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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX7 Grey - Expert Reviews
Sony CyberShot DSC TX7 packs in style and ultra-compactness with a bundle of incredible features for enthusiasts and shutterbugs. The camera's still quality is as astounding as its video quality. To help you learn the camera, you need to turn to a text manual wherein, there is a guide built inside the camera that will assist you to achieve what you set out to do with your camera. What the camera boasts of is the big name of sensor that is, 10.2-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. The high-sensitivity mode features 3200ISO. You get OSS IS (Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization) and Handheld Twilight Mode. Other array of features just begins from here.
The burst rate of the camera is 10fps such that you catching the fast-in-motion subject are off the worry list. The motion detection manages shutter speed and ISO sensitivity. Video shooting power of the camera is full HD at 1080i (interlaced) resolution. The formats you can use are AVCHD and MP4. The only viewfinder is the screen and since it is big enough, framing/shot-composition is not a hassle. Focusing is as easy as accessing other options such as, you would just have to tap on the screen. To menu, to have one-touch access in playback mode, simply slide the fingers across the screen to view images. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded 4X zoom lens gets you good enough landscapes at wide-angle end and don't expect great performance at telephoto end since the focal length range is 25mm-100 equivalent. Also, other significant and enticing features are Anti-blink, Sweep Panorama, Smile Shutter, Face Detection, iAudio, and many more. With all these, TX7 is worth a buy.
Design and Build Quality
Sony CyberShot DSC TX7 is a handy pocket-able camera. When the lens is not in use, a sliding panel covers it. It also hides the AF light assist (that helps in providing extra light in tandem with in-built flash) and stereo mic. Turn the camera on and simply slide the panel downwards. Since it is a touch camera, physical controls are few that involve zoom rocker, shutter release, a quick preview, and for switching from stills to video and back. At the rear is the 3.5 inches wide LCD panel with resolution of 921k dots having bright, crisp, and clear images. The interface is excellent in responsiveness. The design is such that dust and dirt might find their places round the corners and edges.
So all the time, you would just be cleaning the camera. There comes also a wrist strap, so you can prevent it from dropping down. Other than this, the camera is decent and polished. The user would not have issues as far as the design is concerned.
Focus and Face Detection
The focus modes of Sony CyberShot DSC TX7 are 9-point, Spot, Face Detection (adult/child priority) Center-weighted, and Flexible Spot. Also, the AF to this camera is just AF that is, an intelligent AF that locks focus from within. Manually, just tap on the screen and lock a focus, the AF speed then is quick, next obviously would be the shutter response, which too fortunately is fast. Under low light, the AF is only a bit slow, but that is pardonable. The 9-point AF system is accurate, macro focusing has its minimum distance of 8cm, and the central portion of the frame in macro mode is sharp enough. Face detection technology can detect up to 8 distinct faces and then manage crisp, exposure, focus and flash on faces.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Sony CyberShot DSC TX7 uses wide-angle lens with wide-angle end at 25mm and a not so impressive telephoto end at 100mm, justified over optical zoom lens with maximum optical zoom-in power up to 4x. Wide-angle end is good for land and cityscapes. The telephoto does average for portraits. Luckily, the zooming is silent and consistent at one speed and at aspect ratio of 16:9, the zoom bracket is 28-112mm, and at 4:3, the zoom bracket is 24-136mm. Again, the broad zoom range of TX7 is equivalent to 25mm-100. Coming to SS, the OIS (SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization) cannot be turned off or on. The spec sheet only states that OIS is there with the technology used behind it being an in-built gyro sensor to detect shakes in camera and then automatically shifting the lens to avoid blur.
Screen and Menus
Sony CyberShot DSC TX7 has a better menu system compared to that of others in the same class. What makes it better are switching modes, white balance, ISO adjustments and other important settings that can be easily set via the touch-screen menu. The intuitiveness of the menu becomes lesser as you make down the layers of menus. Main menu has 'shoot' settings at front where you can alter (turn off/on) AF assist light, Digital Zoom, Grid Line, Auto Orientation, Red Eye Reduction, Scene Recognition Guide, Beep Alert, Select Shoot Modes and more. Then, there are set-up options that involve LCD brightness, power saving, and language preference. The options for memory card management include creating and deleting folder, formatting, and copying images. Whats sad here is that to get what you want in the movie mode, you'd have to touch multiple options spread in different menus.
