Sony DSC WX7 Cyber-shot
- 16.2 Megapixel CMOS Exmor R Sensor
- Full HD Video (1080p) at 60i
- 5x Optical zoom, with Zeiss lens
- 3” LCD display
- Pricing: R1999
I was quite excited to get my hands on this WX7 camera from Sony, as it’s the first stills camera I’ve used with the special Exmor R sensor from Sony. It also put my expectations for this little camera quite high.
This is a very stylish camera with a lovely Silver finish. It really does look good and feels very solid in your hand. Apart from this Silver variant, there are four other colour variants, all looking very slick. This is definitely a camera you want to take out in front of other people.
At first it looked as though the zoom dial might be awkward to use, but it turned out to work very well. The only button I found fiddly, was the On/Off button, but that could be because of my slightly bigger fingers.
At the back you are greeted by a big 3” LCD display, and the usual raft of buttons on the right of the screen. The scrolling wheel button works well, but more on this later. At the top right, sits the movie recording button, which was a clever touch by Sony. Just press the button, and no matter what mode you were in, the camera starts recording movies.
Working with this LCD display was fantastic. It has a very high-resolution with lots of details and a true reproduction of the actual photo taken.
Operating this camera is a breeze. As I stated, starting movie recording is a one-touch affair. To access any shooting mode, just turn the wheel and it opens a scene menu for you. Wheel through the choices and press the middle button for what you want. For every scene, there’s a quick explanation as to what it does, so you never get lost.
Speaking of scene modes, this camera has some of the most interesting ones. Firstly, this camera boasts a mode called “Superior Auto”, which over and above normal Auto, will select the relevant scenes it believes the photo should be shot in, and has a cool function whereby it will, in very quick succession shoot various exposures of the same photo, should it feel the need to add some more details into the shot. In that mode, I managed to capture photos of Cape Town City at night, handheld!
The review continues on the next page