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 10.0 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.

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Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
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Low light / high ISO performance
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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 24 MP 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

User Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 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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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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