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Sony NEX-7 24.3 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only (OLD MODEL)
Overall score: 81%
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- Pocket camera with professional-grade performance
- 24.3 MP for superb detail and amazing enlargements
- World's first OLED electronic viewfinder; 2359K dots
- Up to 10 fps shooting to capture the decisive moment
- APS-C CMOS sensor for DSLR-class imaging
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||430 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921,000|
|Display Size||0.12 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||24.3 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||16,000|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|Flash Modes Description||Fill-in,Flash off,Red-eye reduction,Slow synchronization|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/160_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||Mini Type C|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||4.75 x 2.75 x 1.69 inches|
|Item Display Weight||4 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.64 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||7.7 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||8.4 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||57 ounces|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||6,000|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24.3 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||APS HD, CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Infrared (optional)|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Charge protection coating on low-pass filter|
|Shipping Weight||2.25 pounds|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Review summary from DPReview
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.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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Style: Body Only | Package Type: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
I spent a lot of time (probably over 40 hours) researching this camera, reading reviews etc. before buying it on Amazon from a third party seller. I've had it about a week now and shooting with with the Sony 18-200 Zoom Lens (SEL18200). Below are my observations:
1. Very small camera body, smaller than my X100 and feels a lot like my old S90 compact in terms of size (this is of course without the lens). With the 18-200 lens its no longer pocketable but still small and very manageable compared to a SLR.
2. Great build quality, tough body, I like the styling and I love the handgrip. Just the right size.
3. Probably the fastest shutter I have ever used, very little shutter lag.
4. Easy to use menus/interface etc. Lots of options and things like sweep panorama and other "gadget" type things work well although unlikely that I will use them much.
5. Good battery life. I'm easily getting the 400 or so shots per charge its rated for.
6. Electronic viewfinder - The good part is that it works really well, focus is fast even in low light, for the not so good part relating to the viewfinder see below.
Not so good
1. The electronic viewfinder that gets rave reviews is simply not as good to my eyes as looking through glass. Its a far cry from an optical viewfinder and I find the little "noise/dots" in low light distracting. Images even when blown up don't seem to show the same noise so this is definitely a viewfinder issue.Read more ›
Anyway, this time, I got my wife the Nex 3c for Christmas because it shares the same 16 mp processor that is in the Nikon D7000. To put an APS-c processor in such an inexpensive camera, I thought, would open the world of natural light photography to my wife with a sensor that's a proven winner in a small, convenient camera with interface designed for point and shoot photographers.
When I got home, my wife had our six month old daughter dressed in a Santa outfit... Break out the camera...Out of the box in five minutes the most incredible, clear, good color gorgeous detailed photos, all in natural light...we were so excited we rushed to print a Christmas card. That simple incident has caused my wife to finally get interested in a camera more rewarding than her Casio Ex Slim.
Reading more, I decided to get myself the 5n. Same processor but with more capabilities and controls. I got many wonderful photos with the kit 18-55 but not as good as my D7000. But then I bought the Sony 18-200 lens for the 5n. The photos and detail with this lens knocked my socks off and was every bit the quality I was getting from the D7000 for which I have an equivalent lens.
It was this experience that made me interested in the 24 mp Nex 7. I read a few reviews of the Nex 7. I read of many features, but mainly stunning image quality. Some commentators think that 24 mp is about the equivalent of the detail you can achieve with a film camera. I was interested.Read more ›
Let me start out by saying I'm new to photography. Not new in the sense that I don't know how to generally operate a camera, but concepts such as equalizing the exposure pyramid, composition, and "seeing the focal length" are areas that I have really just delved into. Just for a bit of scope, before getting this camera, I was shooting a Nikon d300 with the glass talked about in detail below, for only 2 months. Before that, point-and-shoots. A very big leap in equipment from basic consumer to enthusiast. So why did I get into this so fast?
My college's sports department needed a cheaper alternative for season games to get action shots, as they couldn't afford the resident pro photographer for every game. At the time, I was shooting a borrowed Nikon d40 for our newspaper. I wanted to give it a shot, and very quickly found that it wouldn't cut it for a sports camera, especially for indoor basketball games. After trying a couple different old lenses that my father no longer needed, such as the Tokina 80-200 f/2.8 AT-X, I ended up loaning out his trusty d300. It got the job done, but was limited by my complete lack of large aperture autofocus lenses, as the simple focus confirmation dot paired with the optical viewfinder weren't accurate enough for reliable results.
After what seemed like enough research to write a dissertation, I came to the conclusion that I'd be better off actually investing in a body to use the glass I already had, rather than get better glass for a still great, but 5 year old camera.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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I bought this from a seller here in "used" condition, but it looks brand new. I bought this to shoot a wedding with and it performed great. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patrick G.
Wow, did I score, big-time. The five stars is heavily taking into account that, whilst this *is* a spectacular camera (okay I'll change that to, "spectacular by 2012-2014... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Annuit Coeptis
I was yesterday using a nex-7 for general photos. I had not used any Sony alpha before and was attracted by sime beautiful images on Flickr taken with the nex-7. Read morePublished 5 months ago by m hinkleman
Great Camera. I have given up on my big DSLR cameras. I make big 16X20 or 16X24 inch prints and they are great.Published 6 months ago by Eugene W Balzer