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Sony 16.2 Megapixels Cyber-Shot DSC-HX7V Review by PB

2011-08-10 09:54 | 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 PhotographyBLOG, giving the camera a rating of 4.5 out of 5:

"The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX7V is a great alternative to the more expensive HX9V, our favourite travel-zoom, featuring a more modest 10x zoom, slightly slower autofocus, and "only" 1080i video, but otherwise offering all of the same cutting-edge features, great image quality and intuitive handling as the HX9V. Sony have been able to maintain the excellent image quality that the previous 10 megapixel HX5 offered despite the move to a 16 megapixel sensor. The backlit sensor provides excellent results from ISO 100-800, with only the fastest settings of 1600 and 3200 suffering from too much noise and smearing of fine detail. Chromatic aberrations are well controlled and colours accurate, and the 25-250mm lens commendably doesn't suffer from too much distortion at either end of the zoom range. The HX7V's Manual mode lets you set a shutter speed of up to 30 seconds for effective night-time shooting, although I missed the Aperture and Shutter Priority modes that several rivals offer, and only having two possible apertures in Manual mode does somewhat limit what you can achieve. As with the HX9V, we also missed support for the RAW format, which really would have been the icing on the prosumer cake. Sony's ever popular Sweep Panorama mode now offers an impressive 42.9 megapixel high resolution mode, while the Backlight Correction HDR feature dramatically increases the detail in the shadow and highlight areas. Beginners shouldn't be scared off the HX7V either, as Sony's excellent hand-holding Intelligent Auto modes are as effective as the competition's.

In addition to the excellent still images, the Sony HX7V offers full 1080i video recording. You can use the 10x zoom during recording, sound is stereo rather than mono, and the AVCHD format ensures that file sizes don't get out of control. The built-in GPS also works well, unobtrusively and reliably recording your every movement, although the camera takes a few minutes to sync with one or more satellites and the battery life is reduced by around 25% if you leave it constantly switched on. Add in the 3D Sweep Panoramas and 3D Still Images, amazing 10fps burst shooting mode, fantastic 921K dot LCD screen, and a more reasonable price-tag, and it's easy for us to highly recommend the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX7V."

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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
CNET US - Aug 04 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 »
70out 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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Still an excellent camera although it's been out since 2011, Yarii (Yarii.LynnM@ gmail . com) - Aug 04 2013
This camera is in my Top 3 all-time favorites. If it only had the watercolor and illustration in-camera effects as the newer HX10V has Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model) , I think this would rank #1. The HX7V is smaller and more easily pocketable if that's what you're looking for. Mo...


Still an excellent camera although it's been out since 2011, Yarii - Aug 04 2013
This camera is in my Top 3 all-time favorites. If it only had the watercolor and illustration in-camera effects as the newer HX10V has Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model) , I think this would rank #1. The HX7V is smaller and more easily pocketable if that's what you're looking for. Mo...


One of the best P&S cameras except for one feature, Yarii - Aug 04 2013
This Sony model has been one of my all-time favorite cameras. Easy for anyone to use on either of the Auto selections. Takes bright, sharp photos and excellent videos. The menu system is intuitive. It has the Sony G lens which is a great lens. Focuses fast, somewhat quick to recycle so you can take the next picture (as long as you use a Class 10 SDHC card). It's a littl...


One of the best P&S cameras except for one feature, Yarii - Aug 04 2013
Verified Purchase ( This Sony model has been one of my all-time favorite cameras. Easy for anyone to use on either of the Auto selections. Takes bright, sharp photos and excellent videos. The menu system is intuitive. It has the Sony G lens which is a great lens. Focuses fast, somewhat quick to recycle so you can take the next picture (as long as you use a Class 10 SD...


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