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Sony CyberShot DSC-T7
Sony CyberShot DSC-T7

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T7

We've given the DSC-T7 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

The remarkably tiny Sony Cybershot DSC-T7 packs a whopping 5.1 megapixels literally into the palm of your hand. Don't let the featherweight look fool you. The Sony Cybershot DSC-T7 can take highly detailed images at resolutions up to 2592 x 1944, as well as full motion video clips with sound. All this plus a super sharp LCD viewer contained within an body only a third of an inch thick.


  • 5.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/2x digital zoom
  • macro lens
  • autofocus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 100-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: DSC-T7
  • UPC: 027242675407
  • Release Date: Jun 27, 2005

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T7 Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-T7 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
The camera screen stopped working then the camera stoped (Kevin Ramminger — 09/27/2007)

I've had the camera for about 2 years and use is often. Loved the size and purchased it because of my relation having one and like the size and simplicity. His screen went dead over a year ago and he purchased a newer model. He gave me his battery to use and everything worked well until 2 weeks ago when the screen just went dead. It still took pictures but couldn't see them when they were taken. Today the camera went dead. I called my relation and told him about mine and he said there was a recall on this camera because of the screen going out. does anyone know about this?

  • 5.0 out of 5
looove it! (mary — 07/06/2007)

i've had my camera for 2 years, and it takes great pictures, no problems with it whatsoever - and i love the sleek look and the small size- i can carry it everywhere. i get lots of envy looks over this camera ;)

  • 2.0 out of 5
Broken Lens Cover (Tom — 05/05/2007)

Lens cover stopped working. Will not turn on, paid lots of $$ for a camera that does not work.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera in a small package (Eric — 05/03/2007)

I bought my T7 almost two years ago and use it for personal and business. It has made two trips to China and I have carried it every day . . . all day long in my front left pants pocket. The camera is not babied and is quite rugged. It always works and delivers great looking pictures. Many of my business pictures are in the macro mode showing very clear close-up pictures of product defects. This camera is the best Sony product I have ever bought.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera (Eugene — 02/04/2007)

Great camera! For this type of money to get such a beauty! - it works like swiss watch. I use at full capacity including video mode for recording scientific lectures, bought additionally 4Gb card, 3 batteries and AC/DC converter. Even having additionally professional camera I enjoy that one a lot carrying it in pocket of shirt!

  • 4.0 out of 5
camera review (luis cossio — 01/25/2007)

I bought in in 2005, because it was soo slim. It takes good pictures, but Sony has encountered problems with it. Mine stop working at the beginning of 07 and they told me, they will give me a new one, because it was too expensive to repair. So, yes, it is nice, but it was not made properly.

  • 4.0 out of 5
If it fits, you decide (JB BROWN — 01/13/2007)

First off, I love this camera. I've used the camera on an almost daily basis for over a year. I'm in sales, and to be able to take, then print for clients in advance, has been a very valuable tool. Outstanding pictures, as long as the sun is behind or above you. The picture you see is definitely the picture you get. The camera has primarily been in my pocket, and handled the abuse fairly well. I suggest a case, though. Learn from my mistakes!
The "Cons": Camera does not easily connect to printer, card removal is required. (That means handling a card the size of a dime each time you print.) No protection for monitor, easily scrached. Might be a lil less expensive, now, I paid $400, from Best Buy, a year and a half ago. The internet price is $300 as of 1-12-2007, and that's without a memory card (about $70 bucks). One big problem, I've had is due to the amount of usage I have, if you don't buy the insurance and have problems beyond warranty, you're almost buying a throw-away camera. By that, I mean, the cost to repair (flat rate) at Sony is $181 + shipping, call it $200. You can buy a new one for about $100 more. You decide

  • 4.0 out of 5
All Around impressive but............... (Ron Kliewer — 12/29/2006)

I bought this camera for work and play, the tiny thin size is a dream to carry. It really is. The only problem with the camera is getting it to take clear (not blurry) pics in low light or indoors. I have tried lots of settings and can't get around this. Holding it perfectly still cures this but for spur-of-the-moment pics sometimes it's hard to do.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony Cybershot DSC-T7 (Patty — 11/10/2006)

I've had this digita camera for a year now. I have no complaints. It takes great pictures and I don't have the blurriness problems that others described. It would help you to read the manual. I've taken 1000's pictures on this camera now and I love the freedom I have due to its size. So small that I can slip it in my purse or jean pocket. I get compliments on this camera all the time.

  • 5.0 out of 5
easy to use, good pic quality, very compact (Sara — 11/01/2006)

We bought this camera to use while we traveled in Europe for 2 years. We wanted something really compact with good picture quality. I also wanted something really easy to use. This camera has done all of that. We also love the movie feature for short clips while we are traveling.

  • 4.0 out of 5
i love this cam so much i bought another one after it got stollen (Kelvin — 10/18/2006)

hi. I got this cam 2 months ago from my brother as my birthday gift, and its by far the best i've ever experienced. i snap everything i do, see and find interesting. if u're into photo blogging, get this cam, but make sure u have a spare batt coz it does have a pretty low batt life. but apart from that, it snaps so quick i couldnt believe it when i first got it. very handy and its strapped on a lil pouch i got for the cam at times i didnt notice its there till i get up in the morning.

some user complain bout the features, i reckon u should read up the manual book before using. Works great and a must have.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sony T7 (Marsha — 10/03/2006)

I spent an arm and a leg for this camera... definitely not worth it. I get tons of compliments about the sleekness and thinness of the camera, but the pictures always come out over exposed, and if you turn the flash off, the pictures are so blurry. Definitely not a good buy.

I'm waiting to hear about the new T-30. Not sure if I'm willing to risk another bad buy!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sony CyberShot DSC-T7 (sal — 10/03/2006)

blurry photos when objects are moving. All CyberShot cameras have this problem. look somewhere else...

  • 3.0 out of 5
Where's the picture I'm taking? bad LCD viewer (Berenice — 09/28/2006)

Nice little camera, beautiful design. But, if I try to take a picture on a nice sunny day, I cannot see the image in the LCD. The luminosity is sooo low, the screen appears almost blank. I have too gess, and hope the picture I take is what I wanted!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor image quality (Adeel — 09/23/2006)

I bought this cam through an open box. The sleek style and lcd screen size appealed me and i bought it thinking 5.1 mega pixel shout be enuff for great pictures. blurry images , sux at night ,, u'll get grains in te picture , image size will be big but terribally bad image if light is low .. only at day time it takes relatively better pics. over all i dunoo what to say .. should have bougt Cannon cybershot 7.1 instead with 1000 times better results.

  • 4.0 out of 5
holds up nicely if you actually take care of it (henrey — 08/13/2006)

i think its weird how people say their camera has held up 2 weeks because mine hasnt had any problems and i take care of it. so yeah it may hold up 2 weeks if your not careful like any camera. DUH.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Takes ok pictures, but other features are the pitts (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Maybe I don't know how to set the camera, but my pictures come out overlighted and washed out.

The card compartment is well nigh inaccessible and I have to use a tweezers to remove the card.

My T7 often turns itself on in my purse, and runs down the battery.

I love its small size and big viewing window, but I am looking for another camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blurry Blurry Blurry!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

If you are outside, in perfect conditions, this camera is great... fun for videos too, but, how often are you in perfect conditions?... um, NOT most of the time. The flash is terrible, and forget about taking photos in low light. The MAJORITY of my photos are blurry. VERY blurry. I am VERY unhappy with this camera. Find something more stable. Until I can save up another few hundred dollars for another camera I will only use it if I have to, but even then, no photos in low light, nor indoors, nor anything else important anymore. I'll borrow my friends Konica.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best compact ever! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera, have taken thousands of pictures on it. It easily slips into my jean or shirt pockets. The quality is wonderful considering the size. I can snap pictures real fast, one right after the other, continuously.
Takes great pix with the flash, even in pitch dark. I've taken pictures with the flash and it looks as if they were taken during the day. It's okay on low light, wish the video feature had a flash or night mode.
Make sure to get a good memory card, I have 1GB memory card.

  • 1.0 out of 5
SO Cute... but DON'T BUY IT (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I owned my camera for less than 3 weeks when it quit working. Best Buy would not exchange it, and told me I had to mail it in to Sony. I did. It came back, worked for about a week when the same problem occurred. It turns itself on and off. It doesn't know when the lens is open or closed. And the quality of pictures is grainy at times. Make sure you are very steady and you will get great pictures. I do like how small it is!! My boyfriend never complains when I ask him to carry it— but then it has only worked for about 3 out of the seven months that I have owned it!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good if not abused (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I read through the other reviews and the ones that bad mouth this camera mention corrosion. Try not getting it wet. ha ha

I like the camera, the pics are good and the video mode is ok - but not good. Poorly lit rooms, like in a church, don't photograph all that well - but most cameras suffer in those long distance low lighting situations.

My wife and I are happy with our purchase and can over look its shortcomings for the convenience of its size and capabilities.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great pics but bad in zoom (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have a lot of digital cameras and sonyT7 is the slimmest of them all. The pictures are very clear but the disadvantage is that it is not possible to zoom that far.It is a great camera to take pictures of friends and families but it only has 3x zoom and is not good for sight seeing Pictures

  • 3.0 out of 5
how do i? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

how can i use the multi burst with flash working or get vga size pics so can get more pics then using the 5m .. cant figure that out can anyone spare a moment n help me out ty

  • 1.0 out of 5
Buyer Beware (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Used the camera 3 weeks. It simply would not function one morning. Sent it in under warranty as directed (from Ca to Ct, what is that?)and was told that my four hundred dollar brand new camera has corrosion (really, how?)and would cost almost $700.00 to fix. Warranty is voided. There seems to be no recourse, though my husband would like to take them to small claims. By the way, have fun holding on the phone for 48 minutes to speak to a "supervisor" who sounded not a day older than 18 yrs.

  • 5.0 out of 5
JUST AMAZING (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The best digital camera for quick little pictures. I use it all the time now with family at restaurants. Just to take little embarrassing pictures of family members and its real funny when they wait to mess up the picture you are about to take but they don't realize that I am recording them.

  • 5.0 out of 5
the best (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i have always wanted a digital camera and this cybershot dsc-t17 is the perfect camera for me. i can wear my tightest jeans and still have place for the camera. the picture are absolute stunning and clear. the only problem is the battrey goes dead fast...but i luv it

  • 1.0 out of 5
Stay away from this camera & Best Buy & Sony (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes horrible indoor flash pictures - the LCD screen is grainy as you look through it to focus & the picture quality is horrendous. Do not use for indoor or low light situations. My baby shower pictures were terrible and my concert pictures were even worse. To add even more frustration Best Buy will not return or exchange it as my window of return is gone (i'm very sorry I didn't use the camera right away and waited 3 weeks) Sony is saying there is nothing they can do as far as returns and exchanges go. Stick with people who only make cameras and are really good at it. Back to my 2 megapixel Canon - it takes much better pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great size (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like the size of this camera as u can take it anywhere with u. It's fantastic for intimate photos of family and friends which I think is what its best suited for.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't move the camera when you take a picture (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When you take a picture if someone is moving at all they will blur. If you move the camera while taking a picture everything blurs. This camera only takes good pictures outside during the day with the flash off. I have ruined wedding pictures; family reunion pics taken with my camera while my sister used her $100 dollar 3 year old camera did fine. I paid $350 for a neat looking camera and that is the end of its greatness. I have been told that I should have stuck with Canon.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Awesome design, picture quality is not good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The design is awesome. It's small, and very stylish. I love its design so much. But picture quality is not so good, esp. when taking pictures at night when or indoor without enough lights.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Daytime pics are Good Indoor/Evening Pics stink (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera for the size advantage and large viewable screen. The size made sense for taking pictures anytime I wanted. I expected the camera to work as well as my Canon Powershot and I was sorely mistaken because picture quality is average in good light and horendous in a low-light enviornment. This is not the camera to carry with you during the evening. It is quite disappointing. Great size and sex-appeal but takes perfectly average pictures on the whole.

  • 3.0 out of 5
what attract me most is its cool design (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

what attract me most is its cool design,but its picture quality is not good especially at if you are crazy about picture quality,don't put it in your shopping cart.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony CyberShot T7 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is precisely the camera that someone that looks for photo opportunities all day long should carry.
It's diminutive size doesn't mean that you will be trading too much in the way of quality - quite the contrary.
So far, I've used this to shoot a ski-jump event in the city of San Francisco, with awesome results - even before I was familiar with the setting.
Since then, I've played with the macro setting, and shot some very acceptable QuickTime video as well. Yes, it's sensitive to hand shake, but so is my Canon S70.
It's a must-have if you like to take stealth shots of people going about their activities without posing, or feeling your presence; that's usually when they're at their best too.
I'm on my way to Mexico City this week, and I've decided to only take this camera. It has a 1GB card, and I'll download that either to my iPod, while on the go, or later to my Powerbook.
Most of the photos, and I don't pretend to be a photographer, need very little adjustment in an application such as iPhoto.
This camera rocks.
The new T9 is being released with hand-shake compensation, but it looks as though Sony made it somewhat larger.
I like to travel the streets of the city unencumbered; this is the camera for that.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Small Camera but picture quality is not very well (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had 3 cameras .I owned this one two months ago. I liked the size but picture quality is not very well. It takes good picture only for day time. Night time pictures are horrible. Canon G5 and A310 still my fever cameras. If you buy DSC-T7 just know that you are paying only for sizes. Not for picture quality.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible Customer Service (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I owned this camera 2 weeks before it stopped working. I sent it to the repair center only so they could tell me my warranty was voided due to corrosion and it would cost $800 to fix it. The purchase store will no longer return it since I have owned it for more than 15 days. It is ridiculous that Sony can not make a $400+ product that can withstand 2 weeks of use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes Great Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

very good camera overall, but that tiny lens cannot catch the fine details.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Awesome for the size (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm not a photographer by any mean, but I am a photo enthusiast. I purchased this camera for convenience more than anything, this camera is small, almost unbelievably small. Huge 2.5" LCD screen, 3x Optical zoom, manual controls available (although all menu driven), Burst shots, Bracketing shots... the features go on and on. The only real complaint I have is the T7's ability to take shots in low light is very weak, you'll read this in many consumer reviews. The size of the lens and the extremely small flash are not adequate for low light photography, but in my mind thats a tradeoff that's acceptable given everything else that's packed into a camera just slightly larger than a credit card.

I have a sony DSC-F828 if I'm not worried about convince. But the T7 can easily fit into your dress shirt pocket and that's why I bought it.

You won't be disappointed in it's outdoor or bright setting pictures!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great except for zoom (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this is a great camera! it has everything u need in a camera, big lcd screen, high mega pixles, SMALL, and very stylish. The one thing this camera lacks is a decent zoom. it only has 3x zoom and is not good for sight seeing pictures. this camera is wonderful for pictures of friends and family to store many happy memories. just slide it in your pocket and your out the door.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Winner (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A great compact camera,however the zoom is limited and when taking photos fingers can obstruct the lens...otherwise a joy to use

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a grat camera very very thin and with an excelen image quality.

  • 4.0 out of 5
it takes outstanding pictures, BUT (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a very cool camera. I get alot of attention when I use it. You can download the pictures onto your computer very quickly. Its very easy to use, and I love the compact size. The pictures are sharp, very colorful. But the zoom is in-sufficient. I took the camera to a high school graduation, and the zoom was not enough to capture the subject. You have be closer. The carrying handle cord is way too long.You have to be carefull not to have your finger in the way of the lens. I am however satisfied

  • 5.0 out of 5
The best camera I owned. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First of all the camera is beautiful, and so small, there are no excuses to leave it at home. I am very impressed with the quality of the pictures. The only downside i have found is the zoom. It is not very powerful. It should come with a more powerful zoom, but there is nothing really perfect in this world, so this is as close as it gets.

  • 4.0 out of 5
No excuse to NOT have a camera with you! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Let's face it, if you're looking for a camera that takes elaborate or professional looking pictures, this is not for you. This sleek gem takes fantastic 'snapshots' and is excellent for capturing memories around the house, at parties, or while enjoying the outdoors with friends or family. It's fabulous design will attract a lot of attention and you'll never wish you had a camera to capture the moment since chances are you'll slip it into your pocket everytime you leave your home.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The awesome credit card size Sony T7 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This the best camera I have purchased. The CyberShot DSC-T7 has great capabilities, captures breath taking photos, easy to upload onto the pc, attracts alot of attention, and you can place it in your back pocket!!!

Go SONY!!!