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Sony Alpha NEX-7

24.3-megapixel digital hybrid camera with 18-55mm lens

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Our take on the Sony Alpha NEX-7

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.

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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.

Lenses that change with your demands
This camera comes bundled with a versatile, day-in, day-out 18-55mm E-mount zoom lens that's perfect for the challenges of everyday shooting. It's been re-issued in black for this pairing with the NEX-7. With an approximate 3X zoom range, this lens will do nicely for portraits, and still be wide enough to fit the gang from work into the company picnic group shot. The zoom is quiet and efficient, helping you to compose a dynamic shot on the fly. Of course the lens is interchangeable, and it just might be worth scoping out the rest of Sony's E-Series lens lineup to help this camera realize its full potential. You can broaden that selection further — Sony's acclaimed Alpha series lenses work fully — including auto-focus — with an available Sony adapter.

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?

Highlights:

  • 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
  • includes exclusive black 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
  • 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 lens weight: 6.9 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • 18-55mm Sony lens
  • 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 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-82.5mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom ---
Filter Diameter 49mm
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count 24.3
Total Megapixels 24.7
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 6000 x 4000
HD Video Recording 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Dimensions
Width (inches) 5-1/8
Height (inches) 2-3/4
Depth (inches) 3-15/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 19.1
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • NEX-7 camera body with attached body cap
  • SEL1855 18-55mm lens
  • 49mm Lens cap
  • Rear lens cap
  • ALC-SH11 Lens hood
  • 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
Included Lens
Play And Print Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Package Contents: The Sony NEX-7K kit contains the α (alpha series) NEX-7 digital camera and the SEL1855 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 E-mount zoom lens.

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, 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.

Optical SteadyShot: Optical SteadyShot is built into several E-mount lenses, including the supplied 18-55mm lens. When a SteadyShot-equipped lens is attached to the camera, you can turn on the SteadyShot feature to reduce the effects of camera shake. Other SteadyShot-equipped lenses include the 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.

Included Lens

Optics: The Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens is compatible with the Sony α NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-82.5mm, and a 76°-29° field of view for capturing close-up portraits and expansive landscapes. It also has a smooth and quiet Auto Focus operation.

Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus, direct manual focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu.

Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.5", Length=2.375" (without lens caps).

Specifications:

Lens E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
35mm Equivalent 27-82.5mm
Angle of View 76°-29°
Minimum Focus 0.82' (9.84")
Filter Diameter 49mm
f-stop f/3.5 - f/5.6 maximum
f/22 - f/32 minimum
Weight 6.875 ounces

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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Very good with a fast SD Card but...

Written By ScorpioNet, New York, NY on Sunday, December 23, 2012
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The Cons first! It's a battery hog so make sure you have a few extras in a long shooting day. It can be finicky with independent brand batteries, will not work with one or two that I had for my NEX-5. The problem with off-brand batteries is they drain while unused and the NEX-7 will have them for lunch. Accessories for this camera can cost you an arm and a leg, eg. the Sony flash adapter that converts it to use regular flash units and a pc connection for studio strobes is close to $200. You can buy an off-brand unit for a lot less but using another brand of flash can be frustrating, you lose all auto-control features, I have not have any success with my Nikon or Sunpak units, may have to shell out money for a dedicated Sony unit...will it cost less than their adapter, we'll see. Wish they make all their lenses black, the silver lenses stick out like sore thumbs. Like the other NEX units, I do not like the placement of their video recording button( I shoot only stills), I have accidently hit that many times with the old NEX-5 and the same with this. The two large knobs on the top right should be physically lockable, accidental settings can be annoying without it.

