Sony Alpha NEX-7

Announced Aug 24, 2011 •
24 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
dpreview conclusion

The NEX-7 packs an awful lot of features into its small body, including an excellent 24 MP APS-C sensor and large high-resolution electronic viewfinder. Its three-dial interface and extensive customizability makes for excellent handling, although its default setup leaves something to be desired. The biggest drawback (at launch) is the relatively undeveloped system, and lack of top-quality E-mount lenses to get the most out of it.

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Gold Award
81%
dpreview score
Good for

Enthusiasts looking for a small-bodied camera with exceptional image quality for both stills and video

Not so good for

Less-experienced users, or anyone looking to build an extensive system around the camera

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Other reviews
Sony Alpha NEX-7 Review
By: Mike Tomkins and Dave Etchells, Imaging Resource (Jan 20, 2012)

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DCRP Review: Sony Alpha NEX-7
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Nov 15, 2011)

Overall, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 is a pricey, yet excellent mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Whether we're talking performance, photo quality, or features, the NEX-7 does just about everything right. The one thing that may bother some folks is the user interface, so you'll definitely want to try the camera out in person if you can.

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Sony NEX-7 review
By: Mike Lowe, What Digital Camera (Nov 7, 2011)

The NEX7's design is an interesting mix: we're keen on the variety of controls, yet the ongoing lack of a mode dial and awkward placement of some controls does let the overall design down. Yet with customisation available to a range of buttons it's easier to command this NEX than any other model in the series - and that can only be a good thing.

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Sony Alpha NEX-7 review

Ever since the NEX range was launched, photography enthusiasts have been waiting for a model that would exploit its potential to the full and the NEX-7 finally delivers on that promise. What makes the difference is the outstandingly good electronic viewfinder and the three dial control system augmented by navigation and AF/MF/AEL buttons. Add to that a high degree of customisability and you...

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