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