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Topaz Labs' flagship app uses AI algorithms to make some complex image corrections really, really easy. But is there enough here to justify its rather steep price?
Sony has made public the much rumored NEX-7 high-end, enthusiast mirrorless compact camera. It manages to squeeze vast amounts of the A77's capabilities into a body barely bigger than the existing NEX models. It packs a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor and 2.4M dot OLED electronic viewfinder into its magnesium alloy body and yet still finds room for a pop-up flash and Alpha hot shoe. It may be one of the most expensive mirrorless models we've yet seen but it's also currently unmatched, in specification terms, by any of its peers. This is clearly Sony's response to its discovery that it's not just upgraders from point-and-shoot compacts that are interested in this type of camera.
New NEX-7 Combines superb imaging, high performance and full palette of creative options
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 24, 2011 -- Sony is taking professional quality imaging and artistic shooting options to new levels with the introduction of the new α NEX-7 camera. Styled in magnesium alloy for strength and designed with a unique blend of classic and modern inspiration, the new compact interchangeable lens model weighs only 10.3 ounces (291g).
“For Sony, the new NEX-7 represents innovation in its purest form,” said Kelly Davis, vice president of digital imaging at Sony Electronics. “Speed and style meet performance and control, creating a shooting experience unlike anything in market today.”
The NEX-7 camera features a new Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor with 24.3 effective megapixel resolution – highest in its class -- that complements the latest generation of Sony’s BIONZ® image processing engine.
This unique combination of sensor and processor technology delivers flawless image and HD video quality with very low noise and exceptionally fast shooting responses. An ultra-high sensitivity range extends from ISO 100-16000, making it easy to capture clean, low-noise images in dimly lit interiors or exteriors.
Response is accelerated even further by a shutter release lag of approximately 20 milliseconds– the fastest of any interchangeable lens digital camera (as of Aug 2011). In speed priority continuous mode, the NEX-7 camera captures fast-moving action at up to 10fps (AF/AE is fixed) – the world’s fastest burst shooting speed of any mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (as of Aug 2011).
The NEX-7 model offers extensive, direct control over creative settings via an intuitive new TRINAVI control interface, important for enthusiast and professional photographers. Two control dials on the top of the camera are complemented by a control wheel, giving users three customizable, manual controls and the ability to create images with the flexibility and precision of an advanced DSLR camera.
The NEX-7 model is also the world’s first interchangeable lens camera (along with new α77, α65) that features an integrated XGA OLED TruFinder™ viewfinder for precision framing and focusing. The viewfinder provides a bright, detail-packed, high contrast view of still images and video, with approximately 100 percent frame coverage and a wide field of view that rivals pro-grade optical viewfinders. On-screen grid lines, various shooting parameters and a level gauge can be displayed to assist with accurate framing. With the XGA OLED TruFinder™, the NEX-7 model realizes the ideal of a compact, rangefinder style camera with an eye-level, through the lens viewfinder.
The XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ viewfinder is complemented by a three-inch Xtra Fine LCD™ display that can be angled up to 90-degrees up or 45-degrees down for easy viewing in any shooting position. TruBlack™ technology assures superb detail and contrast, while dramatically reducing on-screen reflections.
At the touch of a button, the NEX-7 camera shoots smooth AVCHD Full HD movies with high-quality stereo sound. Support for the new AVCHD Progressive (Ver. 2.0) format allows users to capture Full HD video at 60p (progressive) frame rates. for beautifully smooth, detailed video footage. 24p video shooting is also available. The Tracking Focus feature lets users select a target object on screen and focus on it accurately, even if it is moving.
Additionally, manual focus is now possible during video shooting. Enthusiasts can also enjoy full control over creating the perfect video image with Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority and all-Manual modes (P/A/S/M) – just like the most advanced DSLR cameras. Stereo audio quality is improved, with revised circuitry that lowers noise levels, especially when shooting quiet scenes.
First introduced on the NEX-C3, Picture Effects enables easy “in camera” production of sophisticated artistic effects without the need for a PC or post-processing. The camera features 11 modes and 15 effects, including new HDR Painting, Soft Focus, Miniature and Rich-Tone Mono. A generous palette of other artistic imaging functions includes 3D Sweep Panorama™ mode, Soft Skin, Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur Modes.
The NEX-7 camera includes an integrated flash system and also features an Auto-lock Accessory Shoe for advanced shooting applications, both of which are firsts for Sony’s E-mount line of cameras. The shoe supports the full range of Alpha flashes and monitors, as well as adaptors to accommodate studio lighting.
The LCS-ELC7 soft carrying case combines a snug-fitting body case and leather lens jacket to help protect the body and lens from scratches and dust. It’s complemented by the STP-XH70 shoulder strap, made of the same material.
The α NEX-7 ultra-compact interchangeable lens digital camera will be available this November in a kit with an exclusive black 18-55mm zoom lens for about $1350, or as a body-only for about $1200.
The new camera and all compatible lenses and accessories will be sold at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) as well as other authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network.
For “sneak peak” videos of the new products, please visit www.sony.com/cameravideos.
|Price (with black 18-55mm zoom lens)|| US: $1399.99
UK: £ TBC
EU: € TBC
|Price (body only)|| US: $1199.99
UK: £ TBC
EU: € TBC
|Body material||• Magnesium-alloy top and front
• Plastic back and battery casing
|Sensor||• 23.4 x 15.6 mm Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
• 24.7 million total pixels
• 24.3 million effective pixels
|Image sizes|| 6000 x 4000 (3:2)
• 4240 x 2832 (3:2)
• 3008 x 2000 (3:2)
• 6000 x 3376 (16:9)
• 4240 x 2400 (16:9)
• 3008 x 1688 (16:9)
|Sweep Panorama||• Wide: horizontal 12416 x 1856 (23M), vertical 5536 x 2160 (12M)
• Standard: horizontal 8192 x 1856 (15M), vertical 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)
|3D Sweep Panorama||• Wide: 7152 x 1080 (7.7M)
• Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3M)
• 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1M)
|File qualities / formats|| RAW (Sony .ARW 2.2)
RAW + JPEG Fine
• JPEG Fine
1080 60i/p up to 28mbps (50i/p in Europe)
1080 24i/p up to 24mbps (25i/p in Europe)
1440 x 1080 29.97fps 12mbps
640 x 480 29.97fps
|Dust reduction|| Coating on low pass filter
|Lenses|| Sony E-mount
Sony Alpha lenses, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses via adaptor
(exclude power zoom lenses/tele-converters)
|Image Stabilization||'Optical SteadyShot' system on selected lenses|
|Auto Focus|| Contrast AF
|Shooting modes|| iAuto
Anti Motion Blur
3D Sweep Panorama
|Scene modes|| Portrait
|Sensitivity|| Auto (Range varies depending on shooting mode)
|Metering modes|| Multi-segment (49 segment Honeycomb pattern)
|Exposure compen.|| -2.0 to +2.0 EV
0.3 EV steps
|Shutter Speed|| Electronically controlled, vertical traverse, focal-plane shutter
30 to 1/4000 sec
|Aperture values||Depends on lens, 0.3 EV steps|
|White balance|| Auto
Fluorescent (Warm, Cool, Day, Daylight)
Color temperature/filter (2500 - 9900 K)
Manual (Custom set)
|Dynamic range optimizer|| Off
DR0 (Auto, LV1 - LV5)
HDR (Auto, 1EV - 6EV)
|Color space|| sRGB
|Creative Styles|| Standard
|Picture Effect|| Toy Camera
High Contrast Mono
|LCD monitor|| 3.0 XtraFine TruBlack LCD
Angle adjustable 80 degrees up/45 degrees down
|Flash|| Internal manual pop-up flash
GN : 6 meters
Coverage : to 18mm
Flash Sync: 1/160sec
|Flash modes|| Auto
Red-eye reduction on/off selectable
|External flash||• Hot shoe
• Wireless, with opt/external flash
|Viewfinder||• Eye-level fixed XGA OLED, 1.3 cm (0.5" type) electronic viewfinder
• 2,359,296 dot resolution
• Magnification approx.1.09x
• 100% frame coverage
|Drive modes|| Single-frame
10 sec 3 or 5 images
Bracket Cont 0.3 EV
| Continuous Shooting 3fps (for 17 Fine Jpegs, 13 Raw, 11 Raw+Jpeg)
Speed Priority Continuous (~10fps)
|Self-timer|| 10 or 2 seconds|
• USB 2.0 (High Speed)
|Storage|| Memory Stick Pro Duo
|Power|| NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (supplied)
Battery charger included
Optional AC adapter
|Battery Life (CIPA)||~350 images (with EVF)
~430 images (with rear LCD)
|Dimensions||119.9 x 66.9 x 42.8 mm (4-3/4 x 2-3/4 x 1-11/16 in.)|
|Weight (without batt or card)||291 g (10.3 oz.)|
|Supplied accessories||Shoulder strap; Battery; Charger; USB cable (miniB); CD‑ROM; Flash|
The holidays are a great time to take pictures — and they're a great time to get a camera for yourself or for a loved one. With more than 50 cameras going through the hands of the DPReview team over the year, we've seen it all (or so we think). Based on our collective knowledge we hope this guide will help you make an informed decision on which camera will fit your needs. In part 1, we look at enthusiast interchangeable lens cameras.
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