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Get your hands on a camera that fits in your pocket or purse, but offers the quality and performance of one nearly twice its size - the Alpha NEX-7. It comes with a massive 24.3MP APS-C sensor and a through-the-lens OLED electronic viewfinder. Choose the perfect lens, then give the Tri-Navi™ dials a spin for instant manual control. Topped it off with Full HD video and up to 10 still frames per second, the NEX-7 delivers.
The camera is compact. The sensor is anything but. Bigger sensors equal better pictures. That's why the NEX-7 boasts a huge, 24.3MP APS-C sensor - the same size sensor used in most DSLRs for ultra-high resolution and incredibly - detailed photos that make for gorgeous enlargements. With a sensor 13 times larger than the average compact camera, the NEX-7 offers the image quality and performance of a DSLR in about half the size and weight.
The APS-C size sensor is more than 13 times larger than 1/2.4-size sensors, three times larger than Nikon CX format and 1.6 times larger than Micro Four Thirds sensors
10 Photos in One Second
Whether shooting a sequence of your preschooler's somersault, or the game-changing instant when ball meets bat, be sure you capture the most critical moments with up to 10fps continuous shooting at full 24.3MP resolution (exposure and focus fixed at the first frame). It's ideal for high-speed sports photography or capturing the fast, fleeting moments other cameras miss. Standard continuous shooting is also available at up to 2.5fps.
Make HD Movie Magic
Record crystal-clear HD movies in super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or richly-cinematic 24p - all at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution (records in 29-minute segments). Shoot in the industry-standard AVCHD™ codec for stunning fast-motion video with reduced distortion, or choose the web-friendly MP4 format for easy uploading to sites like YouTube™, Facebook®, and more.
Control at Your Fingertips
Looking for a quick and intuitive way to set aperture, exposure, ISO, and more - faster than ever? Three Tri-Navi control dials put everything at your fingertips. You see the results instantly through the viewfinder or on the camera's tiltable 3.0" LCD. It's perfect for experienced photographers who want immediate, hands-on access to up to three controls at once.
World's First OLED Viewfinder
The Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder brings eye-level, through-the-lens viewing to the NEX-7. Boasting 2359K dots and a high contrast ratio for top resolution and unprecedented brightness, images pop with clarity and detail making it easier than ever to compose your shots. You can even see the results of camera adjustments in real time through the viewfinder.
Eye-Popping Picture Effects
Let your imagination run free with 11 in-camera creative effects. Transform ordinary portraits into colorful, high-contrast works of art with Pop Color. Get the tilt-shift photography look with Miniature effect. Try Toy Camera for a nostalgic, lo-fi feel, or make your focal point pop with Partial Color effect.
Open up to a world of creativity by finding the perfect lens for practically any situation. Choose from a variety of interchangeable E-mount lenses created specifically for your NEX camera.
Unleash Your Creativity
When it comes to lenses, the more options the better. In addition to E-mount lens compatibility, an optional adapter (sold separately) lets you use Sony A-mount lenses and take full advantage of wide-angle shooting at the lens's designed focal length with no cropping.
With PlayMemories Online, all of your photos and videos can finally be stored, accessed and neatly organized in one place - regardless which device they were taken with. Enjoy your memories wherever, whenever you want on your smartphone, tablet, computer or TV. All images and video clips are automatically optimized to the screen size they're on. Create a photo album in three easy steps to share with friends and family via email or brighten a loved one's inbox with a personalized postcard - it's easy.
This review is from: SONY Alpha NEX-7/B Black 24.3 MP 3.0" 921K LCD Compact Mirrorless System Camera - Body Only
Pros: Amazing IQ Clean ISO 1600, 3200 very good and 6400 still acceptable Features and more features Customization Easy to use Easy access to most common functions Small for factor
Cons: No dedicated video mode Overheating may occur while filming Lack of high end lenses Some minor menu quirks you'll need to get used to Minolta hot shoe
Other Thoughts: Aside form the video issues I really don't see any major draw back to this camera. And since most of us are getting it for still this makes a fantastic little system. I've owned this since December 2012 and have had nothing short of amazing pictures after pictures. The kit lens is ok and will get most started. The camera is quite fast with 3 FPS in continuous focusing mode or 10 FPS in speed more (focuses on the 1st shot). It has a max shutter speed of 1/4000 as well. The fact that I can program what function is in what button makes the user experience a breeze, really amazing that I can change my ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed, White balance, Metering mode, Flash compensation and more all without diving into a menu and all at the touch of a button is something hard to live without now. This camera makes it very easy to change settings on the fly, cannot emphasize this enough. There's a NEX 7n in the works and should be released in the coming months. My recomendation is to buy this one once the price drops. The new one will have a 24MP sensor with a rumored 1/2 stop better performance, if you can live without that and with the other negatives I mentioned I think the price will be justifiable. The wifi feature found on the newer models according to many is nothing more then a gimmick.
I found a nice deal on a Rokkor 50mm 1.4 and that's the lens that's been glued to the camera most of the time. That is another great thing about the NEX systems, adapting vintage glass like this is easy to use with the Focus Peeking feature, pictures are SHARP!! I scored my copy for $55 plus $15 for the adapter and I'm getting higher IQ then the SONY 50mm 1.8 for e mount. You can adapt All kinds of glass onto this thing, love it!!
I do wish SONY would hurry up with their promised G zoom and I wish their line up was a bit more mature. Zeiss is also releasing a few other lenses this year, I think a 30 and an 85 (maybe another one not sure) so we're slowly getting a good line up, even Sigma and other 3rd party vendors are jumping in.
All in all a fantastic machine. Compact and delivers IQ comparable to most APS-C DLSRs out there. If you're into photography pick this up, if you want DLSR quality pictures but won't be taking it off Auto mode, may I suggest the NEX 3 or 5 instead.
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