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sony_tx7_lens-flash.jpgThe Cyber-Shot TX7 is equipped with an internal "folded" Carl Zeiss 4x optical zoom lens, which covers an equivalent range of  25 - 100mm when shooting still images, 28 - 112mm for 16:9 movies or 34 - 136mm for 4:3 movies. Because the this lens operates completely inside of the body, Sony is able to keep the camera super thin. This all-glass lens is comprised of several high-quality components, including 12 elements in 10 groups with 6 aspheric elements and 1 prism. A sliding lens cover protects the lens from harm, and also acts as an On/Off power switch.

Like most of Sony's Cyber-Shot models, the TX7 boasts their proven Optical StreadyShot technology, which uses a lens-shift system including two gyro-sensors that detect movement and compensate accordingly to reduce blur in you photos and videos.

The TX7 utilizes a fast 9-point AF system, which is the same system we saw on the DSC-TX1. This autofocus system offers Spot, Center-weighted, and Flexible Spot (Touch) AF options, and is aided in low-light with a low-light focus assist Illuminator.  Sony does not specify the focus range, however they do show the macro capabilities as being able to focus from 0.39" (1cm) to Infinity at wide angle or 1.64' (50cm) to Infinity at telephoto.  

You can also see the stereo microphones to the left, and the built-in flash unit towards the center of the photo above. This tiny speedlite has modes for Auto flash, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Synchro, with Red-Eye Reduction On or Off. The flash has a working range using ISO Auto: Approx. 0.26' - 12.47' (0.08 - 3.8m) Wide or 1.64'- 10.17' (0.5 - 3.1m) Telephoto. Using ISO 3200 will extend the range to 26.25' (8.0m) at Wide angle or 20.67' (6.3m) at Telephoto.



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On the top you can see the power button, shutter release and the zoom controls, along with the Photo and Video mode buttons.



sony_tx7_controls_back.jpgOn the back of the camera you won't find much, just the large 3.5-inch Touchpanel "Xtra Fine TruBlack" LCD monitor. This unit offers 921,000 pixels of resolution. The TruBlack technology uses a Ultra AR coating to help reduce reflections while at the same time improve both brightness and contrast. This is the only viewfinder on the camera, which means it's used for all of the cameras function, including framing photos or video, reviewing files, sharing and accessing the menu system, changing camera settings, etc. All of the controls are onscreen, and you make menu selections by touching the desired value on the screen with your finger tips or you can use the included stylus "Paint Pen". 




sony_tx7_io.jpgThe I/O port is on the bottom next to the battery/memory card door and the metal tripod mount. Instead of including the normal multi-cable for USB and AV output, Sony has packaged the TX7 with their Multi Output Camera dock.

sony_tx7_craddle.jpgThis multi-function dock allows you to charge the camera, share photos thanks to it's angled positions as well as connect your camera to a variety of devices.

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Here you can see the I/O ports on the back of the dock. We have options for DC IN to provide your camera with power, USB (2.0) connectivity for your PC or PictBridge printer, HDMI output (optional cable required), and standard A/V output.


sony_tx7_msduo-battery.jpgLocated on the bottom with the battery is the Memory Stick Duo / SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot. The DSC-TX7 also has ~5MB of internal memory, however don't expect to capture to much with it. Data can be easily copied back and forth between the internal memory and flash cards.

Located under the same port door is the tiny Sony NP-BN1 3.6v 630 mAh InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack that is charged in the included AC charger or when you are using the cradle with the DC IN option. The AC charger has fold-away prongs, making it very handy to keep along with you at all times to charge one pack while you are using another. A second battery pack (about $50) is recommended if you plan on extended shooting, like vacation, etc. They quote that a fully charged pack can power the TX7 for up to approx. 230 images using CIPA standard testing.

Approx. Storage Capacities


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