). Above you can see the lens fully extended (full telephoto).

The maximum aperture range is F/3.5-5.5 (Wide-Telephoto), and the lens is comprised of 10 elements in 7 groups; with 4 aspheric elements. There are no filter threads, therefore aftermarket filters can not be used. To help eliminate image blur and camera shake, Sony has added its SteadyShot optical image stabilization. When the camera is powered down, the lens retracts into the camera body for protection.

The H70 uses a 9-point contrast detection Autofocus system, which has modes for: Multi, Single, and Spot. The camera also boasts robust Face detection options, along with Smile Detection and Smile Shutter. Sony does not list the focus range.

Here you can see the H70's compact built-in flash unit, which offers modes for Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, and Slow Synchro.

Flash Range (ISO Auto):
0.25 - 3.6m (Approx. 0.82' - 11.8') Wide angle
1.0 - 2.3m (Approx. 3.28' -7.55') Telephoto
ISO3200: up to 7.1m (Approx. 23.3') Wide or 4.5m (Approx. 14.8') Telephoto

Controls on the top include the On/Off power button, the shutter release with the zoom controls mounted around it (which also control the Index and Magnify options in playback), and the Mode dial. The Mode dial has positions for SCeNe modes, iAuto, Program, Manual, Panorama, and Video.

Framing, viewing and editing your images is accomplished with the camera's 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD screen, which offers 230,000 dots of resolution. With both Normal and Bright modes, the LCD is easy to see in almost all lighting conditions.


Back Controls: At the top we see the Play button, which is used to enter the playback mode. The 4-way controller encircles the "set" button. The 4-way gives quick access to features such as the flash mode, the self-timer, the smile detection as well as changing what is displayed on the 3.0-inch LCD screen. Below that are the menu and delete buttons. The menu button will take you to a "function" style menu, and the delete button will permanently erase files when in playback mode.

Sony has condensed its input/output connections into this one simple jack. It allows you to connect to a computer via USB or a TV with the included multi-use cable. You can also connect the camera to a HDTV with the optional HD output adapter. To the right of the I/O port, you can see the H70's metal tripod socket.

Not only does the Sony use Memory Stick Pro Duo media cards, but it is also capable of using SD/SDHC/SDXC cards as well. This makes for a much easier transition if you are looking to replace an older camera that uses SD media cards.

Powering the camera is a 3.6V, 910mAh, Sony NP-BG1 Li-ion rechargeable battery pack. This battery provides approx. 290 images on a single charge, or approx. 150 minutes of video. Sony has also included a portable charger with fold-away prongs for easy charging on the go.

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