Sony NEX-7

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For the similarly named Sony Alpha full-frame cameras, see Sony Alpha ILCE-7.
Sony NEX-7
SONY NEX-7 with E 3.5-5.6 18-55 OSS.jpg
Sony NEX-7 with Sony SEL1855
Type Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera
Sensor 23.4 × 15.6mm Exmor APS-C HD CMOS Sensor
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 (3:2) (24.3 megapixels)
Lens Sony E-mount
Flash Incorporated flash (pop-out)
Shutter Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range 1/4000 - 30 sec, BULB
Exposure metering Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure modes Intelligent Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Scene modes, 3D Sweep Panorama, Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur
Metering modes Multi-segment, Centre-weighted, Spot
Focus modes Contrast-detection auto-focus, 25 multi-point, Centre-weighted, Flexible Spot
Continuous shooting 3 frame/s, 10 frame/s in speed priority mode
Viewfinder Built-in 2.4 million dots OLED Electronic viewfinder
ASA/ISO range Auto, 100 – 16000
Custom WB Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent (Warm, Cool, Day, Daylight), Flash, Color temperature/filter (2500 - 9900 K), Manual (Custom), Manual (Custom set)
Rear LCD monitor 3.0 in (76 mm) XtraFine TruBlack LCD, 921,600 pixels
Storage Memory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Battery NP-FW50, InfoLITHIUM, 7.2 V, 1080 mAh, 7.7 Wh, Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Dimensions 119.9 x 66.9 x 42.6 mm
Weight Approx. 353 g (12.5 oz) (camera body, card and battery)
Made in Thailand

The Sony NEX-7 is a digital camera announced Aug 24, 2011.[1] It is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and as such inherits a smaller body form factor than a traditional digital single-lens reflex camera, whilst retaining the sensor size and features of an APS-C-sized model. It is targeted at experienced users, enthusiasts and professionals. It is replaced by the ILCE-6000 (α6000).

Features[edit]

Being targeted at experienced users, enthusiasts and professionals, the Sony NEX-7 offers features relevant to them. Mainly, it integrates a 24.3 megapixels APS-C sensor, videos 1920x1080p at 60 frame/s in AVCHD 2 and 10 fps stills shooting. It's built in a robust magnesium alloy and incorporates an XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.4 million dots resolution. The camera's specifications are as follows:[2]

  • 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor
  • ISO 100-16000
  • 2.4m dot OLED Electronic View Finder (EVF)
  • Electronic first-curtain shutter (for faster response time)
  • 1080p 60 HD video recording with built-in mic (stereo)
  • Rear screen with tilt feature
  • Built-in flash and alpha hotshoe
  • remote control receiver (infra-red)
  • External mic input

Reception[edit]

Albeit being delayed for a few months because of 2011's Thai floods, the NEX-7 was very well received by critics and users. In regions like Hong Kong, NEX-7 was always running out of stock. DPreview.com and PhotographyBlog gave it their highest awards, with the highest score ever attained by an APS class camera.[3][4] NEX-7 also won the best camera in Camera Grand Prix 2012 under professional catalog, which was voted by a professional community consisting of 57 council members from the professional press field of the Camera Journal Press Club.[5]

Image quality[edit]

Sony Alpha NEX-7 has the best[citation needed] image quality among any mirrorless interchangeable-lens compact camera which have been tested by DxO Labs and also the best APS-C Sensor camera from Sony. Sony A65, Sony A77 and NEX-7 have same sensor and got DxOMark Overall Score 74, 78 and 81 respectively. The image quality of NEX-7 can be comparable with Nikon D7000 (score 80) and Pentax K-5 (score 82).[6]

Hasselblad Lunar[edit]

In September 2012, the Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad announced a collaboration with Sony and a mirrorless compact camera at photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany. This camera, named Lunar, is based on the Sony NEX-7 with identical key specifications, but with aesthetic differences in exterior design and menu system. In January 2014, Hasselblad announced another cosmetic variant of the camera, limited to 200 units, named the Lunar Limited Edition.

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