Sony HX7V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 208g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Launched July 2011
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Sony HX7V summary

Sony HX7V is Sony's Small Sensor Compact camera originally announced on July of 2011. It comes with a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The HX7V comes in at #54 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #796 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please check our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Sony HX7V family

The Sony HX7V comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can take a look at all earlier and most recent models along with main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX80 front thumbnailSony HX80
HX7V vs HX80
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX90V front thumbnailSony HX90V
HX7V vs HX90V
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX50V front thumbnailSony HX50V
HX7V vs HX50V
F3.5 - 6.3
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX20V front thumbnailSony HX20V
HX7V vs HX20V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX10V front thumbnailSony HX10V
HX7V vs HX10V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX30V front thumbnailSony HX30V
HX7V vs HX30V
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H90 front thumbnailSony H90
HX7V vs H90
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX7V front thumbnailSony HX7V25-250mm
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX9V front thumbnailSony HX9V
HX7V vs HX9V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H70 front thumbnailSony H70
HX7V vs H70
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H55 front thumbnailSony H55
HX7V vs H55
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H20 front thumbnailSony H20
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H50 front thumbnailSony H50
HX7V vs H50

Sony HX7V Pros and Cons

Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony HX7V based on features which are normally regarded as useful in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
fairly wide (25mm)
has built in flash
in built zoom lens (25-250mm 10.0 x zoom)
includes HDMI socket
long zoom (250mm)
MP count good (16MP)
screen has good resolution (921 k dots)
screen size is good (3 inches)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
external flash not possible
focusing manually not possible
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.5)
no aperture priority
no external microphone socket
no headphone socket
no shutter priority mode
no Timelapse recording
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Sony HX7V Sensor details

The Sony HX7V is powered by the BIONZ processor chip. The sensor spec on the Sony HX7V is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and gives a native ISO range of 125 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported so you have less margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the HX7V's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The HX7V sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V sensor size Japan-exclusive Leica Leitz Phone 3 features big sensor and new modes

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony HX7V dimensions

Sony HX7V weighs around 0.46 pounds (208g or 7.34 oz) and features exterior measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Sony HX7V is heavier when compared to various competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Sony HX7V next to a soda so you can have a feel for its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button arrangement on the HX7V.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V topview buttons dials

Sony HX7V Lens specs

The HX7V provides a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 25-250mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which is not at all great nevertheless it is going to be convenient in a few conditions.

At the widest 25mm, it will have an aperture of f3.5 and that's somewhat slow and not very good in low light conditions and you may find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You might also need to increase the ISO leading to noisy files. At the tele end, 250mm is outstanding zoom and comes at f5.5 making it fairly sluggish and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Sony HX7V Connectivity

The HX7V has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to copy photos and oftentimes change settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Sony HX7V Video specs

The highest possible video resolution on the Sony HX7V is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance between quality and file sizes but 1080p will not give you much room to downsample. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone jack so you have little control over your audio. It is probably best to look at an alternative model should you need decent audio in your video clips.

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Sony HX7V Weather Sealing

Sony HX7V does not include environment proofing so wet conditions can affect the camera.

Sony HX7V Display and Viewfinder

The Sony HX7V comes with a 3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 921k dots.

Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder details regarding Sony HX7V are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders are particularly valuable.

Sony HX7V Shutter specs

Sony HX7V is able to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Sony HX7V Flash and Hot shoe specs

Sony HX7V boasts only built-in flash lacking external flash support.

Sony HX7V Autofocusing specs

Sony HX7V boasts just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

The Sensor comes with 9 focus points to pick from. Sony HX7V lacks manual focus. Manual focus can be useful during low light scenarios or you require more exact focusing control.

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Sony HX7V Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life within this group of cameras.

Here is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Sony HX7V for various kinds of photography

The following chart gives a rundown of the Sony HX7V for various kinds of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony HX7V Portrait photography highlights

The Sony HX7V gets a points total of 30 which is bad, meaning that it is not suitable to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the ability to use external flash.

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decent MP (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Street photography with Sony HX7V

Coming in at a reasonable rating of 56, the Sony HX7V is fairly adequate to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Sony HX7V as a Sports photography camera

A bad sports photography score of 39 suggests the Sony HX7V is not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have very good autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Sony HX7V

Weight is extremely critical in selecting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Sony HX7V gets a nice 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable pick to take with you on your vacations.

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megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
missing Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Sony HX7V as a Landscape photography camera

If you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Sony HX7V and it's bad grade of 42 as a landscape camera is not suitable among its competition.

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relatively wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function

Sony HX7V Vlogging details

A vlogging camera ought to come with a moving display screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Sony HX7V is not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a bad rating of 32.

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pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of external mic jack

Sony HX7V Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the HX7V, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart listed below shows you a summary of the HX7V vs it's top ranked rivals shown above.

Here are a few more cameras you might view as alternatives. To see a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-250mm (10.0x)
Max aperture
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech
XtraFine LCD
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.80 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Microphone port
Headphone port
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
208g (0.46 lbs)
Physical dimensions
102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
Retail pricing