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Sony CyberShot DSC-TX7

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  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

    Design: 9/10
    Features: 8/10
    Ease-of-use: 8/10
    Image quality: 8/10
    Value for money: 8/10

    Conclusion
    The main negatives with regard to the Sony Cyber-shot TX7 are a short-ish battery life, a screen that quickly becomes smeared with fingerprints, a lens location that means it's all too easy for digits to drift into shot, occasional camera shake, and, er, that's about it.

    11 years ago
  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX7 review

    Luxury like this doesn't come cheap, but if dependable photo quality is good enough, the TX7's other talents are worth splashing out on.

    11 years ago
  • PC Advisor.co.uk

    Despite some comfort issues with its design, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 is a capable of capturing vibrant colours and deep blacks, and its high ISO performance is not too bad either. It will suit travellers who want a hybrid camera with which to take high-def video as well as still photos. It's worth noting that Sony has finally warmed to the SD card format; this camera has a slot that can accommodate both SD and Memory Stick Pro DUO formats.

    11 years ago
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 camera

    Plus

    • Design and build
    • Image quality
    • Large screen
    • 1080i HD video
    • Wide zoom lens

    Minus

    • Fiddly sliding front cover
    • Images soft at edges
    • Distortion at wide end of zoom
    • Fiddly touch screen controls which very much need supplied stylus

    Conclusion In short, the TX7 does what it does well; compact it certainly is, but within the limits that small size places on the design and handling; ditto the touchscreen and its (easily lost) stylus or "paint pen", so called as it is designed for use with the camera's accompanying paint software. However, we were left liking the TX7 for both its simplicity of use and the camera's "Why go into the menus? There's not much to control anyway" ethos. That and its natty Sweep and iAUTO modes as well as the impressive HD movie capture make it a nice little compact.Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot DMC-TX7 acquits itself well. Low noise performance comes at the expense of detail, particularly at lower sensitivity settings such as ISO 125, which is a shame. And the lens' peripheral softness disappoints too, particularly in macro mode.Still image quality is good enough for most general snaps though and the HD movies are very good for a camera of this ilk. Go back a little more than a year and HD at this level in a compact would have been almost unheard of.Nevertheless, we cannot help but feel that RRP of almost £400 will make many baulk and they'll refuse at the last hurdle, that of opening their wallet or purse and paying for it.

  • No grade
    Sony DSC-TX7

    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

    11 years ago
  • No grade

    Pros

    • Attractive, sleek design and sturdy build
    • Slender, pocketable size
    • High resolution (921k dots), 3.5-inch touchscreen LCDResponsive touchscreen operationCustomizable icon array on LCD
    • Full HD video with stereo audio
    • Optical zoom during movies
    • iSweep Panorama
    • Handheld Twilight mode
    • Anti-Motion Blur mode
    • Backlight Correction HDR mode
    • Basic point-and-shoot simplicity
    • Wide-angle 4x optical zoomOptical image stabilizationGood performance
    • 10 fps burst mode at full resolutionFast shutter lag
    • Dual SD/MS Duo media support
    • Supports TransferJet

    Cons

    • Slightly awkward lens cover operation
    • Corner softness at wide-angle
    • Softness/flare at full telephoto
    • Small, weak flash (not uncommon in subcompacts)Lack of fine details due to noise suppression even at lowest ISO of 125Moderate chromatic aberration
    • No geometric distortion correction for videos
    • Slightly below average battery life
    • Few manual controls
    • Movie settings are spread across multiple menusMaximum sized printed results are smaller than average, even at the lowest ISO