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SonyCyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (39)
  • Good image quality (32)
  • Large clear LCD (30)
  • Zoom range/performance (29)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (24)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (7)
  • No viewfinder (7)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (32)
  • Family photos (28)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Low light (20)
  • Video (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great point and shoot

I have taken just over 300 photos with my new Sony. I have tried to experiment with different lighting conditions and settings to see how this camera performs in different situations.
The...Read complete review

I have taken just over 300 photos with my new Sony. I have tried to experiment with different lighting conditions and settings to see how this camera performs in different situations.
The reason I chose this camera is because I wanted a small, powerful, point and shoot camera with smart Auto settings. I take this with me everywhere and have used it at dinner parties, outdoors, and taking pics of the kids around the house. I want something I don't have to think about. I just want to turn it on and take a great picture. This camera works perfectly for me in that respect. Overall, I am very pleased.

First of all, I am very pleased with the clarity and resolution of all the pictures taken indoors, using the flash. I have a Nikon P90 and cannot take a natural looking indoor flash picture with that camera. Everything is always blurry and/or orange. With the new Sony, the colors are natural and not washed out. One thing I noticed pretty quickly, however, is that reds are more pronounced. Everyone looks like they are wearing lipstick and even the slightest skin blemish is accentuated. I have read about this in other reviews and decided to try it anyway. It isn't a deal breaker for me, but it is very noticible.

Low-light pictures taken with no flash are not quite as good as I expected. They are much better than my old olympus P&S, but not as good as my Nikon. They are bright and natural colored, but very grainy. Sony has tried very hard to get this right, and I think they have done it better than many others. I doubt any point and shoot camera can ever get close to DSLR quality. I also took some outdoor portraits without a flash. I found that clarity to be nice, but certainly not as good as when using a flash. My Nikon performed much better in this situation.

I love all the Auto settings on this camera. It is hard to get a bad picture. It even knew the subject of some of my portraits was an infant. I'm not sure what it did differently, but I was impressed with the fact that it could tell. ;)

Overall, I am happy with my purchase. I definitely see some shortcomings... the fact that it takes 5 seconds to switch between different settings/modes, for example. I also don't love the way it makes skin look, or that the low light photos are so grainy. But, it does take great pictures in most circumstances. I will admit, I've never been 100% satisfied with a camera. I think this is a great camera for the price. It is easy, versatile, compact and portable.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Satisfied With Camera

Purchased this as a second camera. At smaller enlargement size picture seems fine, but for a 16 MP camera at larger enlargements details are mushy, almost like they are watercolor. Yet have used...Read complete review

Purchased this as a second camera. At smaller enlargement size picture seems fine, but for a 16 MP camera at larger enlargements details are mushy, almost like they are watercolor. Yet have used 8 or 10 MP cameras with very good results with quite large picture size. Panoramic scan mode is troublesome. Sometimes too fast, sometimes too slow warning. At other times panoramic is incomplete with black edge. Taking multiple photos and using PhotoShop is better for panoramics. Trying to use the LCD screen outdoors is difficult. Even by adjusting the screen brightness picture is washed out, very difficult to see and compose the photo, have to point and use guess work...no good. I like the size and except for the outdoor washed out LCD image, at small picture size, snapshots, camera is fine. BUT...not happy that I purchased it, would not recommend it to others. Canon G-Series point and shoot cameras with viwefinder are MUCH better, even at much lower Megapixel rating.

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4.0

Not too bad

By Sanisan

from Gearhart, OR

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (White):

    I like the Iparonama.

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

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    4.0

    So far, so good

    By brengm

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (White):

      We were looking for an easy to use point and shoot with a slightly upgraded zoom and features. This seems to fit the bill perfectly. Our nephew came to town and we were able to get some great shots of him. We also like the Sony interface.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great camera for the money.

      By Connie

      from Tulsa, OK

      About Me Casual 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
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Blue):

      Use the camera for fun.

