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5.0 out of 5 stars Get the TX7 instead, September 6, 2010
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This review is from: Sony TX Series DSC-TX9/H 12.2MP Digital Still Camera with "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor and 3D Sweep Panorama (Electronics)
I used the TX9 on my Cabo vacation and it is hands down the best camera I have ever owned. It's panoramic pics are breathtaking and the 1080i video is eye poppingly good.

But the TX7 is very similar, the main 2 differences are 1. that the TX9 has an extra 3D mode which is gimmicky, it looks like crap and so I don't use it and 2. The sensor is 1/2.4 instead of 1/2.3 which translates to virtually no difference in quality (yes there are more pixels). Save yourself the $100 and get the TX7.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Sep 7, 2010 12:10:59 PM PDT
KG says:
There are actually several more differences between the two cameras than just the 3D mode. For starters, the TX-9 is a 12.2 MP camera while the TX-7 is only 10.2 MP. The TX-9 also features several shooting modes that are not found on the TX-7, as well as some improved functionality. It would appear that the TX-7 is just as good as the TX-9 if you're just looking to point and shoot, but if you're a fan of the special shooting modes, TX-9 has all that the TX-7 has, plus a few more. Rather than rely on this review, I suggest you check the specs on the Sony website - just go to their home page and type TX-7 in their search window. This will pull up their page for the TX-7 and then open another window for the TX-9 page - you can do a side-by-side comparison. I'll provide the links below, if Amazon doesn't delete them.

TX-7 - http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666027357&SR=sony_search_seo&SQS=tx7#features

TX-9 - http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666234657&SR=sony_search_seo&SQS=tx9#features

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 10:44:37 AM PST
Shaun says:
Thanks for this review - I bought the TX7 instead, didn't really care about the added features. Also the TX9 may be 12.2MP, but Sony just launched their 16MP TX100 - so if you're going to spend $100+ more than the TX7 costs just get the new TX100 instead. This saved me $130 - Thanks!

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 6:39:34 PM PDT
E.Barroso says:
Do you know I it is Mac compatible. ( Sony and Mac do not " talk" to each other, at least it used to be. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2011 12:14:11 PM PDT
Gatorowl says:
First, more megapixels do not equal better quality. In fact, all else equal, at this sensor size, 10MP>12MP. Note that the expensive and highly rated enthusiast compacts, the Canon s90 and Lumix LX5, are both 10MP. 16MP at this sensor size may give you slightly more detail in perfect conditions, but the quality will almost certainly suffer in low-light settings.

Second, there is virtually no difference--as far as image quality goes-- between sensors that differ by this small amount. Ignore it.

If your main concern is image quality, then you have to look at reviews, not specs.

One of the most interesting reviews is at digitalcamerainfo.com.

This website gives the TX7 a better score. However, the difference is likely due to their inability to turn off image stabilization on the TX9. The TX7 got an 8 and the TX9 got a 0.

The TX7 also was slightly better on color accuracy. However, the TX9 blew the TX7 away on resolution and sharpness and was better on noise. Since Sony tends to be heavy handed with its noise reduction, resulting in smearing, I consider this result a major improvement on the IQ scale.

It tips the balance for me in favor of the TX9.
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