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Sony Alpha NEX-7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 718 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the responsiveness and image quality. The usability and performance also get good feedback. Many are negative about the storage and features, while there are some mixed opinions about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Sony Alpha NEX-7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Alpha NEX-7Digital Camera Review


The Sony Alpha NEX-7 is the flagship of the company's NEX line of mirrorless interchangeable cameras. It features a 24.3-megapixel image sensor, rapid 10fps continuous shooting, built-in XGA OLED viewfinder, tilting 3-inch rear LCD, as well as dual...

When Sony debuted their mirrorless system, the promise of a full APS-C image sensor in a relatively compact body was enticing, if not entirely realized. The Sony NEX-7 scratches closer at the potential of that combination by bringing together an...


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Sony Alpha NEX-7


Without doubt, the 24.3-megapixel NEX-7 is one of the most lusted after cameras in years. It sold for $1,000 over list on eBay when it initially came out, but now has settled down to more realistic levels. That said, forget any thought of a discount....

Outstanding stills ; Excellent noise-handling characteristics ; Attractive, compact design ; Sharp, bright 3-inch LCD display ; Ample lens options

Expensive ; GUI has a definite learning curve ; No built-in IS; requires lens with OIS

If you’re looking for a camera that’ll last for years and has tons of options to help you grow as a photographer, buy the Sony alpha NEX-7.

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Sony Alpha NEX-7 (with 18-55mm lens)


It may not be the ne plus ultra of interchangeable-lens cameras, but Sony's Alpha NEX-7 comes closer than almost any I've seen thus far. For this class of camera, the NEX-7 has almost everything: built-in flash, an OLED EVF, a large sensor, a tilting...

The Sony Alpha NEX-7 delivers excellent raw photo and solid video quality in a package that's beautifully and functionally designed, yet relatively compact. Though expensive for an essentially nonprofessional camera, it doesn't seem overpriced.

As with many competing products, the camera's JPEG algorithms need some optimization, some aspects of operation feel a little laggy, and it's missing some useful features.

With a lot to like and just a little to dislike, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 comes up a winner, albeit an expensive one.


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Sony NEX-7 review


In the middle ground between DSLRs and point-and-shoot lies a vast plain filled with all manner of tweener cameras, in all variants of shape, size, price, and quality. Until now, no one has nailed the whole package, but so far the smartest middle...

Excellent pictures and video ; Fast performance ; Very easy to use

Still doesn't have DSLR-level manual control ; OLED viewfinder is mediocre ; Lens ecosystem isn't as good as Nikon or Canon

If you're buying a camera soon, look long and hard at the NEX-7

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Sony Alpha NEX-7


Remember the NEX-7? Ever since a days-long shooting session back in September, Sony's prized mirrorless cam has eluded us -- and the rest of the world. As you may recall, the flagship Alpha ILC was hit by the Thailand floods, resulting in delay after...

Built-in EVF ; Tri-navi interface ; Superb battery life ; Excellent image quality ; 1080/60p video with mic input

Expensive for a mirrorless camera

Sony's NEX-7 is the company's best mirrorless camera yet, offering true DSLR image quality in a compact body.


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Sony Alpha NEX-7


When Sony first introduced its range of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras in May 2010, the company was very clear about who it thought would buy the NEX-5 and its near-identical-twin NEX-3. Small cameras with APS-C sensors, we were told, would...

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 ;...

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...

The NEX-7 packs an awful lot of features into its small body, including an excellent 24MP APS-C sensor and large high resolution electronic viewfinder. Its three dial interface and extensive customizability makes for excellent handling, although its...

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Sony Alpha NEX-7First Impressions Review


The Sony Alpha NEX-7 debuts as the newest flagship mirrorless system camera for Sony, offering an OLED viewfinder, the same image sensor as the high-end Sony Alpha A77, and three control dials. The NEX-7 is designed for those looking for the most...

The Sony Alpha NEX-7 is one of the most exciting mirrorless cameras to be announced this year, with its dual context sensitive control wheels, 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, large grip, 10fps continuous shooting, 1080/60p video capability, built-in flash...

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Sony NEX-7 Preview


Sony's new NEX-7 holds the "top of the line" spot in their growing line of powerful EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) cameras. Sharing many of the high-end features found on the new SLT-A77, the NEX-7 boasts Sony's new 24.3-megapixel...

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Sony Alpha NEX-7Digital Camera Review


What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Sony Alpha NEX-7. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at

In terms of video, Sony is quickly positioning itself as a leader in the interchangeable lens camera market. The NEX-7, like the NEX-5N before it, handled our performance tests with ease, offering some of the sharpest video we’ve seen from an...

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Sony Alpha NEX-7


The top of the line Sony NEX-7 is a compact system camera that offers enthusiasts excellent control over camera settings, as well as a built-in high-resolution electronic viewfinder. The biggest news, though, is the 24.3 megapixel APS-C sensor that...

24.3-megapixel sensor with excellent image quality; Small body; Exceptional user interface; Full HD 60p video; Electronic viewfinder and flash are built-in

No Mode dial; Flash sync is a touch slow; No UHS-I card support; Needs a better kit lens to match the sensor quality

Back when we first saw the original Sony NEX-5, we knew Sony had something big on their hands. When we posted our review of the NEX-5, WOW, were we ever right: The NEX-5 was the most popular camera on the entire IR site for months on end.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:No / Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.6 mm
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FW50
Battery Type:Sony NP-FW50


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes