Sony Cyber-shot HX7V review: More features, more megapixels, still good

There's very little not to like about the HX7V, as it solves common snapshot camera issues while still being relatively simple and fun to use.

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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.

Read the full review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V.

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Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.

 

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