So much more than a pocket camera, the 24.3MP NEX-7 exceeds expectations. Get performance that would give most DSLRs camera envy, including interchangeable lenses, a 2359K dot Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder, up to 10fps shooting, and outstanding Tri-Navi 3-dial manual control. Record amazing HD movies in super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution.6 Enjoy the stunning imagery the AVCHD codec delivers or use the MP4 codec for smaller file sizes and easier upload to the web. With the same APS-C sensor size as a DSLR, a higher resolution than most DSLRs and the interchangeable lenses that make DSLRs so attractive, the NEX-7 is still just about half the weight and half the size as its DSLR counterparts.
DSLR quality in your pocket - Here's the same APS-C sensor size as a DSLR, with higher resolution than most DSLRs and the interchangeable lenses that make DSLRs so attractive. Yet the camera is about half the size and weight of a typical DSLR camera. Removing the conventional mirror box and viewfinder makes it possible.
Up to 10 fps shooting - Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 24.3 MP resolution with exposure and focus fixed at the first frame. Standard continuous shooting at up to 2.5 fps.
HD movies with full manual control - Now you don't need to surrender control when you shoot HD movies. Enjoy the full expressive potential of Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual (P/A/S/M) control in HD movie mode.
Hot shoe for a system flashes - Take your photography even further with access to the entire range of Sony a system flashes and flash accessories.
Tiltable 3.0" LCD - Sony's 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further. Tilts down 45? and up 80? to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss.
Accepts Sony E-mount lenses - Compatible with Sony's expanded line of E Mount lenses. These smaller, lighter lenses are specifically designed for a compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options.
Sweep Panorama Mode - Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together.
P/A/S/M modes for video and stills - Enjoy a full range of controls for video and still shooting from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.
BIONZ image processor - The brain of the camera is a Sony's BIONZ image processor substantially upgraded for the demands of 24.3 megapixel photography. Chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 16000 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 10 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 24.3 MP images, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama modes and 6-image layering.
25-point Auto Focus - 25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame.
Sony Exmor CMOS sensor - Sony Exmor technology uses column-parallel A/D converters for high resolution and high frame rates. Double noise reduction minimizes image noise, even in low light.
World's first OLED viewfinder - There's never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. This eye-level, through-the-lens, viewfinder begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.
Full HD Movies6 at 60p/60i/24p - Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution.6 AVCHD codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.
Built-in pop-up flash - Enjoy the convenience of flash photography everywhere you go.
Phase Detect AF with adaptor - The LA-EA2 lens mount adaptor (sold separately) is the world's first with Sony's award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology. This provides super-fast and accurate Phase Detection AF when used with Sony A mount lenses.
World's shortest release time lag - Helps ensure that the image you want is the image you get. Once auto focus occurs, release time lag is the delay between fully pressing the shutter release and when the camera actually starts taking the picture. Long lag makes it harder to capture fast-moving objects. The Sony NEX-7 boasts the shortest release time in the world (as of August 2011) at only 0.02 seconds,
3D Sweep Panorama Mode - Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.
Auto HDR - High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. (Recommended for still subjects.)
iAUTO mode - Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving auto mode so you always get the best shot.
Accepts non-Sony lenses via adaptor - You can use the camera with a universe of lenses from Canon, Nikon, Leica, Olympus and others. The success of Sony's NEX series, combined with the ultra-short 18 mm flange back distance has inspired third-party manufacturers to provide lens adaptors. In addition, Sony has disclosed the E Mount specification to Carl Zeiss, Cosina, Sigma and Tamron.
Stamina battery power for up to 400 shots - Take up to 400 shots on a single charge with Sony lithium ion Stamina battery power (using LCD monitor).5 Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.
Ultrasonic anti-dust system - Dust on the image sensor leads to blemishes in the picture. To protect the sensor, Sony incorporates an advanced ultrasonic system, which effectively shakes dust off the sensor surface.
24.3 MP; best-in-class resolution - You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to a 24.3 megapixel sensor. It's the highest resolution among pocket cameras as of August 2011.
DSLR-class APS C image sensor - Sensor size is the key to picture quality. The APS C class sensor provides gorgeous imaging with 58% more area than Micro Four-Thirds sensors and an amazing 13 times the area of a point & shoot image sensor.
Tri-Navi manual control - Perfect for experienced shooters, Tri-Navi control gives you three separate control dials for direct, hands-on access to three settings at a time. As just one example, the dials can set aperture, exposure compensation and ISO.
Accepts A Mount lenses via adaptors - Both the LA-EA1 and EA2 adapters (sold separately) allow you to attach the full range of Sony A mount lenses.
Object Tracking AF - Locks onto a specified object and maintains focus even as the subject moves. Unpredictable subjects stay in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on composition without worrying about focus.
