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Sony NEX-7 24.3 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera with 18-55mm Lens


Sony NEX-7 24.3 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera with 18-55mm Lens


More than a pocket camera, the 24.3 megapixel NEX-7 exceeds expectations. Here’s performance that would give most DSLRs camera envy, including interchangeable lenses, a 2359K dot OLED eye-level TTL viewfinder, up to 10fps shooting, and outstanding Tri-Navi 3-dial manual control. HD movies are superb with Full 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60p, 60i and 24p.

  • Pocket camera with professional-grade performance
  • 24.3 MP for superb detail and amazing enlargements
  • World’s first OLED electronic viewfinder; 2359K dots
  • Up to 10 fps shooting to capture the decisive moment
  • APS-C CMOS sensor for DSLR-class imaging

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  1. 253 of 262 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great in a lot of ways but not perfect. Worth the spend, December 28, 2011
    By 
    Peter Singh (New York, NY) –

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    A little background to give you perspective on the review. I’m an advanced amateur shooting for about 10 years. I also own a Canon 5D Mark II with some L Zoom lenses (24-70 F2.8 and the 70-200 F2.8) and the very good 50mm 1.8 prime and a Fuji X100.

    I spent a lot of time (probably over 40 hours) researching this camera, reading reviews etc. before buying it on Amazon from a third party seller. I’ve had it about a week now and shooting with with the Sony 18-200 Zoom Lens (SEL18200). Below are my observations:

    Good:
    1. Very small camera body, smaller than my X100 and feels a lot like my old S90 compact in terms of size (this is of course without the lens). With the 18-200 lens its no longer pocketable but still small and very manageable compared to a SLR.
    2. Great build quality, tough body, I like the styling and I love the handgrip. Just the right size.
    3. Probably the fastest shutter I have ever used, very little shutter lag.
    4. Easy to use menus/interface etc. Lots of options and things like sweep panorama and other “gadget” type things work well although unlikely that I will use them much.
    5. Good battery life. I’m easily getting the 400 or so shots per charge its rated for.
    6. Electronic viewfinder – The good part is that it works really well, focus is fast even in low light, for the not so good part relating to the viewfinder see below.

    Not so good

    1. The electronic viewfinder that gets rave reviews is simply not as good to my eyes as looking through glass. Its a far cry from an optical viewfinder and I find the little “noise/dots” in low light distracting. Images even when blown up don’t seem to show the same noise so this is definitely a viewfinder issue. To give you context even with a lens cap on when the LCD is completely black the viewfinder has tiny dots dancing on it sort of like static on a TV screen, this doesn’t go away.

    2. Internal Flash design needs work. When used with the SEL18200 lens there is noticeable shadow in images due to the lens blocking some of the light, to the point where I am currently not using the flash at all and will eventually invest in an external or wireless flash. Just simply providing the ability to bounce this off the ceiling would have helped. UPDATE: Someone in comments just pointed out and I verified that you can manually tilt the flash while shooting. Solves my issue with the SEL18200, thanks.

    In the end what I really care about though is image quality. In this the camera does not disappoint. It does indoors just about as well as my Fuji X100 which to me is the best low light, auto WB adjustment under any kind of light shooter I have ever used and for landscapes and nature its almost as good as my 5D particularly in good light. I suspect with a better lens I would be hard pressed to see the difference, right now while the 18-200 f3.5 is very versatile my Canon glass is definitely a little sharper, but at its size and lightweight appeal by guess is that the Sony will get a lot more at bats than the Canon. Even when blown up to the size of a modern day LCD TV pictures look great and the zoom lens is great at bringing far away details closer. The 24MP señsor does capture a lot of detail and does well in low light situations as well. I’m not really a high ISO shooter preferring flash or faster lenses where this becomes required but up to ISO 1600 have not noticed any issues with the picture quality even on a 63″ screen.

    All in all I am very happy with my purchase and look forward to many years of shooting with it. I’d recommend it along with the SEL-18200 lens for anyone looking for a second camera as a go anywhere alternative to a SLR and lenses or as a very significant upgrade from a compact. This could also very easily become the only camera for an enthusiast/advanced amateur type who would be willing to trade in the bulky DSLR. I definitely hope they make more high quality lenses for it as time goes by. I was also looking at the 24mm F1.8 Carl Zeiss prime (36mm equivalent) but in the end opted for the versatility of the zoom particularly since my X100 gives me a dedicated 35mm point of view for about the same price but with camera body attached.

    Update – I did some more comparisons to my X100 and liked the Nex 7 enough to sell the Fuji. I used the proceeds to purchase the Carl Zeiss Sonnar 24mm F1.8 e mount lens. I’m finding this lens to mitigate some of my viewfinder issues since its bright enough and the little dancing dots seem at bay but not totally gone. Also finding this lens to be of very high quality, auto-focus is very quick and indoor low light shooting a breeze. Portraits are sharp and background is pleasantly de-focused, even in dimly lit rooms I am not using flash or high ISOs and outdoors or in good light its beautiful.

    Update 2 – I have now been using the Nex 7 for almost…

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  2. 40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A delight to use, February 3, 2012
    By 
    Here and there (NZ) –

    This review is from: Sony NEX-7 24.3 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Camera)

    I managed to get my hands on one of these in Jan 2012, and believe me it was difficult.

