Sony NEX-7 review
All the usual NEX traits: outstanding image and video quality, lethargic autofocus, iffy focus from the kit lens. Sumptuous ergonomics only just help it to justify the high price
Review Date: 31 Jan 2012
Price when reviewed: £1,129
Reviewed By: Ben Pitt
Sony NEX-7 prices
A little unfair - worth 5 stars in my book
As photography tool, this blows the NEX 5N out of the water. The only way I could see any low light difference was by pixel peeping. The AF is much better described than in the review, at least as good as a recent Olympus PEN I tested in low light. It isn't as good as aDSLR at AF but it isn't competing with them. I disagree that noise is a problem, in 99% of conditions I shoot in this produces higher quality results than the 5n (particularly with the Zeiss 24mm lens).
The only downsides for me (I saw the lack of a touch screen as a real plus) were the position of the video button and the NEX refusal to implement a mode dial.
Having said that, 3 control wheels puts it up with the X100 for ease of use for photographers who shoot mainly (or delve into) in A, S, and M modes.
The TRI NAVI controls, improved image quality (over the already excellent nex 5n) and EVF easily make this worth twice the NEX 5n.
By Sgoldswo on 2 Feb 2012
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