Peaking function - Manual focus becomes much easier because peaking highlights the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focus setting can make or break your shot.
6-image layering - Leverages the fast BIONZ processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second, and then combine the data. The result is an incredible single image that controls blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or gets cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
Intelligent Auto Focus - Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) - Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
HDMI output - Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output.
11 Picture Effect modes - Discover innovative ways to make your images and videos pop. These include Posterization, Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color, Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature.
Picture Effect(s) : 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, MiniatureAuto Exposure Lock : Yes (AE Lock with focus lock)Color Temperature : 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7)Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))D-Range Optimizer : Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)Exposure Bracketing : Yes: (3 Continuous)Exposure Compensation : +/-5.0 EV(1/3EV steps)Exposure Settings : iAUTO, Program AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama (2D), 3D Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur, Scene SelectionISO : Auto (ISO 100-16000), Selectable (ISO 100 to 1600)Metering : Advanced 1200-zone evaluative meteringMetering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, SpotMetering Sensitivity : 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)Noise Reduction : Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld TwilightWhite Balance Mode : Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM NP-FW50 (7.2V)Number of Still Images : Approx. 430 images (CIPA standard)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor
Flash Compensation : ?3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)Flash Coverage : FOV coverage up to 18 mm (in the focal length)Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTLFlash Modes : Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Wireless (with external flash), OffFlash Type : Built-in, Pop-up AutoGuide Number : 6 (in meters at ISO100)Recycling Time : Approx. 4 sec.
Supplied Software : PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2Operating System Compatibility : Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-?10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter, and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS.
Continuous Shooting Speed : Continuous (Variable) Speed Priority (up to 10fps)Drive Mode : Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority, Self-timer, Continuous Self-timer, BracketingSelf-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay, (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)Shutter Speeds : 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulbShutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 4-3/4 ? 2-3/4 ? 1-11/16" (119.9 x 66.9 x 42.8mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusionsWeight (Approx.) : Approx. 10.3 oz (291g) (excl battery & media)
Lens Compatibility : Sony E-mount lens, (Sony A-mount lenses when used with LA-EA1 or LA-EA2 lens adaptor)Camera Type : Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Imaging Sensor : Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)Processor : BIONZ image processorAnti Dust : Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanismPixel Gross : Approx. 24.7 megapixelsEffective Picture Resolution : Approx. 24.3 megapixelsFocal Length Conversion Factor : 1.5xColor Filter System : RGB primary color filters
Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cardColor Space : sRGB, AdobeRGBStill Image Mode : JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEGStill Image Size 16:9 : L size: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M size: 4240 x 2400 (10M) S size: 3008 x1688 (5.1M)Still Image Size 3:2 : L size: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M size: 4240 x 2832 (12M) S size: 3008 x 2000 (6M)Panorama Still Image Size : Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)Video Format : AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))Video Mode : AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p @ 28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i @ 24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i @ 17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p @ 24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p @ 17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p @ 12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p @ 3MbpsVideo Signal : NTSC color, EIA standardsAudio Format : Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LCMicrophone/Speaker : Built-in stereo microphone; Built-in, monaural speakerStill Image File Format : JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
BRAVIA Sync : Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTVDVDirect : Yes, via USBHD Output : HDMI (TypeC mini)Memory Card Slot : Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cardPhotoTV HD : Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cableUSB Port(s) : USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Focus System : Contrast AFFocus Points : 25 pointsAF Modes : Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C) selectable, Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual FocusFocus Area : Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AFFocus Sensitivity : 0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)Manual Focus Assist : Yes MF assist(5.9x, 11.7x)Focus Features : Predictive Focus Control, Focus LockAF Illuminator : Built-in LED, Range: approx. 18" - 9' (0.5m-3m)
Type : 0.50" XGA OLED EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (2,359k dots)Diopter Adjustment : -4.0m-1 to +1.0m-1Field of View : Approx. 100%Magnification : 1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
Face Detection : On/On (Regist. Faces)/OffSmile Shutter technology : Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)Auto High Dynamic Range : Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)Sweep Panorama : Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical, and 3D Panorama
LCD Type : 3.0" TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack technologyAngle Adjustment : Up: Approx. 90 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degreesBrightness Control : Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny WeatherCoverage : 100%Live View : Yes, (Constant AF Live View)Real-time image adjustment display : Yes(On/Off)Histogram : Yes (On/off)Peaking : Yes (MF only, Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off), (Color: White/Red/Yellow)Grid Display : Yes (On/off)Customization : Brightness: Auto, Manual, Sunny Weather; Display Color: Black, White, Blue, Pink
Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from New York, NY
Comments about Sony NEX7/B - NEX-7 24.3 MP Camera Body (Black):
Everything else is excellent except for the video button that keeps getting accidentally activated (without a possibility of disabling it). I have run down my battery and filled up my memory card because of it. Please SONY provide a firmware update to disable it.