The playback menu does what it does in all other cameras, so shutterbugs would be quite already familiar with it. Coming to the screen, the camera sports 3.5 inches diagonally wide touch-screen monitor with tags XtraFine and Tru Black technology. The high resolution of 921k dot is the largest among the DSC line-up. The screen has the much-needed ultra AR film coating that avoids reflections and enhances brightness and contrast, which means, you can take the camera in bright sunlight without worrying of its screen blacking out.
Sony CyberShot DSC TX7 lives on NP-BN1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery. As per CIPA (Camera and Imaging Product Association) testing standards, the battery must give away 230 shots. But if you spend considerable time navigating through the menus, you can only make up to 100 shots. At the bottom of the camera, lies the all ‘springed up’ battery compartment door. When you open the door, you also get to access the memory card. Sadly, you cannot charge the battery within the camera but have to take it out and put it for charging, inside the supplied charger. Along with the battery and memory card, the camera weighs nearly 150 grams.
Sony Cybershot DSC TX7 can record videos at full HD resolution (1080p) in MP4/AVCHD formats. When you use AVCHD format, you get to record videos of the frame size of 1920 x 1080 / 1440 x 1080 at a frame rate of 60i (interlaced) fps. Whereas, when you choose for MP4 format, you get to record videos at 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and 640 x 480 at the frame rate of 30p (progressive) fps. The length of a video clip is limited to the memory space of 2GB and 30 minutes of run time wherein, the audio gets recorded in the stereo format.
The AVCHD format is not as web-friendly for uploading as MP4 and VGA formats of the same resolution. The extension to AVCHD files is .mts while that of MP4 is .mp4. The camera itself selects a scene mode for you to go on. Other options that you can choose under video mode are metering and White balance where the former can be center metering and multi metering. The LCD icons can also be turned on and off and the videos are not corrected as stills. The barrel distortion can still be observed at the wide-angle end.
Sony Cybershot DSC TX7 features a 1/2.4-inch sized Exmor R CMOS 10.2MP sensor, designed specially to give a robust low light performance. The very sensor is back-illuminated and places photo detectors up on the wiring layer on the chip resulting in better sensitivity towards light. The sensor can produce images with maximum pixels of 3648 x 2736. The ISO sensitivity range begins from 125 to 3200ISO and can be put to Auto ISO as well where 3200ISO stands for the maximum ISO setting that can be availed in all shoot modes. This setting lets you work in low light sans the need for a flash. The seven ISO stops can be selected in program auto mode. At ISO 125, detail of the images is soft, and at ISO 400, the detail becomes slightly more non-observable. Chromatic aberration though stays within the dominion of the camera's photographic capabilities. But at ISO 1600 and 3200, luminance noise begins to show up and you feel like looking through a wind screen.
· An admirably fast continuous still shoot at 10fps
· Records full resolution 1080p videos in AVCHD format and with stereo audio
· Articulated 3.5 inches LCD touch sensitive screen is responsive and brilliant
· Brilliant pictures in 10MP
· Wide-angle optical zoom up to 4x with focal length range 25-100mm equivalent
· Sweep panorama mode can be availed
· Design and build quality is robust
· The Auto modes are creatively effective
· Quite a nice low-light performance given the class of digicams it belongs to
· At times soft in the images, at corners of the frame shall disappoint you, since the noise reduction is aggressive
· The sleek and small build of the camera can be tricky to handle
· Battery could have been lot better
· Could be costly to some
· The wide-angle end can be lived with but telephoto hardly even makes up to moderate end
· Exposure presets are not very satisfying
· Physical controls on the body could fall small into hands and one may face difficulties while handling the camera