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 #64 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #789 out of 1436 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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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.
Sony HX7V Gallery
You can check the HX7V from various angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Underneath is a image of the Sony HX7V next to a soda so you can have a feel for its scale.
The top view underneath will highlight the button arrangement on the HX7V.
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.
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.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sony HX7V as a Sports photography camera
A bad sports photography score of 40 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.
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.
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 43 as a landscape camera is not suitable among its competition.
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.
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.