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Starting to LOVE it!
from Wailuku, Maui & Yokohama, Japan
First, let it be known that if you are upgrading from a point and shoot this camera is not the one to do it with. It's not exactly a DSLR killer but a well seasoned photographer will be able to take advantage of it's fantastic sensor. I took a chance first with the NEX-5N. Then my wife took it from me. What better replacement than the NEX-7, right? I believe strongly that mirrorless is the future of Photography and Sony has filled that niche. The EVF is excellent, stills image and video quality both superb, and the handling is remarkably good for such a small camera. Image quality is difficult to fault. The 24MP sensor is capable of recording huge amounts of detail (just as long as your lens can deliver it), which is one of the "faults" of this camera. You need quality lenses in order to take advantage of the sensor. With adapters available you have an unlimited choice of lenses from the other makers. Control dials and buttons are highly customizable which makes me wonder why the other makers never consider doing it this way. The nice little size actually fit my hand much better than the full size DSLRs. The one drawback is the top two dial are indistinguishable so you may accidentally change the wrong settings. Also, there are no way to save customized settings so you have to think about your shots or use the iA mode more often. The NEX-7 is an amazing piece of technology and I feel Sony has done right with the NEX series. Can't wait to see what comes next!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Doug the perfectionist
from La Mesa, CA
This extraordinary camera has rekindled my interest in photography after a hiatus of many years. Its a pefect combination of small size that produces high quality photos (large sensor). The 18-200 Sony zoom is unbelievably sharp. Didn't get the kit lens. Purchased for wildlife photos in Galapagos Islands and Africa. This camera is fun. Bought one for my wife and she loves it for birding.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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at 200mm zoom (35mm equivalent of 300mm)
Tags: Using Product, Made with Product, Good lens stabilization
at 200mm zoom
Tags: Using Product, Don't need "normal" lens
more attention to manual lens users please
I love this camera but.... I shoot raw so the tri-navi isn't much use to me. This has been noted often on this and other forums. I also shoot exclusively on Leica M prime optics with manual focus. The peaking feature is really good but it would be much better if I could toggle it on and off with the tri-navi controls. I'd like to see my images without the highlights before I hit the shutter. I suspect this camera is being used by a lot of folks like me (raw files / legacy prime optics) so heads up sony engineers! Upgrade the software with us in mind!
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Great service as usual
from Detroit, MI
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Sony Hit a Home Run
By Lou Jones
from San Diego, CA
Great compact camera with excellent sensor and shooting modes.
(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I've been with NEX for two years and I really like it. I think Sony has developed something great. So I was very excited to upgrade to the NEX-7. I got it three weeks ago and have totally enjoyed it, both use and images- sometime I just like to pick it up!! But yesterday it presented me with "camera error". Sony's solution was to send it in for repair- ugh! They would only offer ground transportation, so a week each way and up to two weeks for the repair means no camera on my vacation in April. So in two years I've had two quality issues (the other is a poorly designed lens hood for the $1000 24MM Zeiss) and numerous customer service disappointments.... Well, stuff happens and maybe it's OK to be good enough. But I sometimes wish that Apple would make cameras!
what a camera!
from San Diego
Let me start by saying that I currently have teh Alpha900, the Alpha77, the NEX VG-20, and a few other Sony cameras and video cameras. I've been using Sony gear almost exclusively for the last decade. All those cameras get a lot of use, as did the Alpha55 before the A77. With that as a prologue, I can easily state that the NEX 7 is my favorite among all the cameras I've ever used. My evolution as a photographer was in the Aperture priority mode until the NEX 7 arrived. And suddenly, shooting in full manual mode is almost mandatory. The dials for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are so available and responsive that one can't help but take full advantage of the feature. The result of this combination of features is that there is much less need or use for editing in post. Images come out very clean, with so little noise even in high ISO shots. I'm so eager to use this camera every day in every condition now. The only strange thing is that I have almost forgotten that I even own those other cameras.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
NEX7 Autofocus needs a LOT of work
from Louisville, KY
I have the kit lens, the 55-210, and the Zeiss 24/1.8. I also had a NEX5 (not the "N"). The NEX5 autofocus was awesome (thank goodness because of no EVF) and MUCH better than the AF on the 7. I am (please read this Sony) hoping for an awesome improvement in this with the firmware update. (please Sony? please, please?) I also am thankful they have the "enlarge for manual focus" option. I would be DEAD without this! Wish I still had my NEX5 in the mean time though. That being said, maybe my camera is defective? (Sony?)
from Houston, TX
After waiting months for its shipment, this camera is exactly what I expected - "a big-time camera in a small package". The control dials take practice and I wish there were a software adjustment to turn off the video option because I sometimes inadvertantly press it. Overall Excellent!