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SonyCyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Red)
 
4.4

(based on 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (59)
  • Large clear LCD (58)
  • Compact (51)
  • Good in low light (50)
  • Good image quality (46)

Cons

  • Short battery life (30)
  • Limited zoom (19)
  • No viewfinder (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)
  • Poor flash (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (55)
  • Travel (51)
  • Low light (45)
  • Video (38)
  • Landscape/scenery (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (37), Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (37), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sony TX7 - Many Pros and not Many Cons

Sony seems to be overlooked in quality in favor of the supposedly "big guns" in the camera industry. I feel that Sony can compare in many ways to Canon and Nikon...Read complete review

Sony seems to be overlooked in quality in favor of the supposedly "big guns" in the camera industry. I feel that Sony can compare in many ways to Canon and Nikon in many of its digital cameras.
The TX7 is extremely pocketable. I love my Sony HX1, but I hesitate to take it everywhere - much more bulky than the TX7. The LCD screen on the TX7 is very sharp and bright, and the touch screen responds quickly and is easy to use. I have difficulties at times to get the Canon S90 to focus automatically in macro situations. The TX7 has a great macro. It focuses extremely close and the detail is very good (flowers). Generally, the color is accurate, and it is much better satuarated than the WX1 which seems more subtle and washed out . The hand-held twilight and anti-motion blur is a Sony original, and these features all work very well. You will also notice a difference in backlit images when the camera is in the new HDR mode. Sweep Panorama is easy and fun - no more image stitching on the computer.
The TX7 has very good photo quality but excells in video. I use both stills and videos for my video shows I put together, so I need decent quality for both. I dislike having to carry around a still camera and camcorder also. My new computer can handle AVCHD well. On the TX7, I am able to use the highest quality possible setting for video (FH). Video is smooth and sharp-no shimmering or blurring while panning. The zoom is silent, and focusing is immediate while zooming. There doesn't seem to be any focus finding. I like that Sony put the stereo microphone in front of the camera instead of on the top where fingers sometimes end up blocking the mic.
These seems to be the only drawbacks of the TX7. A finger can get in the way of the lens - it's just a matter of holding this type of ultracompact properly. I wish it had a 2.8 or wider aperture (to be more versatile). Sometimes, I miss the Vivid/Sepia/ B & W features (this can be done in a good video editing program), and the Sony typical cross, partial color and fish-eye filters.
The TX7 is not for people who desire much manual control. It is an excellent point and shoot- a great small all-arounder with very good image quality and fantastic video. It's also fun to use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Are you serious?!

Pros: For this money - none! Com'on people, brilliant photo quality? Awesome low-light pictures? Are you kidding me?Cons: Go for it if you are ok with fuzzy, interpolated, grainy images...Read complete review

Pros: For this money - none! Com'on people, brilliant photo quality? Awesome low-light pictures? Are you kidding me?Cons: Go for it if you are ok with fuzzy, interpolated, grainy images with random unrealistic color spots & tiny purplish dots all over the photo - just the quality my 10yr old cheap 4MP cam used to do.Also beware CD isn't compatible with 64bit platforms.Summary: I've owned previous Sony (and not only Sony) models that unfortunately have been discontinued, one of them - my favorite - is Sony DSCW7. But I could only find used ones to buy, which made me look for a new cam.If you're planning to take pictures of people, stay away from TX7. As opposed to some previous models, there's an issue with the TX7 lens that, the least to say, does not flatter the 'models' at all, making the faces look puffy, the noses - bigger, pimples - brighter, etc., you get the picture. And it doesn't flatter the body either, slightly distorting proportions, again, not in the model's favor.[...]

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5.0

the best point shot camera

By dragan

from APO AE..Kuwait

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

Just short comment!!! if you want to have a small camera that can do great pictures and great HD video and have the great quality of Sony then don't even look other cameras.Its all in one deal

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Good image, bad battery...

By Jean Presser

from Brazil

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Silver):

Buy this digital camera and a extra battery...

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

I'd buy this product again, but complet

By Randreghetto

from Bauru, SP - Brazil

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color

Cons

  • Limited Zoom
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

When I arrived in Brazil I realized that was not the USB cable from the TX 7, as we believe that several models at the time of packing was not put right, what now?

