- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
- 194g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
- Launched January 2011
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- Size Comparison
Sony H70 summary
Sony H70 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially announced on January of 2011. The camera houses a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The H70 stands at #100 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over all #931 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your personal factors.
Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.
Sony H70 history
The Sony H70 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the complete list underneath.
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Sony H70 Gallery
You can view the H70 from different angles in the gallery here.
Sony H70 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Sony H70 based on things which are normally regarded as important in a digital camera.
Sony H70 Sensor information
The Sony H70 features the BIONZ processor chip. The sensor size in the Sony H70 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CCD sensor has 16 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported so the user has less margin for error.
The graphic underneath displays the H70's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The H70 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony H70 dimensions
Sony H70 weighs in at 0.43 lbs (194g / 6.84 ounces) & has outer proportions of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Sony H70 is heavier than its rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Underneath is a picture of the Sony H70 beside a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view just below will highlight the button design on the H70.
Sony H70 Lens information
The H70 provides an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 25-250mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which isn't really great but it would certainly be convenient in certain circumstances.
At it's widest 25mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.5 and that's fairly sluggish and not good for low light occasions and you will find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to raise your ISO causing noisy shots. Towards the long end, 250mm is superb zoom and comes at f5.5 which is very slow and you might have to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Sony H70 Connectivity
The H70 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy images and usually change camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Several apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.
Sony H70 Video information
The highest possible video quality in the Sony H70 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in MPEG-4 file format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You really should aim for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not offer a microphone or headphone jack so you have zero control over the audio. It is perhaps best to order another model should you want good audio for your videos.
Sony H70 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing on the Sony H70 so you have to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.
Sony H70 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony H70 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed display with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder specs for Sony H70 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be very beneficial in sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Sony H70 Shutter information
Sony H70 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.
Sony H70 Flash and Hot shoe information
Sony H70 comes with just built in flash with no external flash support.
Sony H70 Autofocusing information
Sony H70 comes with only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & exact than Contrast Detect focusing.
It supports 9 focus points to select from. Sony H70 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus option is good in low light or you need to have more precise control on focus.
Sony H70 Battery life
The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life in this range of cameras.
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Sony H70 for various forms of photography
The following illustration displays a outline of the Sony H70 for various forms of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Sony H70 Portrait photography highlights
The Sony H70 gets a points total of 30 which is really bad, meaning that it is just not suitable for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support and capability to utilize external lighting.
Street photography with Sony H70
Coming in at a reasonable points total of 57, the Sony H70 is somewhat acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Sony H70 Sports photography factors
A really bad sports photography points total of 36 means the Sony H70 is just not suitable for photographing sports. A camera should have very good autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony H70 Travel photography highlights
Size is really critical in getting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Sony H70 gets a very good 67 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent fit to buy for your journeys.
Sony H70 Landscape photography factors
If you are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony H70 and it's really bad grade of 43 for a landscape camera is just not suitable in the current market.
Vlogging with Sony H70
A vlogging camera should really come with a articulating screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Sony H70 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a really bad score of 29.
Sony H70 Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the H70, here is a list of the top placed cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart underneath offers you an overview of the H70 vs it's top rated rivals shown previously.
Here are a few more cameras you may regard as alternative options. To see a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.