    The body weighs very little without the battery or lens, which is as it should be. Put the weight into a great set of lenses. Place one of those great lenses on this camera, and I’ve tried the 18-55, 55-210 and zeiss 24, and the results are wonderful. Yes you can argue that at not so low iso ratings the 24 MP is noisy, but dial down the noise in post image processing (I shoot in raw format) and the results are superb.

    I find the viewfinder to be remarkably good, better than optical viewfinders as I really see what I will get, and every time I look through it I am stunned at the fidelity. After a great shot the result can look almost 3d, if you have preview one. No dancing dots have crossed my eye’s path.

    I upgraded from the 5n, which lacked the viewfinder in particular. The difference in ergonomics and quality is worthwhile. Also worthwhile is the expensive Zeiss 24 lens, and the 55-210. Both deliver excellent results.

    This range will keep building over time, so any lenses you buy will still be valuable for years. However lenses are also difficult to find these days, as are older Leica lenses which many have had success with.

    The best camera I’ve ever owned, and a delight to pick up, to carry on long treks and to use.

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  3. 42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Top of the line, for now., October 12, 2011
    By 
    Linh Nguyen (New York City) –
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    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    Update: I recently got hold of a Minolta 3600HS(D) flash for dirt cheap ($50 shipped) and it works wonderfully with the NEX-7. Metering TTL is perfect and my indoor photos look great with bounce flash. Of course, it’s a bit big and will add some weight to your camera, but well worth it.

    An average review from an average Joe using a not-so-average camera.

    HARDWARE:

    The build is sexy. It screams quality. Magnesium alloy body makes it heavier and bigger than the previous NEXes, as expected, but it’s a welcomed extra weight. I don’t have small hands and always thought the NEX-5/5N, as nice as the form is, felt a little bit like a toy. So I definitely appreciate the NEX-7′s new size and weight, something I can really wrap my fingers around.

    I think Sony have a pretty perfect layout, or at least one that really works. I’m sure you’ve heard all about the latest-and-greatest Electronic Viewfinder with its amazing high resolution, and the intuitive TriNavi 3-dial control. Yes, they work. I’m a big fan of the bright and sharp 3″ tiltable LCD screen, but I’ve always wanted a nice VF on my camera to better compose my shots and avoid the nasty glare out in the sunlight. This is my first time using an EVF, and it’s a good first impression. The view is quite large, giving lots of room to include all the necessary info. There’s a diopter for those with bad eyesight. The eyepiece is not exactly glass-friendly, and is actually the one annoyance I have with the camera. I just can’t seem to get it to comfortable situated in my eye socket. But maybe I just have to get used to a VF.

    The TriNavi is also very good (though i wish we can really customize the wheels). I mainly shoot with Aperture-priority mode so one dial is for aperture and one is for Exposure Value compensation. This does work very well, if you use a native E-mount lens. However, if you’re like me and shoot using legacy lenses, you’ll find that the Aperture dial is basically useless. I’d love to be able to customize the dials to my liking instead of the given presets. It’s definitely not a problem, but I just feel that it’s wasteful. Same with other manual modes.

    Oh, hey, there’s a built-in flash and a Sony/Minolta hot-shoe as well if you’re into that sort of things ;)

    IMAGE QUALITY:

    24MP on an APS-C sensor is pretty impressive. It has been pitted against the 16MP sensor time and time again, and proven to be slightly, VERY VERY slightly, inferior at high ISO settings so I won’t bore you with that. But what does it mean for us average Joes? It means that you don’t have to worry about anything. The 24MP sensor can hold its own. Image quality from ISO100-800 is pretty awesome. Noise at a minimal level and you can go right ahead with those huge prints. Noise level increases as you go past ISO 1600, but even up till ISO 3200, photos are still very much usable. I shoot a lot of indoor shots without flash and I like what I see. But of course, stick to lower ISO and/or use flash to get the best quality.

    24MP is also 6MP more than the cheaper NEX models. Will those extra pixels make a difference? I say definitely. a) Holy crop! So much headroom to spare, you can crop to your heart’s content and still have a high-res result. b) Details. The 24MP sensor can probably (probably?) out-resolve any lens you have. I feel (placebo?) like my shots have that extra POP it didn’t with the NEX-5, using the same lens.

    OTHER THOUGHTS:

    The NEX system is young, and far from developed. There’s a lack of lenses (but an abundance in whining users…). Sony have done a decent job at covering all the focal ranges. We have the 16mm, 18-55mm, 30mm macro, 50mm, 55-210mm, 18-200mm (so good we get it TWICE!). Yet, we’re still missing those fast and good lenses. SOme people say we need pancake primes. I say we just need primes. What’s the obsession with pancakes anyway? The only good thing about them is the syrup.

    Also, you can’t use the built-in flash as a wireless flash commander. What’s up with that Sony? The A77 can do it. However, you can tilt the built-in flash upwards to bounce the light. Very convenient.

    CONCLUSION:

    Buy this camera if you can afford it and find it. It’s a great performer in a small body despite the minor flaws. I think Sony have another winner.

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