Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-W370 is a solid point-and-shoot camera with a myriad of features which give the decently-priced camera that includes a 7X optical zoom lens, a 3-inch screen and 720p HD video recording.
Since the lens is big (34 mm to 238 mm), the DSC-W370 is relatively on the large side for a point-and-shoot camera, weighing 6.3 ounces when loaded up with a battery and memory card. And at 4 by 2.25 by 1.06 inches, it definitely can’t fit in your pocket.
But the cosmetics aren’t what make this camera valued, the quality and features which it boasts do however. The image quality is great, with surprisingly little grain in even the highest ISO setting, colors look true and pictures taken in macro mode were very clear. The DSC-W370 features a self-portrait timer, which is particularly useful for those who likes taking pictures for their blogs, such as MySpace or Facebook. The camera’s face-detection technology detects your face in the scene and then starts the time on its own and begins to take pictures at its discretion. You’ll also find modes for double-portrait (in which two or more faces trigger the camera’s timer) and a Smile mode, which snaps a picture automatically when someone in front of camera is smiling (sounds gimmicky but works extremely well), and you can adjust the sensitivity of that mode in the settings.
The best feature we found is the Sweep Panorama mode, which allows you to take a 243-degree panoramic shot with minimal effort. You simply press the shutter button once, and move the camera smoothly in one direction (which is given by the camera) and it does the work for you. It even informs you if you’re going too slow or fast, so that you can get the best results. The mode is quickly accessible via a selection on the mode dial and it does panoramic shots from left to right, right to left, up to down and down to up. It’s a great feature to those who like to shoot panoramic views of beautiful scenery. With good photo quality and a no nonsense Sweep Panoramic mode, taking those kind of pictures is fast and easy.
One downside of the camera which may, and probably will, stand in your way of getting the most potential from this camera is the lag time. Not only does it have shutter lag (about 2 seconds for single shots and an even longer lag between shots), it also has noticeable lag whenever you press a button after taking a shot. Sometimes, you’ll have to press buttons twice after shooting, because the first press didn’t register. This makes the camera almost incapacitated for fast-action scenes or wanting to review photos quickly after shooting them. With that said, we find this camera ideal for those who can’t afford an SLR camera but want good photo quality, travel often and enjoy capturing the places they see or for anyone who take a lot of pictures with friends and family.
Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370 is a decent camera with great qualities and useful features which give it great value and potential. But the size and shutter lag may push some customers away. If you’re looking for a camera that does a lot on a low budget, this is a perfect choice, but for those on the go that need quick response times, steer away from this latest version from Sony.