So much more than a pocket camera, the 24.3MP NEX-7 exceeds expectations. Get performance that would give most DSLRs camera envy, including interchangeable lenses, a 2359K dot Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder, up to 10fps shooting and outstanding Tri-Navi 3-dial manual control. Record amazing HD movies in super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution.
Enjoy the stunning imagery the AVCHD codec delivers or use the MP4 codec for smaller file sizes and easier upload to the web. With the same APS-C sensor size as a DSLR, a higher resolution than most DSLRs and the interchangeable lenses that make DSLRs so attractive, the NEX-7 is still just about half the weight and half the size as its DSLR counterparts.
I have been looking for a small camera to carry with me and in car also. This little hight power camera DOES IT ALL. I also have a Nikon D600 and this camera rivals the D600 with its fantastic picture quality. I mostly shoot scenery and at time wild life when driving. Menu system takes a bit to get used to and is sensitive to touch on the wheel for making adjustments, but I am getting used to it. All in all THIS IS A GREAT POWERFUL CAMERA FOR ALL AROUND USE PEOPLE GROUPS ( breakfasts, meetings etc.) AND SCENERY.
This is my second NEX-7, I liked my first one enough that I bought a second to keep as backup. When they first came out, there was an issue of the number of quality lenses for it, now from ultra wide-angle to long telephoto, there are enough quality lenses to satisfy most anyone. I use mine a lot for macro photography - pictures of bugs and small animals mostly. The camera is very well built, sturdy, but it has one shortcoming in that it's not water resistant. But, I have dropped it down a hillside, cleaned the mud and smears off of it and it kept on going. I tend to use this camera in the same situations that I use my Pentax K-5, on shoots out in the rain forests of Central America. When it starts raining, I put it away and continue with the Pentax. With adapters, my old M and A Pentax lenses can be used on the NEX-7, which has saved me a great deal of money. Even though they are manual focus lenses, with the NEX-7's focus peaking, accurate focusing is achieved very quickly. At first I wondered how a camera that small, built by a company that's not one of the "Big Four", could cost so much. Now, after much use, and some abuse, I know why... Sony has built a superior product. For the advanced amateur, or the semi-pro, this camera would be a welcome addition to the camera bag.
I grew up in the film era with all metal Canons and lenses and a lot of controls on the outside of the cameras. I originally bought the NEX-5 when it frst came out and thought it was a great camera to get back into photography. I was dissapointed with the lack of controls outside of the menu system and the lack of a grip. When the NEX-7 came out it was an easy decision to upgrade. And it had an eye level viewer and a grip. The only two problems I have with the Sony Alpha cameras is that the form factor is still too small and light. I have small adult hands (maybe Asians have smaller hands) and even I have problems holding the camera and I'm always accidently touching something, like the movie button, which has been disabled but still gives me an error message right in the middle of taking a shot. Memo to Sony: I KNOW THE MOVIE BUTTON HAS BEEN DISABLED. I'M NOT STUPID. Secondly, I've realized that the weight of the camera/lens helps one hold the camera steady and compose the shot (IMHO), even with IS. If I was a tourist or out all day shooting without taking the camera in and out of a bag, I'd definitely buy a half leather case to protect the camera and help with gripping it. Unless Sony increases the size and weight, I doubt that the NEX series will ever become a professional, working camera. I guess that's why they have the Alpha series. I gave a Yes recommendation, but with reservations.
good handling; lots of E mount lenses available; great image quality; great for travel, events, family & still object photography; better as a camera than a video recorder. needs 2+ backup batteries for extended shooting; a learning curve to understand all the features;
I do a lot of backpacking and this is a great lightweight full featured camera. Most of my photography is with macro and therefore manual controls are key. The camera has the functionality of a full DSLR (I am switching over from the Nikon D90), plus many more features. The focus peaking is really helpful when doing macro work. The viewfinder is really nice especially since it has all your information right in the screen. Live DOF and exposure plus histogram. Cons: 24 mp images are great, but they are really large and slow down your computer when you are working with them. Plan on getting some larger memory cards! Battery life is not great compared to a DSLR. If you accidentally leave on the camera you will find yourself with a dead battery pretty quick. You will need extra batteries if you normally are out for more then a day at a time. Native lenses are not that high of quality yet. Sure the Zeiss lenses are, but they are way too expensive for me. Most lenses are very soft in the corners. I really hope they pick up the lens game soon. These sensors deserve better! Overall I love the camera and I think that my Nikon will be collecting dust now.
I use the NEX-7 to stand in for my SLR when I don't want the bulk and weight of the bigger camera. If does the job perfectly. Shutter and viewfinder lag make it not suitable for wildlife photography. I like the 10 frames per second shooting when getting images of golfers on the course to analyze the swing. The editing is easier than doing the same thing with video for me.
I wanted a lighter, less pretentious camera than an DSLR for travel. This is it.
Easy access to controls separates this mirror-less camera from the others I have considered. I frequently do manual settings and that makes the NEX 7 ideal for me. I like the 24 megapixel resolution also. I have four lenses and two NEX 7 bodis, the Nex7 has become my primary camera system.
The Nex-7 is the last stop before a pro-sumer (professional consumer) level system. If you are already a pro looking for a smaller and extremely smart flexible in-hand system then this is your mark. Worth every penny! Loads of fun.
No matter how fast I take shots, the pictures come out really great. The pictures are so clear that you would see the finer details of the subject. I have been wanting to buy a DSLR for myself but I don't like the bulk and the weight of it. NEX-7 is small, light and so convenient to use.