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Menus (cont.)

Brightness / Color Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Exposure Comp  • +/- 5 EV in 0.3 EV steps  
ISO  • Auto, 100-16000  
White Balance  • Auto
 • Daylight
 • Shade
 • Cloudy
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent - Warm White
 • Fluorescent - Cool White
 • Fluorescent - Day White
 • Fluorescent - Daylight
 • Flash
 • Temp/Filter
 • Custom
 • Custom Set
Each WB setting can be individually fine-tuned in +/-7 steps across the Blue-Amber and Green-Magenta axes.
Metering Mode  • Multi
 • Center
 • Spot
 
Flash Comp  •+/- 3 EV in 0.3 EV steps  
DRO/Auto HDR  • Off
 • DRO
Auto
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
 • Auto HDR
Auto
1.0 EV
2.0 EV
3.0 EV
4.0 EV
5.0 EV
6.0 EV
 
Picture Effect  • Toy Camera
Normal
Cool
Warm
Green
Magenta
 • Pop Color
 • Posterization
Color
Black & White
 • Retro Photo
 • Soft High-key
 • Partial Color
Yellow
Red
Green
Blue
 • High Contrast Mono
 • Soft Focus
Low
Mid
High
 • HDR Painting
Low
Mid
High
 • Rich Tone Mono
 • Miniature
Auto
Top
Middle (Horizontal)
Bottom
Left
Middle (Vertical)
Right
 • Off
Picture Effects cannot be used when recording RAW files
Creative Style  • Standard
 • Vivid
 • Neutral
 • Clear
 • Deep
 • Light
 • Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Sunset
 • Night
 • Autumn Leaves
 • Black & White
 • Sepia
Each Creative Style can be individually adjusted:
- Contrast +/- 3
- Saturation +/- 3
- Sharpness +/- 3

Playback Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Delete  • Multiple Img.
 • All in Folder
Select images for deletion
Slide show  • Repeat
On
Off
 • Interval
1 sec
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
30 sec
 • Image Type
All
Display 3D Only
 
View Mode  • Folder View (Still)
 • Folder View (MP4)
 • AVCHD View
 
Image Index  •  6 Images
 • 12 Images
 
Rotate  - Select and rotate images
 
Protect  • Multiple Images
 • Cancel All Images
Select images for protection
3D Viewing    
Enlarge Image  - Enters Magnified view  
Volume Settings  • 0-7  
Specify Printing  • DPOF Setup
Multiple Img
Cancel All
 • Date Imprint
On
Off
 
Display Contents  • Display Info
 • Histogram
 • No Disp Info
 

Setup Menu

The NEX-7's setup menu is long and sprawling, and separated into several sub-sections. Once again, there are some crazy interdependencies in which settings you can access at any given time - for example you're only allowed to set your preferences for focus peaking if the camera is in MF or DMF mode (set in the Camera Menu).

Shooting Settings Section

Option Values / Actions Notes
AEL  • Hold
 • Toggle
 
AF/MF Control  • Hold
 • Toggle
 
Dial Lock  • All
 • Control Wheel
 • Off
Defines which controls are locked by a 'long press' of the Navigation button
AF Illuminator  • Auto
 • Off
 
Finder/LCD Setting  • Auto
 • Viewfinder
 • LCD Monitor

 
Live View Display  • Setting Effect ON
 • Setting Affect OFF
OFF brightens screen for visibility, ON mimics brightness of exposure.
Auto Review  • Off
 • 2 sec
 • 5 sec
 • 10 sec
 
Grid Line  • Rule of Thirds Grid
 • Square Grid
 • Diagonal + Square Grid
 • Off
 
Peaking Level  • Off
 • Low
 • Mid
 • High
Sets the contrast threshold for peaking display
Peaking color  • White
 • Red
 • Yellow
 
MF Assist  • On
 • Off
 
MF Assist Time  • 2 sec
 • 5 sec
 • No Limit
 
Color Space  • sRGB
 • AdobeRGB
 
SteadyShot  • On
 • Off
 
Release w/o Lens  • Enable
 • Disable
 
Eye-Start AF  • On
 • Off
Only works with Alpha lenses on the LA-EA2 adapter
Front Curtain Shutter  • On
 • Off
 
Long Exposure NR  • On
 • Off
 
High ISO NR  • High
 • Normal
 • Low
 
Lens Comp: Shading  • Auto
 • Off
 
Lens Comp: Chro. Aber.  • Auto
 • Off
 
Lens Comp: Distortion  • Auto
 • Off
 
Movie Audio Rec  • On
 • Off
 
Wind Noise Reduct  • On
 • Off
 
AF Micro Adj  • AF Adjustment Setting
On
Off
 • Amount
 • Clear
Only for use with Alpha lenses on the LA-EA2 adapter

