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Sony NEX-7 review

Does Sony's new CSC hit the NEX level?

Our results from the labs data have been compared against the Panasonic Lumix GH2, Olympus E-P3 and Nikon V1, all top of the range compact system cameras from their respective manufacturers.

The results show that all four cameras produce good results, but the Sony NEX-7's raw (after conversion to TIFF) results for both noise and dynamic range show that it's a cut above the competition.

Resolution

As part of our image quality testing for the Sony NEX-7, we've shot our resolution chart with the Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 200 the Sony NEX-7 is capable of resolving up to around 26 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 100
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 100

JPEG image resolution

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 100
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 200
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 400
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 800
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 1600
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 3200
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 6400
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 22 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 12800
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 16000
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 16000

ISO 16000, score: 20 (see full image)

Raw image resolution

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 100
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 200
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 400
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 800
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 1600
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 26 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 3200
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 6400
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 12800
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 22 (see full image)

Sony nex 7 resolution iso 16000
Sony nex-7 resolution iso 16000

ISO 16000, score: 20 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution24.3 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyalpha NEX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
ColourBlack
Digital Zoom10x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Manual Control
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)291 g
Maximum Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution24.7 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody Only
Height66.9 mm
Width119.9 mm
Depth42.6 mm
Autofocus Points25
Product SeriesNEX
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-7
Product Namealpha NEX-7 Mirrorless Camera
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX7/B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Battery Life335 Shot
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker