Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7 Review
Sony hasn't reinvented the wheel with the H7, and the design is very, very similar to the H2 and H5 that came before it. Like the H9 the H7 is surprisingly light - only more so, which helps when walking around all day, but doesn't help stability - nor does it inspire confidence. A few of the buttons have moved around and the command dial has migrated from the handgrip to the rear panel, but overall the recipe is the same as it has been since the original H1. The most obvious external difference from the H9 is the screen, which is smaller and doesn't tilt out. This means the body itself is marginally shallower.
In your hand
Like the models that preceded it, the H7 is well-balanced and fits the hand nicely (the grip is slightly different to the H5, and I prefer it, but everyone's hands are different). My only complaint - or observation - is that it actually feels a little too light; the H9 felt insubstantial, the H7 actually gets dangerously close to 'toy like'. Although you can easily shoot holding the camera in one hand, it's a lot steadier (and a lot easier to use the zoom control) if you use both. As a point and shoot camera it's surprisingly easy to use, but if you like to change your exposure, ISO, white balance etc settings a lot the H7 takes an awful lot of getting used to - partly because of the reliance on menus, partly because the new control dial is in a much less useful place than it used to be. The camera is also quite deep, but this will only be an issue if you're blessed with tiny hands.
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