Sony DSC-HX7V 16.2 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

Sony today announces 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.

The TX100V is the first Cyber-shot camera with a 3.5-inch OLED with touch screen that provides deeper blacks and more vibrant color contrast on the screen, all while being thinner and having a faster response time than most LCDs. It can also support full HD (1920 x 1080/60p) video capability at 60p. The DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9 cameras can record movies at 60i in 1080 AVCHD format. Additionally, the DSC-WX10 camera include a high-speed linear auto focus feature that provides quick and precise focusing similar to the speed of a DSLR 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
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 »
Not Rated
ePhotoZine - Jun 21 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 »
90out of 100
Pocket-lint - Mar 21 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 »
Not Rated

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User Review of the camera - Sony DSC-HX7V

  • amazon
    amazon 2014-10-16 07:00
    Best Cyber-shot out there, James Fannin
    Verified Purchase(
    This camera is awesome it will do just about everything you wanted to do
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-07-25 07:00
    I guess now it's pretty much garbage because will not spend that again, :) "dclmfe"
    Soo many problems already. Broken flash, black screen. I've had it less than three years and already spent $100 to fix it. I guess now it's pretty much garbage because will not spend that again.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-06-01 07:00
    DSC-HX7V 16.2 MP Sony Cyber-Shot Camera, AHE
    Verified Purchase(
    We have had this camera now for about 2 or 3 years. We got it when it first came out. I have liked the camera and have taken a few thousand pictures with it. No Problems with it. I think it takes very good pictures. Its fairly small so its EZ to carry around. Would buy this camera again.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-05-20 07:00
    Bought this camera for my girlfriend so she could record a concert, Avid Internet Shopper "Ray"
    Verified Purchase(
    We found this camera after watching a few youtube videos using this camera to record other concerts. She knew that most camera's microphones would distort loud audio such as that encountered in a live performance. After looking through several youtube videos we zeroed in on this model since it was at a good price and didn't seem to lose audio quality.
    She took it with her to the concert and has been thanking me for it ever since!
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-08-04 07:00
    One of the best P&S cameras except for one feature, Yarii "fifty shades of blonde"
    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 SDHC card). It's a little thick so it may not fit in your pocket. Not made in China - made in Thailand. My only complaint is when you plan on shooting a video, press the movie button a few seconds before you actually want to start shooting, it doesn't instantly start shooting. I think my favorite setting on the dial is the Background Defocus - although your subject has to be around 12 inches away, you can get the same bokeh effect with the blurred background as a DSLR camera does.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-08-04 07:00
    One of the best P&S cameras except for one feature, Yarii "50 shades of blonde"
    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 SDHC card). It's a little thick so it may not fit in your pocket. Not made in China - made in Thailand. My only complaint is when you plan on shooting a video, press the movie button a few seconds before you actually want to start shooting, it doesn't instantly start shooting. I think my favorite setting on the dial is the Background Defocus - although your subject has to be around 12 inches away, you can get the same bokeh effect with the blurred background as a DSLR camera does.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-08-04 07:00
    One of the best P&S cameras except for one feature, Yarii
    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 SDHC card). It's a little thick so it may not fit in your pocket. Not made in China - made in Thailand. My only complaint is when you plan on shooting a video, press the movie button a few seconds before you actually want to start shooting, it doesn't instantly start shooting. I think my favorite setting on the dial is the Background Defocus - although your subject has to be around 12 inches away, you can get the same bokeh effect with the blurred background as a DSLR camera does.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-08-04 07:00
    One of the best P&S cameras except for one feature, Yarii
    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 little thick so it may not fit in your pocket. Not made in China - made in Thailand. My only complaint is when you plan on shooting a video, press the movie button a few seconds before you actually want to start shooting, it doesn't instantly start shooting. I think my favorite setting on the dial is the Background Defocus - although your subject has to be around 12 inches away, you can get the same bokeh effect with the blurred background as a DSLR camera does.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-08-04 07:00
    Still an excellent camera although it's been out since 2011, Yarii
    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.
    More megapixels is NOT better. This camera ha 2 fewer megapixels than the camera I linked above, and that is fine, since their sensors are both the same size (and small) you will have less noise with this model.
    Many features are the same as the HX10V and if you are lucky, you can get the HX7V much cheaper, especially if you can still find a new one or a used one in very good condition.
    On the Pet setting, it takes excellent photos and the default setting keeps the flash and also the focus assist button turned off - these usually will bother your pet's eyes if left on so this is an excellent decision on Sony's part.
    PROS:
    > Photos almost always turn out PERFECT! Just the right amount of color and sharpness! Hardly any post-processing needs to be done other than cropping if you want.
    > BEST VIDEO of any point & shoot camera, even expensive $600.00+ cameras I have tried!
