Sony NEX-7

Sony Alpha NEX-7 front
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 400g - 120 x 67 x 43mm
  • Announced December 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
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Sony NEX-7 summary

Sony NEX-7 is Sony's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera originally announced on December of 2011. It has a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 6000 x 4000.

The NEX-7 stands at #40 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras & over all #225 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please try out our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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Sony NEX-7 history

The Sony NEX-7 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-Alpha-NEX-5T front thumbnailSony NEX-5T
NEX-7 vs NEX-5T
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2013
Sony-Alpha-NEX-6 front thumbnailSony NEX-6
NEX-7 vs NEX-6
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2013
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Sony-Alpha-NEX-3N front thumbnailSony NEX-3N
NEX-7 vs NEX-3N
16MPAPS-C4.0 fps2013
Sony-Alpha-NEX-5R front thumbnailSony NEX-5R
NEX-7 vs NEX-5R
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2012
Sony-Alpha-NEX-F3 front thumbnailSony NEX-F3
NEX-7 vs NEX-F3
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
Sony-Alpha-NEX-7 front thumbnailSony NEX-724MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
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Sony-Alpha-NEX-5N front thumbnailSony NEX-5N
NEX-7 vs NEX-5N
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
Sony-Alpha-NEX-C3 front thumbnailSony NEX-C3
NEX-7 vs NEX-C3
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
Sony-Alpha-NEX-5 front thumbnailSony NEX-5
NEX-7 vs NEX-5
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
Sony-Alpha-NEX-3 front thumbnailSony NEX-3
NEX-7 vs NEX-3
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010

Sony NEX-7 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of good and bad points of the Sony NEX-7 based on features which are often regarded as crucial in a digital camera.

delivers RAW files
does have external microphone port
does have HDMI port
flash built-in
great battery life (430 CIPA)
has face detection focusing
nice screen size (3")
nice sensor size (APS-C)
screen has good resolution (921 thousand dot)
screen tilts up and down
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
very good minimum ISO (100)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
you can focus manually
doesn't have phase detect AF
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have headphone port
does not have image stabilization
does not have Timelapse recording
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Sony NEX-7 Sensor features

The Sony NEX-7 features the Bionz chip. The specification of the sensor on the Sony NEX-7 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 16000. RAW photos are supported which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the NEX-7's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The NEX-7 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony NEX-7 dimensions

Sony NEX-7 has a weight of 0.88 pounds (400 grams / 14.11 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 120mm x 67mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7"). The weight of average Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454 grams and the Sony NEX-7 is less heavy as compared to its rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Sony NEX-7 beside a softdrink to help you get a feel for its size.

Sony Alpha NEX-7 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the NEX-7.

Sony Alpha NEX-7 topview buttons dials

Sony NEX-7 Lens features

The NEX-7 works with the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses available for purchase. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the NEX-7.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-19mm-F2.8-EX-DN-Sony-E-NEX lensSigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN19mmf/2.8 140g
Samyang-AF-18mm-F2.8-FE lensSamyang AF 18mm F2.8 FE18mmf/2.8145g
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Tokina-atx-m-33mm-F1.4-E-Mount lensTokina atx-m 33mm F1.4 E33mmf/1.4285g
Tamron-17-70-F2.8-Di-III-A-VC-RXD-Sony-E lensTamron 17-70 F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD17-70mmf/2.8 525g
Sony-FE-28-70mm-F3.5-5.6-OSS lensSony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS28-70mmf/3.5-5.6 426g
Sony-E-18-55mm-F3.5-5.6-OSS lensSony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS18-55mmf/3.5-5.6 214g
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Sony-FE-35mm-F1.8 lensSony FE 35mm F1.835mmf/1.8280g
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Sony NEX-7 Connectivity

The NEX-7 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Many apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Sony NEX-7 Video features

The highest possible video resolution on the Sony NEX-7 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance for video quality and file size but 1080p will not give you any room to downsample. Although the body has a microphone socket, it is missing a headphone socket which means that you won't have the capability to keep an eye on your audio levels.

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Sony NEX-7 Weather Sealing

Sony NEX-7 does not have environment proofing so rainy conditions might affect the camera.

Sony NEX-7 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony NEX-7 has a 3 inch tilting screen having a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder details for Sony NEX-7 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.73x

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be quite helpful.

Sony NEX-7 Shutter features

Sony NEX-7 has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Sony NEX-7 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony NEX-7 has both inbuilt flash as well as external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/160s.

Sony NEX-7 Autofocusing features

Sony NEX-7 has only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which makes it useful for taking portraits of people.

It has 25 focus points to select from. Sony NEX-7 has the ability to use manual focus if needed for low light scenarios or you require more exact focus control.

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Sony NEX-7 Battery life

The battery life (NPFW50) on the Sony NEX-7 is designed to last for 430 clicks with respect to the CIPA measurements making it higher than the usual for its class. The average Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 comes with the best (810) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Advanced Mirrorless cameras with the strongest battery life:

Sony NEX-7 for varying kinds of photography

The following graph presents a summary of the Sony NEX-7 for varying kinds of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Sony NEX-7

The Sony NEX-7 has a rating of 78 which is great, meaning that it is a wonderful pick to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support in addition to the potential to work with external flash.

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manual focus
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with face detection focus
exports RAW formats

Sony NEX-7 Street photography details

With a outstanding score of 76, the Sony NEX-7 is a superb fit to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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screen tilts up and down
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization

Sports photography with Sony NEX-7

A above average sports photography rating of 62 means the Sony NEX-7 is a fine fit for shooting sports. A camera should have very good autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
better than average battery power (430 CIPA)
no image stabilization
no phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Sony NEX-7

Size is super critical in choosing a camera for travel. Overall, the Sony NEX-7 gets a very good 70 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable option to buy for your travels.

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good battery life (430 shots)
megapixel count good (24MP)
flash built-in
no Time Lapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly display

Sony NEX-7 Landscape photography advice

For anyone looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Sony NEX-7 at it's above average score of 72 as a landscape camera is a very decent pick among it's rivals.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (430 per charge)
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse recording

Sony NEX-7 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging ought to come with a articulating screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Sony NEX-7 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a lousy score of 35.

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offers face detection focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external microphone jack
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization

Sony NEX-7 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the NEX-7, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Advanced Mirrorless.

The diagram underneath shows you a summary of the NEX-7 versus it's top scored competitors shown previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might check out as alternate options. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Alpha NEX-7
Advanced Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW data
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Sony E
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Screen sizing
Screen resolution
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
6.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
400 gr (0.88 lbs)
120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7")
Battery life
430 photos
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 or 5 images))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Pricing at release