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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3.0

over saturation

By Little Ol' Me

from New Jersey

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Limited Zoom
  • Poor Image Quality
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

    very stylish pocketable camera
    awesome large touch screen
    easy to use and learn
    isweep panoramic feature
    lots of neat features

    I wanted to love this camera, I really really did, but the most important feature of a camera is picture quality. I use fully automatic mode 99 percent of the time, unless its night and I use twilight mode etc etc. Unfortunately the pictures come out over saturated and unnatural looking in low light conditions. I called sony and they had me change the white balance, but it still made skin tones look orange, hair have red tones etc etc. Side by side with my old little Canon, in fully automatic mode, hands down Canon comes out ahead by a long shot. I was looking for a more current point and shoot camera, and this Sony camera is a lot of fun, but it had to go back.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Sony DSC-TX7

    By N/A

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

    Very nice camera. Works well

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    It's good for the size.

    By kayak

    from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl.

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Silver):

    I use it for taking snap shots in my garden.
    It's a great camera for the very small size and light weight.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    excellent product and easy to use

    By Ediner Moreira

    from São Paulo Brazil

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

    To capture memorable moments without complications and with handling and quality, this is the product.
    record hd with an excellent, video-recordings made of the latest floods and the video will be very good.
    The Panorama function and very good ..
    I found an EXCELLENT BUY AND RECOMMEND FURTHER OVER THE PRICE VERY ATTRACTIVE

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    1.0

    Are you serious?!

    By Graphic Designer

    from NYC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • Poor Image Quality
    • Poor Image Stabilization
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Silver):

      Pros: For this money - none! Com'on people, brilliant photo quality? Awesome low-light pictures? Are you kidding me?Cons: Go for it if you are ok with fuzzy, interpolated, grainy images with random unrealistic color spots & tiny purplish dots all over the photo - just the quality my 10yr old cheap 4MP cam used to do.Also beware CD isn't compatible with 64bit platforms.Summary: I've owned previous Sony (and not only Sony) models that unfortunately have been discontinued, one of them - my favorite - is Sony DSCW7. But I could only find used ones to buy, which made me look for a new cam.If you're planning to take pictures of people, stay away from TX7. As opposed to some previous models, there's an issue with the TX7 lens that, the least to say, does not flatter the 'models' at all, making the faces look puffy, the noses - bigger, pimples - brighter, etc., you get the picture. And it doesn't flatter the body either, slightly distorting proportions, again, not in the model's favor.[...]

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 6
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By Amit

      from Sunnyvale, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Silver):

      Paranomic mode, sleek, good resolution, awesome quality, good deal, easy to carry, easy to handle, user friendly, Easy to transfer .... best what i can think

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      great little carmera

      By kw

      from new york

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Picture ratio
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Silver):

      at night scene, hand-held twilight, twilight portrait is the plus. ISweep panorama is fun,

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      [...]

      By mlry6e

      from Vero Beach

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Appearance
      • Easy to power
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

          LCD display was flawed.[...]

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 7
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Now I just need something to photograph

          By Whatsherface

          from FL

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

            I haven't had this very long yet, but I purchased it after reading many glowing reviews and because it had features such as the Twilight mode and panorama shot capability that I wanted.

            One thing that is great about this, is that it comes with a battery charger for the wall socket and a dock with USB and video transfer ports so that you don't have to have a media card reader on your computer. The camera has a partially customizeable menu screen that you can tailor so that the functions you will be using or changing most often are the easiest to access. Also, the camera has a modest internal memory so you can play around with it right away even if you forget to buy a memory stick with it.

            There are a few minor drawbacks. I usually prefer intuitive interfaces. If I have to keep clicking on menu icons to find the setting I want to adjust, that bothers me. Also, I would have prefered if I didn't have to install the accompanying software for the computer to recognize my camera was plugged in. I'd rather it be plug and play with optional mostly unnecessary photo managing program. Lastly, the camera surface and the LCD screen will probably need to be wiped of finger prints with LCD screen cleaner and a soft cloth as needed.

            Overall, this camera performs as expected, which is good.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            I just love it!!!

            By BR

            from Monroe, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Silver):

              I use this product very often -- to shoot photos as well as movies.
              It's LCD screen is big enough. The menu functions are clear to access. Quality of the images are great too.

              The only thing I don't like about its design is, so easy to shoot pictures with my left hand finger included in the pictures; because the lens' location on the camera body is not good enough.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great camera for all uses

              By Idan Barir

              from Givatayim, Israel

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

              I bought this camera after extensive research online looking for the best camera for archive document shooting.All sources recommended the Sony DSC-TX7 or its older sister, the TX9. [...] The camera is just awesome and even it was meant to be a low-light success for my archive documents, it had turned out to be an all-condition success. I took photos with the camera in a snow blizzard, sunny days, cloudy days, well-lit and poorly-lit museums and other indoor spaces, smoky and extremely dark night clubs and of course - archive documents in the usual poorly lit archive reading rooms.All point-and-shoot photos were beautiful using the camera's intelligent auto adjustment mode. If you have time and/or you're shooting a still photo, the camera provides around 20 different shooting modes including an amazing hand-held twilight mode (no flash) and twilight portrait (flash on) for poorly lit sceneries and snow mode that yields beatiful pictures in snowy scenery.In what concerns video - the camera is taking hi-def videos in amazing quality. The only problem for me was that I could view my videos only on my TV and not on my computer (probably due to codec problem), so I had to change the prefs to loe-res videos.I was extremely surprised with the interesting sweep-panorama mode that the camera provides. It looks fantastic on the camera, viewing it with the camera's built-in gyro-controlled screen, but it looks not bad at all also when viewing it as a regular panorama on the computer.To sum up: the camera is a real bargain and offers a great cost-effectiveness ratio, easy to use touchscreen interface and great results in all shooting conditions.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              "So many feature in Tiny Box"

              By Anna

              from Springfield , Va

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

                Panoramic feature is the Best.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                She Loves It!!!

                By Schlink

                from Central Florida

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Red):

                  I bought the DSC-TX7 as a replacement for an older Cybershot camera gone bad. This Christmas gift was a hit! My wife loves the point-n-shoot ease and amazing pictures it produces. The pictures on the TX7 are much nicer than the older model it replaced. The larger touch screen makes reviewing and viewing soon-to-be photos much easier for our middle-aged eyes. We're fans of Sony cameras but this one, albiet not their top model, hits a homerun! One semi-downside is the lame red color. Something muted is nice, but the faded red leaves a little to be desired. Last, I'm a new B&H customer [...] I'll be back!!!!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great PRICE, [...]

                  By heveymetil

                  from Buffalo, NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                  • NONE AT THIS TIME

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Red):

                  My parents bought this camera for my sister, who wanted it because Ms. Taylor Swift was advertising it...and beacuse of the sweet panaramic sweep feature. I was in charge of finding the best price and the red color. [...] Everything about the camera seems exceptional so far, but sometimes it's too early to tell.I would HIGHLY recommend this seller to anyone who doens't want to give their money to some over-priced big box store.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding camera[...]

                  By CoachJ

                  from Burlington,WI

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

                  Quick easy take along all round camera. Panoramas for those scenic shots with great low level light capabilities. If you have problems with the battery door either the battery/memory card is not in all way or it could be in the wrong way either will keep the door from manually closing. Screen is beautiful with it's high pixelation be sure to get extra batteries.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  A pocket camera that does what you need

                  By A Ferretti

                  from SSA - Brazil

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Red):

                    I can take almost all kind of pictures I need with this camera. I always carry it and take pictures of everything, just changing the program. Leaving it in auto, I can immediately take shoots of most usual situations. And panorama program is very good with accurate focus.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Perfect for the point and shoot fan and

                    By JPIC

                    from 3R CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 Digital Camera (Blue):

                      I'm just a point and, shoot kinda guy but,this camara is a lot more than that. The 3.5 display is super and, the menu is easy enoughf for any level of photography. I'ts pocket sized but, the photos are slr quality. the imaging is clear and true. I haven't used the avcHD yet but, I'm sure its great. this is the perfect camara for me and, I would recomend it for all levels. It is BUILT well seems like it will last for ever.... I really have nothing bad to say about the DSC-TX7.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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