Sony Cybershot TX7 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 10.2 megapixels
  • 4x optical zoom
  • 25mm Carl Zeiss lens
  • CMOS sensor
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 258-degree "press and sweep" panorama mode
  • 10fps burst mode
  • Backlight Correction High Dynamic Range for improved low-light performance
  • 1080i HD video mode (AVCHD)
  • Captures to Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/SD/SDHC memory cards
  • TransferJet sharing technology
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-02-25
  • Final Grade: 88 B+

B+

Sony Cybershot TX7
10.2 megapixels; 4x optical zoom; 25mm Carl Zeiss lens; CMOS sensor; 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD; Optical image stabilization; 258-degree "press and sweep" panorama mode; 10fps burst mode; Backlight Correction High Dynamic Range for improved low-light performance; 1080i HD video mode (AVCHD); Captures to Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/SD/SDHC memory cards; TransferJet sharing technology; Lithium ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The Sony TX7 has proven to be one of the most appealing ultracompacts released in 2010. The camera buying public still seems to be enamored of the super-thin minimalist design (even more minimalist than ever with the 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD on the rear), and thanks to its CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss lens, it outperforms much of the competition. Fun features round out the experience, including Sony's iSweep panorama mode, in-camera HDR photography, 10fps burst shooting, and 1080i HD video mode. It's pricey, but think of this as a luxury ultracompact.

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