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. If you must have it now, you’ll pay a premium as Sony ramps up production. According to company execs, a lot of the demand should be satisfied in April/May. We’d wait and save so we could buy the NEX-7 with the Zeiss f/1.8 24mm prime lens.
Sony's trying to cram a DSLR into a much smaller body, but can it pull it off?
7 February 2012
Summary: The lower-end NEX cameras are excellent, but they’re designed for a user wanting something between the simple point-and-shoot and the enormous and complex DSLR. The NEX-7 isn’t such a compromise: it’s not quite in DSLR territory without more manual control, but it’s probably close enough for most people. It’s also so customizable that it could potentially be as easy to control as your DSLR, if you take the time to tweak it.
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
Excerpt: Sony NEX fans have been waiting for more controls to quickly adjust various exposure settings in a hurry, rather than dig into the menu, and I'm sure many had a wish list for this or that extra feature to make the existing NEX design just a little better. I say "just a little" because the satisfaction level with the existing NEX series is pretty high.
Pros: Exceptional resolution and crispness in images, SUPER body & user interface: The TriNavi interface is our absolute favorite UI, ever. Period., Built-in flash; a first for the NEX line, Excellent image noise, even at high ISO levels, Maximum ISO of 16,000 (good quality to 3,200), Very responsive; never had the feeling that we were waiting on the camera, Fast AF performance; competitive with SLRs, Very fast release lag when pre-focused, Good shot to shot speed and excel...
Cons: Exceptional resolution and crispness in images, SUPER body & user interface: The TriNavi interface is our absolute favorite UI, ever. Period., Built-in flash; a first for the NEX line, Excellent image noise, even at high ISO levels, Maximum ISO of 16,000 (good quality to 3,200), Very responsive; never had the feeling that we were waiting on the camera, Fast AF performance; competitive with SLRs, Very fast release lag when pre-focused, Good shot to shot speed and excel...
Sony Alpha NEX-7 Review: A Top-Notch Mirrorless Camera
Digital Camera Review
7 December 2011
Summary: The NEX-7 is the Sony interchangeable lens mirrorless for folks who'd like to shoot with a DSLR but don't want the size and weight penalties associated with that sort of platform. Just to make sure they didn't limit their audience, Sony included typical point-and-shoot features such as a smile shutter, face detection and registration, automatic and scene shooting modes.
Pros: Good image quality, Good video quality, Good shutter lag and AF acquisition time, Excellent viewfinder
Cons: Cost, Awkward playback regimen, Monitor/viewfinder interface can impact battery life
Summary: Consider NEX-7’s bigger brother SLT, the Alpha A77 , and there’s little the separate the two models in terms of features. The SLT will set you back some £1150 body-only (it’s £1669 with the 16-50mm lens) while the NEX-7 demands a pricey £1049 without a lens (£1129 with the 18-55mm).
Pros: OLED viewfinder, high-resolution images, array of controls, built in flash, wireless flash control
Cons: Control placement, low-light autofocus, slower AF than some CSC competitors, limited battery life
Summary: Until now the lack of proper manual controls and a built-in viewfinder compromised the suitability of NEX models as DSLR replacements, but the arrival of the NEX-7 changes all that.
The NEX-7's ultra high resolution OLED has 2.4 million pixels making it the highest resolution EVF on any compact system camera by a large measure. It's big, bright and the closest you'll get to optical viewfinder performance in a mirrorless camera.
Pros: Big, bright ultra high resolution EVF., 10fps burst mode., 1080p60/50 movie mode., PASM modes for movie shooting., Continuous AF in movie mode.
Cons: Bracketing limited to +/-0.3 or +/-0.7EV., Poor menu layout and organisation., Movie button easy to accidentally press., AF struggles in poor light., Limited selection of native E-mount lenses.
Summary: The mass-market appeal of compact system cameras is essential for the category to work. High sales drive down prices and allow development into improved operations and performance.
As photographers, however, we see compact system cameras from a different perspective. They offer a small creative solution, as a second camera or as a replacement for an old heavy camera bag.