    > Solid build, I think these are all made in Thailand. Thailand also manufactures the expensive Sony Nex line.
    > LCD screen is amazing, 921,000 dots, the reviews of the pictures looking at it on the camera almost look better than on your PC monitor.
    > Sony G Lens...an excellent lens used on their more expensive cameras.
    > Easy user-interface on the menus. I have only had to look at the manual once (looking for the macro setting).
    > Background Defocus...No need for a full manual camera to achieve the blurred backgrounds; this does a great job but you have to be around 30cm (approx. 12 inches) from subject for it to turn out well.
    > Battery life is excellent.
    > For those of you who don't want to fuss with a bunch of different settings, you can set this camera to EASY SHOOTING mode, it gives you all the "basics" to get great photos, but the wording on the LCD screen is in larger print, making it easier to read, and since you don't have many shooting options, very easy to take a photo and still have it turn out exceptional. The EASY SHOOTING mode is PERFECT for anyone new to digital cameras (there may still be a few!)
    CONS:
    > I don't like having to charge the battery inside the camera, but that is remedied by buying a separate battery charger (which I did).
    > LCD screen glare is a little iffy outdoors, I may pick up a matte screen protector to help.
    > When you press the Movie Button, there is a delay of 3 or 4 seconds before it starts to record.
    THE ZOOM: This camera has 10X optical, it will show on the screen when it starts becoming digital. (You can disable the digital zoom in the Tools Menu).
    GPS: Once you take your camera outdoors or near a door/window, that will trigger the GPS to initialize, if you have it turned on in the Tools Section. Personally I don't care if I have GPS, whenever I upload a photo online, I don't want people to gather even MORE information about me, like my latitude/longitude coordinates. So I disabled this feature in the Tools Menu.
    RE: SUPERIOR AUTO VS. INTELLIGENT AUTO (on the Mode Dial). Superior Auto will take several shots really fast and combine the best of each and produce one photo from it. That is the reason for a longer delay time before you can take the next photo. Personally, I leave it on Intelligent Auto and the delay between shots is minimal.
    SOFTWARE: This camera comes with a software CD, the newer Sony's do not. Their latest software is called PlayMemories but I like the CD version better. When installing it, it will tell you to go to their site to download the latest version, but you don't have to do so if you prefer this version.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-08-04 07:00
    Still an excellent camera although it's been out since 2011, Yarii (Yarii.LynnM@ gmail . com)
    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.
    More megapixels is NOT better. This camera ha 2 fewer megapixels than the camera I linked above, and that is fine, since their sensors are both the same size (and small) you will have less noise with this model.
    Many features are the same as the HX10V and if you are lucky, you can get the HX7V much cheaper, especially if you can still find a new one or a used one in very good condition.
    On the Pet setting, it takes excellent photos and the default setting keeps the flash and also the focus assist button turned off - these usually will bother your pet's eyes if left on so this is an excellent decision on Sony's part.
    PROS:
    > Photos almost always turn out PERFECT! Just the right amount of color and sharpness! Hardly any post-processing needs to be done other than cropping if you want.
    > BEST VIDEO of any point & shoot camera, even expensive $600.00+ cameras I have tried!
    > Solid build, I think these are all made in Thailand. Thailand also manufactures the expensive Sony Nex line.
    > LCD screen is amazing, 921,000 dots, the reviews of the pictures looking at it on the camera almost look better than on your PC monitor.
    > Sony G Lens...an excellent lens used on their more expensive cameras.
    > Easy user-interface on the menus. I have only had to look at the manual once (looking for the macro setting).
    > Background Defocus...No need for a full manual camera to achieve the blurred backgrounds; this does a great job but you have to be around 30cm (approx. 12 inches) from subject for it to turn out well.
    > Battery life is excellent.
    > For those of you who don't want to fuss with a bunch of different settings, you can set this camera to EASY SHOOTING mode, it gives you all the "basics" to get great photos, but the wording on the LCD screen is in larger print, making it easier to read, and since you don't have many shooting options, very easy to take a photo and still have it turn out exceptional. The EASY SHOOTING mode is PERFECT for anyone new to digital cameras (there may still be a few!)
    CONS:
    > I don't like having to charge the battery inside the camera, but that is remedied by buying a separate battery charger (which I did).
    > LCD screen glare is a little iffy outdoors, I may pick up a matte screen protector to help.
    > When you press the Movie Button, there is a delay of 3 or 4 seconds before it starts to record.
    THE ZOOM: This camera has 10X optical, it will show on the screen when it starts becoming digital. (You can disable the digital zoom in the Tools Menu).
    GPS: Once you take your camera outdoors or near a door/window, that will trigger the GPS to initialize, if you have it turned on in the Tools Section. Personally I don't care if I have GPS, whenever I upload a photo online, I don't want people to gather even MORE information about me, like my latitude/longitude coordinates. So I disabled this feature in the Tools Menu.
