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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V is a feature-packed travel-zoom camera, offering a 10x, 25-350mm zoom lens, 16.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, built-in GPS tracking complete with a compass, full 1080i high-definition video recording with stereo sound and HDMI output, and 3D Sweep Panoramas and 3D Still Images. Other key features of the well-appointed Sony HX7V include Intelligent Sweep Panoramas, which now include a 42.9 megapixel high resolution mode, a 3 inch LCD screen with 921,000-dots, 10fps burst shooting mode at full resolution, ISO range of 100-3200, Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode which cuts camera-shake while you're shooting handheld HD video, Intelligent Auto Plus, Program and full Manual shooting modes, and support for both Memory Stick PRO Duo and Secure Digital cards. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V is available in black, white, red, blue or silver for £289 / $299. The Sony DSC-HX7V is a new travel-zoom camera that follows on from last year's HX5 model.
When Sony describes the Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V as a high-performance camera, it isn't joking. Shooting 16.2-megapixel stills and 1080i video at 50 frames per second, it's certainly a versatile option for the more ambitious photographer. At around £250 online and no larger than a pack of cards, it's not a pocket or wallet buster either.The HX7V is so feature-rich, its rivals must surely be blushing. As well as GPS for geotagging your photos, there's a super-smart focusing system that switches modes automatically to match what the camera sees through the lens. Leave everything set to automatic and move closer to a flower, and the camera switches from landscape to macro, and then back again when you move away. This feature is a boon for beginners, and a considerable time-saver for snappers who routinely find themselves mopping up scenery as they pass it by. With no need to choose the right mode yourself, this camera gives you a better chance of catching flighty wildlife at close quarters than almost any other. It's very easy to get a fix on objects close at hand too, so you won't spend much time rocking back and forth to find the camera's focal sweet spot, either. The HX7V's eye for detail is impressive. So is its ability to automatically switch to macro mode when required.
Sony's 16.2-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V ($299.99 direct) isn't short on features, offering a long 10x zoom lens in a pocket-friendly form factor, with an extremely bright and sharp 3-inch LCD, integrated GPS, support for 1080i60 HD video and 3D image capture. And it produces clean images with little noise at its highest ISO setting. It isn't perfect camera, falling a bit short of its predecessor on image sharpness, and the competition on zoom range, but if you're looking for a camera to travel with, it's a solid choice. Design and FeaturesA good-looking compact camera, the DSC-HX7V measures 2.4 by 4 by 1.2 inches (HWD) and weighs 7.3 ounces. It's a bit larger than the 2.2 by 3.6 by 0.8-inch Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS ($249.99, 4 stars), but offers a longer zoom range and GPS functionality. Our review unit featured a pearlized white finish, but it's also available in blue, red, or black. There's a comfortable rubberized gray grip on the left, which is close to the built-in flash, so you'll want to take care not to block it with your hand when snapping photos. The 10x optical zoom lens, covers a 25-250mm (35mm equivalent) focal range. The camera's 16-2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor is backlit, which makes it possible to capture cleaner images in low-light situations.
Sony's 2011 Cyber-shot lineup has three compact megazooms in it: the high-end HX9V, the low-end H70, and, snuggled in between, the HX7V. The HX7V is essentially a beefed-up version of the H70, featuring the same lens and body size, but backed by a high-speed, 16-megapixel Exmor R backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor instead of a slower CCD sensor. That sensor among other things gives the HX7V many more shooting options, such as a Background Defocus mode to simulate a shallow depth-of-field, and creating high-resolution panoramas. And it does most everything quickly. Now, as for photo quality, it really comes down to what you're expecting. Photo quality is very good to excellent, but pixel peepers or those expecting miracles from a point-and-shoot will likely be disappointed. There's little difference in quality from ISO 125 to ISO 400. The only real issue I have is that photos aren't very sharp even at its lowest ISO. Noise reduction kicks in more at ISO 800, which softens details more and dulls color. There's a noticeable increase in noise and noise reduction at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, making colors more washed-out and making subjects appear painterly; you'll probably want to reserve these two highest sensitivities for emergencies when you need to shoot in low-light conditions or get a faster shutter speed regardless of the results.
Almost ten years ago, an executive at HP remarked to me that a digital camera was little more than a computer with a lens on it (he was denigrating the lens part and playing up the computer part like a typical computer guy). Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V is very much a fulfillment of that observation: many of its headline features rely on snapping multiple images, analyzing them and using algorithms and the company's BIONZ image processor to merge these exposures to achieve the desired result -- be it a 3D image, a large panoramic photo or a well-balanced image in very low light. In addition to its computing skills, the Sony HX7V delivers a very nice 10x lens that's both long and wide, ranging from 25 to 250mm equivalent. You'll find a backside-illuminated 16.2-megapixel EXMOR-R CMOS sensor, a 3-inch display, HD movie recording and a Manual mode for greater photographic experimentation. At a retail price of $300, the HX7V packs a solid feature punch for a mid-range model. But how did it stand up in the real world?
Although designed as an upgrade to the very good Sony HX5V camera, the new Cyber-shot HX7V is surprisingly similar to its predecessor. It has the same 10x (25-250 mm) lens and the same overall design and handling. The HX7V does, however, have a brand new sensor with even more pixels and a sleek new screen on the back. A year ago, Sony released the Cyber-shot HX5V to rival the superzoom heavyweights already on the market. Although it only had a 10x zoom at a time when rival superzoom compacts were already at 15x, it did have the added advantage of a BSI CMOS sensor. The picture quality was quite simply excellent, as was the camera's design and handling. However, it was really let down by its low-def screen with tight viewing angles. The first bit of good news is that the screen has been upgraded in the HX7V, something that's instantly noticeable as soon as you start using the camera. Thank you Sony, your previous misdemeanours are forgiven! (see inset). Some other small changes have been made too. The smile detection button has been removed (no great loss) and a click-round control wheel has made an appearance around the four-way arrows.
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