Sony NEX-7 Review

 
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Model Name: Sony Alpha NEX-7 
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General
Model Number: NEX-7
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $1349.99
Street Price: $517.99
Date Available: 2011-11-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 19.8 oz (560 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.7 in.
(120 x 67 x 43 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Sony
Effective Megapixels: 24.3
Sensor Format: APS-C
Sensor size: 366.6mm2 (23.50mm x 15.60mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 3.92 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score: 81
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 24.1
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 13.4
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 1,016
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 6000 x 4000 (24.0 MP, 3:2),
6000 x 3376 (20.3 MP, 16:9),
4240 x 2832 (12.0 MP, 3:2),
4240 x 2400 (10.2 MP, Other),
3008 x 2000 (6.0 MP, 3:2),
3008 x 1688 (5.1 MP, 16:9),
12416 x 1856 (23.0 MP, Other),
8192 x 1856 (15.2 MP, Other),
2160 x 5536 (12.0 MP, Other),
2160 x 3872 (8.4 MP, Other),
7152 x 1080 (7.7 MP, Other),
4912 x 1080 (5.3 MP, Other),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), MPO (3D), RAW (ARW 2.3), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 10.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS or 60i/24Mbps/FX or 60i/17Mbps/FH or 24p/24Mbps/FX or 24p/17Mbps/FH)
1440x1080 (30p/12Mbps)
640x480 (30p/3Mbps)
Movie File Format: AVCHD 2.0 / MP4; Audio :Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, stereo
Composite Video Out: No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Sony E
Lens: Sony SEL1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27 - 83 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.06x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 - 22 (W), f/5.6 - 34 (T)
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: 49.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 10x Precision digital zoom
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect: 25-area, Center, Flexible Spot, Object Tracking, Face Detection
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: EVF
Viewfinder Type: EVF type; 1.3cm (0.5-inch) 2,359K-dot OLED, 100% coverage, 1.09x magnification (0.71x 35mm eq.), 23mm eyepoint, -4 to +1 diopter
Focus Peaking: Yes
EVF Resolution: 2,359,000 dots
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.73x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 1.09x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 921,600 dots (307,200 px)
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 16.7x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 16000
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000.
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white/Cool white/Day white/Daylight), Flash, C. Temp 2500 to 9900K, C Filter G7 to M7 (15-step), Custom, AWB micro adjustment
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 1200-zone Evaluative, Center-weighted, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight, Auto HDR, Sweep Panorama (2D/3D)
Self Timer: 2 , 10, 10 (3 or 5 frames) seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Off, Fill-flash, Rear sync, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction: On/Off
Flash Guide Number: 6.0 m / 19.7 ft.
Flash Range Description: GN=6(m) at ISO 100; Range is lens aperture dependent
Max Flash Sync: 1/160
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot shoe
Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: MS PRO Duo / SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: No UHS support
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: RAW (ARW 2.3), RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: AVCHD 2.0 / MP4; Audio :Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, stereo
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: Yes
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional Wireless
Connections (extended): Type-C HDMI Mini Connector (BRAVIA Sync, PhotoTV HD), 3.5mm Stereo Mic Jack
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.59
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.65
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): 5
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 0.69
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 10.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 18
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 10.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 13
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 10.0
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 11
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.22
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.073
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.40
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.022
Shutter Lag (notes): Full AF lag: Wide-area AF = 0.225s
Startup Time: 1.2
Play -> Record Time: 1.2
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 1.8
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NP-FW50
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 430
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF): 350
Software
Included Software: Software CD-ROM (includes Picture Motion Browser, Image Data Converter 4)
OS Compatibility: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP2/7, Mac OS X (v.10.5 +); PMB is Windows only
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 3", 921K-dot, Tilting LCD, XGA OLED TruFinder EVF, 1080p60 AVCHD 2.0 Videos, 10fps Full-res Burst Mode, Sweep Panorama, Hand-held Twilight, Anti-Motion Blur, Auto HDR, DRO, Level Gauge, SD/MS Duo Media Support, Built-in Flash, Flash Hot-shoe.


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