Sony DSC-S70 Review
The lens dominates the front of the camera, it seems to be an almost conscious decision on Sony's part to emphasize the "big glass" by making it bulge out of the side of the body.
Finished in a combination of that "digicam magnesium alloy" we've all come to know and purple plastic it's trendy enough to keep your wife / girlfriend happy, but cool enough to pass your critical "looks are important" test. Size roughly similar to the C-3030Z I found the aesthetics to be fairly good, one criticism that became obvious was the small hand grip, it's just not big enough to do any good, your fingers don't as much wrap around it as fingernails grip the edge of the rubber grip, a bit bigger would have been nicer (I could imagine clumsy fingers covering the edge of the flash). A chunky dotted thumb grip on the back ensures you know where to put it, just so the zoom control is perfectly positioned (uh oh, we're back to rocker style zooms, go back to separate switches Sony, they're much more reliable).
Otherwise weight balance is good, you're carrying the battery in the palm of your hand (as it's located in the hand grip) and if you need to supporting the camera with your left hand is just a case of gripping the bottom of the lens.
Top Information LCD
Rear LCD Display
Sony have used a traditional LCD on the S70, it's not the impressive sun reflective type seen in the F505, rather a normal TFT. That said it does perform fairly well outside in sunny conditions (though the plastic protective cover could have done with an anti-reflective coating.. I do love looking at myself but not EVERY time I take a shot). Various amounts of status information is displayed on the rear LCD (you can of course opt for just a pure preview image with no status information.
Details shown below.
Unfortunately I measured that the LCD image is only 90% accurate, that is the framed scene you see is only 90% of what the camera will record as part of the image.
The three indicator lights on the edge of the viewfinder shows the status of:
|Red Steady||Writing to MemoryStick|
|Green Steady||AE / Focus Lock|
|Orange Steady||Flash ready|
|Orange Blinking||Flash charging|