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Sony Alpha NEX-7 (no lens included)

24.3-megapixel digital hybrid camera body with 60p Full HD movie mode

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Our take on the Sony Alpha NEX-7 (no lens included)

by Woody Sherman
Sony

Want a camera you can grow into? Try a compact system camera.

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, compact system cameras (CSCs) 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.

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.

Street traveler
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?

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Highlights:

  • This camera does not come with a lens; you'll need to shop for one to start shooting great pictures and video
  • 24.3-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor (23.5 X 15.6 mm) for rich tonal gradation and true-to-life color
  • tilting 3" LCD screen with live view for composing shots in real-time and previewing the effects of creative/exposure settings
  • high-def, high-quality movie mode with stereo sound (up to 1080p @ 60 frames per second)
  • upgraded BIONZ® image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos
  • world's first OLED (organic LED) 2359K dot electronic viewfinder, integrated into camera's body
  • Tri-Navi™ 3-dial assignable manual control
  • 6-image layering: can take six pictures in under a second, then combine the best attributes of each into one photo to reduce blur and ensure proper exposure
  • 25-area autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing
  • 11 types of creative picture effects, including "Toy Camera"
  • built-in, pop-up flash (guide number 6, in meters at ISO100)
  • face detection adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance for great-looking portraits
  • Smile Shutter™ technology snaps a picture when it detects a smile
  • horizontal/vertical Sweep Panorama mode
  • 3D Panorama mode: sweep across the panorama, and the camera captures "right-eye" and "left-eye" versions of the image. 3D TV and 3D glasses required to view images in 3D
  • on-screen tips and help
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with Sony E-mount lenses
  • compatible with Sony Alpha SLR lenses when used with optional LA-EA2 lens adapter
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: Continuous Variable Speed Priority up to 10 frames per second
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-16,000 selectable
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • flash bracketing: up to 3 frames
  • 8 preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in many different shooting environments
  • flash sync at 1/160 second
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG (Fine and Standard), RAW, and RAW+JPEG
  • still image aspect ratio options: 3:2, 16:9
  • AVCHD movie files up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames per second with stereo sound; MP4 movie files up to 1440 x 1080 resolution at 30 progressive frames per second with mono sound
  • accepts optional SD, high capacity SDHC, MultiMediaCard, and Memory Stick PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, and PRO-HX Duo memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • IR sensor: allows shutter to be remotely activated with optional RMT-DSLR1 wireless remote
  • 4-3/4"W x 2-3/4"H x 1-11/16"D (without lens)
  • weight (without battery or media): 10.3 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • body cleaning cloth
  • rechargeable NP-FW50 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger/AC adapter
  • shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • software CD-ROM

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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3"
Adjustable-angle LCD
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Yes
Wi-Fi
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No
Touchscreen
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No
Waterproof
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No
GPS-enabled
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No
Lens 35mm Equivalent
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N/A
Optical Zoom
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Digital Zoom
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Filter Diameter
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N/A
Manual Focusing
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Yes
Manual Exposure
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Yes
Built-in Flash
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Yes
HDMI Output
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Mini
Memory
Internal Memory
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None
Memory Media
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Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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24.3
Total Megapixels
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24.7
Image Stabilization
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Optional
Highest Resolution
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6000 x 4000
HD Video Recording
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1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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5-1/8
Height (inches)
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2-3/4
Depth (inches)
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1-7/8
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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12.3
Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • NEX-7 camera body with attached body cap
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2 V/ 1080 mAh/7.7 Wh)
  • BC-VW1 Battery charger (8.4 V/0.28 mA)
  • Eyepiece cup
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • 43" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and Mini-B 2.0 USB on the other end)
  • Soft cleaning cloth (6.5" x 10")
  • Application Software for Alpha Camera CD-ROM
  • Operations Instruction Manual
  • Getting Started Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Sheet
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Lenses & Accessories brochure
  • Packing diagram

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Recording Features
Play And Print Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software

Recording Features

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:

Ratio Image Size Resolution
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
AVCHD 60i/60p
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)
MP4
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:

  • AF/MF Select: You can choose from these three focusing methods:
    • Auto Focus: The camera focuses automatically.
    • Direct Manual Focus: After focusing automatically, you can make fine adjustments to the focus by turning the focusing ring.
    • Manual Focus: You can adjust the focus manually by turning the focusing ring.
  • AF (Auto focus) Mode: You can select between 2 modes:
    • Single-Shot AF: The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
    • Continuous AF: The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down.
  • AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 3 settings:
    • Multi: The camera determines which of the 25 AF areas is used in focusing. When Face Detection is active, AF operates with priority on faces.
    • Center: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
    • Flexible Spot: You can choose a focus area from the 25 areas using the controller.

