The latest addition to
Sony’s growing CSC range, the Sony NEX-7, features a 24.6MP APS-C sized sensor,
2.3 million dot OLED viewfinder and the least shutter lag currently available
on a digital camera. This, coupled with the likes of a TRINAVI three-dial
control system and 10fps burst rate makes the Sony NEX-7 a flagship addition to
both Sony’s range of CSC models and the Compact System market as a whole.


Although looking
physically similar to the likes of NEX-5 and NEX-3C the Sony NEX-7 is aimed
more at the professional user. The 24.3 MP sensor is a significant jump from
the NEX-5’s 14.1MP offering, and sits comfortably above the next-largest
offering of the Panasonic GH2’s 16MP. Being that the NEX-7’s sensor is also
APS-C sized means the image quality should be something to behold. The ISO is
being quoted at a range of 100-16000, making it a significant leap as well.


Te built-in viewfinder
is also something special in the NEX-7, giving the user the brightness and
sharpness benefits of an OLED display rather than a standard LCD. The
resolution is at an impressive 2.3 million dots, once again topping the
Panasonic GH2’s 1.53 million. This, coupled with the vari-angle 3″ LCD should
give the user plenty of choice on the display front.


The new TRINAVI system
offers a three-dial approach to controlling functionality, with two on the top
of the camera and one at the rear. This should give the photographer rapid
access to the manual controls and other options, an element of previous NEX
models that we found lacking. With the override options of the aperture
priority, shutter priority and full manual modes available at a beckon call the
DSLR user making the transition shouldn’t feel restricted to lengthy menu
screens.


The shutter lag, timed
at 0.02 seconds, is the fastest of any interchangeable lens camera currently
available. This combined with the impressive AF speeds seen recently on the
NEX-C3 will make the Sony NEX-7 an enticing prospect for the likes of action
photography.


A full HD movie mode,
in the AVCHD format and available at either 25p or 50p frame rates, and the
10fps burst rate rounds out the most note-worthy features of this new camera,
although the likes of Picture Effects and the 3D Sweep Panorama mode also
appear.


The NEX-7 will be
available in November, with a price yet to be confirmed.

Sony’s NEX-7: Specifications

General


Camera type


Interchangeable
lens digital camera with built-in flash


Lens
compatibility


Sony E-mount
lenses


Image sensor


Type


APS-C type
(23.5 x 15.6mm), “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor with primary color
filters


Number of
pixels


Approx. 24.3
megapixels (effective),

Approx. 24.7 megapixels (total)


Image sensor
aspect ratio


3:2


Anti-dust
system


Charge
protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism


Recording system (still image)


Recording
format


JPEG (DCF Ver.
2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), 3D MPO
(MPF Extended compliant)


Image size
(pixels)


3:2


L: 6000 x 4000
(24M), M: 4240×2832 (12M),


S: 3008 x 2000
(6M)


Image size
(pixels)


16:9


L: 6000 x 3376
(20M), M: 4240 x 2400 (10M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)


Image size
(pixels) Sweep Panorama


Wide: horizontal
12416 x 1856 (23M), vertical 5536 x 2160 (12M), standard: horizontal 8192 x
1856 (15M), vertical 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)


Image size
(pixels)


3D Sweep
Panorama


Wide: 7152 x
1080 (7.7M), Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3M), 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1M)


Image quality
modes


RAW, RAW &
JPEG, JPEG Fine , JPEG Standard


Picture Effect


11 types (15
variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color
(R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR
Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature


Creative Style


Standard,
Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene,
Autumn leaves, B/W, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3
steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3 steps))


Dynamic range
functions


Off, Dynamic
Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure
Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0EV step)


Color space


sRGB, Adobe RGB


Recording system (movie)


Recording
format


AVCHD Ver. 2.0
(Progressive) / MP4


Video
compression


MPEG-4 AVC
(H.264)


Audio recording
format


Dolby Digital
(AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC


NTSC


AVCHD Ver. 2.0,
average bit rate


1920 x 1080


60p: 28Mbps
(PS),


60i: 24Mbps
(FX), 17Mbps (FH)


24p: 24Mbps
(FX), 17Mbps (FH)


MP4 , average
bit rate


1440 x 1080
(12Mbps),


VGA (3Mbps)


PAL


AVCHD Ver. 2.0,
average bit rate


1920 x 1080


50p: 28Mbps
(PS),


50i: 24Mbps
(FX), 17Mbps (FH)


25p: 24Mbps
(FX), 17Mbps (FH)


MP4 , average
bit rate


1440 x 1080
12Mbps


VGA 3Mbps


Media


“Memory
Stick PRO Duo” , “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”, SD memory card, SDHC
memory card, SDXC memory card


Noise reduction


Long exposure
NR: On/Off selectable, available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.


High ISO NR:
High/Normal/Low selectable


White balance


Modes


Auto WB,
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem, C.Filter, Custom


WB fine
adjustment


G7 to M7,
15-step / A7 to B7, 15-step


Focus system


Type


Contrast-detection
AF


Focus point


25 points


Sensitivity
range


EV0 to EV20 (at
ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)


Focus mode


Autofocus, DMF
(Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus


AF mode


AF-S:
Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF


Focus area


Multi Point (25
points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot selectable


Other features


Tracking focus
, Predictive control, Eye-Start AF (with LA-EA2), Focus lock


AF illuminator


Built-in LED,
Range: Approx. 0.5m – Approx. 3.0m (E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS)


Exposure control


Metering type


1200-zone
evaluative metering


Metering sensor


“Exmor”
APS HD CMOS sensor


Metering
sensitivity


EV0 to EV20 (at
ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)


Modes


Multi-segment,
Center-weighted, Spot


Exposure modes


iAUTO,
Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual
(M), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur, Scene Selection


Scene selection


Portrait,
Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night view, Hand-held
Twilight


Exposure
compensation


+/- 5EV (in
0.3EV steps)


Bracketing


3 continuous
exposures in 0.3 or 0.7 EV steps


AE lock


AE is locked
when focus is locked in multi-segment metering mode. AE lock button


ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)


ISO100-16000、AUTO (ISO100-1600)


Viewfinder


Type


1.3 cm (0.5
type) Electronic viewfinder


Number of dots


2359296 dots


XGA OLED


Yes


Brightness
control


Auto, Manual (3
steps between -1 and +1)


Field coverage


Approx. 100%


Magnification


Approx. 1.09x
with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 


Diopter
adjustment


-4m-1 - +1.0m-1 (diopter)


Eye point


Approximately
23mm from the eyepiece, 21mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1


Display
Contents


Disp. Basic
Info, Level, Histogram


Real-time
image-adjustment


ON/OFF


LCD Monitor


Type


7.5cm
(3.0-type) wide type TFT (Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack technology)


Number of dots
(total)


921,600 dots


Brightness
control


Auto, Manual (5
steps between -2 and +2)


Sunny Weather
mode


Field coverage


Approx. 100%


Adjustable
angle


Up by approx.
90 degrees, Down by approx. 45 degrees


Display


Graphic
Display, Display All Info, Big Font Size Disp, No Disp. Info, Live View
Priority, Level, Histogram, For viewfinder


Real-time
image-adjustment display


ON/OFF


Focus check


MF assist
(5.9x, 11.7x), Peaking (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)


Face detection


Modes


On/On (Regist.
Faces)/Off


Face
registration, Face selection; Max. number of detectable faces 8


Other features


Smile shutter
(selectable from 3 steps), Shooting Tips, Help guide


Digital zoom


Precision
digital zoom, 1.1x-10x


Shutter


Type


Electronically-controlled,
vertical-traverse, focal-plane type


Shutter speed


1/4000 to 30
sec, bulb


Flash sync.
speed


1/160 sec.


Electronic
front shutter curtain


Yes (ON/OFF)


SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilization)


Type


Not supported
(image stabilization supported on lens)


Flash


 


Type


Built-in flash


Guide No.


6 (in meters at
ISO 100 equivalent)


Flash coverage


18mm
(focal-length printed on the lens body)


Control


Pre-flash TTL


Flash
compensation


+/- 3EV in 0.3
EV steps


Flash modes


Flash off,
Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.


Recycling time


Approx. 4 sec


External flash


Compatible with
Auto-lock Accessory shoe


Wireless
control


Supported on
External flash


Drive


 


Drive modes


Single-shot,
Continuous shooting, Speed priority continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec
delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 exposures
selectable), Bracketing, Remote Cdr (with separately sold remote commander
RMT-DSLR1)


Speed (max.,
approx.)


10fps in Speed
priority continuous shooting, 3fps in standard continuous shooting


*Varies
depending on shooting conditions and memory cards


No. of frame
recordable (approx.)


Fine: 10
frames, Standard: 10 frames, RAW: 6 frames, RAW & JPG: 4 frames


*Varies
depending on shooting conditions and memory cards


Playback


 




Single (with or
without shooting information RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning),
6/12-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 11.8x, M: 8.8x, S: 6x, Enlarged
display mode (L: 16.7x, M: 11.8x, S: 8.3x, Panorama (Standard): 25.6x, Panorama
(Wide): 38.8x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off) ,Image orientation (On/Off
selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still),
Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect


Interface


 


 


PC interface


Hi-speed USB
(USB2.0): Mass-storage, MTP


HD output


HDMI mini
connector (Type-C) , BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD


Auto-lock
Accessory shoe


Yes


Compatible OS
(USB connection)


Windows XP*
SP3, Windows Vista** SP2 , Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6)


*64-bit edition
and starter edition not supported.


**Starter
edition not supported.


Audio


 


Microphone


Built-in stereo
microphone or ECM-SST1 (optional)


Speaker


Built-in,
monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7


Print


Compatible
standards


Exif Print,
Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting


Custom function


Custom key
settings


Available


Power


 


Battery


One
rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50


Still images


Viewfinder
:Approx. 350 images


LCD Monitor
:Approx. 430 images


(CIPA standard)


Movies


Approx. 29
min., MP4 format movie for up to Approx. 2 GB.


External power


AC Adaptor
AC-PW20 (optional)


Weight


With battery
and Memory Stick PRO Duo included


Approx. 350 g

Approx. 12.3 oz


Body only


Approx. 291 g

Approx. 10.3 oz


Dimensions


mm (W x H x D)
excluding protrusions


Approx. 119.9mm
x 69.9mm x 42.6mm

Approx. 4 3/4 ×2 3/4 ×1 11/16 in.


Minimum
thickness mm


Approx. 25.3mm
/ Approx. 1 in.

(without grip and mount)


Operating Temperature


Operating
temperature


32 – 104
degrees F / 0 – 40 degrees C

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  • Phil

    Very nice step up from what’s currently available. The addition of a viewfinder without increasing the size much is what got me hooked. Can’t wait til it comes out so I can try one.

  • DanC

    It sounds impressive indeed, the real interesting thing for me is that looking at the pictures of the camera its body looks proportional to the lense which is nice compared to the NEX 3/5 which looked disproportional to their lenses!