Sony DSC TX7 Review

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Sony DSC TX7 Ease of Use 9
Features 10
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality9
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 9
Lowlight 8
Macro 8
Value for Money 8
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Overview

The Sony Cybershot DSC TX7 is packed with features. It is also a cool looking camera that will fit easily into a pocket. On top of this turn on and shooting times are very impressive. All in all the Cybershot DSC TX7 camera is highly recommended.

Features include a large 3.5 inch touch control LCD screen. Unlike some touch control cameras more or less every action you take is controlled through the screen apart from zoom and actually taking the shot.

There is a burst mode that allows you to shoot at up to 10 frames per second, the ability to take High Definition movies at 1080i, a sweep panorama mode for creating wide panoramas, plus image stabilisation. In addition there is a special anti blur mode for low light photography. This works by firing off six shots and overlaying them.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

10
4x
3.5 inches
97.8 x 59.5 x 17.5mm
133g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

1cm
Yes
No
Lithium-ion Rechargeable
SD / SDHC / Memory Stick™ Duo / Memory Stick PRO™ Duo

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Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

The definition in my first three outdoor shots falls below the very best cameras in this category. That is not necessarily a problem unless you are looking to make extra large prints. It is unlikely you will notice any difference with snapshot sized prints. The Cybershot DSC TX7 locks on well to the building in my fourth outdoor shot and here the sharpness is very good.

Portraits

For quick portrait shots the Cybershot DSC TX7 does very well. I liked the lighting in my outdoor shot. Moving indoors and using flash the camera manages to produce enough light to create a bright shot without going over the top and washing away colour. I was also impressed with the result when flash is turned off. You do need a fairly well lit room for this type of shot if you want to keep noise levels down and focusing sharp.

Macro, Colours and Noise

As with other Sony digital cameras The Cybershot DSC TX7 is capable of taking good quality close up shots. The camera can focus from 1cm away from the subject, so you should have no issues.

I like the colours in my test shots. The Cybershot DSC TX7 appears to have a good range of colours. For example I liked the contrast between the blue sky and the green foliage in my outdoor test shots, while there was enough warmth in my outdoor portrait.

Noise levels are controlled well in most cases.

Summary

The Cybershot DSC TX7 is a good quality snapshot camera. I found nothing that I considered a major problem.

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Style

This is a very sleek digital camera. It is ultra thin and has a sliding lens cover. It is available in red, silver and blue.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Fast

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.22 seconds
8.99 seconds
0.51 seconds
10.25 seconds
1.19 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy I found the Cybershot DSC TX7 easier to use than any other touch control camera

Points I Like

Ease of use - style - touch control - shutter lag times - HD movies - sweep panoramas - 10 frames per second

Where it Could Improve

There is nothing that really stands out

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

 menu menu 2

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Review Date

March 2010

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