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Sony α NEX-7

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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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

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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

80
MrPrayer
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
Adamjasonmoore
Sony has been a little slow to bring out lenses which can stand up to the quality...read more
100
cz13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average Critic Score
 
80
TechRadar
Despite the occasional shortfall, the NEX-7 is a very pleasant camera to use, especially when you've customised it to your particular way of shooting. The built-in OLED viewfinder is a real bonus, providing a bright, clear view ...
 
80
Digital Photography Review
Overall the NEX-7 is an amazing piece of hardware, and although its firmware feels rather cobbled-together, once you have the camera set up to your liking it's a joy to shoot with and delivers excellent results.
 
80
CNET
An excellent camera for advanced photographers that's fun and fluid to shoot with, the Sony Alpha NEX-7's few flaws don't seriously detract from an otherwise winning package.
 
80
Engadget
As you may have gathered, we're quite smitten with the Sony Alpha NEX-7. The camera offers many features previously only accessible to full-size DSLR owners, delivering excellent performance in a body size only nominally larger than the NEX-C3 and 5N.
 
90
DC Resource
Overall, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 is a pricey, yet excellent mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Whether we're talking performance, photo quality, or features, the NEX-7 does just about everything right. The one thing that may bother some folks is the user interface.
 
80
T3
Though omitting built-in anti shake, the Sony Cyber-Shot NEX-7 incorporates just about all that anyone could want from a compact system camera – including high resolution stills and video with stereo sound, large sensor, decent range of compatible optics ... and separate OLED viewfinder.
 
100
Photography Blog
The Sony NEX-7 is a fantastic compact system camera that firmly delivers on its early promise, delivering a remarkably customisable camera that really can be configured to suit many different users.
 
80
Reviewed.com Camcorders
If you’re looking for a compact camera to use for capturing top-notch video, the Sony NEX-7 is the model for you. It handles well, shoots well, and has plenty of record modes—including 60p and 24p frame rate options—to keep you satisfied for quite some time.
 
90
Reviewed.com Cameras
In terms of performance the NEX-7 is the best mirrorless camera we have tested. Its combination of control, image quality, responsiveness, video capability, color accuracy, dynamic range, hardware features, and handling make it the kind of camera any photographer should love to have in their bag.
 
90
Imaging Resource
The top of the line Sony NEX-7 is a compact system camera that offers enthusiasts excellent control over camera settings, as well as a built-in high-resolution electronic viewfinder... The Sony NEX-7 is easily the best camera Sony's ever made.