This is an in-depth review of the Sony NEX-7 mirrorless camera that was released on August 24, 2011, so this is obviously a long delayed review that I have not had a chance to publish due to time constraints. I decided to finish it up and get the review published before the highly anticipated full-frame Sony A7 and A7r are announced later this week. The Sony NEX-7 is considered to be the top of the line NEX-series camera, with the highest resolution 24 MP APS-C sensor, built-in OLED electronic viewfinder, tilt-screen, three dial interface and the highest price tag in the line. In this review, I will go over the features and capabilities of the camera and compare it to other mirrorless options, including the Olympus OM-D E-M5, Canon EOS M and other Sony NEX cameras.
Sony has been quite successful with its NEX line so far, thanks to the small form factor of the cameras, excellent image quality and rich features. The Sony NEX-7 was specifically targeted at professionals and photo enthusiasts that are looking for a compact mirrorless camera with superb image quality, so Sony added many bells and whistles to the NEX-7 and enhanced its ergonomics with flexible controls to make it an appealing camera to those with past DSLR experience. Sony’s efforts paid off, because the NEX-7 was received quite well by most pros and photo enthusiasts, including our team at Photography Life. At this point, Sony currently offers four different NEX lines: NEX-3 (entry level, current model is NEX-3N), NEX-5 (mid level, current model is NEX-5T), NEX-6 (advanced) and NEX-7 (professional). These models are separated by features, ergonomics and price. Both the NEX-3 and the NEX-5 series are available in different colors, while the higher-end NEX-6 and NEX-7 are only available in black. Let’s take a look at the specifications in detail and go over the features of the Sony NEX-7.
1) Sony NEX-7 Specifications
- 24.3 MP Exmor™ APS HD CMOS image sensor
- 25 AF points with contrast-detection AF
- Full HD movie shooting 60p/60i/24p
- 11 Picture Effect modes
- Panorama Mode
- HDR Capability
- Battery life for up to 430 images
- Tiltable 3″ LCD with 921K dots
- XGA OLED viewfinder with 2.395K dots
- Intelligent Scene Recognition and Face Detection
- “SteadyShot” Image Stabilization Technology
- Electronic First Curtain shutter
- Up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 24.3 MP resolution
- Peaking AF display for precise manual focusing
- Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) technology
Detailed technical specifications for the Sony NEX-7 are available at Sony.com.