Sony Alpha NEX-7 Mirrorless Camera

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81% Gold Award
It's no stretch to say that, at its best, the NEX-7 offers the finest still image quality of any APS-C camera, bar none.”

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Key Features

  • 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 10 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 25 multi-point Contrast AF system
  • ISO 100-16000
  • 1080p HD video
  • Articulated 3.0 inch LCD with 921,600 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 2,359,000 dots
  • Pop-up built in flash and hotshoe
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/MemoryStick Pro Duo card slot

Product Description

Since its introduction in August 2011, the Sony NEX-7 has built up something of a cult following. Its compact form houses a 24.3MP APS-C sensor capable of 1080 HD video and 10 frames per second continuous shooting. A tilting 3.0 inch LCD with 921k dots of resolution is complemented by an equally high quality built-in electronic viewfinder. In this and other respects, it offers just about anything an enthusiast photographer could ask for - a highly customizable set of manual controls, top-notch construction, excellent image quality and a seamlessly integrated video shooting mode with full manual control.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1.09×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 6.00 m
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Continuous drive 10 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 or 5 images))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (InfraRed (optional))
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 430
Weight (inc. batteries) 400 g (0.88 lb / 14.11 oz)
Dimensions 120 x 67 x 43 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.69)
Other features
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
81 %
Overall Score

The NEX-7 packs an awful lot of features into its small body, including an excellent 24MP APS-C sensor and large high resolution electronic viewfinder. Its three dial interface and extensive customizability makes for excellent handling, although its default setup leaves something to be desired. The biggest drawback (at launch) is the relatively undeveloped system, and lack of top-quality E-mount lenses to get the most out of it.

Good For

Enthusiasts looking for a small-bodied camera with exceptional image quality for both stills and video

Not So Good For

Less-experienced users, or anyone looking to build an extensive system around the camera

User Reviews

  • jayyao, Dec 11, 2012 GMT:
    The Best So far...

    I've been incredibly happy with the NEX-7. Even though I've considered purchasing the RX100, or other cameras, Sony's NEX-7 image quality can't be beat. It's the smallest mirror-less camera with the biggest sensor size so far. Sony's lenses are quite expensive but eventually they will offer more Problems: Sometimes while carrying on the strap I indadvertedly press the buttons on the top right corner.

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  • naththo, Dec 1, 2012 GMT:
    Sony Alpha Nex-7 Single lens kit

    Very sharp images either JPEG or RAW. Noise reduction is superior in low setting. DRO is very useful and even HDR is wonderful tool to use. This camera body has a metal feel to it and I love it. The handling is so good and rather comfortable with. Very fast AF and shutter response when fully pressed. Quick start up time included sensor dust vibration cleaning that can give you a bit of delay start up which is normal. EVF and rear viewfinder are excellent visual indoor and cloudy skies. Colour ...

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  • burnymeister, Nov 20, 2012 GMT:
    Best Mirrorless Camera in the past 5 Years

    I don't often keep camera gear very long (see my gear list!!) so the best testimony to a camera (for my usage) is how long I use it! :D The NEX-7 has been good to me. I got one of the first shipping camera bodies back in December of 2011 and sold it on EBay for a $2000 profit. I immediately ordered another one and kept it. :) I use cameras for naturescapes (landscape, flowers, wildlife) and for my family / travelling. I need my gear to be relatively light, small and produce maximum IQ of ...

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  • tj2433, Oct 23, 2012 GMT:
    Great Camera

    I've had my NEX 7 for 6 months now and am delighted. I moved to it from a Nikon D7000 to get something smaller / lighter without sacrificing all those DSLR features and performance I like....much. I have the kit lens plus the 18-200 zoom (heavy, but otherwise does the job, and the total weight is still less than my old Nikon.) I have used it on 2 long trips now so have some experience with it in various situations....landscape, portrait, night, action. I found the DPReview review of the ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Is it possible to take photos of Vampires?

My long-held hypothesis has been that it is not. You see, Vampires cast no shadow and make no reflections in mirrors. I have always thought that these properties of Vampires would mean that their images can't be refracted through glass or reflected onto film or a camera sensor. Clearly, there is a way in which Vampires interact with light that affects how this could work. I know, I know. This means that all the Vampire films you have seen starred people who weren't actual Vampires. It is terribly disappointing. Anyhow, on Halloween night I set out to test my theory. Not being much of a Vampire hunter, I wasn't sure how to go about all this, but I gathered up my camera equipment and went to an elegant marble memorial and crypt in an isolated spot on a hillside near Wellington. I figured this was a likely place for a Vampire to hang out. Being a full moon, I hoped things would be slightly in my favour, as the increased ambient light would surely detract a little bit from the power of ...