Main Settings Section

Option Values / Actions Notes
Menu Start  • Top
 • Previous
Determines where the menu is entered
Function Settings  • Function Settings 1
Focus Settings
White Balance Settings
D-Range Settings
Creative Style Settings
Picture Effect Settings
Custom Settings
Off
 • Function Settings 2
(Same options as above)
 • Function Settings 3
(Same options as above)
 • Function Settings 4
(Same options as above)
 • Custom Settings 1
Exposure Comp
Autofocus Mode
ISO
Metering Mode
White Balance
DRO/Auto HDR
Creative Style
Picture Effect
Quality
Not Set
 • Custom Settings 2
(Same options as above)
 • Custom Settings 3
(Same options as above)
 • Function Settings Start
Top
Previous
 
Custom Key Settings  • AF/MF button
AF/MF Control
MF Assist
Focus Settings
 • Right Key Setting
Shoot Mode
AF/MF Select
Autofocus Mode
Autofocus Area
Precision Digital Zoom
Face Detection
Smile Shutter
Soft Skin Effect
Quality
ISO
White Balance
Metering Mode
DRO/Auto HDR
Picture Effect
Creative Style
Flash Mode
Flash Comp
MF Assist
Focus Settings
Not Set
Soft Key B Setting
(same options as above)
Soft Key C Setting
Shoot Mode
Custom
Custom 1
AF/MF Select
Autofocus Mode
Autofocus Area
Face Detection
Smile Shutter
Soft Skin Effect
Quality
ISO
White Balance
Metering Mode
DRO/Auto HDR
Picture Effect
Creative Style
Flash Mode
Not Set
Custom 2
(same options as above)
Custom 3
(same options as above)
Custom 4
(same options as above)
Custom 5
(same options as above)
 
Beep  • On
 • Off
 
Language  • English
 • French
 • Spanish
 • Italian
 • Japanese
 • Chinese
 
Date/Time Setup  • Daylight Saving
On
Off
 • Year-Month-Day Hours:Mins
 • Date Format
Y/M/D
D/M/Y
M/D/Y
 
Area Setting  • Set Time Zone
 • Daylight Saving On/Off
 
Help Guide Display  • On
 • Off
 
Power Save  • 30 Min
 • 5 min
 • 1 min
 • 20 sec
 • 10 sec
 
LCD Brightness  • Auto
 • Manual
-2 to +2 (5 steps)
 • Sunny weather
 
Viewfinder Bright  • Auto
 • Manual
-1, 0, +1
 
Display Color  • White
 • Black
Sets background color for menus
Wide Image  • Full Screen
 • Normal
 
Playback Display  • Auto Rotate
 • Manual Rotate
 
HDMI Resolution  • Auto
 • 1080p
 • 1080i
 
CTRL for HDMI  • On
 • Off
Enables/disables CEC remote control when connected to TV over HDMI
USB Connection  • Auto
 • Mass Storage
 • MTP
 
Cleaning Mode  • Exit
 • OK
For manual sensor cleaning
Version  • Body
 • Lens/Mount adapter
Displays current FW version
Demo Mode  • On
 • Off
Displays movie playback demo; requires AC power adapter
Reset Default  • Exit
 • OK
 

Memory Card Tool Section

Option Values / Actions Notes
Format  • Exit
 • OK
 
File Number  • Series
 • Reset
 
Folder Name  • Standard Form
 • Date form
 
Select Shoot Folder  - Select from existing folders
OK
 
New Folder  • OK Creates new folder based on current Folder Name setting
Recover Image DB  • Exit
 • OK
Checks image database for errors
Display Card Space  • OK Displays number of recordable images and available movie recording time at current settings
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Comments

reanim888

To my mind there seems to be a certain ‘paranoia’ about the NEX-7, something I find quite disturbing. Whilst most professional reviewers are writing very positive, comprehensive feedback, amateur armchair experts seem to picking holes in everything by writing messages all over the Internet that are littered with non-understandable technical jargon. I am far from sure anyone without an advanced degree in photography can understand what on earth they are on about. Surely the strength of a camera is in the pictures (or video) the camera offers, and in the case of the NEX-7, it’s generally recognised they are quite astounding, comparing quite favourably against cameras at four times the cost.

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