Sony Alpha NEX-7 review - official thread

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Postby Bob Andersson » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:26 am

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Another NEX-7 "first look" including some sample video footage with the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Hp7Usun6U&hd=1

You know, I might even sell my Canon gear next year if the NEX-7 reviews are good as it looks they might be! :shock:

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Postby Bob Andersson » Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:24 am

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And DPR now have a full review in place. Desirable hardware and firmware you need to spend time with. For me the deal breaker is the lack of decent glass. No E-mount equivalent to my 16-35mm zoom on my 5D2, not even the promise of one unless I missed it, and it would seem that the 24MP sensor isn't best served by some of the few E-mount lenses already on offer. It's a shame.

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Postby Joris Van den Berghe » Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:01 pm

It seems to be a great combination with the Sony Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 though :).

Personally, I think Sony needs to update the firmware (just like the A77's)...
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Postby kimchi » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:50 am

There's lots of talk about the small Nex-7 body, but what most people fail to mention is that much of that advantage is lost the moment you stick an APS-C lens on it.

I think m43 is the Goldilocks of ILC with regards to size & IQ

Reduce Sony's 24mp sensor to 4/3 size and remove an equivalent number of pixels and there you have it - same pixel density.

Who needs more than 16mp?
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Postby pcake » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:58 am

i'll be very interested to see image and video quality from the production models. while the lack of easy to use manual controls, lens selection and lens prices have kept me away from the NEX cameras till now, this is a very tempting item, especially with the new megazoom lens. the lens selection is still far from canon or m4/3, though.

not so excited about the 24 megapixels but hopefully won't add much (or any) noise.
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Postby Gordon Laing » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:38 am

I hope to publish Ken's review of the NEX-7 soon...
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Postby pcake » Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:06 pm

i notice the review says the NEX7 has excellent image quality, yet image quality score is only 17. and 17 doesn't seem so much excellent as pretty good to me. are the images excellent - sharp, clear, low noise, enough dynamic range?
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Postby Gordon Laing » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:22 am

pcake, it's better to pay more attention to the actual results and the full explanations. A single number will always be an extremely over-simplified view. The quality is very good!
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Postby Gordon Laing » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:23 am

Here's our Sony NEX-7 review!
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Postby WestCoast » Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:17 pm

Nice review Gord, but it would have been a lot more interesting if you substituted the Canon for the Leica M9.
I can't see anyone looking at those totally different systems, other than their sensor comparisons.
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Postby Bob Andersson » Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:42 pm

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I'm always up for a spot of Leica though it's such a different price bracket and target audience comparisons seem invidious but I'd have preferred the Panasonic GX1 or some other m4/3 model or even the Samsung NX200 instead of the NEX-5N. I guess it depends a lot on what Ken could lay his hands on while the NEX-7 was available.

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Postby Gordon Laing » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:33 am

You nailed it Bob, although those were actually the exact models I wanted compared in the review. I think most people want to know how the quality compares to the next model down and the rival sensor in a DSLR.

Sadly we can't always get any model in for comparison though.
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Postby Bob Andersson » Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:13 pm

Hi folks,

I came across this video in a search to learn more about focus peaking on the NEX-7. The commentary may not be in English but the menus are. Best viewed at the highest resolution IMHO.

I couldn't help remembering how much I used to enjoy Gordon's video demonstrations while I was watching this one but it did serve as a good indication of how focus peaking can help.

Has the Luminous Landscape's "rolling review" of the NEX-7 been mentioned? If so then it is about to be mentioned again. You can read it here.

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Re: Sony Alpha NEX-7 - official thread - reviewed!

Postby Antony » Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:35 am

Finally, I received my Sony NEX-7 (with 18-55mm) kit today. Ordered it way before Gordon's review.
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Re: Sony Alpha NEX-7 - official thread - reviewed!

Postby Antony » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:24 am

Apart from “works with iMovie,” Sony NEX-7's RAW format is now officially supported by Apple.

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