Sony W570

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 116g - 91 x 52 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony W570 overview

Sony W570 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera first announced on January of 2011. The camera houses a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The W570 ranks at #62 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all round #1004 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can try our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personal requirements.

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Here is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony W570 history

The Sony W570 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX220 front thumbnailSony WX220
W570 vs WX220
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W830 front thumbnailSony W830
W570 vs W830
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W810 front thumbnailSony W810
W570 vs W810
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W550 front thumbnailSony W550
W570 vs W550
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W560 front thumbnailSony W560
W570 vs W560
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W570 front thumbnailSony W57025-125mm
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX9 front thumbnailSony WX9
W570 vs WX9
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W530 front thumbnailSony W530
W570 vs W530
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W510 front thumbnailSony W510
W570 vs W510
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W330 front thumbnailSony W330
W570 vs W330
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W350 front thumbnailSony W350
W570 vs W350
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W310 front thumbnailSony W310
W570 vs W310
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W320 front thumbnailSony W320
W570 vs W320
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W380 front thumbnailSony W380
W570 vs W380

Sony W570 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Sony W570 based on features that are usually seen as important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
good min ISO (80)
good zoom range (25-125mm 5.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI support
pretty wide (25mm)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
doesn't have external mic jack
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
external flash not possible
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW files
lack of shutter priority mode
manual mode not available
no articulating screen
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is not selfie friendly
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish at full zoom (f6.3)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Sony W570 Sensor information

The Sony W570 is run by the BIONZ chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Sony W570 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the W570's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The W570 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony W570 dimensions

Sony W570 has a weight of 0.26 lb (116g or 4.09 ounces) and features exterior dimensions of 91mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Sony W570 is very similar as compared to various competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Sony W570 beside a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button layout on the W570.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 topview buttons dials

Sony W570 Lens information

The W570 has a built in lens giving a focal range of 25-125mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really significant however it will surely be handy in some cases.

At it's widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f2.6 which is rather sluggish and not the best in low light conditions and you may struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to increase your ISO setting producing noisy photos. On the long end, 125mm comes to f6.3 making it really sluggish and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Sony W570 Connectivity

The W570 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer images and usually adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Certain apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Sony W570 Video information

The highest video quality on the Sony W570 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in MPEG-4 file format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should really target a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone jack which means that you have zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to find an alternative camera if you need good sound in your videos.

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Sony W570 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Sony W570 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Sony W570 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony W570 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Sony W570 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders are pretty helpful.

Sony W570 Shutter information

Sony W570 has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Sony W570 Flash and Hot shoe information

Sony W570 has got just inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.

Sony W570 Autofocusing information

Sony W570 has got only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and precise compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

The AF system supports 9 focus points to select from. Sony W570 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good in low light scenarios or you require more precise control on depth of field.

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Sony W570 Battery life

The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest (320) battery life in this class of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Ultracompact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Sony W570 for varying types of photography

The following diagram provides a analysis of the Sony W570 for varying types of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Sony W570

The Sony W570 gets a points total of 30 which is horrible, and means the camera is not appropriate for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support & option to work with off-camera flash.

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MP count good (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Sony W570 Street photography factors

Coming in at a moderate rating of 58, the Sony W570 is relatively suitable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Sony W570 as a Sports photography camera

A horrible sports photography score of 36 indicates the Sony W570 is not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs good tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
low fps (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Sony W570 Travel photography highlights

Weight is really critical in picking a travel camera. In general, the Sony W570 gets a nice 66 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable choice for your travels.

Photography Glossary
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
missing Timelapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)

Sony W570 Landscape photography factors

When you are planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Sony W570 with it's horrible score of 38 as a landscape camera is not appropriate compared to its rivals.

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pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
no manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Timelapse recording

Sony W570 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Sony W570 is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a horrible score of 29.

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quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone support

Sony W570 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the W570, below is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the family of Ultracompact.

The graph underneath provides you a summary of the W570 vs it's highest rated rivals listed above.

Following are several cameras you may look into as alternative options. To read a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
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
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-125mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inches
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen technology
Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.70 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Mic input
Headphone input
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
116g (0.26 lbs)
Physical dimensions
91 x 52 x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Launch price