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
Sony NEX-7 Features
- 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
Sony NEX-7 Handling
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.
Sony NEX-7 Performance
With the same 24.3mp sensor as the A65
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.
Value For Money
The Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm OSS black kit lens will be available for around £1000, and represents good value for money, considering the offer of such a high resolution sensor, high quality OLED EVF, high speed shooting, and premium quality body.
Sony NEX-7 Verdict
The NEX-7 is an exciting product that gives manual controls, dials, and buttons, on the camera. These are physical, real buttons, that you can press and feel. Even more than this they are customisable to give you the control you want. Without doubt this is the highest specification mirrorless camera available yet.
Sony NEX-7 Specifications
|Sensor Size (width)||23.5mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||15.6mm|
- Face Detection
- AF Tracking
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
- Scene modes
- Centre-weighted - Average
- Multi Pattern
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 16000|
- 1920x1080 FullHD
- 640x480 VGA
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
- Memory Stick (Sony)
|Battery Life (CIPA rating)||335shots|
|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|
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