Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

The Good Speedy shooting performance; slim, stylish design; plenty of fun, useful features; very good low-light photo quality for its class.

The Bad Soft photos, videos; poor battery life.

The Bottom Line The fast-shooting Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 is a slick, feature-laden ultracompact, but its price doesn't guarantee perfection.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Image quality 7.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

With point-and-shoot cameras, it's rare that a high price tag equates to superb photo quality and/or fast shooting performance. You're mostly paying for getting all the latest features into a very small body that you can take anywhere. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7, for example, features one of the company's Exmor R high-speed backside-illuminated sensors, a 25mm-equivalent wide-angle lens, a high-resolution 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD, and 1080i movie capture at 60 frames per second--all in a body that's just 0.7 inch thick. The sensor combined with Sony's Bionz image processor is capable of a lot of things you can't do with your typical pocket camera. And while two of those are speedy performance and very good low-light photos, its overall photo quality is less exceptional. Its photos are best suited for prints of 8x10 inches or smaller, viewing on a TV, and Web use. If your eye isn't overly critical, its features and design definitely make it worth considering.

Available in silver, red, and dark blue versions, the camera has an elegant feel with a full metal body and nothing but its 3.5-inch high-resolution touch-screen display on back. For its features, it's incredibly slim and will easily slip in a pants pocket or small handbag. The only physical controls are the power and shutter buttons on top; a little nub of a zoom rocker at the right corner; and playback and photo/movie mode buttons. To take a picture you simply slide down the metal lens cover and click away. After touching the camera for a bit, though, the lens cover gets slick from fingerprints making it difficult to slide up and down. You'll also want to be careful of errant fingers getting in shots and touching the lens--a common problem with internal-lens cameras.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $500
  • Brand Sony
  • Digital Camera Type compact
  • Weight 4.69 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 10.2 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 10.6 mm (1/2.4")
  • Optical Sensor Type Exmor R CMOS
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model Silver

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