    RE: SUPERIOR AUTO VS. INTELLIGENT AUTO (on the Mode Dial). Superior Auto will take several shots really fast and combine the best of each and produce one photo from it. That is the reason for a longer delay time before you can take the next photo. Personally, I leave it on Intelligent Auto and the delay between shots is minimal.
    SOFTWARE: This camera comes with a software CD, the newer Sony's do not. Their latest software is called PlayMemories but I like the CD version better. When installing it, it will tell you to go to their site to download the latest version, but you don't have to do so if you prefer this version.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-30 07:00
    wow, Sedge
    Verified Purchase(
    Great camera. Fast shutter, gets amazing pictures... better than could have expected for a point a shoot! Would seriously recommend this one!
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-30 07:00
    wow, Sedge
    Great camera. Fast shutter, gets amazing pictures... better than could have expected for a point a shoot! Would seriously recommend this one!
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-03-08 08:00
    Excellent and pretty, Mastercard "OMNICIENTE"
    Verified Purchase(
    This camera is ligth and take excellents photos. Smart and easy to use. Sony cameras are good for pro and amateurs photographers. I recommend it.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-03-08 08:00
    Excellent and pretty, Mastercard "OMNICIENTE"
    This camera is ligth and take excellents photos. Smart and easy to use. Sony cameras are good for pro and amateurs photographers. I recommend it.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-01-08 08:00
    good picture quality, cute, but definitely a little slow, R. Mann "sdavenport"
    Verified Purchase(
    i like the camera (got it in blue), but i certainly don't love it. the quality of the pictures is great, and it takes excellent pictures without a flash (as others have mentioned). it's not so small that it's hard to handle, but also easily drops into a pocket. the rubber grip on the side is great - you can actually keep a hold on it, even if you're moving about - and it also has a strap - so if you DO drop it, you must have been trying to.
    one of my major complaints is one i've noticed from others - it IS very noticeably slow, particularly when turning it on. if you're hoping to grab it quickly to photograph a more fleeting moment, you're going to be disappointed. also, the zoom control is VERY POORLY LOCATED - it's a bigger issue than how slow it turns on. it's on the TOP of the camera, nowhere that one of your fingers (or thumb) would ever be located, unless you've got very unusual hands. without a lot of use, you're likely going to have to stop and LOOK, and adjust the zoom - it's very difficult to use in the middle of taking shots.
    i'd probably recommend you consider a different product, although i was happy with my previous two cyber-shot cameras. unfortunately, this one didn't come close to those two...
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-01-08 08:00
    good picture quality, cute, but definitely a little slow, R. Mann "sdavenport"
    i like the camera (got it in blue), but i certainly don't love it. the quality of the pictures is great, and it takes excellent pictures without a flash (as others have mentioned). it's not so small that it's hard to handle, but also easily drops into a pocket. the rubber grip on the side is great - you can actually keep a hold on it, even if you're moving about - and it also has a strap - so if you DO drop it, you must have been trying to.
    one of my major complaints is one i've noticed from others - it IS very noticeably slow, particularly when turning it on. if you're hoping to grab it quickly to photograph a more fleeting moment, you're going to be disappointed. also, the zoom control is VERY POORLY LOCATED - it's a bigger issue than how slow it turns on. it's on the TOP of the camera, nowhere that one of your fingers (or thumb) would ever be located, unless you've got very unusual hands. without a lot of use, you're likely going to have to stop and LOOK, and adjust the zoom - it's very difficult to use in the middle of taking shots.
    i'd probably recommend you consider a different product, although i was happy with my previous two cyber-shot cameras. unfortunately, this one didn't come close to those two...
  • amazon
    amazon 2012-11-12 08:00
    A noticable difference from my last "point and shoot", VA hiker
    Verified Purchase(
    Excellent quality pictures! Although it looks like a normal "point and shoot," the pictures are very professional looking. I am and inexperienced photographer used to a Cannon, which I can whip in and out of action at any time. Although this camera takes an extra second to warm up, the pictures are worth it!
  • amazon
    amazon 2012-11-12 08:00
    A noticable difference from my last "point and shoot", VA hiker
    Excellent quality pictures! Although it looks like a normal "point and shoot," the pictures are very professional looking. I am and inexperienced photographer used to a Cannon, which I can whip in and out of action at any time. Although this camera takes an extra second to warm up, the pictures are worth it!
  • amazon
    amazon 2012-10-14 07:00
    Best camera and best value, DINU
    Verified Purchase(
    Amazing Camera, awesome picture quality and great features. SONY is beast, no one can beat it. 3D is just perfect.
  • amazon
    amazon 2012-10-14 07:00
    Best camera and best value, DINU
    Amazing Camera, awesome picture quality and great features. SONY is beast, no one can beat it. 3D is just perfect.