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Sony NEX-7 review

Does Sony's new CSC hit the NEX level?

Images straight from the camera have good dynamic range
Images straight from the camera have good dynamic range

Images straight from the camera have good dynamic range (see full image)

The neutral colour setting produces more subdued images
The neutral colour setting produces more subdued images

The neutral colour setting produces more subdued images (see full image)

The large aps c sensor results in reduced depth of field  so narrower apertures are required for landscapes than with smaller sensor cameras to get everything in focus
The large aps-c sensor results in reduced depth of field, so narrower apertures are required for landscapes than with smaller sensor cameras to get everything in focus

The large APS-C sensor results in reduced depth of field, so narrower apertures are required for landscapes than with smaller sensor cameras to get everything in focus (see full image)

An automatic hdr mode takes multiple shots at different exposures and merges them in camera  retaining more detail in highlights and shadows
An automatic hdr mode takes multiple shots at different exposures and merges them in-camera, retaining more detail in highlights and shadows

The automatic HDR mode takes multiple shots at different exposures and merges them in-camera, retaining more detail in highlights and shadows (see full image)

The standard 18 55mm kit lens is quite prone to flare  even when using the supplied hood
The standard 18-55mm kit lens is quite prone to flare, even when using the supplied hood

The standard 18-55mm kit lens is quite prone to flare, even when using the supplied hood (see full image)

The 24 3mp files are sharp and contain plenty of detail
The 24.3mp files are sharp and contain plenty of detail

The 24.3Mp files are sharp and contain plenty of detail (see full image)

The aps c sensor enables the background to be defocused more easily than with a smaller sensor camera
The aps-c sensor enables the background to be defocused more easily than with a smaller sensor camera

The APS-C sensor enables the background to be defocused more easily than with a smaller sensor (see full image)

ISO sensitivities up to iso16000 are great for low light shooting  although the af system struggles to keep up in dark conditions
ISO sensitivities up to iso16000 are great for low-light shooting, although the af system struggles to keep up in dark conditions

ISO sensitivities up to ISO16000 are great for low-light shooting, although the AF system struggles to keep up in dark conditions (see full image)

With care  the camera can take good images in quite challenging conditions
With care, the camera can take good images in quite challenging conditions

With care, the camera can take good images in quite challenging conditions (see full image)

The built in flash is useful for fill in at close quarters  but the articulated arm appears quite fragile
The built in flash is useful for fill-in at close quarters, but the articulated arm appears quite fragile

The built in flash is useful for fill-in at close quarters, but the articulated arm appears quite fragile (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution24.3 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyalpha NEX
ColourBlack
Digital Zoom10x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Manual Control
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)291 g
Maximum Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution24.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Height66.9 mm
Width119.9 mm
Depth42.6 mm
Autofocus Points25
Product SeriesNEX
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, High Speed Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-7
Product Namealpha NEX-7 Mirrorless Camera
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX7/B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Battery Life335 Shot
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker