Excerpt: The 24-megapixel APS-C sensor inside Sony’s NEX-7 produced the best stills and videos of the compact system cameras we tested this summer (2012), with details that held up even when we zoomed all the way in. The minimalist magnesium-alloy camera features an OLED viewfinder, articulated 3-inch LCD screen, and three customizable dials for configuring controls. That’s a good thing, because the cluttered onscreen menu is the one glaring flaw.
Summary: With a lot to like and just a little to dislike, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 comes up a winner, albeit an expensive one.
Pros: The Sony Alpha NEX-7 delivers excellent raw photo and solid video quality in a package that's beautifully and functionally designed, yet relatively compact. Though expensive for an essentially nonprofessional camera, it doesn't seem overpriced.
Cons: As with many competing products, the camera's JPEG algorithms need some optimization, some aspects of operation feel a little laggy, and it's missing some useful features.
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. The biggest drawback (at launch) is the relatively undeveloped system, and lack of top-quality E-mount lenses to get the most out of it.
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 HDR and Sweep Panorama, Seamlessly-integrated movie mode with full manual control, Class-leading video resolution, Fast and responsive operation, Class-leading continuous shooti...
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 memories, EVF proximity sensor can keep camera 'awake' and rapidly drain battery, Movie button prone to accidental activation, Limited autoexposure bracketing options, Menu sys...
Excerpt: We've seen a growing number of camera manufacturers entering the compact system camera (CSC) market and as a result, companies like Sony are now looking at new ways of further expanding this increasingly popular camera format. When CSCs first hit the scene in 2008, their place within the camera pecking order was clearly set - bridging the gap between compacts and D-SLRs.
Excerpt: We were bowled over by Sony's mid-price compact system camera, the Sony NEX-5N , so we couldn't wait to get our hands on the flagship NEX-7. It's a seriously handsome camera, with bold, business-like contours constructed from magnesium alloy. The handgrip has a rubber texture both front and back, and it feels extremely satisfying and comfortable to hold.
Sony’s newest NEX camera is technically brilliant, but its controls and menus need some refinement
Good Gear Guide.au
21 November 2011
Summary: The next step in Sony's evolution of its NEX interchangeable-lens-but-no-bulky-internal-mirror camera system is technically brilliant: an amazingly detailed and clean image sensor shoehorned into a reasonably compact camera body that's incredibly well built and full of features (an excellent electronic viewfinder, tilting screen, plenty of dials for manual control).