Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX7 Review

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Review posted 08/11/2010

Quick Take
Pros

  • Well built and stylish metal body
  • Three color choice options
  • Ultra-compact size allows it to be carried in the smallest of pockets
  • Awesome 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Effective iAuto mode
  • Captures pleasing photos indoors and out
  • Class leading shooting performance
  • Excellent high ISO performance
  • Good low-light performance
  • Records nice full HD video for compact camera
  • Handy Multi Output camera dock

Cons
  • Sliding lens covers is more difficult to slide down and takes some getting use to
  • Produced over-saturated colors on several occasions
  • Good amount of visible edge softness from the 4x lens
  • higher price tag
Bottom Line
The Cyber-Shot DSC-TX7 is a powerful ultra-compact that is loaded with Sony's "best" technologies and the price reflects that. It boasts good image quality, robust performance, and plenty of intelligent exposure options.  Read more in our Full Conclusion.
sony_tx7_red_800.jpgOne of Sony's most advanced point-n-shoot cameras to date, the Cyber-Shot DSC-TX7 is one of their top-of-the-line T-series models for 2010. This sleek camera sports some serious specifications, including a fast 10-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor, 10fps burst mode shooting at full resolution, AVCHD 1080i video, in-camera HDR, Optical SteadyShot IS system, Xtra Fine "TruBlack" 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD (921k pixel), and much more.

Not only is the TX7 loaded with impressive features, but it also includes their proven iAuto (intelligent Auto) exposure mode, which takes care of all the important exposure and scene mode settings for you, that way you can concentrate on the subject at hand. On top of iAuto, Sony has included some other "intelligent" features, such as intelligent AF, iSCN, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, Anti-Blink, Face Detection, and Motion Detection technologies.


Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Features:

  • 10.-Megapixel "EXMOR R" CMOS sensor with 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • Ultra-compact, all metal body that's available in three colors: Silver, Red, and Dark Blue
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar internal (folded) 4x optical zoom lens; covers 25-100mm equivalent range for still photos
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • BIONZ high-speed processor 
  • 3.5-inch Xtra Fine, TruBlack LCD with 921k pixels and 100% frame coverage
  • Record AVCHD video @ 1080i (1920x1080, 60i) or 1440i (1440x1080, 60i) w/ Dolby Digital Stereo sound
  • Also captures progressive MPEG-4 video @ 1440p 1440x1080, 30p), 720p (1280x720, 30p) and SD (640x480, 30p) resolutions
  • Intelligent Auto exposure mode (iAuto) with scene recognition (iSCN) technology
  • Program AE, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, and 12 Scene modes
  • In-camera HDR mode combines two exposures to increase dynamic range
  • Burst Mode shooting at up to 10fps 
  • 9 Area Multi-point AF system; Auto, Selectable Spot, and Touch AF modes
  • Anti-blink and Face detection technologies; can detect up to 8 faces within the frame at one time
  • Smile Shutter mode, automatically detects and captures smiling faces
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 equivalent
  • Sony's Clear RAW Noise Reduction: Automatically cleans up long exposure images
  • Sony's DRO technology (Dynamic Range Optomizer)
  • Flash with Auto, Fill, Forced Off, and Slow Synchro (Red Eye reduction available)
  • USB 2.0 high speed Auto-Connect to host computer
  • Rechargeable InfoLithium battery and AC charger included
  • 5MB internal memory
  • Compatible with Memory Stick Duo/Duo Pro/Duo Pro-HG or SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
  • TransferJet compliant
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible
  • HD (1080i) video output for viewing images/movies on a HDTV
  • Supplied Camera Dock "Multi Output Stand"


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 is available now with a suggested retail price of $399.99 US.

What's in the box?:
  • Camera
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery (NP-BN)
  • Battery Charger
  • USB & AV cables
  • Software/Manual CD-ROM
  • Wrist strap
  • Multi Output Stand
  • Stylus Paint Pen

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