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:

  • Single Shot: Default setting for standard picture taking--shoots one still image.
  • Shooting Continuously: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously at approximately 2.5 frames per second.
  • Speed Priority Continuous: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously at a maximum 10 frames per second.
  • Self-Timer: You can set the camera to two different self-timers:
    • 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
    • 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
  • Self-timer Continuous: After you press the shutter button, the camera will continuously take 3 or 5 images after a 10-second pause.
  • Exposure Bracket: The camera can shoot three continuous images with the exposures shifted automatically. This setting shoots images continuously with exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.3 EV or 0.7 EV.
  • Remote Commander: You can shoot using the Shutter and 2SEC buttons on the optional RMT-DSLR1 Wireless Remote Commander.

Exposure Modes: The camera offers the following exposure modes:

  • Intelligent Auto: The camera analyses the subject, and allows you to shoot with appropriate settings. It recognizes and automatically switches to Night Scene, Tripod Night Scene, Night Portrait, Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Spotlight, Low Brightness or Baby.
  • Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, and Hand-held Twilight
  • Anti Motion Blur: This mode is suitable for indoor shots without using the flash, to reduce subject blur. The camera combines six shots at high sensitivity into one still image.
  • Sweep Panorama/3D Sweep Panorama: You can create a panoramic image from composed images. To shoot, pan the camera horizontally or vertically while holding down the shutter button. You can select from the following modes of panorama shooting:
    • Sweep Panorama:
      • Standard: Vertical--3872 x 2160; Horizontal--8192 x 1856
      • Wide: Vertical--5536 x 2160; Horizontal 12416 x 1856
    • 3D Sweep Panorama:
      • 16:9: Horizontal--1920 x 1080
      • Standard: Horizontal--4912 x 1080
      • Wide: Horizontal--7152 x 1080
  • Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
  • Shutter Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
  • Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
  • Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted
  • automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while keeping the custom settings for ISO sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range optimizer, etc.
  • Bulb (Long Exposure) Shooting: In this setting as long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open. You can shoot trails of light, such as fireworks.

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:

  • Multi-pattern: Measures light on each area after dividing the total area into multiple areas and determines the proper exposure of the entire screen.
  • Center-Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measures the average brightness of the entire screen.
  • Spot: This method measures light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.

White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options:

  • Auto WB: This mode adjusts the white balance automatically.
  • Daylight: This mode adjusts for outdoors and sunlit subjects.
  • Shade: This mode adjust for shady conditions on a clear day.
  • Cloudy: This mode adjust for a cloudy sky.
  • Incandescent: This mode adjusts for incandescent lighting.
  • Fluorescent: This mode adjusts for fluorescent lighting with separate positions for Warm White, Cool White, Day White, and Daylight.
  • Flash: This mode adjusts for flash conditions.
  • Color Temperature: This mode adjusts the white balance depending upon the light source (color temperature). It achieves the effect of color compensation (CC) filters for photography.
  • Custom: In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light sources, use of the custom white balance is recommended in order to accurately reproduce the whiteness.

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:

  • Autoflash: In auto mode the flash automatically fires if it is dark or against light.
  • Fill-Flash: In this mode the flash fires every time the shutter is released.
  • Slow Sync: Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed.
  • Rear Sync: In rear sync mode, the objects illuminated by other light sources are captured first, then the flash is fired right before the exposure is completed.
  • Flash Off: The flash does not fire, even if the flash is raised.

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.

Play And Print Functions

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.

  • DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
  • Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
  • Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the supplied "Picture Motion Browser" software and print the images.

Battery Information

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.

Supplied Software

Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is included with the NEX-7:

  • Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.8: Windows Only
    • Import images shot with the camera and display them on the computer.
    • Organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to view them.
    • Retouch, print, and send images as e-mail attachments and change the shooting date.
    • Print or save still images with the date.
    • You can create a data disc using a CD burner driver or DVD burner drive.
    • You can create Blu-ray discs, AVCHD format discs, or DVD discs from AVCHD View format movies imported to a computer. (AVCHD View movies are the movies recorded in the AVCHD 60i/60p mode)
  • Image Data Converter Ver.4.0: Windows and Macintosh
    • You can edit images recorded in RAW mode with various corrections, such as tone curve, and sharpness.
    • Adjust images with white balance, exposure, creative style, etc.
    • Save the images displayed and edited on a computer. You can save the image as RAW format, or save it in the general file format.
    • Display and compare the RAW images and JPEG images recorded with the camera.
    • Rank images in 5 grades
    • Apply color labels.
  • Handbook: The disc includes a digital copy of the α Handbook.

Operating Systems: The software is compatible with the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.5 to v10.6 (USB connection: v10.3 to v10.6)
 

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4 out of 5

Sony Nex 7. Great carry around camera.

Written By Paball, Kalispell, MT on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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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.
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4 out of 5

The good and the bad

Written By da Brit, USA on Sunday, June 09, 2013
 
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.
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5 out of 5

Sexy, Smart, Amazing, for the price.

Written By TermiteScout, Butlerville, IN on Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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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.
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5 out of 5

The NEXt Level

Written By JoeS, Cary, NC on Sunday, April 08, 2012
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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
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