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Sony Cybershot H7
Sony Cybershot H7

Hey! You should know that Sony has released a newer version of this product: the Sony Cybershot H20.

Sony Cybershot H7

We've given the H7 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The H7 is quite old by digital camera standards. If you're looking to purchase a Sony point-and-shoot with a hefty zoom, take a look at the recent H20. Here's what we had to say about the H7 when it was released in February 2007:

The Sony Cybershot H7 is a marvelous update on one of the most popular extended zoom cameras ever, the Sony H2. This model features a capable 8.1 megapixel sensor and outrageously long 15x zoom, second only to the 18x Olympus SP-550UZ in zooming potential. The H7 is a slightly cheaper version of the Sony H9, but the only major difference is that the H7 has a 2.5-inch LCD as opposed to the H9's 3.0-inch display.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 15x optical zoom / 30x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 80-3200
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization
  • HDTV output
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Memory Stick storage (31MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: DSCH7B.CEH
  • UPC: 027242712935
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2007

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Sony Cybershot H7 Reviews

Sony Cybershot H7 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Learner's Cam (Jennifer — 07/24/2009)

It is a point-and-shoot. It has good preset settings which can filter light and make pro pictures.

It cannot deal with less-than-good light, and so inside/late afternoon/darker places and times make for bad/fuzzy/impossible shots.

"Action" setting is awesome, but again, it cannot handle inadequate lighting. However, for stage pictures/drama/etc with a spotlight on the actors, there never was a better setting!

  • 5.0 out of 5
H7 video (RITA BICK — 07/21/2009)

This is the perfect camera to use at a concert. Video cams and SLR's are not allowed. This camera has excellent video and the sound is perfect, even next to the giant speakers. It is the only digital camera that is not affected by the bass coming from the
speakers. Countless people have watched my videos on youtube and asked what camera I use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent Learner's Camera (Jennifer — 05/25/2009)

If you are learning and practicing photography, this is the best camera for you. It has pre-set settings that help you with exposure, shutter speed, etc.

It does not do as well inside, or in limited-light environments. Keep a quick finger and a keen eye! This is the camera for you!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Amazing Performer (Salehein — 01/02/2009)

Its a cool one to own. I am pretty much impressed with its performance. A simple automatic one with so many things to explore. Really a good choice.

  • 5.0 out of 5
CERTIFICATE FOR SONY H7 CAMERA (T.S.Krishna Moorthy — 12/22/2008)

In a simple word I will say that this camera is more than sufficient for taking family photograph at party and fuctions.
We like it and we are sure that all those having this camera
also will happy and satisfied of it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best of it's kind (Jen — 09/24/2008)

If you're looking for a good point-and-shoot camera with a couple rofessional-feeling dials and options, this is the place to stop.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good 4 family (Gaby MARIAN — 07/08/2008)

I baught this camera hopping to get better pictures than usual cameras and i did. But i'm still not satisfied; an DSLR it's a better choice for those who wants to take hi-fi pictures. For those who wants 2 buy this camera there are some thing good to know :
this camera has remote control (very usefull); u can view your pictures or videos taken with DSC H7 on your LCD or Plasma TV in Full HD mode; the 15x zoom is very usefull in many ocasions; this camera has also included an parasolar for helping u to take good pictures even when the sun shines strongly.
the batterry life isn't very good - if u intent to take more pictures, u need to buy one more battery (that is not a R6 rechargable, like from older models)

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent camera umbeatble (sourav — 03/18/2008)

I enjoy using this camara. It's as close to a SLR as you can get without the pricetag.this is best ....

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera (Ritesh Sharma — 12/25/2007)

I researched a lot on cameras as I didn’t want to waste my hard earned money. First I read reviews of cannon and how it’s the best, but somehow I was not convinced by the overall performance reviews of cannon. At the end I decided to buy H7- and I couldn’t believe it. It’s just awesome. I have to say whatever sony makes, it the best and nobody can beat it. The focus of this camera is amazing and the best thing is image stabilizer. It has so many modes to shoot which makes it un beatable coz of its low price. I would recommend you to buy it if you want a camera with great power of zoom lens and high quality indoor and outdoor pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great for the money (Joel — 12/18/2007)

I enjoy using this camara. It's as close to a SLR as you can get without the pricetag. My only problem is 1. Sometimes indoors, it take too long to focus and the picture I saw on the LED screen is not what I got due to the split second delay. I found that I can overcome thi by using the viewfinder which is great because it's electronic therefore WYSIWYG. The other complaint i have is the dial switch on the back of the camara. If you hit the wrong part, which I always do, it switches to the auto timer or macro mode. Finally you need good 20/20 eyesite to read the info on the LED. Outside of those compaints I really love this camara. The zoom feature is outstanding!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera (Andrew — 12/03/2007)

I am very happy with the camera.
in a earlyer review somebody said: "...Don't expect to get good indoor pictures..." I have had the same problem, but I switch the camera into "Auto Mode" and the photos came out pretty good. Great outside photo's.
8.1 MP is great.
15X gets you up and close, and with the 2X digital zoom(in the camera already) you can get 30X(if the "Conversion Lens" are set to "Off" or "Tele")! just go to: Home> Settings> Shoot Settings> Digital Zoom> Precision.
I don't like the Manual Focus, but it has a good is Auto Focus. I would buy a 1GB SD card for it, on the 8.1MP setting you'll get about 170 pics and 25 min worth of movies.
Overall: Great camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Brilliant (prasanga — 11/29/2007)

I recently from DSC-S40 and made a good decision to purchase the H7. The zooming is perfect and with the super steady shot feature it is wonderful.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Camera Buff tells you the truth (Prince — 10/21/2007)

Yes, The camera does take great photos; it is a bit technical like the Minolta Konica 7 HI, HOWEVER THE CANON HAS A DUMY INFO ON THE SCREEN WHERE A NEW CAMERA BUFF CAN ALLOW IT TO HELP THEM.

The sure shot for no blurs is good but still leaves a bit to be desired so a good rating is what it gets not an excellent.

Good features include the quick click shutter for sports action photos, a long battery life that is rechargeable, and extras for freedom of shooting styles.

The bad no card you must purchase this separately. This is like buying a car with no GAS!!

So I would give it four stars and believe me I own many different brands of digital cameras and can give a true opinion, I am a technology junkie this was my nineteenth digital camera purchase.

  • 2.0 out of 5
disappointing (sydney — 09/06/2007)

I was excited about this camera at first but when I when i got back my first set of pictures developed I was very disappointed. Pictures were grainy and blurry. Outside pictures are beautiful but thats pretty much it . Don't expect to get good indoor pictures. My sister's fuji takes much better pictures. I returned it after just 13 days.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony delivers again (Ritesh Varma — 08/11/2007)

I have always liked Sony over Canon, the natural colors and the ability to shoot in light conditions where Canon failed makes me trust this brand always.

Got one last month @$329 which was good, immediately check for a original piece and yes it was, got clicking and believe me, this one delivers even better shots than my older S90, the macros and image stabilization at full zoom are great, just think again before passing this one over.

  • 5.0 out of 5
THE BEST. (Ronaldo parker — 08/03/2007)

The best camera for it's price.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sony Cybershot H7 reviews (guillermo refondos — 07/24/2007)

I agree with camera controls,it is fuzzy logic.
I have benn disapointed with the fringing and distortion of the Vario-Tessar,that is more than noticeable. But tests of others cameras of the same type are with similar complaints.For familiar or artistic photography it works very very well.Bad Photos when you get ISO 1000 or more,with a lot of electronic noise; but a bad photo is better than a NO PHOTO.Otherwise at ISO 80-400 images are as sharp as you may need.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony's H7 camera (Jim Peterson — 07/18/2007)

I recently upgraded from Sony's DSC717 because I wanted the additional telephoto capability as well as the greater megapixels. This camera takes excellent pictures. I use it mostly for outdoor and wildlife photography. It does take some practice and getting used to. I have used both the automatic functions as well as specialties settings. The more I use it the more I like it. The ability to hook it up directly to a large screen TV and show pictures is a very nice feature. Again, I like this camera!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
All features you want in a digital camera (ATUL MOONAT — 06/28/2007)

Fabulous extended zoom camera and takes great pictures and lots of options. However, The USB cable to connect to the computer is flimsy and difficult to push into and out of the camera. Also, marking on cable doesn't tell which side will go into the camera neither does the manual says anything. Apart from this it is amazing.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sony H7 (Dr. Ansari — 06/19/2007)

Good extended digital camera. good working focal lenght, fast, light, lens hood covers the view.......could have been better.........pricy though!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Impossible to beat (Simon — 06/16/2007)

If your your looking for a great camera that is capable of taking action pictures this is for you.

This camera doesnt take pictures, it makes pictures!!!!!!!1

  • 3.0 out of 5
Disappointing (Ray Wilson — 06/14/2007)

I am hugely disappointed in this camera. It has a great "paper" specification but in practice it just doesn't deliver. There are 2 main problems:-
1) Image quality - fine if you just want 6x4 prints but once you enlarge photos the quality disappears with purple fringing everywhere (a purple edge where dark areas meet lighter ares). The 8 megapixels just don't deliver - my former 2 megapixel camera takes just as good if not better photos.
2) The top control dial is very easily accidentally moved so you have to check every time you shoot. Very frustrating - could easily have been fixed with a security button to press before you can move the dial.

In addition, if you use macro you have to make sure you switch it off for the next photo. Again annoying.

Like other buyers, you can't get a 74mm filter for love or money.

On the plus side the zoom is excellent and build quality and general feel is good. However it just isn't enough. Wish I had bought a Fuji or Canon around the same price. Sony could do so much better than this!

  • 4.0 out of 5
PERFECT OBTIONS (alireza — 05/18/2007)


  • 5.0 out of 5
excellence (Jack Mihuagh — 04/19/2007)

I rate this camera excellent on behalf of the great pictures it has taken.