Summary: I got this camera after all the rave reviews, went out, took a photos and was floored by the quality of photos. Then I went out the next evening, took a bunch of photos and was floored that not one was useable by the amount of dust pumped in on the sensor by the lens. The sensor takes constant maintenance. I have to clean it before each time I use it and many times, while I'm taking photos because it just sucks in so much dust while focusing. The tripod is worthless.
Summary: As the title of my review states, the problem isn't the camera itself, which is a tight and innovative piece of equipment with one of the best APS-C sensors to date. The compact size, image quality, and ease of use (once you get used to the radical design) is among the best of any camera made. The problem so far is the lack of high quality fast native e-mount autofocus lenses beyond the range of "wide" and "normal" focal lengths.
Summary: For stills, this camera shoots great photos! As far as videos are concerned, it's pretty much useless if you are going to shoot more than 3 minutes at a time. During the video shoot, it eats battery power like there is no tomorrow! It shows the overhear Icon and will shut down. If you are going to shoot in Arizona during the summer, forget it!! In the winter time in Moscow, you might be able to squeeze four or five minutes of video at a time.
HDR and autoexposure bracketing users: Can not use self-timer or remote release with AEB
Midwest Jim "Midwwest Jim", Amazon
18 November 2012
Summary: Sony's October 2012 firmware update finally expanded the NEX 7's autoexposure bracketing steps from an almost useless three exposures of +/- 0.3 or 0.7 EV's (or stops) to a more reasonable three exposures with up to +/- 3 EV's. Unfortunately (confirmed by Sony Support), Sony failed to also move the selection of autoexposure bracketing off the Drive menu. This means you can not use either the self-timer or a remote shutter release with autoexposure bracketing!
Great camera but failed in less than 2 weeks and terrible customer service
Andy B, Amazon
7 November 2012
Summary: Bought a new new-7 from amazon less than 2 weeks ago. Second time shooting a football match and the EVF failed - flashed an error saying it was disabled and allow it to cool (odd given it was not much above freezing) - over 24 hours later and still the same problem and no functional EVF which was a big reason for buying the camera.
Summary: I bought this camera as an "upgrade" to my Canon XSI. The amazing reviews and small size drew me in, as well as its impressive specs. Well, I guess I didn't know what I didn't know, and I am honestly slightly disappointed. Side by side, IN GOOD LIGHTING this one beats my entry level DSLR hands down. However, it needs to be noted that as a way to keep its small size this camera uses contrast auto focus. DSLR's use phase detection.
Examine your lens because it's not under the warranty and I think Amazon sent me a returned/used camera instead of new
Just another number, Amazon
25 July 2012
Summary: I bought the Nex-7 with the 18-55mm lens back in March. Nice clear pictures. Looks way better than a smartphone camera picture. Everyone I know who saw the pictures it produces can really tell the difference on how nice it looks. But everyone I know isn't a professional or enthusiast, and they just use point and shoot cameras. Lens not covered in warranty.
Summary: This is one awesome camera. It is light, and compact (even with my 18 to 200 mm zoom sony lens). With good light I am able to take very sharp pictures even when I am zoomed out to 200 mm. I have only one complaint (or I would give this camera 5 stars). That is the recording button. I find it hard to believe with as many bells and whistles this camera has, I cannot disable the recording button.
Summary: Auto-Focus operates continually while the camera is powered up, not just when the shutter button is partially depressed. This drains the battery very quickly and overheats the processor. It also makes manual focus tweaking after auto-focus (a feature prominently touted in the manual) impossible, since as soon as you let go of the focus ring, the camera refocuses itself.
Summary: I received my Nex 7 with great anticipation. The still imaging was as I had expected very good, however when I went to use the camera for video I found that the camera overheat light came on in a short time. I was shooting 2 to 3 minute sections at a time. After about 15 minutes of short sections the camera turned off from overheating. I sent the camera back for a replacement. The Green Mountain Camera store was very good about it and I received another camera.