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Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed May 27, 2024 at 09:26 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jun 14, 2024 at 09:44 am
Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED Picture
8.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
7.7
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG C3 OLED
7.7
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
8.6
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
8.9
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG C3 OLED
8.6
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
8.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED

The Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED is a premium TV released in 2024. Featuring a Mini LED backlight, it sits below the Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED and the Sony BRAVIA 9 QLED and above the entry-level Sony BRAVIA 3. It's Sony's cheapest TV in 2024 to feature local dimming. Like all recent high-end Sony TVs, it offers a wide range of features, including an ATSC 3.0 (NEXTGEN TV) tuner, hands-free voice control, and the latest in gaming features. It runs the Google TV 12 smart interface, which has an easy-to-use, premium interface and a ton of apps available to download. It's powered by Sony's XR image processor and the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 chipset, and it's available in 55, 65, 75, and 85-inch sizes. We bought and tested the 65-inch size.

Our Verdict

8.4 Mixed Usage

The Sony BRAVIA 7 is an impressive TV overall for most uses. It truly shines when watching movies or the latest shows in HDR in a completely dark room, thanks to its high contrast ratio and vibrant colors. Games look equally amazing, and it has a huge selection of gaming features. It's less well-suited to certain users when watching shows or sports in a well-lit room, as its narrow viewing angle means you really need to be sitting directly in front of the screen for the best image, and the anti-reflective coating doesn't reduce glare enough to use it in a really bright room.

Pros
  • Incredibly bright.
  • Fantastic contrast thanks to its Mini LED local dimming feature.
  • Stays true to the director's intent, with excellent accuracy out of the box.
Cons
  • Disappointing viewing angle.
7.7 TV Shows

The Sony BRAVIA 7 is a good TV for watching shows, but it's not suitable for all room setups. The built-in Google TV smart interface has a huge selection of streaming apps, so you can quickly find your favorite shows. It also has good low-quality content smoothing, so even if you're watching older shows on DVD or streaming services, they'll look good. On the other hand, although it's incredibly bright, it has somewhat disappointing reflection handling, so if you're in a really bright room, you'll see a lot of glare. It also has a narrow viewing angle, so it's unsuitable for a wide seating arrangement.

Pros
  • Incredibly bright.
  • Fantastic upscaling.
  • Great low-quality content smoothing.
Cons
  • Disappointing viewing angle.
  • Glare is distracting in a bright room.
7.7 Sports

The Sony BRAVIA 7 is a good TV for watching sports for most people, but your room setup is an important consideration with this TV. It has a great response time and good uniformity overall, so fast-moving action is clear and looks good. It also has good low-quality content smoothing, so if you're watching low-resolution feeds like on cable TV, it'll still look good. On the other hand, although it gets incredibly bright, glare is still distracting in a bright room. It also has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image looks faded and washed out from the sides.

Pros
  • Incredibly bright.
  • Fast response time.
  • Fantastic upscaling.
Cons
  • Disappointing viewing angle.
  • Glare is distracting in a bright room.
8.6 Video Games

The Sony BRAVIA 7 is excellent for gaming. It has a great selection of gaming features, including VRR support to reduce tearing from PCs or the latest consoles. It also supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming, but only on two of its HDMI inputs, so it's not well-suited for multiple consoles. There's a bit more blooming in dark scenes when you're in the low-latency 'Game' mode, but it still delivers fantastic picture quality overall.

Pros
  • Incredibly bright.
  • Fantastic contrast thanks to its Mini LED local dimming feature.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Great gaming features like VRR and 4k @ 120Hz support.
  • Fast response time.
Cons
  • Disappointing viewing angle.
  • Glare is distracting in a bright room.
  • Only supports 4k @ 120Hz on two ports.
  • More noticeable blooming and haloing around bright objects in 'Game' mode.
8.9 HDR Movies

The Sony BRAVIA 7 delivers an amazing movie-watching experience in a dark room. Its Mini LED backlight delivers superb contrast, with minimal blooming around bright highlights in darker scenes. Colors are bright and vibrant, and it has an excellent color gamut, with decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space often used with nature documentaries and animated content. It's also incredibly bright, so the brightest highlights in your favorite movies stand out well. Finally, it has amazing accuracy out of the box, ensuring your movies look the way the director intended.

Pros
  • Incredibly bright.
  • Fantastic contrast thanks to its Mini LED local dimming feature.
  • Removes judder from any source.
  • Stays true to the director's intent, with excellent accuracy out of the box.
  • Dolby Vision support.
  • DTS audio support.
Cons
  • Disappointing viewing angle.
8.6 HDR Gaming

The Sony BRAVIA 7 is an amazing TV for gaming in HDR. It delivers an excellent gaming experience thanks to its low input lag, quick response time, and wide selection of gaming features. HDR content truly shines thanks to its high peak brightness. Colors are bright and vibrant, and thanks to its high contrast ratio and Mini LED local dimming feature, bright highlights stand out well in dark scenes. There are a few downsides, though, as there's a bit more noticeable blooming in its low-latency 'Game' mode, and it only supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming on two of its inputs.

Pros
  • Incredibly bright.
  • Fantastic contrast thanks to its Mini LED local dimming feature.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Great gaming features like VRR and 4k @ 120Hz support.
  • Fast response time.
Cons
  • Disappointing viewing angle.
  • Only supports 4k @ 120Hz on two ports.
  • More noticeable blooming and haloing around bright objects in 'Game' mode.
8.3 PC Monitor

The Sony BRAVIA 7 is a very good TV for use as a PC monitor. It has incredibly low input lag and a quick response time, ensuring a smooth, responsive desktop or PC gaming experience. It also has a great selection of gaming features that work with PCs, including VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming, but only on two of its HDMI ports. Unfortunately, it has a narrow viewing angle, so the sides of the screen look washed out if you're sitting too close to the screen.

Pros
  • Incredibly bright.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Great gaming features like VRR and 4k @ 120Hz support.
  • Fast response time.
Cons
  • Disappointing viewing angle.
  • Glare is distracting in a bright room.
  • Only supports 4k @ 120Hz on two ports.
  • More noticeable blooming and haloing around bright objects in 'Game' mode.
  • 8.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 TV Shows
  • 7.7 Sports
  • 8.6 Video Games
  • 8.9 HDR Movies
  • 8.6 HDR Gaming
  • 8.3 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jun 14, 2024: Mentioned the newly-reviewed Sony BRAVIA 9 QLED in the Reflections section of this review.
  2. Updated Jun 11, 2024: We added 6GHz Wi-Fi support in the Inputs Specifications section of this review.
  3. Updated Jun 03, 2024: We added the 75-inch Costco variant to the Differences Between Sizes and Variants section.
  4. Updated May 31, 2024: We added the 65-inch Costco variant to the Differences Between Sizes and Variants section and updated the text in the Flicker-Free section for clarity.
  5. Updated May 29, 2024: We retested the TV's local dimming performance after firmware updates 112.624.040.1 and 112.624.070.1NAA, and there's no difference after the updates.
  6. Updated May 27, 2024: Review published.
  7. Updated May 22, 2024: Early access published.
  8. Updated May 14, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  9. Updated May 08, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  10. Updated May 03, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Sony BRAVIA 7, but it's also available in 55-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch sizes in other regions, and most of these results are also valid for those sizes. The number of local dimming zones varies between sizes, so the contrast and dark room performance, in general, are slightly different depending on which size you get. Sony doesn't provide zone counts for different sizes, so we don't know how different they are. Costco has a 65-inch and a 75-inch variant of the TV with different model codes. These variants perform the same, but they come with an extended warranty, an extended trial for the Sony Pictures Core streaming service, and a backlit remote.

Size Model Number Local Dimming Zones Costco Variant
55" K-55XR70 Unknown
65" K-65XR70 480 K65XR70CB
75" K-75XR70 Unknown K75XR70CB
85" K-85XR70 Unknown  -

Our unit was manufactured in April 2024; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED is a bit of an odd TV. It delivers truly impressive picture quality, sitting between the 2023 Sony X93L and the Sony X95L, but Sony has made some strange choices on this model. Its narrow viewing angle and disappointing reflection handling limit its versatility, as it's not suitable for all room setups. If you're mainly in a dark room and these things don't matter to you, then it's one of the best TVs you can buy in 2024.

See our recommendations for the best TVs for watching movies, the best smart TVs, and the best 65-inch TVs.

LG C4 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C4 OLED is much better than the Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED. The LG's OLED panel delivers much deeper, inkier blacks in a dark room with no distracting blooming or haloing around bright objects. The LG also has a wider viewing angle and much better reflection handling, so even though the Sony is a lot brighter, the LG looks better in a bright room. Finally, both offer a great selection of gaming features, but the LG supports up to 4k @ 144Hz gaming on all four of its HDMI inputs compared to Sony's support for 4k @ 120Hz on just two inputs, so the LG is a more versatile choice.

Sony X95L
65" 75" 85"

The Sony X95L and the Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED are very similar overall, but the older X95L edges out the B7 in some key ways. The X95L has Sony's 'X-Wide' viewing angle tech and a better anti-reflective coating, so it's the better choice if you have a wide seating arrangement or lots of lights/windows. The 85-inch X95L we bought and tested also has better contrast and a better local dimming feature than the 65-inch B7, but it also has more zones than the smaller sizes. It's hard to know for sure as we haven't tested all sizes, but we expect the local dimming features of these two TVs to be similar overall when comparing two TVs of the same size.

Sony X93L/X93CL
65" 75" 85"

Sony has made some really strange design choices in 2024, so the Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED is better than the Sony X93L/X93CL in some ways, but it's a bit worse in other ways. The BRAVIA 7 has a better Mini LED backlight, with less blooming around bright lights in dark scenes and better contrast. The B7 also gets significantly brighter, so bright scenes are brighter overall, and specular highlights stand out better. On the other hand, the B7 doesn't have Sony's 'X-Wide' viewing angle filter and a much worse anti-reflective coating, so go with the X93L if you're in a bright room or have a wide seating arrangement.

Hisense U8/U8N
55" 65" 75" 85" 100"

The Hisense U8/U8N and the Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED deliver a very different overall experience, so the best one depends on your room setup and personal preferences. If you're the type of person who likes to collect physical media and cares about creative intent, then the Sony is the way to go, as it delivers a far more accurate image that's true to the director's intent regarding brightness, processing, and overall accuracy. The Hisense has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for a bright room or if you just like a punchier image and don't care as much about accuracy.

Samsung QN90D/QN90DD QLED
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85" 98"

The Samsung QN90D/QN90DD QLED and the Sony BRAVIA 7 QLED are similar TVs overall, but there are some differences. The Samsung has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four ports as opposed to the two on the Sony, so it's more versatile if you own multiple high-bandwidth devices. The Samsung also supports up to 4k @ 144Hz, whereas the Sony is limited to 4k @ 120Hz, so it's better if you have a PC with a high-end graphics card. However, the Sony is more accurate in both SDR and HDR, so it's the better option if you care about the content creator's intent. The Sony also has the edge when it comes to image processing, so low-resolution and low-quality content looks better on it. Finally, the Sony supports Dolby Vision and DTS audio, so it's better for those looking to get the most out of their 4k Blu-ray collection.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Sony BRAVIA 7 has a sleek, premium design that looks great in any room. It has thin bezels on three sides, with a slightly thicker bottom bezel that has a brushed metallic finish.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The slim metal feet hold the TV very well, and there are four mounting options depending on your needs. The feet can be set in either a wide or narrow position depending on your cabinet, and both options offer a low or high setting, so you can place a soundbar in front of the screen without blocking it.

