Sony TX7

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 149g - 98 x 60 x 18mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
34
Overall
34

Sony TX7 summary

Sony TX7 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera originally launched on January of 2010. It has got a 10 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.4" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 3456 x 2592.

The TX7 is scored #62 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over-all #965 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should use our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personal criteria.

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Below is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Sony TX7 history

The Sony TX7 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can look at all past and current models along with key specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX5 front thumbnailSony TX5
TX7 vs TX5
25-100mm
F3.5-6.3
10MP1/2.4"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX7 front thumbnailSony TX725-100mm
F3.5-4.6
10MP1/2.4"2010
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX1 front thumbnailSony TX1
TX7 vs TX1
35-140mm
F3.5-4.6
10MP1/2.4"2009

Sony TX7 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Sony TX7 based on criterias which are usually considered useful in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in zoom lens (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
comes with HDMI out
good resolution screen (921 k dots)
has built in flash
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lovely big screen (3.5 inches)
rather wide (25mm)
supports touch focus
touchscreen
cannot use external flash
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW files
lack of external microphone support
lack of headphone support
lack of Timelapse recording
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (10MP)
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f4.6)
more heavy than competitors (149 grams)
no aperture priority
no manual control
no shutter priority
screen does not articulate
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor is very small (1/2.4")
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Sony TX7 Sensor details

The Sony TX7 features the Bionz chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Sony TX7 is 6.104mm x 4.578mm (1/2.4"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 3456 x 2592 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 10MP and provides a standard ISO range of 125 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the TX7's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The TX7 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony TX7 dimensions

Sony TX7 has a weight of 0.33 lb (149 gr or 5.26 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 98mm x 60mm x 18mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.7"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Sony TX7 is more heavy when compared with various competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Sony TX7 with a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button design on the TX7.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 topview buttons dials

Sony TX7 Lens specs

The TX7 provides a built-in lens providing a focal range of 25-100mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which is definitely not exceptional nevertheless it might be convenient in certain situations.

At the widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f3.5 and that's fairly slow and not ideal in low light events and you will struggle to capture good bokeh. You might also need to raise the ISO which causes noisy shots. Towards the tele end, 100mm comes to f4.6 which is very slow and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Sony TX7 Connectivity

The TX7 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy images and usually alter settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Certain applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Sony TX7 Video specs

The max video resolution on the Sony TX7 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance between video quality vs file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. The camera does not have a mic and headphone socket so you have got no control over your audio. It is perhaps best to have a look at an alternative model should you require decent audio in your videos.

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Sony TX7 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Sony TX7 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Sony TX7 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony TX7 has got a 3.5" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 921k dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly so you can easily change focus points plus change settings by using your fingertips.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 screen and viewfinder World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

The View Finder specifications regarding Sony TX7 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

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

Sony TX7 Shutter specs

Sony TX7 is able to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.

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Sony TX7 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Sony TX7 has got only built-in flash lacking external flash support.

Sony TX7 Autofocusing specs

Sony TX7 has got just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and precise when compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

The AF system has got 9 focus points to select from. Sony TX7 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to change where you focus. Sony TX7 does not have manual focus. Manual focus can be useful during low light conditions or you need more accurate control on depth of field.

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Sony TX7 Battery life

The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the maximum (320) battery life within this category of cameras.

Below is a number of Ultracompact cameras having the best battery life:

Sony TX7 for varying forms of photography

The following chart gives a rundown of the Sony TX7 for varying forms of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony TX7 Portrait photography factors

The Sony TX7 has a points total of 21 which is subpar, and means the camera is not really acceptable to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support and potential to utilize external lighting.

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no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.4")
lack of RAW format

Sony TX7 Street photography information

With a reasonable points tally of 60, the Sony TX7 is relatively appropriate for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
boasts focus via touch
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.4")
no RAW format
more heavy than average (149 grams)

Sony TX7 Sports photography information

A subpar sports photography rating of 27 indicates the Sony TX7 is not really acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Sony TX7 Travel photography details

Weight is pretty crucial when getting a travel camera. Overall, the Sony TX7 gets a modest 60 as a travelling camera which is fairly acceptable to take with you on your vacations.

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comes with focus via touch
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (149g)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Sony TX7 Landscape photography factors

In case you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony TX7 with it's subpar score of 37 for a landscape camera is not really acceptable compared to its rivals.

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rather wide (25mm)
big screen (3.5 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.4")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Sony TX7 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should have a articulating display, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering everything, the Sony TX7 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a subpar score of 32.

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decently wide (25mm)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic port
heavier than competitors (149 grams)

Sony TX7 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the TX7, here is a number of the top scored cameras which fall into the category of Ultracompact.

The chart listed below will give you a summary of the TX7 compared to it's highest ranked competitors shown previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might take a look at as alternate options. To browse through a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7
Category
Ultracompact
Launched
2010-01-07
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Powered by
Bionz
Sensor size
1/2.4"
Sensor measurements
6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area
27.9mm²
Sensor resolution
10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
3456 x 2592
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.5-4.6
Macro focus distance
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.9
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
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
Features
Min shutter speed
2 secs
Max shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
3.80 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
149 grams (0.33 pounds)
Physical dimensions
98 x 60 x 18mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.7")
Other
Battery model
NP-BN1
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, optional SD, Internal
Card slots
One
Launch price
$300