On the rear it has a vibrant 3-inch LCD display that doubles up as a viewfinder. Sony has incorporated a jog dial that also doubles up as a D-pad. This is great for speedy navigation through menu, photographs and allows for quick selection as well. Below the jog dial is a menu and a help/delete button that may pose problem for people with big hands due to their small size.
There is also a dedicated movie-recording button placed strategically where the thumb rests when the camera is held up. On the top is the power on/off button with an integrated LED (for power and charging status) with the shutter button present next to it. The mode selection dial is placed on the right end of top — ideal for quick mode change but its small size makes it hard to use.
There is mini HDMI on the right side to connect and view content directly onto a TV, though it would have been great if Sony had included a mini HDMI to HDMI cable in the box. There is a proprietary port at the bottom next to the battery compartment, which works for data transfer as well as charges the camera — no need to remove the battery for charging.
It comes with a 16MP CMOS EXMOR sensor that gives crystal clear shots in day as well as in low-light conditions. The 25mm wide-angle Sony G lens is great for clicking close objects whereas the 10X optical zoom with steadyshot enables taking pictures of distant objects without the need of using a tripod. The camera impresses with its shooting speeds and clicks 10 shots in mere 3 seconds at full resolution (burst mode).
There is a manual mode with ISO up to 3200 and selectable shutter and aperture speeds — useful for those who like to tweak with advanced settings. A dedicated background defocus mode and a 3D mode are also present. 3D mode offers clicking single shots or sweep panoramas that can be viewed on any 3D TV. It also offers a normal sweep panorama mode, a scene-mode with 15 different selectable scenes and also records videos in 1080i HD resolution. The image quality of the camera is topnotch with sharp details.
At times, the color s seemed unnatural in pictures shot under indoor false lights, which can be toned down with any image editing software. Video quality is superb and it allows zoom-in and out during recording that is a handy feature.
The camera comes with a built-in GPS to geo-tag photographs. However, the GPS was very erratic and took long time to acquire a signal. 90% of the time it was unable to detect a signal, where other devices such as phones locked on to the satellites within a minute. Another issue was the dedicated video recording button, it takes over 5 seconds to start video recording after it is pressed and a lot can be missed in those 5 seconds. The camera’s battery was good to click over 220 photos and 10 minutes of HD video.
At its price, there is no other camera that offers the same amount of features that the Sony HX7V offers. One alternative that can be looked at is the Canon SX230 HS that offers 14X optical zoom with a 12MP CMOS sensor, GPS and is priced at Rs 17,495, but it does not offer shooting in 3D. Another option to look at is the Nikon S9100 (Rs 15,950) that has a 12MP CMOS sensor, 18X optical zoom, records videos in full HD but skips on GPS or 3D shooting support.
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