The New Sony α (alpha) NEX-7


Question: What camera has a ridiculously hi-def, 24.3MP APS-C format imaging sensor and can fit in your pocket, interchangeable lens included?

Answer: Sony’s new α alpha NEX-7 (with a Sony E-series 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens).

No matter how you look at it, Sony’s second-generation NEX-7 is impressive on all fronts. Though smaller than many point-and-shoot cameras, the Sony alpha NEX-7 packs more resolving power than many, if not most full-size DSLRs. Unlike the original NEX-3 and NEX-5 that only had an LCD for composing pictures, the NEX-7 also features, in addition to a tiltable, 921,000-dot LCD, the same 2,359,000-dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) found in Sony’s newest fixed-mirror DSLRs, the SLT A65 and A77. It’s not only crystal-clear, but makes it far easier to use in bright lighting conditions.

Along with a choice of hi-def image viewing options, the new NEX-7 contains a slew of serious imaging technologies including 10 frame-per-second image capture; HD AVCHD 60p/60i/24p video capture; full-time phase detection AF with 25 focus points for still capture; Live View and movie modes; an Intelligent AF mode; ISO 16,000 sensitivity; JPEG, RAW and JPEG/RAW still capture; shutter-lag times as short as 0.02-second; P/A/S/M operating modes; an iAUTO mode; up to 400 exposures per charge; and Auto HDR and Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) for enhanced shadow and highlight detail.

Additional Sony-specific imaging features found in the Sony alpha NEX-7 include a choice of 2D or 3D Sweep Panorama modes; a Handheld Twilight mode for tripod-free imaging under the lowest of lighting conditions; SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization; Object-Tracking AF for quick-moving subjects; in-camera (triple-exposure) Auto HDR; a built-in flash (GN6); a peaking function for precision manual focus;an HDMI output; and an Intelligent AF mode that pre-focuses the scene as you co compose it.

The Sony alpha NEX-7 is compatible with all Sony E-mount optics as well as optics from other manufacturers via optional lens adapters. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 – 1:10am

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