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Sony NEX-7

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  • Sony NEX-7 review

    All the usual NEX traits: outstanding image and video quality, lethargic autofocus, iffy focus from the kit lens. Sumptuous ergonomics only just help it to justify the high price

    9 years ago
  • Sony NEX-7

    Design: 10/10
    Features: 10/10
    Ease-of-use: 9/10
    Image quality: 10/10
    Value for money: 9/10

    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. The combination of an excellent built-in viewfinder, handy pop-up flash, tiltable LCD screen and a high-resolution APS-C sensor, all in a light and compact body, simply can't be beaten. It may cost more than the competition, suffer from slow-ish auto-focusing in low-light, have an initially confusing control layout, and perhaps most seriously suffer from a lack of fast E-mount lenses, but its compelling list of features and unique user interface are too good to ignore.

    9 years ago
  • Sony NEX-7 review


    • Excellent image quality
    • Very good dynamic range
    • Intuitive control layout
    • OLED electronic viewfinder


    • AF struggles in low light
    • Limited range of E-mount lenses available
    • Setting up customisable controls may take a while to get exactly right

    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, and having a hotshoe and input for an external microphone both add to the flexibility of the system. Overall, the NEX-7 is a very interesting camera due to its high specification, and it should win over some purely because of that.

    10 years ago
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    Sony Alpha NEX-7

    •Three dial interface offers extensive fingertip control
    •Superb build quality
    •Excellent 2.4 million-dot OLED EVF in compact, slimline body
    •920K dot tilting rear screen
    •Very high-resolution 24MP CMOS sensor with impressive high-ISO performance
    •Exceptionally 'deep' feature set including Auto HDR and Sweep Panorama
    •Seamlessly-integrated movie mode with full manual control
    •Class-leading video resolution
    •Fast and responsive operation
    •Class-leading continuous shooting performance
    •Live View maintained during continuous shooting (at 3.75 fps)
    •Huge degree of control customization available

    •Out-of-camera JPEGs don't show off the 24MP sensor to its best extent
    •Auto ISO limited to maximum of 1600
    •Top-plate dials indistinguishable by touch (most problematic when using EVF)
    •Mystifying default control setup (e.g. easier to change JPEG sharpness than flash mode)
    •No custom settings memories
    •EVF proximity sensor can keep camera 'awake' and rapidly drain battery
    •Movie button prone to accidental activation
    •Limited autoexposure bracketing options
    •Menu system disorganized and confusing
    •Additional dials poorly-integrated into existing NEX interface (e.g. in playback mode)
    •Somewhat incoherent controls (functions behave differently depending on how they're accessed)
    •Unnecessarily complicated to navigate between stills and movie playback modes
    •No built-in wireless flash control (needs accessory flash)
    •No touchscreen (e.g. for touch focus point selection)

    9 years ago