1 year ago

ANSWERS

That explains why I'm not allowed to take my camera into a bank! Continue Reading

1 year ago

Easy. Go to any meeting of bankers. Enrique Continue Reading

Enir4 answered
1 year ago

That was an interesting story but the shots are quite lovely, especially the first one Continue Reading

ChefAlex answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

Why is it such an exuberance about GX7?

I mean people already placing pre-orders, declaring it the best m43 ever,  predicting death to NEX-7, etc. I'mnot saying ithat will be a failure but at this point nobody really knows about IQ, IBIS, performance,  etc.  Even putting those unknown aspects aside what's so exciting about GX7 compared to OMD,  E-P5 with VF4 or Nex-6/7 except for tilting EVF?

klopus asked
11 months ago

ANSWERS

Its new. Continue Reading

thk0 answered
11 months ago

built in EVF, articulated LCD, silent shooting mode (who else other than leaf shutter cameras are having that around?), excellent video, built in flash *and* flash socket (you can use the EVF + an external flash at the same time- what a concept no? :-) ) - and the price being significantly cheaper than the Pen5 + EVF attachment (and it's not an attachment). OH yeah, the design, design, design. Continue Reading

Raist3d answered
11 months ago

Every time Olympus or Panasonic released a rangefinder shaped camera there were a lot of people asking for a rangefinder styled camera with a top corner EVF, tilting screen and IBIS in a compact body. I guess now that Panasonic has delivered all those people are getting pretty excited about it (apart from the ones who now thing it's too big or too expensive ;-) ) Continue Reading

Andy Crowe answered
11 months ago

QUESTION

Selling NEX 7, Fedup with low light performance..

Hello All, So Finally I have decided that I should sell my NEX-7 with lens . but don’t know where to sell and how much to ask. I am not a professional photographer but learning something every day. I tried my last lens, which I bought last week for amazon for $998 ( ZIEES 16-80mm ) and return it. The thing is I am fed up with slow focusing in low light ( Like after sun set ). What do u suggest? Where I can sell my camera and how much should I ask. I have boxes for all my lens and camera with all original packing. And it’s very lightly used ( Almost NEW ) NEX 7 with kit lens, Original battery and charger Of course.. SONY 35mm 1.8 lens SONY 16 mm 1.8 lens SONY wide adaptor for 16mm Extra Battery I will buy may be Alpha 65 or Canon. Please advice..Thanks

jigsb asked
6 months ago

ANSWERS

He's talking about AF performance in low light, not ISO performance I don't think any current-generation mirrorless camera will give him what he's looking for Continue Reading

parallaxproblem answered
6 months ago

There is 1 mirrorless camera that is blazing in low light. I won't mention it because it appears to add a lot to stress to camera owners in this forum. I was at a camera store a few weeks ago and we compared a Nikon D5200, A65 and this camera in their storeroom. The mirrorless camera was slightly faster (we used F/5.6) and none worked quickly when pointed at a blank wall in low light. In many of our attempts the mirrorless camera seemed to focus instantly. I did a quick google search and found several reviews to back up what I found. Here is a quote form the photographyblog review site: "Low-light auto focus continues to be excellent – the system managed to focus down to -2EV (as long as there was something to focus on) even without the use of the focus assist lamp. This is seriously low light, about the same as a landscape lit only by moonlight and nothing else" Continue Reading

DT200 answered
6 months ago

I have to agree with Parallaxproblem. No Mirrorless is good enough yet when it comes to Low-Light-Focusing-Speed. DSLR is really the way to go (see bottom figure) Like most mirrorless, NEX-7 rely 100% on Contrast Detection for its Auto-Focus. CDAF works best in daylight when subject have sufficient contrast for AF to focus, but in Dim-Light that offer poor contrast, CDAF will suffer with AF indecision, even failed to focus @all. That is the nature of a pure CDAF camera. Sadly, most review sites including DPR ignore the all important AF Speed Test in Lowlight . The only site that I'm aware still perform the AF speed test if the traditional Popular Photography Magazine . You can find them in your local library. Here is an example of what to look for: Notice the sudden drop of AF speed after EV-0. (1) 0.32s @ 12EV daylight (2) 0.75s @ 0 EV dimlight (3) 1.14s @ -2EV no light The good news is that T5i can still focus reliably at ... Continue Reading

007peter answered
6 months ago

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • Sony Alpha NEX-7 camera body
  • Lens kit includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
  • Body cap
  • BC-VW1 Battery Charger
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body Cleaning cloth
  • USB cable (Mini B)
  • CD-ROM

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