Footprint of the 65-inch stand in the narrow, low position as shown: 18.8" x 13.6" x 1.7". The wide position increases the width of the stand to 47.8 inches, and setting it to the high position increases the height between the table and the screen to 3.8 inches, so almost all soundbars fit in front of the screen without blocking the image.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV has a nice, clean look, with the typical checkerboard pattern found on all other recent Sony TVs. Sadly, there's nothing for cable management, so it's hard to get the clean look you could achieve with other recent Sony TVs like the Sony X93L/X93CL.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.31" (0.8 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.17" (5.5 cm)
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of this TV is excellent. The plastic panels feel solid and well-built, and there's a good mix of premium materials, with the metal feet and the metal border around the TV.

Picture Quality
9.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
100,400 : 1
Native Contrast
5,755 : 1

The Sony BRAVIA 7 has fantastic contrast thanks to its Mini LED backlight. The native contrast with local dimming disabled is good, but bumping Auto Local Dimming to 'High' delivers the best results overall, with deep blacks and very bright highlights.

8.0
Picture Quality
Blooming

There's some noticeable blooming around bright highlights, but it's great overall. It's especially noticeable around subtitles or bright lights in fairly dark scenes. Note that the larger sizes have more local dimming zones, but we don't know how many as Sony doesn't provide this information. They likely have even better local dimming performance, with less blooming than the 55 and 65-inch models.

7.5
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
480

The local dimming zone transitions are good overall, but there are a few distracting issues. There's no flicker, which is great, but there's a noticeable halo effect as bright objects move across the screen. The halo effect gets worse the quicker objects move, as the local dimming can't quite keep up with it.

8.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

Unfortunately, there's a bit more noticeable blooming around bright objects when you're in the low-latency 'Game' mode with Auto Local Dimming on 'High.' Zone transitions are also slightly more noticeable, but it's still excellent overall.

9.3
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
874 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
583 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
305 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,662 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,949 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,607 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
1,048 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
685 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,657 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,920 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,573 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
954 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
684 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.054

The peak brightness in HDR is incredible. It's bright enough to bring out the brightest highlights and flashes of light in most HDR content.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Professional
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 2
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Gradation Preferred
  • Peak Luminance: High
  • Auto Local Dimming: High

9.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
848 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
576 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
309 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,914 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
2,135 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,275 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
922 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
708 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,902 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
2,095 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,269 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
919 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
706 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.058

Switching to the low-latency 'Game' HDR Picture Mode results in slightly brighter small highlights, but it's not noticeable with most real content.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 2
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Gradation Preferred
  • Peak Luminance: High
  • Auto Local Dimming: High

9.6
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0027
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0027
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0027

As is typical for Sony TVs, the Sony BRAVIA 7 has fantastic PQ EOTF tracking. Blacks aren't quite true black, but other than that it's nearly perfect. There's a slow roll-off for content mastered up to 4,000 nits, but it clips anything above that.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
868 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,728 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,821 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,522 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
1,017 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
702 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,707 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,796 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,496 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
911 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
701 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.052

The peak brightness in SDR is superb. There's some variation in brightness with different content, but it's not noticeable with most content.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Professional
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 1
  • Peak Luminance: High
  • Auto Local Dimming: High

8.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
94.91%
DCI P3 uv
96.86%
Rec 2020 xy
73.19%
Rec 2020 uv
78.52%

The Sony BRAVIA 7 has an excellent color gamut. It displays nearly all of the DCI-P3 color space used by most HDR content. Coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space commonly used for nature documentaries and animated content is decent. The color mapping in both spaces is good, but highly saturated colors in Rec. 2020 tend to blend together, and there's not much gradation.

