Sony Alpha NEX-7 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 10fps continuous shooting
  • Optical image stabilization
  • RAW capture
  • Manual Modes
  • Accepts E-Mount lenses
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-08-24
  • Final Grade: 95 4.75 Star Rating: Recommended

4.75 Star Rating: Recommended
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Sony Alpha NEX-7
The Sony NEX-7 is a solid camera for the price.
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Packing the 24.3 megapixel sensor found in the A65 and A77, the NEX-7 is the first mirrorless camera that inspires absolute photographic confidence. It's solidly built, has dual control wheels, and includes a very nice electronic viewfinder. As with all of Sony's CMOS-equipped cameras, the A77 also does 10fps continuous shooting, 1080p HD video at 60fps, and all the more gimmicky Sweep Panorama and HDR modes found on the cheaper cameras. This is a solid interchangeable lens camera for the price.

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