Sony NEX-7 hands-on


Sony sent their NEX-7 interchangeable lens camera to our office today, and like good little tech geeks we are, we quickly set about photographing the heck out of it. The NEX-7 is, if we’re not mistaken, their top-of-the-line interchangeable lens camera, and as such is armed to the brim with hi-end features that we’re going to quickly look at today.

The NEX-7 isn’t an imposing device, in fact it’s overall dimensions is almost the same as the NEX-5N. The NEX-7 does have a few more features that most camera enthusiasts will drool over, chief of which is the 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that’s the same size as most DSLRs today. That’s paired with a an electronic viewfinder (something missing on the NEX-5N) that uses a 2.4M color OLED screen, and a 3-inch TFT display. The display sadly isn’t a touchscreen one, though that’s more than made up for by the amount of controls available on the camera.

Speaking of controls, the NEX-7 has two dials on the top of the camera near the shutter, as well as another button on the immediate right of the shutter for more advanced functions. The NEX-7 uses a conventional hotshoe as well as an integrated flash unit, two features missing on the NEX-5N. The LCD screen is tilt-able and can be adjusted, and helps users to shoot in weird, unconventional angles.

The NEX7 is able to shoot in different modes, as well as use ISO 100 all the way to ISO 16000, though we’re pretty sure image noise would be a huge issue at those high ISO settings. The NEX-7 has 25 focus points for AF. The camera is fully capable of shooting HD video, and it’s capable of taking Sony’s E mount lenses, giving it excellent versatility in a convenient, small package.

[album: NEX-7/]