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

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      5.0

      Great starter digital camera

      By jeff the dolfan

      from Port St Lucie, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Nice Body Color

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (White):

        I really haven't used this camera that much yet, but it seems to be a great camera for someone (like me) who has used film SLR's but is starting with digital. This camera seems to have some of the features that the more expensive digital SLRs have.

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

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        5.0

        Nice!

        By SKC

        from Waltham, MA

        About Me Casual 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
        • 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-HX7V Digital Camera (Blue):

          I took this on vacation 2 days after it arrived and used it mostly under water with a water proof housing. I took over 1000 pictures in a week. The pictures we took came out surprisingly sharp. The panoramic feature is great.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent camera

          By nutcola

          from Waikerie, SA, Australia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          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
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Slow menus
          • Slow to turn on

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Blue):

          I bought this as a carry around alternative to my Nikon D90 DSLR, and am very happy with it. It takes fantastic snapshots (great colour, contrast etc) and is very easy to use. It is not super fast (eg takes a second or so to turn on), although taking shots is plenty fast enough - its only the menus etc that are slightly slow.
          HD video is also excellent for such a small camera.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          I would buy again

          By skyblue

          from chicago,ILL

          About Me Casual 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
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Blue):

          works great

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

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          4.0

          HX7V

          By Ken

          from Bris Aussie

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (White):

              bad- no warranty
              Bad- Can't force the flash on when using Intelligent Auto.Your options are Auto and Off.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Awesome Camera! Happy with purchase.

              By Chase her

              from Guam

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Red):

                I already had a DSLR. But I decided that I wanted a portable camera to carry around. My cellphone's camera wasn't "awesome" enough for me, so I decided to re-purchase a new digital camera. However, I wasn't happy with a dual-view camera so I sold that one & got this camera. The quality is GREAT! I love the color of the camera. Also, the pictures turned out perfect! I love the different settings. WORTH THE $$$$. It is very user friendly. Easy to use. The video is of great quality. However, I am not a big fan of the 3D. It provides the same effect as other 3D gadgets out there. Nothing special. (well in my opinion) Other than that, this is a 5 stars purchase! :)

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Beautiful, small and very good.

                By Simone

                from São Paulo, Brasil

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (White):

                  I liked very much.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9

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                  4.0

                  great point and shoot

                  By Andrea

                  from East Texas

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Low-light image quality
                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Black):

                  I have taken just over 300 photos with my new Sony. I have tried to experiment with different lighting conditions and settings to see how this camera performs in different situations.
                  The reason I chose this camera is because I wanted a small, powerful, point and shoot camera with smart Auto settings. I take this with me everywhere and have used it at dinner parties, outdoors, and taking pics of the kids around the house. I want something I don't have to think about. I just want to turn it on and take a great picture. This camera works perfectly for me in that respect. Overall, I am very pleased.

                  First of all, I am very pleased with the clarity and resolution of all the pictures taken indoors, using the flash. I have a Nikon P90 and cannot take a natural looking indoor flash picture with that camera. Everything is always blurry and/or orange. With the new Sony, the colors are natural and not washed out. One thing I noticed pretty quickly, however, is that reds are more pronounced. Everyone looks like they are wearing lipstick and even the slightest skin blemish is accentuated. I have read about this in other reviews and decided to try it anyway. It isn't a deal breaker for me, but it is very noticible.

                  Low-light pictures taken with no flash are not quite as good as I expected. They are much better than my old olympus P&S, but not as good as my Nikon. They are bright and natural colored, but very grainy. Sony has tried very hard to get this right, and I think they have done it better than many others. I doubt any point and shoot camera can ever get close to DSLR quality. I also took some outdoor portraits without a flash. I found that clarity to be nice, but certainly not as good as when using a flash. My Nikon performed much better in this situation.

                  I love all the Auto settings on this camera. It is hard to get a bad picture. It even knew the subject of some of my portraits was an infant. I'm not sure what it did differently, but I was impressed with the fact that it could tell. ;)

                  Overall, I am happy with my purchase. I definitely see some shortcomings... the fact that it takes 5 seconds to switch between different settings/modes, for example. I also don't love the way it makes skin look, or that the low light photos are so grainy. But, it does take great pictures in most circumstances. I will admit, I've never been 100% satisfied with a camera. I think this is a great camera for the price. It is easy, versatile, compact and portable.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By dan

                  from Fontana CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  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
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Red):

                  I replaced my old sony p200 which was fantastic with this camera and I'm glad that I did. Beautiful photos and I like the multiple shot feature as well as the GPS.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great value!

