Sony Alpha NEX-7 (no lens included)
24.3-megapixel digital hybrid camera body with 60p Full HD movie mode
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Item #: 158NEX7B
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $1,099.99
Small camera form, big camera features
If you had told us a camera this size would feature a 24.3-megapixel sensor a year ago we would have laughed. We're dropping our jaws now. Sony's Alpha NEX-7 has arrived, with almost all the specs and features we love from its flagship DSLR cousin, the 'A77. This is the first hybrid camera to showcase a sensor anywhere near this pixel-dense; what this means for you is the power of a "big-dog" pro-level DSLR in a package that fits in the top of your daypack. And while the camera's capabilities are huge, there's nothing intimidating about this sleek hybrid you can set almost everything to automatic and let the powerful intelligent processing bring home vibrant, detailed pictures and video.
More resolution, more details
You wouldn't immediately suspect that there's a high-quality HD video camera behind the curtain. Sony has embraced the new AVCHD 2.0 standard, which means more data at 60 progressive frames per second. This makes for great motion fidelity and smooth slo-mo, and a video signal that's beefy enough to show all the fine detail no matter how much action fills the frame. Sports will shine, and fast-moving kids won't get blurry or blocky. There's a 2.3-million dot Organic LED electronic viewfinder built in, and a flash lives on-board as well. Three dials, two on the top and one on the back, can be assigned to control multiple functions for fast settings changes when conditions shift abruptly. And the camera shoots full 24.3-megapixel images at up to 10 frames per second, while keeping the ability to track focus.
This camera does not come with a lens; you'll need to shop for one to start shooting great pictures and video.
Do you like the idea of a fully-featured camera you can slip into a handbag or a daypack? Is a small, lightweight camera that keeps full-time focus while shooting ultra high-resolution images and HD appealing? Some people are calling this a professional's "street camera" a camera that's got the quickness and versatility to be ready at a moment's notice, while working in close quarters and changing conditions. Who couldn't use that?
These digital cameras combine the creative options of a DSLR with portability that's more like that of a point-and-shoot. Their automatic modes will help you take striking pictures from day one without having to be an expert. However, like DSLRs, mirrorless cameras have interchangeable lenses, and advanced control and processing. You can explore these features for even better results as you take time to learn more about the hobby. Cameras in this class have large image sensors for beautifully detailed pictures, but their mirrorless design means the camera bodies and matching lenses can be smaller, lighter, and more portable great for snapping memorable pics when you're on the move.
I bought 'open box' , and found myself with a well worn box with one original serial number, another on a stick-on label, and a third one on the camera itself. What's going on here? When I found the battery charger was one not made for US market and lacked a power cord in any case, I was prepared for a lemon 'grey market' camera that I would be sending right back. Well the camera itself was in perfect condition, and Crutchfield responded immediately by shipping the proper charger. Great service as always.
I was attracted to this camera by the size, the large APC sized sensor, and the availability of Zeiss optics. I was concerned about lack of optical viewfinder, but found the eye level EVF quite good with some of the same advantages of the mirror- less live view LCD screen--it immediately shows the results of changes in camera settings. I was particularly impressed by options that allow quick magnified focus checks of autofocus, and manual fine tuning.
The camera has enough options to satisfy the demands of a professional, but can still be operated as a simple point & shoot, or anything in between. After using Nikon DSLRs for many years, I found the menu structure and terminology unusual, and with a high learning curve if you want to work out of the auto modes. But with some time the controls become much more attractive and logical.
The bottom line: I have come to love this little camera. With a Sony 35mm, and a Zeiss 16-70mm, I am getting great razor sharp photos.
Pros: Size, high resolution APC sized sensor with 24MP, good high quality lens selection, excellent eye-level EVF built in. Capable of recording superb images. Comfortable in hand, and once learned, controls are easily accessed. Multiple options to accommodate differing photo needs from amateur to pro.
Cons: Steep learning curve for options and controls. The pop-up flash is anemic so external flash necessary. Has the older atypical Sony hot shoe which has since changed. Depending on external flash may need adapter. Autofocus is quick for contrast type, but would be nice if next iteration had phase detection or combination as now beginning to appear.
Before this camera I used (and still own) Konica Autoreflex, Minolta HTsi and SonyCybershot cameras. I have never had a relaibility or technical problem with any of these cameras (some are 30+ years old and well used). The Nex-7 has awesome size/weight profile for the resolution and shutter speed. One of the few cameras capable of "point and shoot" that also has a fully functional eyepiece, when will the others accept that LCD screens are useless in bright light or for quickly framing a shot. I love to do a point by point comparison with my freinds who have lugged more expensive and/or full size DSLRs along - they don't win many points! Oh, and by the way, all the AR and A mount lenses that I have from my Konica and Minolta cameras work (with adapters) with the Nex-7. I take this camera everywhere when I travel for business or pleasure.
Pros: Price/weight/size for the pixels and speed. Ability to be a "point and shoot" and a serious compact SLR at the same time. The video capabilities are a bonus. My 4 year old grandson has taken excellent shots with this camera, and I have taken publication-worthy shots of van Gogh paintings.
Cons: The menus are not intuitive - read the manual! CRITICAL - Pay Attention - Order and install an LCD screen protector before you use this camera. Don't get sucked into the Sony software - photoshop works fine.
I am very much a novice photographer, but even I can appreciate the flexibility, and convenience of this camera's layout. The picture quality is on par with cameras WAY more expensive, and the style, you just can't stop looking at it and thinking, "This is what state of the art is all about." I have to say the only real downside to this camera is the limited selection of lenses at this point, but I'm still glad I bought it, it can only get better from here.
