Sony Cybershot H7 Brief Review

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  • 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
  • Release Date: 2007-02-28
  • Final Grade: 79 C+

C+

Sony Cybershot H7
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
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

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.

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