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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 592 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and value for money. The performance and screen are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the features and viewfinder. There are some mixed reviews about the image stabilizer and shutter.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7


Excellent 2.5-inch LCD. Very good performance.

Camera is a bit bulky and heavy. Picture quality could be a little better.

The zippy Cyber-shot DSC-W7 is a very good choice for a high-megapixel point-and-shoot.


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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W7 Review


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),...

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,...

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.


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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W7


It's amazing just how low digital camera prices have fallen. Sony made big news four years ago when it introduced the first 5-megapixel camera for under $1,000 (the DSC-F707). Now, Sony has a compact 7.2MP digicam with a 3x optical zoom for $399. It's...

Seven mega-pixels for a song; excellent point-and-shoot camera

Auto focus has trouble in some situations; terrible software bundle

Casual photographers looking for a high-quality point-and-shoot camera should give this 2005 digicam a long look.


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Sony Cybershot DSC-W7 Digital Camera Camera


The $449 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 offers 7.2 megapixels, which is plenty for a point-and-shoot camera. It sports a 3X optical zoom and a big, 2.5-inch LCD and forgoes extensive scene modes in favor of some manual controls.

The silver case feels sturdy, though at about 9 ounces (with battery) the Cyber-shot DSC-W7 is a touch heavier than other cameras in its class. It's also a bit thicker, roughly the size of two standard packs of playing cards

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Sony CyberShot DSC-W7 Digital Camera (7.2MP, 3072x2304, 3x Opt, 32MB Built-In Memory)


Photograph: Rick Rizner

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Sony DSC-W7


The Cyber-shot DSC-W7 is an affordable yet high-performance 7-megapixel digital camera that offers a Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens, large 2.5-inch color LCD, automatic simplicity and advanced features that you can "grow into" later, housed in a very...

Bottom line - the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 offers great image quality, and robust performance all packed in a durable and stylish shell. With 7-megapixels of resolution, you can create stunning 13x19-inch or larger prints; just make sure you spend a few sec

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W7


Sony's 7.2-megapixel Cyber Shot DSC-W7 has the same great 2.5-inch LCD, metal-alloy body, and 3X Carl Zeiss zoom lens as those of its predecessor, last year's DSC-W1 , but the W7 improves on it with 2 more megapixels and plenty of extra speed. This...

Solid image quality; fairly quick and responsive; big 2.5-inch LCD; uses standard AA batteries.

Limited manual control; minor vignetting and significant softness around the edge of the frame; poor optical viewfinder.

An appealing 7-megapixel model for snapshooters who like their prints and their cameras large.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 Digital Camera Review


Digital camera manufacturers seem to be adding to the confusion surrounding the "need" for megapixels by equipping compact consumer models with increased resolution. Sony's version of this powerful compact camera is the Cyber-shot DSC-W7, a 7.2...

-All modes are on the dial -Lightning fast startup time -Lots of live views in menus -Clear noise-free images -Lots of resolution to waste

-Weak automatic focus mechanism -Poor color calibration using Auto WB (no custom option) -Skimpy on LCD resolution for a series dedicated to its screens -Can't delete all pictures at once -Horribly inaccurate viewfinder -Inadequate Picture Package...

Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 pulls in a lot of desirable features for its retail price of $449.95. This isn't exactly a stellar deal unless you will really use all of the functions and features. It's like a pricey pair of shoes; if you're going...

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Digital Cameras - Sony CyberShot DSC-W7 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


The Sony DSC-W7 is a nearly identical follow-on to the preceding (and extremely popular) DSC-W1 model, the main differences being a larger 7.2-megapixel CCD, 32 megabytes of internal memory, and a couple of extra exposure options. Like the W1, the Sony...

Very fast, excellent shutter response, very good shot to shot speed

So-so handling of household incandescent lighting

Similar in shape, size, and overall design to the DSC-W1, the new Sony DSC-W7 digital camera continues the more traditional digital camera styling that differentiated the original W1 from Sony's popular Cyber-shot line. The W7 is basically an updated...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7


The W1 was one of the better models in its class in 2004. How does the 7 Megapixel DSC-W7 fare? Find out now in our review

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...

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...

Overall the W7 gets the thumbs up from this reviewer.

Product Specifications

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 digital camera features an enhanced Super HAD CCD capable of 7.2 effective Megapixels. This resolution produces images that are able to be output as large prints with no loss in quality and is ideal for photo-editing purposes. Incased in a robust and durable aluminum body styled in a more traditional camera design, the Cyber-shot DSC-W7 features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 3x Optical Zoom. Specially designed to keep the camera compact by operating within the body and extending out when needed, the high quality zoom lens draws on the world-famous optical engineering experience of Carl Zeiss. An optional conversion lens is available for the zoom lens to extend the creative options available. The Sony DSC-W7 also features a 6x Precision Digital Zoom, as well as a Smart Zoom function to facilitate 14x shooting in VGA mode. The large 2.5-inch LCD screen turns the Cyber-shot DSC-W7 into the ideal photo viewer for playing back or sharing images in the form of a slideshow. It's also well sized for framing shots and allows easy access to the menu screens that control basic or advanced camera functions. There is also a more traditional way to frame shots in the shape of an optical viewfinder. Special noise reduction and auto-focus features add to the aid ease of use and there are several different light metering options, a histogram display, special flash-specific and multi-burst shooting modes and an easy-to-use Manual Exposure mode. As well as these professional-style features, the camera features several automatic exposure modes. There are also seven Scene Selection modes that provide automatic presets for occasions such as shooting portraits by candlelight or at twilight as well as for locations such as at the beach or in the snow. Storage is provided by 32MB of internal memory and there is also support for Sony Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO. When the Sony Memory Stick PRO is used, the Cyber-shot DSC-W7 can also record VGA quality video clips in the high-resolution MPEG Movie VX Fine (640 x 480, 30 frames per second) format. USB 2.0 provides high-speed connectivity, able to transfer the high-resolution images quickly to a compatible PC for photo editing or straight to a compatible PictBridge printer, for print output without any need for a PC.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Beach/snow / Candle / Landscape / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:256MB/32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:23.7mm
Min Focal Length:7.9mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical