Conclusion: The Sony Alpha NEX-7 delivers impressive image quality -- approaching that of a big digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera -- in a smaller package. But the Sony's lack of lenses, weaker body and video-overheating problems hurt its ratings.
Pros: Big-camera image quality in a small package, Exceptionally efficient control layout, Best-in-class panorama and HDR features
Cons: Disappointing lens selection, Video mode can overheat the camera, Not weather-sealed
Excerpt: Sony hopes to shift the tide in the war between micro four-thirds technology and mirrorless DSLRs with their newly announced NEX-7. Its 10.3 ounce, magnesium alloy body contains the same 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS HD sensor that has made Sony’s Alpha line of DSLRs the talk of the camera town.
Summary: The NEX-7 packs an awful lot of features into its small body, including an excellent 24 MP APS-C sensor and large high-resolution electronic viewfinder. Its three-dial interface and extensive customizability makes for excellent handling, although its default setup leaves something to be desired.
Pros: Three dial interface offers extensive fingertip control, Superb build quality, Excellent 2.4 million-dot OLED EVF in compact, slimline body, 920K dot tilting rear screen, Very high-resolution 24MP CMOS sensor with impressive high-ISO performance, Exceptionally 'deep' feature set including Auto HD...
Cons: Out-of-camera JPEGs don't show off the 24MP sensor to its best extent, Auto ISO limited to maximum of 1600, Top-plate dials indistinguishable by touch (most problematic when using EVF), Mystifying default control setup ( e.g . easier to change JPEG sharpness than flash mode), No custom settings m...
Conclusion: This conclusion is hardly a surprise. If you’re looking for a camera that’ll last for years and has tons of options to help you grow as a photographer, buy the Sony alpha NEX-7. The NEX-7 is a winner and a clear Editor’s Choice.
Excerpt: In the middle ground between DSLRs and point-and-shoot lies a vast plain filled with all manner of tweener cameras, in all variants of shape, size, price, and quality. Until now, no one has nailed the whole package, but so far the smartest middle ground — smaller body and price, but without losing...
Pros: Excellent pictures and video, Fast performance, Very easy to use
Cons: Still doesn't have DSLR-level manual control, OLED viewfinder is mediocre, Lens ecosystem isn't as good as Nikon or Canon