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70out of 100

Sony 16.2 Megapixels Cyber-Shot DSC-HX7V Review by CNET US

2011-08-04 03:17 | Source
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On January 5 2011, Sony announced five new 16.2 Megapixels Cyber-shot digital still cameras - models DSC-TX100V, DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9. These cameras features a "Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS sensor and are the world's first compact digital still cameras to include 3D Still Image mode for taking 3D images using only one lens and imager. They also have innovative Dual Rec (record) technology, for taking still photos during video capture. Other features include:

  • Full HD 1080@60i with Dual Rec of stills and movies
  • Sony┬« G lens with 10x optical zoom in a compact camera body
  • Fast capture with up to 10fps at full 16.2 Megapixels resolution; "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for exceptional low-light performance
  • 3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama modes change the way you view your world
  • GPS and Compass record shot location and direction

The DSC-HX7V is available in black, white, red and blue colors. It's currently selling at around $267. Here's the summary of review by CNET US, giving the camera a rating of 3.5 out of 5:

"Photo quality is very good to excellent, but pixel peepers or those expecting miracles from a point-and-shoot will likely be disappointed. There's little difference in quality from ISO 125 to ISO 400. The only real issue I have is that photos aren't very sharp even at its lowest ISO. Noise reduction kicks in more at ISO 800, which softens details more and dulls color. There's a noticeable increase in noise and noise reduction at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, making colors more washed-out and making subjects appear painterly; you'll probably want to reserve these two highest sensitivities for emergencies when you need to shoot in low-light conditions or get a faster shutter speed regardless of the results. But, as with all of Sony's cameras with Exmor R sensors, there are shooting options for improving low-light/high ISO shots, so just leaving it in auto won't always get you the best results. The 16-megapixel resolution is completely unnecessary and doesn't get you much more room to crop or enlarge. If you're looking at buying this instead of a high-resolution digital SLR, you'll be disappointed--especially at higher ISO sensitivities. That said, prints at 8x10 at ISO 800 with the lens fully extended still looked good, just somewhat painterly. Overall, anyone looking for a snapshot camera for regularly making 8x10 prints or smaller or images to be viewed on a TV or computer screen should be more than satisfied with the HX7V. Color is excellent from the HX7V. While blues and reds may not be as accurate as other colors, they are bright and vivid. Plus, they're consistent up to ISO 800; above that, things get slightly washed-out and muddy-looking. Movies captured by the HX7V are excellent as well, on par with a very good pocket video camera. The 60i frame rate and image stabilization make for some smooth movement, too. You will see some ghosting with fast-moving subjects, though, and things look a little oversharpened on occasion. It won't replace a full-fledged HD camcorder, but if you'd like a single device for capturing good photos and videos, this is one of the better options available. The optical zoom does work while recording (though you will hear it moving in quiet scenes), and the stereo mic is a nice extra.

If you're in the market for a compact megazoom camera, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V is worth considering for its shooting performance, fun features, and low-light photo quality. Though overall photo quality could be sharper and colors more accurate, the results are generally excellent, especially if all you're after is a decent snapshot. Also, while its auto modes are very reliable, you'll want to experiment with the different settings and shooting options (and read the instruction manual thoroughly) to get the most from this excellent camera."

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Sony DSC-HX7V Camera Reviews Roundup


LetsGoDigital - Oct 13 2011
"Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS sensor and are the world's first compact digital still cameras to include 3D Still Image mode for taking 3D images using only one lens and imager. They also have innovative Dual Rec (record) technology, for taking still photos during video capture. Other features include:Full HD 1080@60i with Dual Rec of stills..." More »
90out of 100
CNET UK - Sep 07 2011
"Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS sensor and are the world's first compact digital still cameras to include 3D Still Image mode for taking 3D images using only one lens and imager. They also have innovative Dual Rec (record) technology, for taking still photos during video capture. Other features include:Full HD 1080@60i with Dual Rec of stills..." More »
100out of 100
Photography BLOG - Aug 10 2011
"Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS sensor and are the world's first compact digital still cameras to include 3D Still Image mode for taking 3D images using only one lens and imager. They also have innovative Dual Rec (record) technology, for taking still photos during video capture. Other features include:Full HD 1080@60i with Dual Rec of stills..." More »
90out of 100
Imaging Resource - Jul 30 2011
"Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS sensor and are the world's first compact digital still cameras to include 3D Still Image mode for taking 3D images using only one lens and imager. They also have innovative Dual Rec (record) technology, for taking still photos during video capture. The DSC-HX7V is available in black, white, red and blue colors f..." More »
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One of the best P&S cameras except for one feature, Yarii - Aug 04 2013
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One of the best P&S cameras except for one feature, Yarii - Aug 04 2013
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