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.
Sony Alpha NEX-7 Mirrorless Camera
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“ 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.”
- 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
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|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)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Lens mount||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|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))|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Remote control||Yes (InfraRed (optional))|
|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″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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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.
Enthusiasts looking for a small-bodied camera with exceptional image quality for both stills and video
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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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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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- 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)