Excerpt: The Nex-7 appears to be a good camera with some drawbacks that may only be based on my expectations, experience, and preferences. The Mirror-less design makes it a compact and light addition to one's kit but and in smaller hands offers some formidable features. My primary concerns are the quality of the display optics that make focusing in manual mode difficult in either he viewfinder or the back display.
Pros: Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Tilt /Swivel LCD
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.
Excerpt: I was excited about having a small camera that had speed and high resolution to substitute my large SLR's. Unfortunately, this did not make the grade. First, the viewfinder is too tiny for my aging eyes. I aso didn't like the controls with the two knobs on top of the camera. Batteries don't last long and recharging takes hours. The pro's are it's light. The resolution of pictures is excellent and it has a variety of options if you want them.
Pros: Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality
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.
Excerpt: Camera size and features are what attracted me to this camera as second system to carry when I wanted to go light. It lives up to the expectations for my still photography. Video is very good quality. There appears to be an issue with the video system. I have found the overheating issue with video to be very frustrating. 5-8 minutes and it overheats. I am used to running short videos and then editing them.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD, Tilt /Swivel LCD
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.