Hands-on with Sony HX7V and TX100V

Sony DSC-HX7V and DSC-TX100V

CES 2011, Las VegasSony‘s latest Cyber-shot announcements stood out this week at CES because they are the world’s first compact digital still cameras to include 3D Still Image mode using only one lens and imager, wherein the camera takes “two shots in different focus positions to calculate the depths, and then it creates left-eye and right-eye images to produce a 3D effect.” I was excited to check out two of these compact 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor cameras in particular on the show floor—the HX7V and the TX100V. The HX7V follows last year’s HX5V, and carries over many of its features, including Sony’s “Exmor R” back-illuminated CMOS sensor technology, but it also has upgrades such as 3D image capture using 3D Sweep Panorama mode or the new 3D Still Image mode. I really like the way this slim camera feels in-hand because it has a little weight to it and a textured rubber grip on the front. It feels solid and expensive (and, well, you can make the call about the latter claim; it’s priced at $300 as of now). The TX100V is the first Cyber-shot to have a 3.5-inch OLED with touch screen, which Sony claims provides more vibrancy and a faster response time than an LCD. The touch screen was very responsive when I tested it out. It’s a gorgeous little camera that packs a lot of features—actual fun, useful features—into its sleek little body, and I’d love to spend even more time with it soon.

Sony DSC-HX7V (image 1) and Sony DSC-TX100V (images 2-4)
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