9.0
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
88.5%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
48.9%
White Luminance
1,681 cd/m²
Red Luminance
356 cd/m²
Green Luminance
834 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
127 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
1,265 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
483 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
1,547 cd/m²

The color volume is fantastic. Colors are bright and vibrant, and dark tones are displayed well, thanks to the high contrast ratio.

8.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.17
Color dE
1.43
Gamma
2.27
Color Temperature
6,532 K
Picture Mode
Professional
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

With just a few quick settings changes out of the box, this TV has excellent accuracy. The overall white balance is great. Gamma in SDR is slightly above the target, so bright scenes are slightly crushed. Color accuracy is fantastic, with no noticeable issues.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.31
Color dE
0.84
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
6,503 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The calibration system on this TV is extremely effective and easy to use. Although it already has excellent accuracy out of the box, it's even better after calibrating it, and there are no noticeable issues after.

You can see the full settings used for our calibration here.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.108%
50% DSE
0.179%
5% Std. Dev.
0.769%
5% DSE
0.096%

The gray uniformity on this TV is good. There are a few darker splotches across the screen and a bit of vignetting in the corners, but it's not too bad.

9.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
0.302%
Native Std. Dev.
0.806%

The black uniformity is nearly perfect. With Auto Local Dimming enabled, there's no noticeable backlight bleed or bright spots across the screen.

5.3
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
24°
Color Shift
26°
Brightness Loss
36°
Black Level Raise
14°
Gamma Shift
17°

Unfortunately, one of the biggest downsides of the Sony BRAVIA 7 is its viewing angle, which is significantly worse than that of both the Sony X93L and the Sony X95L, as it lacks Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' technology. Only the step-up Sony BRAVIA 9 QLED has that feature in 2024. This TV is unsuitable for a wide seating arrangement, as anyone sitting off-center will see a faded, washed-out image.

7.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.8%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.2%

The reflection handling on this TV is just decent. The screen coating is significantly less glossy than the Sony X93L, so direct reflections are spread out a bit more across the screen. This also makes bright lights and windows more distracting, as significantly more light is reflected back. If you want a Sony TV with much better reflection handling, check out the BRAVIA 7's older sibling, the Sony BRAVIA 9 QLED.

8.0
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
8.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
8.0
50% Red to 100% Red
8.0
100% Black to 50% Green
8.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
10
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The gradient handling on this TV is great overall. There's some noticeable banding in brighter shades of green and very slight banding in everything else, but it's not very noticeable.

8.4
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
8.5
Detail Preservation
8.0

The Sony BRAVIA 7 does a great job smoothing out low-quality content. Compression issues like macro-blocking are smoothed out well without causing any significant loss of fine details.

9.0
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

Similar to low-quality content smoothing, this TV also upscales low-resolution content well. Fine details in low-resolution content like DVDs are preserved well.

These results are with the following processing settings:

  • Sharpness: 60
  • Reality Creation: Auto

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
BGR
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA

This TV uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect picture quality but can cause blurry text in some applications when using it as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

Motion
8.2
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.4 ms
100% Response Time
11.9 ms

The Sony BRAVIA 7 has a quick response time. There's a faint motion blur trail behind fast-moving objects, but it's not very noticeable. Transitions in shadow details are handled well, so there's not much black smearing, and there's very little overshoot.

9.5
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
720 Hz

The TV uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to control the backlight intensity. It flickers at 720Hz in all picture modes, which is high enough that it isn't noticeable, but it can still bother those sensitive to flicker.

With local dimming disabled, the TV is flicker-free at backlight settings between 15 and 50.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

There's an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, which you can enable to improve the appearance of motion.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The Sony BRAVIA 7 can interpolate lower-frame-rate content up to 120 fps, but it's not great. It struggles even in slow panning shots, resulting in noticeable artifacts and stuttering as the frame rate fluctuates.

