Sony DSC-S70 Specifications

Street Price
Max resolution
2048 x 1536
Low resolution
2048 x 1360 (3:2 ratio),
1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 & 480
Image ratio w:h
4:3 (3:2 @ 2048 x 1360)
CCD pixelsClick for help
3.34 megapixels (3.14 effective)
CCD sizeClick for help**
1/1.8" (0.556")
A/D Converter
12 bit
ISO ratingClick for help
Auto (variable 100 - 300)
Carl Zeiss, F2.0 - F2.5
Zoom wide (W)Click for help
34 mm
Zoom tele (T)Click for help
102 mm (3 x)
Digital zoomClick for help
Yes, smooth up to 2 x
Auto Focus
Contrast detection
Manual FocusClick for help
Yes, 0.5m (1.6ft), 1.0m (3.2ft) , 3.0m (9.8 ft), 7.0m (23 ft), Infinity
Normal focus range
25 cm (9.8") - Infinity
Macro focus range
4 cm (1.5") - 25 cm (9.8")
White balance override
Yes - 2 position & Hold
Aperture rangeClick for help
F2.0 - F2.5 / F8.9
Min shutterClick for help
8 sec (Night+)
Max shutterClick for help
1/1000 sec
Built-in Flash
Yes, internal
Flash Guide No.
2.5m (8.2ft) @ F2.0
External Flash Yes, Sony sync connector
Flash modes
Auto, Anti-red-eye, Fill-in, Off
Exposure adjustmentClick for help
-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
MeteringClick for help
Center-weighted, Spot
Aperture priorityClick for help
Yes, full range (9 positions: F2.0 - F8.0)
Shutter priorityClick for help
Yes, full range (19 positions: 8s - 1/1000s)
Full manualClick for help
Lens thread
Yes using adapter
Continuous / Burst
Movie: MPEG 320 x 240 / 160 x 120
Tripod mount
Yes, 10s delay
Remote control
Time-lapse recording
Video out
Yes, switchable NTSC / PAL
Storage types
Storage included
8 MB (!) MemoryStick
Uncompressed format
Compressed format
Quality Levels
TIFF, JPEG Fine, GIF (B&W Text)
2.0" (560 x 220)
Playback zoom
Yes, 1.1x to 5.0x
Operating system
BatteryClick for help
Yes, supplied Sony InfoLithium NP-FM50
(1200 mAh)
Battery chargerClick for help
Yes, supplied AC-L10 AC adapter / charger
Weight (inc. batteries)
420 g (14.8 oz)
117 x 70 x 65 mm
(4.6" x 2.8" x 2.6")
Notes Voice recording

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What that means is that if it were a vidicon tube it would be 0.556 inches in diameter.

This measuring system is a leftover from the days of video TUBES and has nothing to do with the surface area of the chip in a direct sense. The Edmund Scientific Optics catalog has a sidebar that completely backs up the idea.

For instance, a "one inch" chip has a 16mm diagonal sensor array. A "one half inch" chip has an array of only 8mm in the diagonal. This means that the 1/1.8 = 0.555 inch measurement means NOTHING about the sensor array size. Unless they have changed the entire measurement system just for this chip, the actual sensor patch is 11% larger than the 8mm of a 1/2 chip or 8.88mm in diagonal.

(Mark Schubin of Videography Magazine)