For the Sony NEX-7, Size Matters
The NEX-7 Offers a Huge File Size from a very Compact Camera
The NEX-7 is Sony’s top of the range Compact systems camera and its standout feature is its enormous 24 Mega-pixel file size. In this respect it blows all other CSCs out of the water. This makes the Nex-7 ideal for landscape, portrait and stock photography – the clarity of image and detail is simply astonishing and would trump some of the best digital SLR cameras out there.
When it came out, it was received with real enthusiasm as a camera that would meet every serious photographer’s needs. And with its built-in electronic viewfinder, 24MP stills and Full HD video it certainly ticks all the boxes.
The built in OLED Viewfinder is the highest resolution available in a stills camera and also has an eye sensor so that you can switch quickly from the back screen. The high resolution LCD back screen is tiltable for high or low shooting. The Shutter speed can go to 1/4000 and claims to have the shortest lag-time of any CSC – 0.02 sec.
The image quality really is excellent, especially in low light situations. The level of detail is quite remarkable and the tonal range is superb. It can save images as either JPegs or RAW files. The ISO goes up to 16,000 and with a burst speed of 10 Frames Per Second, the NEX-7 can pretty much turn its hand to anything. There is a good range of picture effects that can be applied in-camera, including Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color, High Contrast, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, HDR Painting and Miniature as well as plenty of creative modes: Vivid, Clear, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, B/W and Sepia.
The NEX-7 is a small camera, but handles very well. It is obviously well-built and the dials are well placed giving you quick access to the normal parameters you need. The built in flash is tiltable and there is also a Sony/Minolta standard hotshoe. With three dials, it is possible to allocate one to each of the usual parameters – shutter speed, aperture and ISO which makes the whole process very straightforward. Whilst some time will be needed to adjust to the system, the NEX-7 is very configurable and so becomes a pleasure to use.
Obviously, with such a large quality sensor, the video options on the camera are excellent. It offers full HD video with stereo sound. Object tracking, which is so effective with stills, also works well with video. Manual focus is also possible. Stereo audio quality is improved, with revised circuitry that lowers noise levels, especially when shooting quiet scenes.
OUR EXPERT SAYS
The Sony NEX-7 comes with a hefty price tag, but can compete with any camera when it comes to image quality. The detail and saturation are simply superb. It suffers from too few lenses options at the moment, but when Sony address this issue it will be a world beater. It is a good camera and once you are familiar with the options and settings, you won’t want to put it down.
Sony NEX-7 Features
24MP APS-C CMOS sensor: This competes with any camera in the current market, even professional D-SLRs.
ISO 100-16000: Great range and effective noise reduction means this get excellent results at low light.
Built-in OLED EVF with eye sensor: High resolution and very accurate.
1080p60 HD Video with built-in stereo mic: Great quality and with HDMI socket you can plug it straight into your TV.
Tilting rear screen: Very practical.
Three-dial user interface: Makes balancing shoot parameters very simple.
Built in flash and Alpha hotshoe: Adds flexibility.
Infra-red remote control receiver
Microphone input socket