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|Category:||Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera|
Sony Alpha NEX-7 Hands On Preview - We look at the top of the range NEX camera from Sony, the NEX-7, with electronic OLED viewfinder, customisable manual controls, is this the NEX system camera we've all been waiting for?
The NEX-7 is the first high-end NEX camera from Sony designed to give enthusiast photographers external access to their most favourite options and controls, as well as delivering the highest resolution sensor in a mirrorless camera, with a 24.3 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, and an extremely high resolution OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF), Full HD video, and 10fps continuous shooting.
Sony NEX-7 Flash
- 24.3megapixel APS-C sensor (same as A65/A77)
- World's fastest release time lag of 0.02sec
- TRI-NAVI control system (3 dials rear)
- High resolution XGA OLED Electronic Viewfinder, 2.359million dots
- AVCHD Ver 2.0 Full HD video 60p, 24p, 50p, 25p, P/A/S/M
- ISO100 to 16000
- Auto-lock Accessory Shoe
- 3.0inch wide, tiltable, 921k dot LCD monitor with TruBlack and LED backlighting
- Magnesium Alloy Body
- On screen spirit level
- 25 focus points
- 10fps shooting
The EVF OLED is the same as featured on the Sony Alpha A65 and A77, and an optional extra available for the NEX-5N. The large grip is improved with a more contoured grip for your hand and fingers, and the back of the camera has a large rubber grip. Next to the shutter release button is one of the navigation buttons, allowing you to quickly switch between customised modes.
The back of the camera shows the additional buttons and controls compared to the other NEX cameras, as well as the built in electronic viewfinder, and pop up flash. The two unlabelled scroll wheels good stylish and are constructed from a single piece of metal.
The top of the camera shows the flash hot-shoe that is the same as Sony's Alpha range of SLT cameras, so the camera will support the same flash as other Sony cameras, as well as adapters for the standard hot shoe. The On / Off switch surrounds the shutter release button, and the electronic viewfinder, with OLED screen has a resolution of 2.359 million dots, and dioptre adjustment.
Shutter response is said to be the World's fastest, with a 0.02 second response, which the new Sony Alpha A65, A77, and NEX-5N all share.
A65 / A77 we would expect the image quality aspects such as colour, noise, contrast, saturation, exposure, dynamic range, etc to be very similar or identical, however, what hasn't been tested (or seen yet), is how the camera's new sensor performs with the NEX E Mount lenses. Although we would expect that if you used the Alpha mount adapter, then image quality should be identical. As the NEX-7 was pre-production, and not available for testing, we were unable to evaluate image quality from the camera.
The NEX-7 will be available with the same kit lens as the NEX-3/5, the 18-55mm OSS, however it will come in a special black version to match the NEX-7 body colour. The Carl Zeiss f/1.8 24mm ZA T* lens is also available in black, and would be a good match for this camera.
Sony NEX-7 Specifications
|CCD pixels||24.3Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||23.5mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||15.6mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 16000|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Box Contents||SEL1855 E-mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens, NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, USB cable (Mini B), Lens cap, Shoulder strap, CD-ROM, BC-VW1 Battery Charger, Body Cleaning cloth|