On paper, the HX7V has all it takes to become the first 'genuinely' five-start compact we've seen since we tightened our test criteria back in the autumn. At the time, the Panasonic TZ10 hung onto its five-star score as it was our favourite compact camera of 2010, even though it's technically a little slow to save pictures.
There good news is that in spite of image processing that some of you may find a little heavy handed, the Sony Cyber-shot HX7V is an excellent camera in every field. While we're still waiting to see what the higher-end HX9V has got in store, not the mention the scores of other competitors' compacts lined up for release in 2011, the HX7V is the first camera we've reviewed that ticks all the boxes of our new test criteria!
> Review: Sony Cyber-shot HX7V
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