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: I come from a commercial and artistic photography background. I really thought this would be a great system to fill the gap that was left by cameras like to Lica many years ago. That is, small, silent and very hight res. imagery. Perhaps I could put aside my full CCD size camera for a while. But alas, there is still some work to be done with the Nex-7. Image quality is very good-- no doubt..but the unique raw files this camera produces are very slow to convert..
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.
Summary: I was looking for something better than a snapshot, but smaller than a DSRL to take on vacations. The NEX series seemed like a great option, BUT.... 1) Image quality on low-light situations could REALLY use an upgrade. High ISO images get very grainy, and any kind of movement kills the pic. So no natural pictures can be takes in the evening - you need to setup everyting first and ask everyone to stand still.
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: Great camera, but you should wait for Sony to support this product with a firmware that addresses the multitude of boneheaded user experience decisions made with the UI. Sony need not look far for a multitiude of great suggestions on how to change the usability of the camera from horrific to amazing in a single firmware release. Here's hoping Sony steps up and does a better job in post release support than they typically do across their product range...