Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 is capable of capturing colourful, detailed images. This compact camera's touchscreen controls are also clearly labelled and easily navigated, but we're not sure it's the best option in its price range.
Pros: Easy to use; fast and responsive touchscreen; slender proportions; solid construction; attractive styling.
Cons: Battery life could be better; screen quickly gets smeared with fingerprints; easy for fingertips to wander into shots.
Summary: Sony is one of the major producers of high-tech electronic equipment. Its products usually blend the latest technology with a great sense of style. The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 combines both characteristics. Of course for just under $400, it does so at a high price.
Excerpt: Let’s blow away the smoke—this is one of the best new digicams we’ve reviewed in a long time, well deserving its pick as an Editor’s Choice. It’s far from the perfect camera we’re always searching for but it does so many things well, it should go near the top of the list of anyone shopping for a new...
Pros: Very high-quality 10MP stills, Takes AVCHD video with stereo sound, Nice wide-angle 4x zoom (25-100mm equivalent), Top notch 3.5-inch LCD screen, Excellent touchscreen interface
Cons: Expensive, Controls could be too small for some; definitely do a hands-on test, Nasty digital artifacts above ISO 800
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 is a slim compact with an integral 4x optical zoom lens that features Sony's SteadyShot image stabilization. The TX7's 3.5 inch 16:9 wide-screen LCD panel is touch-sensitive and, with the exception of a few physical controls, used to access all of the camera's features as...
Pros: Large, wide, detailed and responsive touch-screen., Very fast continuous shooting at 10fps., Full HD 1080i movies with optical zooming., Innovative and effective auto modes.
Cons: Body design is hard to hold comfortably., Aggressive NR delivers soft image quality., Lacks long telephoto, but does have 25mm wide., Proprietary connectivity.
Summary: As I said earlier, the Sony TX7 has become my new favorite point and shoot camera, pushing the S90 off its throne. I feel like I can take the TX7 on any casual outing and trust it to perform as well as just about any other point and shoot.
Conclusion: There are any number of pocket cameras that can shoot high speed bursts, but what makes the TX7 unique is that it can do so while producing full sized, full resolution 10MP images, rather than the smaller ones produced by most competitors.
Summary: The main negatives with regard to the Sony Cyber-shot TX7 are a short-ish battery life, a screen that quickly becomes smeared with fingerprints, a lens location that means it's all too easy for digits to drift into shot, occasional camera shake, and, er, that's about it.
Excerpt: It seems that buttons are facing extinction, with almost every major camera manufacturer now offering at least one touchscreen model. Most seem to be aimed at gadget lovers more than photographers, though, with daft 14-megapixel sensors and gloomy small-aperture lenses.