                  By JMS

                  from Quebec, Canada

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                  • Everything

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Black):

                  Very, very happy with this buy. Great quality of pictures, both still and video HD, and amazing possibilities. You don't need a cam corder anymore!

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

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                  4.0

                  QUALITY PRODUCT. I WOULD BUY AGAIN.

                  By uncbackontop

                  from WILSON, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  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
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Black):

                    I USE THIS CAMERA WHEN I DON'T WANT TO LUG MY SLR CAMERA AROUND. IT'S VERY COMPACT AND EASILY FITS IN MY POCKET. IT'S NOT GOING TO GIVE THE PERFORMANCE OF AN SLR BUT IT WILL DO THE JOB FOR TAKING FAMILY PHOTOS OR CONCERTS.

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

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                    5.0

                    Perfect

                    By Jake

                    from Calgary, AB, Canada

                    About Me Casual 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
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Blue):

                    Great zoom, nice size LCD screen and even has GPS geotagging.

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

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                    5.0

                    Great Product

                    By Melanie

                    from Pittsburgh, PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Black):

                      I was up in the air between this model and the next one up (Hx9v). The only thing that sold me on this version was the price. I am not disappointed. I love the quality of Sony's pictures, the camera has a fantastic lens. The zoom is why I was looking at higher priced cameras and this one is excellent. It's a wide angle lens, which is great for capturing entire scenes. The functions may seem like a lot while looking online, but it has a very simple menu that anyone can figure out just after a few minutes of use. This camera is also far superior to any that I've tested in low light (birthdays, pictures of cities at night, christmas trees). It has a special mode for low light while holding (as opposed to a tripod), which takes a few pictures all at once and combines them to make sure the picture isn't shaky. Some other great features are the panorama shot, 3D function, and, my favorite to play with, is the smile detection function. This is great when you are just shooting candids of family. It will automatically take a picture when someone smiles. (there is a gage, which you can set, to decide when to take the picture, i.e. big cheesy smile, a normal smile, and a soft smile.

                      (For the best uses section: I have only been able to use it in a few scenarios, thus far)

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

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                      5.0

                      Nice Camera! Fun to shoot with!

                      By So-Cal

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Fun to use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • 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-HX7V Digital Camera (Black):

                        This is a great little point shoot! Good picture and video quality. Bought it for my wife but I like it so much I want one! I also have the new Canon S100 which is also a great point n shoot but I find this Sony to be just as good and a lot more fun to use! Would buy again! Definitely will buy the newer model when it is available.

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

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                        4.0

                        Great buy

                        By FJP

                        from Daly City, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Lag / Shutter Delay

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light

                        Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Blue):

                        This is a great point and shoot camera. Very easy to use and produces quality pictures. However, if you are looking for something ultra thin then this is not the camera for you. Personally it is just right for me but in todays age of smaller and lighter cameras this one can be considered "bulky". But if you don't mind then this camera won't disappoint you.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Trust sony DSC-HX....series

                        By Besho D

                        from Lebanon - Middle east

                        About Me 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

                        Cons

                        • No Viewfinder

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Black):

                        I am a canon user, with three professional canon camera's and a bunch of L series lenses, but for a daily use camera with a good price and great functions, I would recommend this camera to anyone that would like having good photos in low light & having an optical zoom lens 10X, and also with panorama and 3D shots...the video is Full HD 1080 x 1990 ;) .... go for it and never hesitate ;)

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

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                        5.0

                        Very good carera

                        By Marcos Silveira

                        from Fortaleza CE Brazil

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V Digital Camera (Black):

                            It's a very nice camera. Very easy to use with good quality photografs. The Sony idea to charge the battery inside the camera is amazing. The GPS is great too.

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                            • No

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