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. The included E-mount 18-55mm lens will have you documenting the touching, the stunning and the inspirational in no time.
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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Fantastic Camera!!! This camera makes my pictures look like they were taken by a professional. Best camera I've ever owned.
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My new Sony Nex-7
from Portland, Or
This camera is fantastic. Images are amazing. Control, handling, fantastic. I love not having to carry around all the bulk of a DSLR. So much technology in this too. In camera panorama stitching, HDR, and the list goes on. Extremely well built also. Feels like a brick. I do wish it was built in Japan rather than Thailand but, nevertheless, very high quality. I just wish there were more high quality affordable lenses to really take advantage of the camera body. There are some excellent Carl Zeiss lenses but they are 'spensive! Hopefully Sony will remedy this soon as I think they are on a roll in Cameras with this Nex lineup.
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from Irvine, CA
I was interested in getting the NEX-5N for the longest time and will probably still get one plus the RX100. I didn't need the 24mp and was worried more about the low light. Seeing this on sale with accessories tempted me to make the purchase earlier this month. Having shot photos and videos in Yosemite for over a week, I was blown away by the image quality when I opened them up on Macbook Pro. There is still a lot to learn but with enough light, the kit lens does a great job. I also just got the zeiss though I haven't shot with it yet. My previous camera was a Powershot S100 and I have used the T3I but there's something about this camera's images . High ISO shots are pretty good though auto modes seem to push up the ISO even in bright light. The handling with the Tri Navi controls makes things much easier. And the video is great. I have a HC1 which was pretty good except indoors but this one is amazing. I love the 60p capability. And the OLED EVF. I didn't really get what the reviews were raving about when I looked through it in the Sony Store. But, outside in daylight when I looked through it at Glacier Point... wow. I used to love my S100 and was nervous about switching for my still camera. But, this is an amazing buy and an absolute joy. Great Job, Sony. You are pushing the envelope constantly and making it available for advanced users at a reasonable price. Thank you!
My First and Last Camera
from Philadelphia, PA
Ok, this is my first camera I've ever purchase new and that wasn't a point and shoot. I absolutely love it! I'm a novice at best and this camera is really easy to pick up and learn how too take good photos. I love all the features it comes with and the grip, the feel, THE SIZE. For me the size was the selling point but in the end it's just the icing on the cake. There is sooo much to this camera that a review no matter how in depth can cover. So here's a short blurp of the key things. The tri-navi controls are awesome. I can Find my settings quickly. I have auto focus or manual focus at the push of a button, I have my ISO at the push of a button and just about everything else at the push of a button. Though, I wish I could customize the buttons a bit more, maybe even add some, but I'm told by the pros that what I have is more than most cameras offer. I think my favorite feature on this camera is the view finder. Its what really sold me. I love the fact that it gives you a complete preview of what the photo will look like instead of just a mirror image of what my eye would see. This really helps me make corrections to photos before taking them. I really can't praise this camera enough. It's amazing. My only complaint is that the information displayed on the screen isn't customize-able enough. Other than that, it's great. if you want to contact me about it, I will give you the most unbias opinion I can offer but honestly, you really need not go anywhere else unless it's missing a feature you're looking for.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great camera with multiple options
1st DSLR camera, easy to use and books available to get you started.
come on Sony.... you're almost there
from San Diego, CA
Don't get me wrong this is camera works quite well for it's size. Screen doesn't flip up (towards you# like they did on the newer Nex F series, no custom timer, no external remote, and no time with HDR or bracketing which means you have to hold the shutter for a 3 image sequence, wow. Love the A-mount hot shoe and the external hardware control so I don't have to use the awful menu system. If you bought it or will buy it you'll notice right away it has difficutly auto-focusing on what you are trying to focus on #if using spot or center focus like I do) to fix that you have to turn off the AF illuminator light which makes it work significantly better. By the way, for those of you who have this camera and have laughed at the build quality of the pop-up-flash, you can actually bend it back to use as a bounce flash which is kinda neat. I would rave about this camera all day if they just simply made a software change to allow the customer timer length and the ability to use a timer with the HDR mode and bracketing. It's a simple software fix.
I owned one and I got owned.
from New Jersey, USA
Finally got this fine camera last March 2012. So far it has exceeded all my expectations. It s quick, easy to use , have lots of power and flexilibity. I owned other cameras (mostly Olympus DSLR and semi) and this pretty much is really fun and reliable to use. Now I 'm looking to get accessories especially adapters for my Olympus lenses. If you have any recomendations on the best adapters available, feel free to advise. Salute to Sony for this awesome camera. PS, It took me a while to post my review as I wanted to make sure I am fully satisfied with this. Brought it to my vacation place and enjoyed all the pictures I have taken.
from Butte, MT
This.camera is set up with controls that initially appeared confusing since they seemed different from the nikons, canons, and olympus cameras I have. However, now that I have shot several hundred shots with it, I find that it is a composit on the best features plus new ones others don't have. The weight is especially great when shooting candid shots and trekking through the woods looking for animal shots. Not at all disappointing.
light weight and powerful camera
About Me Photography Student
camera is very light. images are vey crispy clear. fast speed.
from Palm Harbor, Fl
I am not a professionsal. I wanted a camera that would take great pictures with a great zoom and carry it in my purse. (For me the A55 was too big.) IF I want manual, I have it, but usually I am so busy capturing a shot I just want to click and not make adjustments. The shots I get (24 pixel)are phenomenal and I am amazed everytime I load them into my computer. The NEX7 is an improvement over the NEX5 that had no view finder and the zoom lens caused a shadow when using the flash. I shoot every day now knowing the quality of picture I will get.