The positive....and it's a big one, the quality of the images are quite excellent, I only wish the Sony(same as the old Minolta lenses) exhibit more contrast and a richer color like Nikon or Leica lenses. There's always lens adapters for those but you lose automation and it's cumbersome to use.
Pros:
Excellent Image Nice Resolution
Cons:
Record button placement Physically unlockable mode/adjustment knobs Slow writing speeds using non-premium SD cards Mostly silver lens line. Color could be better with images from Sony lenses
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4 out of 5

Nice but a little time consuming to navigate the three menu controls

Written By lorenzo, tucson on Monday, November 26, 2012
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great camera, good lens.Wish all the lens were Carl Zeiss. Best features: full size sensor , mirror-less and price point
Pros:
entry price point
Cons:
difficult to navigate menu
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5 out of 5

Best Digital Camera I've Owned!

Written By Phbug, Nevada City, CA on Monday, September 10, 2012
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I've been in photography for 60 years, and digital photography for over 15 years, and the Sony NEX-7 digital camera is the most exciting camera I've ever owned! In spite of the many features and capabilities it has, it quickly became familiar and easy to use, and the quality of the camera and the photographs it produces is outstanding. And don't let reviews that complain about the quality of the lens offerings deter you. The standard "kit" SEL 18-55mm lens is razor sharp and the excellent SEL-55210 lens is equally sharp and both lenses, with their built-in image stabilization, produce great photos at any focal length and shutter speed. You could do no better than purchasing this excellent new camera system, particularly through Crutchfield due to their product pricing, quick shipments, and top-quality customer service and support..
Pros:
Excellent quality of construction. Excellent quality of photographs Small, light, easy to use.
Cons:
Price may be a deterrent to some buyers, but it is well worth the investment. Wish 18-55mm lens hood attached more securely. Have lost one already.
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5 out of 5

Awesome image quality in a small package.

Written By Phil, Boston on Friday, June 29, 2012
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Love this camera, I am a pro and own both Canon and Nikon DSLRs, but now I am reaching for the SONY every time. Amazing, really amazing image quality, beats most DSLRs in dynamic range, and great image resolution.
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5 out of 5

Awesome!

Written By Worth It!, USA on Saturday, May 05, 2012
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Amazing camera and worth the money, doubt that you can find a better camera on the market today! Crutchfield is always on point with shipping out the product in a timely manner!
Pros:
Everything.
Cons:
Nothing noted yet.
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5 out of 5

NEX-7 thumbs up

Written By Anonymous, NYC on Monday, April 23, 2012
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Bought this after waiting a looooooong time to buy a better camera than my better-quality point-and-shoot. I am a former avid amateur film camera user, and this would be my first medium/high-end digital camera. I bought at Crutchfield because they would waitlist me without charging my credit card until actual shipment, plus no tax or shipping, and I had had a good experience with them once before.

One reason to get the NEX-7 was the promise to use my vintage SLR lenses. Using a Fotodiox adapter, this has worked well. The quick jump to and from magnified for focusing, along with the image peaking function, are great assistance here.

I am very happy with the camera. Great detail. Solid feeling - just heavy enough to feel solid, without too much weight when using at arms length with the LCD. Viewfinder is great. While I prefer the viscous ring-turning feel of old SLR lenses, the kit lens has a better feel than any Canon or Nikon DSLR I have tried that was up to this price.

Getting it to work its best requires tweaking the customizable tri-navi and soft button assignments. I currently have it where I have nearly everything I want easily accessible without menus. The review on dpreview.com gives some good insight into this.

Small note, I hope that a future software version will enable also reassigning the dial down button. It is now dedicated to EV bias, which is nearly always also on the tri-navi right dial. Are you listening, Sony?
Pros:
Great quality images, great interface, great build quality.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

good....^^

Written By Sony Alpha NEX-7, CA on Monday, April 16, 2012
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Quick delivery, good. The camera also deserves to be. "and believe low prices. I am pleased with the decision of the
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4 out of 5

sony nex-7 camera

Written By chea y, hesperia, ca on Monday, April 16, 2012
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good for the amature photograpy.
Cons:
not many choice lenses.
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