Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot W7 is a camera with great photo quality, excellent battery life, lots of accessories and solid build. What the W7 lacks is real manual controls, a LCD of higher resolution, better continuous shooting and some better photos
Pros: 7 great megapixels, Excellent battery life, Rechargeable batteries included in the box, Large and clear 2.5 inch LCD, Many of scene modes, Lots of accessories, Excellent movie mode, USB 2.0 High-speed interface
Cons: Limited manual controls, Too much red-eye, High noise levels, Low resolution LCD, Mediocre continuous shooting feature, No fast shutter or portrait scene modes
Conclusion: In a market where the trend is towards ever-smaller compact cameras Sony has, in the W series of cameras, provided an alternative for those who prefer something a little more substantial, and something a little more traditionally-styled. By doing so they are obviously intending to cover all the bases - the W7 is internally virtually identical to the ultra-compact P200, and shares that camera's ease of use, speed of operation and ability to produce pleasing results in a...
Pros: Good clean results with excellent color and resolution, Very well built, Very low noise for a camera in this class, Fast focus, generally responsive operation, Easy to use and good handling, Good movie mode (MPEG), Excellent battery life (with NiMH), AF illuminator, Big, bright screen with auto gain-up, Wide range of optional accessories, Well priced
Cons: No aperture or shutter priority mode, Some highlight clipping in bright scenes, Minimum ISO 100 (50 would be nice), Results a bit soft and slightly over-sharpened, No manual/custom white balance mode, Flash recycle slow unless batteries very fresh, red-eye mode adds long delay, Small amount of chromatic aberration - not visible in normal shots, Only two aperture settings, Unimpressive macro mode, Some corner softness at wide end of zoom, Some focus errors at long end ...
Excerpt: The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 is an updated version of Sony's popular W1 model, similar in size and "feel" to Canon's upscale "S" (S30, S40, S50, S60, S70) series digicams. The W7 is a handsome little camera designed to appeal to snap-shooters, shutterbugs, and those looking for an imaging tool that can keep pace as their photographic proficiency and creative skills evolve.
Conclusion: Casual photographers looking for a high-quality point-and-shoot camera should give this 2005 digicam a long look. It feels substantial, is easy to operate and takes very good images. As noted, focusing can be a bit squirrelly in certain lighting conditions, but it’s just a slight annoyance, not something that would make me feel negative about it.
Pros: Seven mega-pixels for a song; excellent point-and-shoot camera
Cons: Auto focus has trouble in some situations; terrible software bundle
Excerpt: Physical Views The Cyber-shot DSC-W7 and a CD for size comparison. 7-Megapixel duo, the Cyber-shot DSC-W7 and DSC-P200 . The Cyber-shot W7 and the 5-megapixel DSC-W5 . Go to Page Two Sony DSC-W7 Specifications Image Device: 1/1.8" 7.2 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD Still Image Sizes: 7M 3072x2304 3:2 3072x1928 5M 2592x1944 3M 2048x1536 1M 1280x960 VGA 640x480 Recording Media: 32MB of internal memory Memory Stick Media or Memory Stick PRO Media Zoom:...
Excerpt: In early 2005 Sony updated their popular Cyber-shot DSC-W1 model with two new ones: the DSC-W5 ($350) and the DSC-W7 ($450). The W5 is a 5 Megapixel camera like its predecessor, while the W7 has a 7.2 Megapixel CCD. I'll be covering the W7 in this review.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Fairly compact metal body, Huge 2.5" LCD is usable in bright outdoor light and in low light too, Robust performance, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Excellent movie mode, Support for conversion lenses and filters, Great battery life; rechargeable batteries included, Live histogram in record mode, USB 2.0 High Speed supported
Cons: Images a bit soft; some corner blurriness, Redeye, Disappointing burst mode, 32MB of built-in memory is way too little; Memory Sticks cost more than other card formats, Except for the tutorial, bundled software is lousy, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod
Summary: Fuji FinePix F10 to my friends and family over this camera.
Pros: Good colour, Very good value for money 7 megapixel digital camera, Very nice 2.5" screen, Rechargable batteries (Ni-Mh 2100mah) and charger included, Good battery life, Quick switch on time, quick shot to shot time, quick shutter response, Good movie mode(s)
Cons: Somewhat chunky, No Custom / Manual White Balance!!! (This is shocking considering all the manual controls, ability to add additional lenses etc...), Pro Memory card needed for best video mode, Expensive Sony Memory Sticks, Soft images at default settings, Red-eye could be a problem (Heather, Group Photo), White Balance / Exposure / Burnt out sky problems seen in some photos (Shops, Clock Tower)