Sony α NEX-7

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88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Sony Alpha NEX-7 mirrorless camera review

Summary

Sony's NEX-7 is the company's best mirrorless camera yet, offering true DSLR image quality in a compact body.

from $750+
Pros
  • Built-in EVFTri-navi interfaceSuperb battery lifeExcellent image quality1080/60p video with mic input
Cons
  • Expensive for a mirrorless camera
Sony Alpha NEX-7 mirrorless camera review

Remember the NEX-7? Ever since a days-long shooting session back in September, Sony's prized mirrorless cam has eluded us -- and the rest of the world. As you may recall, the flagship Alpha ILC was hit by the Thailand floods, resulting in delay after delay, eventually missing the holiday shopping season entirely before resurfacing late last month. Another week later and our beloved Sony Alpha NEX-7 has finally arrived, ready to take on the streets of New York City. So what exactly is the NEX-7, and why does it cost as much as a mid-range DSLR? First off, the 24.3-megapixel APS-C ILC captures, well, 24.3-megapixel images, offering the highest resolution of any mirrorless model on the market. Its APS-C sensor is identical to the one found in Sony's A77 DSLR, measuring larger than Micro Four Thirds and on par with most full-size digital SLRs.If having the ability to capture mural-size images ranks fairly low on your digicam wish list, you may take comfort in some of the NEX-7's other features, such as its gorgeous and durable magnesium alloy body, built-in XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, 3-inch, 921k-dot articulating LCD and unique tri-navi control interface that enables direct access to key settings adjustments, including both aperture and shutter speed in manual mode. There's also 1080/60p HD movie capture with full manual control and microphone input support, a 10 frames-per-second continuous shooting mode (with exposure and focus locked) and a BIONZ image processor that's capable of delivering low-noise images all the way through ISO 16,000. These features combine to make the NEX-7 one of the most powerful mirrorless cameras to date, but are they enough to justify the $1,200 body-only price tag? Join us past the break to find out.

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Scores

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88
 

Breakdown

Video quality
8.0
Design and form factor
8.4
Ease of use
7.5
Image quality
8.9
Speed (start-up time, lag)
7.1
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Specs

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Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E)
Resolution (effective)
24.3 megapixels
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
External (lens)
Memory card
SD, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo
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Specs

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Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E)
Resolution (effective)
24.3 megapixels
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
External (lens)
Memory card
SD, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo
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