7.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
29.8 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
4.8 ms

There's just a bit of stutter in slow panning shots, but it's decent overall.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

This TV removes judder automatically from 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player or an external streaming device with a 'Match Frame Rate' feature. For 60Hz sources, like a cable box or the native apps, Motionflow has to be enabled, with both sliders at 'Min' and CineMotion set to 'High' to remove judder.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR + Local Dimming Yes

The Sony BRAVIA 7 supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC compatibility work over the entire refresh rate range. The TV doesn't natively support 1440p, as it upscales it to 4k instead.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
17.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
213.3 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
9.7 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
17.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
17.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
17.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
230.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
223.0 ms
4k @ 120Hz
9.6 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

This TV has superb low input lag when in the 'Game' Picture Mode, ensuring a smooth and responsive gaming experience. It's a bit higher than competing models from LG and Samsung but still low enough for non-competitive gamers.

8.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Sony BRAVIA 7 supports most common resolutions, up to 4k @ 120Hz with HDMI ports 3 and 4. Chroma 4:4:4 and RGB signals are displayed properly with 1080p and 4k signals, which is essential for clear text when using it as a PC monitor. HDMI ports 1 and 2 are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth and don't support 4k @ 120Hz inputs.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This TV can support almost everything the PS5 has to offer. However, since it doesn't support 1440p @ 120Hz signals, it doesn't work with that format from the PS5. When paired with a PS5, it also offers a few unique features, including Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Sony BRAVIA 7 can take full advantage of the Xbox Series S|X consoles.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ATSC Tuner
3.0 (NEXTGEN TV)
USB 3.0
Yes (1)
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz)

HDMI ports 3 and 4 support the full 48 Gbps bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, while HDMI 1 and 2 are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. However, because HDMI 3 is an HDMI 2.1 and eARC port, you lose an HDMI 2.1 slot if you connect a receiver, so you can't use HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on multiple devices simultaneously unless the receiver also supports it.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 1
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
Yes
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
Yes
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
Yes

This TV supports eARC, which allows you to pass high-quality, uncompressed audio to a compatible receiver through an HDMI cable. It supports all major audio formats, so you don't have to worry about compatibility with external sources.

Sound Quality
7.2
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
1.93 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.04 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
3.72 dB
Max
86.2 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
5.02 dB

The Sony BRAVIA 7 has a decent frequency response. There's very little bass, which is normal with modern TVs, so the low-frequency extension is quite high. Above the LFE, the frequency response is well-balanced at moderate volume levels, but it's a bit worse at max volume. Speaking of, the TV can't get very loud, and there's noticeable compression and pumping at max volume.

8.0
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.070
Weighted THD @ Max
0.254
IMD @ 80
0.48%
IMD @ Max
0.76%

There's very little distortion, even at max volume.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Google TV
Version 12
Ease of Use
Average
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
2 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Sony BRAVIA 7 runs version 12 of the Google TV smart interface, with a huge selection of streaming apps and a modern, streamlined interface.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, like most TVs, the interface contains ads. You can opt out of personalized ads, but this doesn't change the number of ads you'll see; they just won't be personalized to match your search and viewing history.

9.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Very Smooth
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The Google Play Store has tons of apps available to download, and they run very smoothly. It has Google Chromecast built-in, meaning you can cast content from your phone. You can also connect the Bravia webcam for video calls.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Android TV

The included remote is small, as it doesn't have a numpad. There are mics in the remote and built into the TV, and they allow you to ask it to search for content, change settings, and open apps. The remote has a slightly updated look, with a speckled finish, but it's functionally identical to the 2023 models.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button on the back left side to turn it on/off, change channels, adjust the volume, or switch inputs. If you're concerned about privacy, there's also a switch to turn off the TV's mic.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Power cable
  • VESA mount extenders
  • Manuals and user guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 66 W
Power Consumption (Max) 223 W
Firmware 112.621.080.2NAA

Even though it's significantly brighter than the Sony X93L, it draws roughly the same amount of power. Sony has considerably improved their power efficiency without sacrificing picture quality or brightness.