Sony Cyber-shot HX7V

Sony Cyber-shot HX7V

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We've given the HX7V a grade of B+.
This product is ranked
20th of 39 in Sony
31st of 45 in 15+ MP
20th of 45 in $200 - $300
13th of 31 in Travel Zoom

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The HX7V is one of several Sony travel zooms for 2011. The chief draws are the versatile 10x lens and high-speed, low-light-friendly CMOS sensor. It's a modest update over last year's HX5V, which used a similar lens/sensor combination. Looking at test shots around the web, it seems, unfortunately, that the image quality has taken a hit compared to last year's model -- we suspect the bloated 16 megapixel resolution has something to do with the softness and loss of detail. 

Still, like most Cyber-shots, the HX7V has loads of cool features, most notably a 10fps burst mode, 1080i HD video, background defocus mode, and 3D sweep panoramas. It also features a built-in GPS unit for geo-tagging. The HX7V should appeal to casual users who want a cool camera with more versatility than a point-and-shoot, rather than pixel peepers who are obsessed with picture quality. It's decently affordable compared to most of the compact zoom class this year, too. Also check out the HX9V, a similar model with a longer zoom range.


  • 16.2 Megapixels
  • Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 25mm wide-angle Sony G lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD (921k pixels)
  • 1080/60i HD video
  • 10 fps burst mode
  • Background defocus mode
  • 3D still images, 3D sweep panoramas
  • ISO up to 3200
  • GPS geo-tagging and compass
  • Face detection
  • Captures to Memory Stick Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: Mar 17, 2011

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