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Functional sibling to the W150, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 is a feature-packed 10.1 megapixel compact camera with a 5x Carl Zeiss zoom lens. The W170 brings many of Sony’s latest technology to the table, including improved processing, dynamic range expansion options, and a boatload of soft features.
Sony made a high-profile entry into the world of smile detection technologies with its Smile Shutter package, and as before the W170 can be set to hold on firing the shutter until people in the scene are smiling. In the latest model, Sony has also added priority modes that let you give preference to capturing the smiles of either children or adults (a similar notion is applied to the W170’s face detection system generally).
Questions of its overall usefulness aside, Smile Shutter works fine. Sensitivity is adjustable, and Sony’s tightened up the performance and accuracy all around. But Smile Shutter can still be finicky at times: subjects have to be looking almost directly into the camera for consistent performance, have to show teeth when they smile, and the priority system can have trouble deciding who are the adults and who are the children (this may speak more to the immaturity of some my test subjects than to a problem with the camera, however). Overall, while Smile Shutter works better than ever, I’m still not completely convinced.
Although the W170 has an auto scene recognition option – Sony calls it “iSCN” – it’s not as comprehensive in its range of adjustments as some competitive technologies. Primarily, iSCN scene recognition automatically detects backlit conditions (shooting into the sun, or shooting at dusk for instance) and applies the appropriately correction. The system can also be set up to take two shots – one with your settings, and one with the options that the W170 deems most appropriate, if this differs from your settings. If you’re not insulted by the implication that your camera is smarter than you are, this can be good insurance for getting a usable shot.
Speaking of shooting, the Cyber-shot W170’s basic shooting modes are as follows:
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