Sony Alpha NEX-7 (Body Only) reviews and prices: Mirrorless camera

114 customer reviews

+ This digital camera has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on ease of use.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 114 reviews.
Sony Alpha NEX-7 (Body Only): 24.3 MP (Megapixels), Memory Stick PRO Duo storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Mirrorless camera. See full product description

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James, Weybridge UK Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Quality feel to the camera and very good picture sharpness together with a huge choice of operating modes most of which I have yet to try.
Bad points:
I don't like the positioning of the video record button, it's too easy to hit this button by mistake when taking a normal picture. Very irritating.Pity because this spoils an otherwise great product.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Jun 2013

val, northampton Experienced amateur

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Current technology with sound features and performance
Good range of interchangeable lens
Bad points:
RAW file not true RAW but TIFF is disappointing
RAW file not recognised by Adobe photoshop elements 7
downloading files could be more straightforward
Intelligent focusing locking onto unintended subjects
Auto focusing / controlling focusing could be simpler
Accessing different levels of functionality is icon / menu led - other cameras are easier to access
You are largely tied into buying Sony products / limited brands
Battery compartment 'door' build could be stronger and more durable
Record button - could be better positioned
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 5.0
Features 5.0
Build Quality 4.0
Value for money 4.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Apr 2013

Brian, Malvern Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Light weight quality build for the serious amateur or even semi pro massive 20 mb comparatively fast Good quality image screen and OLED viewfinder very flexible in use with IA setting for speed and simplicity with all the settings you could wish for, all in all a very good camera
Bad points:
Limited selection of lenses, expensive and the image screen is easily marked/scratched but a screen protector (easily available from Amazon or eBay ) solved that problem, I used the toughened glass protector a little more expensive but give you better protection
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Aug 2013

richard, Shoreham-by-Sea Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
ease of use
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Mar 2013

Andrew, Southampton Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I bought this camera as a novice to photography as my first serious dslr, the intention being that I will grow with it. So far, in automatic, it has to produced exceptional images and the battery life is good for a full day of fun. Having now ventured into manual, the intuative controls have been easy to get to grips with.
Bad points:
At this time I can find nothing wrong or that I would change regarding this camera, and if it was lost for some reason I would replace it immediately.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jul 2013

Les, Chesterfield, UK Professional photographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Image quality of jpegs. Small, light and no big 'flippy flappy' mirror! EVF excellent. Focus peaking allows accurate focusing with hundreds of other manufacturer's lenses via inexpensive adapters. I now use Nikon, Canon and Leica lenses on my Nex 7.
Great movie capability too!
Bad points:
Battery life could be better.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Jul 2013

ian, Bristol Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Nicely made. Excellent image quality. Light weight and compact. easy to carry. Good control system
Bad points:
Expensive for a non SLR. Lenses seem expensive. Why use a non standard flash hot shoe?
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Apr 2013

Product Features

Camera Type Mirrorless
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 10
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Media format Memory Stick PRO Duo
Media format SDXC Card
PictBridge No
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 291
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2011-11-10
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes
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Manufacturer's Description

Iconic style, professional quality

Follow your creative passion wherever it leads you. Capture stunning images with the versatility of interchangeable lenses – all without the size and weight of a DSLR. Don’t compromise with ultra-desirable styling and serious photo features.

Extraordinary picture quality
The ultra-high resolution 24.3 megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor offers phenomenal imaging performance: like a DSLR camera, but without the size and weight. You’ll see the difference with richly detailed, low-noise pictures, even in low light.

Amazing HD movies
Capture smoothly detailed Full HD videos with quick autofocus to track the action – even while you’re zooming. Beautiful background defocus effects add an extra dimension to creative movie shooting.

Precision electronic viewfinder
Frame and shoot – even in bright sunshine – with the camera’s viewfinder held close to your eye. The Tru-Finder™ gives an ultra-clear, high contrast view of the scene. It’s great for composing still photos and HD video with confidence.

Powerful creative control
Make quick, intuitive adjustments of exposure, focus mode and other settings. The new Tri-Navi interface gives you full creative control with two large mechanical dials

Pick the perfect lens
Why compromise your artistic vision? Select from a choice of compact E-mount lenses – from ultra-slim wide angle to powerful telephoto zoom. Or add an optional mount adaptor and enjoy the limitless possibilities of your A-mount lens collection.

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