Sony W370

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 34-238mm (F3.6-5.6) lens
  • 179g - 100 x 57 x 26mm
  • Introduced January 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Sony W370 summary

Sony W370 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally announced on January of 2010. It comes with a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The W370 is positioned #148 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #1054 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should check our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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Here is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.

Sony W370 history

The Sony W370 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX500 front thumbnailSony WX500
W370 vs WX500
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W800 front thumbnailSony W800
W370 vs W800
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX350 front thumbnailSony WX350
W370 vs WX350
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX300 front thumbnailSony WX300
W370 vs WX300
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W730 front thumbnailSony W730
W370 vs W730
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W710 front thumbnailSony W710
W370 vs W710
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX80 front thumbnailSony WX80
W370 vs WX80
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX150 front thumbnailSony WX150
W370 vs WX150
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W690 front thumbnailSony W690
W370 vs W690
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX50 front thumbnailSony WX50
W370 vs WX50
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX70 front thumbnailSony WX70
W370 vs WX70
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W610 front thumbnailSony W610
W370 vs W610
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W620 front thumbnailSony W620
W370 vs W620
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W650 front thumbnailSony W650
W370 vs W650
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX30 front thumbnailSony WX30
W370 vs WX30
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX10 front thumbnailSony WX10
W370 vs WX10
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX5 front thumbnailSony WX5
W370 vs WX5
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W370 front thumbnailSony W37034-238mm
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W290 front thumbnailSony W290
W370 vs W290
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W230 front thumbnailSony W230
W370 vs W230
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W220 front thumbnailSony W220
W370 vs W220

Sony W370 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Sony W370 based on things which are normally considered necessary in a digital camera.

built in lens has zoom (34-238mm 7.0 x zoom)
does have HDMI port
flash built-in
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
very good minimum ISO (80)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
does not have selfie friendly screen
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW format
lack of external microphone port
lack of headphone port
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Timelapse mode
manual exposure not possible
manual focus not available
max fps low (2.0 fps)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
sluggish at long end (f5.6)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
wide angle not great (34mm)
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Sony W370 Sensor information

The measurement of the sensor on the Sony W370 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and gives a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the W370's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The W370 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony W370 dimensions

Sony W370 has a weight of 0.39 pounds (179 gr or 6.31 ounces) & has outside measurements of 100mm x 57mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Sony W370 is very much the same as compared to other competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Sony W370 besides a softdrink so you can get a sense of its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button layout on the W370.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370 topview buttons dials

Sony W370 Lens information

The W370 houses a built-in lens offering a focal range of 34-238mm giving it a 7.0 x zoom which isn't ideal however it may be useful in some conditions.

At it's widest 34mm, it has an aperture of f3.6 which will be fairly sluggish and not good for low light situations and you will probably struggle to get good bokeh. You might also need to boost your ISO producing noisy images. With the long end, 238mm comes to f5.6 which is really slow and you would have to set slower shutter speeds.

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Sony W370 Connectivity

The W370 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send files and in some cases change camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.

A few apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Sony W370 Video information

The max video resolution on the Sony W370 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You should really strive for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not have a microphone and / or headphone port so you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to buy an alternative model in case you want decent audio for your videos.

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Sony W370 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Sony W370 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Sony W370 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony W370 comes with a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specs for Sony W370 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be pretty helpful.

Sony W370 Shutter information

Sony W370 continuous shooting rate is 2.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Sony W370 Flash and Hot shoe information

Sony W370 has just integrated flash with missing external flash support.

Sony W370 Autofocusing information

Sony W370 has only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact as compared to Contrast Detect focusing.

The Sensor comes with 9 focus points to choose from. Sony W370 has not got manual focus. Manual focus mode can be good for low light situations or you want more precise focus control.

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Sony W370 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the maximum (470) battery life for this range of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:

Sony W370 for varying kinds of photography

The following chart displays a outline of the Sony W370 for varying kinds of photography. To understand more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony W370 Portrait photography information

The Sony W370 gets a score of 28 which is really bad, and means the camera is simply not very good to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support plus the potential to use external lighting.

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good MP (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Street photography with Sony W370

With a decent rating of 57, the Sony W370 is somewhat acceptable to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Sony W370 Sports photography information

A really bad sports photography rating of 35 indicates the Sony W370 is simply not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
low frames per second (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Sony W370 as a Travel photography camera

Size is very critical in picking a travel camera. Overall, the Sony W370 gets a decent 58 for a travel camera which makes it somewhat acceptable for your travels.

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MP count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (34mm)
slow max aperture (f3.6)

Sony W370 Landscape photography highlights

For anybody who is planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony W370 at it's really bad rating of 37 as a landscape camera is simply not very good within the current marketplace.

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pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (34mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
lack of manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Sony W370

A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Sony W370 is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad rating of 25.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (34mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.6)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone support

Sony W370 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the W370, below is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph just below offers you an overview of the W370 compared to it's highest ranked rivals listed earlier.

Following are several cameras you may look at as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
34-238mm (7.0x)
Max aperture
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inch
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
2 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
179 grams (0.39 lb)
Physical dimensions
100 x 57 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/ Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Storage slots
Price at release