Pros: Pixels, controls, image quality, design, price.
Cons: Limited selection of lenses.
Ive owned an original NEX-5 for about a year now and it's served me well through various photo and video shoots. So I was very excited to find out about the next evolution NEX-7. It's been quite an experience in trying to get my hands on one due to its limited supply, and not so accommodating customer support from Sony Direct. Thanks to Crutchfield, I was able to snag one just before Easter. So far there are no disappointments. This camera is a gem. With significant shutter speeds and enhancements over the NEX- 5, this camera has powerful features all around. I can't wait to put this camera to full use.
Pros: Portability, feature rich, fun
Cons: None yet
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||24.3|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||12.3|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Body Only: The Sony NEX-7K kit contains the α (alpha series) NEX-7 digital camera body only. There are no lenses included.
Lens Compatibility: The NEX-7 is compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses, such as the optional SEL16F28 16mm F2.8 pancake lens, SEL1855 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens, and the SEL18200 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens. With the optional LA-EA1 lens adapter, the Sony α (alpha) lenses can be used with this camera.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The NEX-7 uses a 3" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The TruBlack screen has a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections and increase contrast compared to conventional LCDs. The screen tilts down 45° and up 80° to frame high- and low-angle shots.
0.5" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD screen, the NEX-7 has a 0.5" XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2,359,296 dots. In the menu, you can choose to use the viewfinder or LCD exclusively, or set the camera to switch from LCD to viewfinder automatically as you bring the camera close to your eye. The viewfinder has a diopter-adjustment dial to allow you to set the viewfinder image to your personal eyesight.
APS-C-sized Image Sensor: The NEX-7 features an APS-C sized Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm). It has approximately 24.7-million total pixels and 24.3-million effective pixels.
Tri-Navi Controls: The camera features three Tri-Navi control dials, two on the top and one on the back panel, for convenient manual control of aperture, exposure, ISO, and much more. The controls are customizable and intuitive, so you can quickly change the camera settings on the fly.
Image Sizes: You can record still images in a 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio in three versatile formats: JPEG (with Fine and Standard compression), RAW (uncompressed images), and RAW + JPEG (two images--one uncompressed and one compressed--are recorded simultaneously). The image sizes include:
|3:2||Large: 24M||6000 x 4000|
|Medium: 12M||4240 x 2832|
|Small: 6M||3008 x 2000|
|16:9||Large: 20M||6000 x 3376|
|Medium: 10M||4240 x 2400|
|Small: 5.1M||3008 x 1688|
Movie Recording: The NEX-7 can record Full High Definition (1920 x 1080) movies in AVCHD (H.264). High and Standard Definition movies can also be recorded in MP4, which can easily be uploaded to social media websites like Facebook and You. Movie options include:
|File Format||Average Bit-Rate||Resolution|
|60i 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|60i 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|60p 28M (PS)||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60p)|
|24p 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|24p 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|1440 x 1080 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080|
|VGA 3M||3 Mbps||640 x 480|
Dual Media Options: The NEX-7 accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo) and SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The camera is also compatible with Eye-Fi cards, which can upload images from the memory card wirelessly to your computer via Wi-Fi. Images recorded on SDXC cards cannot be imported to or played on computers or AV devices that are not compatible with exFAT.
Optional Optical SteadyShot: Optical SteadyShot is built into several E-mount lenses. When a SteadyShot-equipped lens is attached to the camera, you can turn on the SteadyShot feature to reduce the effects of camera shake. SteadyShot-equipped lenses include the SEL1855, SEL50F18, SEL55210, and the SEL18200.
25-Point AF System: The NEX-7's high-performance auto focus system uses 25 focus points to deliver fast and precise focusing. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
Exposure Modes: The camera offers the following exposure modes:
Picture Effects: The NEX-7 allows you to shoot photos with an effect filter to obtain various images. Available effects include: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, or Miniature.
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-5 EV in 1/3-step increments.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Face Detection: When activated, the camera detects the faces of your subjects and adjusts the focus, flash exposure, and white balance settings automatically. You can also select the priority face to be focused on, or register the faces on which to automatically focus upon.
Metering Mode: An advanced 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select from the following methods for measuring the brightness of a subject:
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options:
Creative Style: This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, and Sepia.
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically at ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, or 16000.
Flash: In a dark location, using the popup flash allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred photos due to camera shake. When shooting into the sun, the flash helps light a backlit subject. The camera also has an Auto-lock Accessory Shoe for attaching an external flash. The NEX-7 offers the following flash modes:
Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings.
Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show . During Index View mode, you can view 6 or 12 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
Image Enlargement: During single image playback you can enlarge an entire image or a select area of an image, depending upon the image size. Small images can be enlarged up to 8.3x, Medium images to 11.8x, and Large images up to 16.7x. Once you have enlarged the image, you can pan around the image to view the desired portion.
Rotating Images: Images can be rotated counter-clockwise 360-degrees on the camera's LCD monitor during single image playback.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
HDMI Output: The NEX-7 has a mini-HDMI output for connecting the camera to your HDTV, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. You can set the HDMI Output resolution to Auto, 1080p, or 1080i. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
InfoLithium Battery: The NEX-7 is powered by the NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. Stamina Battery power allows you to take up to 430 images shots using the LCD monitor or 350 images in viewfinder mode.
Charging: The supplied InfoLithium battery requires approximately 250 minutes for a full charge, using the supplied BC-VW1 charger.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.
Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is included with the NEX-7:
Operating Systems: The software is compatible with the following Operating Systems:
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