Summary Sony NEX 7

Prices Price
Body only
With 18-55mm lens
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Help 24 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 16,000 ISO
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Sony has replaced the NEX 7 with the 7n.

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The Sony NEX 7 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size Quite small Help
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
350 g


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The Sony NEX 7 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
16,000 ISO
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Announced Old Help
August 2011
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
62 lenses
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Avatar for Ben Marshall Ben Marshall (1:07 PM, October 28, 2012)
Best Camera I have ever owned... and I have owned plenty.

I initially got a 50D, and a ton of lenses, in rapid succession. I LOVED that camera, and through all the years of having multiple cameras, I could never justify using any other camera over the 50D.

Until... I bought a NEX-3 for pennies, and then bought adapter plates, to use legacy lenses.

I found that the NEX-3 was getting used WAAAAY more than my Trusty Canon, and I looked into an upgraded version.

To say the NEX-7 is a Step up from the NEX-3, is like saying a Corvette is a Step up from a Chevette. Both cameras get the job done, just one does it with such quality, that it makes you forget people struggle with making the right camera purchase.

Just to be 100% clear, I do not own a Single Sony NEX lens. The only Automatic focusing lens I have is for an Alpha that I have on the Alpha to Nex adapter thingy, which essentially turns the NEX into an oddly shaped DSLR, complete with Mirror and inability to sit flat on a table.

Every other piece of glass I own is 100% manual, and likely 20+ years old.

My go-to setup, is a Fujinon 50mm 1.2ƒ c-mount television lens from 1960-70. I have used this lens for the last 2 years on the NEX-3, and Could not wait to put it on the 7. I got a slight Vignette, almost negated, but absolutely usable.

Pairing this lens with the EXTREMELY low noise level of the ISO 16000 setting, and you can take pictures by candle light (1 LUMEN) and pass them off as semi-professional... with a little Lightroom, nobody would even notice the noise.

If you even consider buying this camera, do yourself a favor, and stop comparing. You either NEED this camera, or you need a 1Dx, or you need a bridge camera like the SX50HS. there is nothing else. well maybe a D800 ;)
torkild (3:27 AM, October 22, 2012)
my nex 7 was stolen yesterday, got two nex 5 lenses an flash no l wonder is it better to buy the nex 6 nex 7 has magnesium house no wifi do l need wifi? are ther som proffesionals out there please give my advise sincerly torkild of norway
Tymags88 (2:15 AM, August 15, 2012)
Any GPS on this???
Pg-h (0:37 PM, August 11, 2012)
A great camera with excelent picture quality. But where are the high end lenses this camera deserves?
Giniu (11:20 PM, December 04, 2011)
yup, the price from is for bag only (206eur? That would be cool :P)
Avatar for tarik bagriyanik tarik bagriyanik (7:54 PM, December 04, 2011) says 1400$ that is about : 1045 €
Troffaes (10:31 AM, December 04, 2011)
Price is wrong++++++++
Christophe (11:00 AM, November 25, 2011)
I'm surprised that the current site mention that their is no image stabilisation.  Some of the objectives are stabilised like the one on the picture.  OSS means Optical Steady Shot!
Avatar for Shravan Kumar Nagabandi Shravan Kumar Nagabandi (2:26 AM, November 24, 2011)
I am worried about Image Stabilization aspect, can some one elaborate me on that? I am not really worried about "Touch Screen" options ... but worried about Image Stabilization option... when that's not well sought-out, how come this is a good model in comparison with its counter partz?

Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:02 PM, September 12, 2011)
Thanks Joka, you're right, the Sony Nex-7 does shoot video in 24p, when the camera was first announced we couldn't find confirmation that it did.  We'll have the specs updated shortly.
Avatar for jokapr07 jokapr07 (5:18 AM, September 12, 2011)
Sony's website states it supports 24p: 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:06 PM, September 11, 2011)
Thanks for pointing that out Stefano, I'll update the specs.  According to Sony it looks like the Sony Nex-7 weight with battery and memory card is 350g.
Avatar for Stefano De Angelis Stefano De Angelis (2:02 PM, September 11, 2011)
Camera weight is wrong.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:43 AM, August 27, 2011)
Thanks for looking into that loan, it imaging resource confirms that it does have an external microphone jack.  We'll update our specs.

"There's also an external stereo microphone jack, compatible with microphones including Sony's own ECM-CG50 Shotgun Mic and ECM-ALST1 Stereo Mic. A built-in monaural speaker caters to movie playback, and has an eight-step adjustable volume setting"
Ioan Florea (9:17 AM, August 26, 2011)
I have seen on some photos on the internet that the nex 7 has external mic capability. The photo of a nex 7 from one side shoes clearly the mic next to hdmi, usb and power input. Just thought you should know. The site where I have seen this picture is: >> << (I know its not in english but search the side photo that show's the mic input or search the web)
Avatar for Ioan Florea Ioan Florea (8:32 AM, August 26, 2011)
I'm interested in the color depth of this magnificent product. Overall a very nice little gadget. Probably my next buy, but still waiting to see more field test of the product.