Sony NEX-7 Review

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I recently reviewed the Sony A7r, which is the next level up from the NEX 7 and NEX 6. See the Sony A7r Review here.

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My Reviews

My camera reviews are strange. I’m just a guy that likes to bend cameras to my will. I’m very practical and matter-of-fact. I don’t get into all the specs beyond the basics. I understand all the specs, but I won’t burden you with strange numbers that may confuse most people.

I do work the cameras hard, and I will just talk to you about the camera like a regular guy… I hope this is okay.

I bought this camera myself right before a Disney cruise well over a year ago and I’ve been using it off and on. When my Nikon broke, I started using it more. And then, I did a bold experiment and tried ONLY using the Sony NEX-7 on a very important travel photography trip to China. That is what sealed the deal.

Sony NEX – First Three Lenses

If you are just getting started and want recommendations on your first three lenses, here they are. Often times a camera will come with a “kit lens” that is pretty versatile and can get you a long way. The Sony NEX-7 comes with a 18-55mm lens that produces great pictures. But there are many lenses that are better for more specialized situations.

  • Sony 10-18 f/4 (Amazon | B&H Photo) – A great new lens that gives you maximum wide-angle flexibility for landscapes and architecture. See my full Sony 10-18mm Lens Review.
  • Sony 55-210mm (Amazon | B&H Photo) – This lens is a little big but its versatility is perfect for mid-range stuff like landscapes, birthdays, sports, etc. I’ve also used it to zoom in and get shots of the moon (like you can see below)
  • Zeiss 32mm prime f/1.8 (Amazon | B&H Photo) – f/1.8 will give you some incredible depth of field. It’s great for taking photos of people, objects, or other little things you find throughout your day.
After weaning myself off Nikon over the past 4-6 weeks, I had no hesitation at all whipping out my Sony to get this shot a few nights ago. That 55-210mm lens effectively lets me zoom all the way into 315mm with the crop factor, and all in a lens that is smaller than a Coke can!

NEX-7 In Action

Here is one of many videos I have made that shows the camera in action.

Interview about the Sony on This Week in Photo

Oh my gosh… everything you want to know is in this interview with Frederick Van Johnson… It’s long… you can let that scare you or excite you… but it will be a great resource if you want to know more! :)

The Main Reasons I prefer the Sony NEX system :

There are many reasons. These were actually drafted in reference to my decision to go with the NEX-7 instead of the Nikon Full-Frame system. I’ll list them out here, not in any order:

The onboard focus systems - Since this is a mirrorless system, I get to see exactly what appears on the sensor. If I want it to be tack-sharp, I am assured of that. I noticed with my Nikon D800 that it sometimes came out a little bit soft. I think that is because even if the mirror/lens/sensor alignment is a little bit off, you can still get softness.

The onboard Manual Focus system - When I was on a tripod and wanted to be extra-sure I got good focus, I loved switching to manual and then twisting the focus dial.It shows me in the viewfinder the scene at 100% When I had that + Focus Peaking turned on, I knew I was nailing the focus. If you don’t know what Focus Peaking is, it allows me to see a “green” (or any color) outline of exactly what is in focus. It’s like a video game, actually!

The size and weight - Man, this thing is 6x smaller than a D800. It is TINY! It’s over 9x smaller than a D4! Nine Times Smaller. And it is so light. The lenses are so light too! I was able to walk around without a bag – you can see in the video below. I would just put my favorite tiny little lenses in my jacket pocket. My arms and back never even got remotely tired. Even better, it was just an absolute joy to pick up the camera and run out for a quick shoot. I didn’t feel like I was preparing for a major weight-carrying operation.

Night photography was a lot of fun with the NEX-7. The preview image through the EVF is always very grainy and looks horrible. But when I actually took the shot (note I was on a tripod) and looked at the result in the EVF, it is nice and buttery-smooth..

24 megapixel – Sure, the D800 did 36 megapixel, but I found that 24 megapixels was more than enough. The Nikon D4 only has 16 megapixels, so this has 50% more and is 8x cheaper (if you’re only concerned about megapixels).

The speed – When I wanted fast photos, I could not have been more impressed with the 10 FPS.

Movable LCD – I LOVE not having to squat all the way down or lay on the ground to take a close-to-the-ground photo. My knees hate that move. My hips don’t lie.

Amazing viewfinder – Some people do not like the digital optical viewfinder (the EVF), but I love it. That organic LED is simply amazing. I love seeing the histogram and level graphical overlays on top of the photo. I feel like it is a HUD for a fighter pilot!

More inexpensive – This is not a deciding factor for me, but I do understand budgetary constraints. It’s over 3x cheaper than the D800 and 8x cheaper than the D4! This means I can buy 2 or 3 cameras and have backups and never really have to worry if one breaks for the price of one D800!

Minor Reasons I prefer the Sony NEX System

These are minor bullet points, so I wanted to separate them from the main bits above.

Intelligent Auto – Even though I am in Aperture Priority 90% of the time, I love going into iA (Intelligent Auto) when taking photos of my kids. This means I don’t always have to switch stuff around when chasing my kids from inside to outside, from daytime to night. iA almost always makes the right decision!

E-Lenses – There are not nearly as many lenses available for this E-mount system as the competing Micro Four-Thirds system, but, for me, there are enough. The 10-18mm is a godsend. I use that for 80% of my landscapes! And, the other 55-210 lens (effectively 82.5-315mm) has gotten me enough flexibility for some of those outlier landscape situations. The kit lens fixes the middle range with no problem. The lenses are not that “fast” with great f-stops, but I don’t care so much with my landscape shots where I like everything in focus.

Tiny Batteries - I like carrying around a few extra tiny tiny batteries. True, the batteries don’t last nearly as long as the professional Nikon batteries, but they are easy to pop in and out.

Firmware Updates That Don’t Suck - Everyone complained about the lame Auto-Bracketing on the first release of the NEX. A few months later, they released a new firmware that fixed all the problems. Wow. That doesn’t happen much with some of these companies! (note, see the bottom of the article for Suggested Improvements to take it to the next level)

Movie Mode – it’s even easier to get into movie mode with the NEX-7 than the Nikon. In fact, some people complain (rightly so!) that it is too easy to get into movie mode and they click it by accident a lot. That has been fixed in the firmware update and its cousin, the NEX-6.

Okay okay… what DON’T you like about Sony NEX-7?

I can compare it to my full-frame Nikon professional DSLR, where I have a lot of familiarity.

Build Quality - Those big Nikons are a bit are tougher. They can stand bumps, bruises, and drops better than the NEX cameras.

Water and moisture – The professional Nikon cameras are also more water-resistant. I’ve never had anything happen in rain or anything with my NEX, but I DO worry about it. I never worried about it with my Nikons. Well, that’s not true. I got a lot of rain on my D3X in Hawaii and it broke. So I take that back.

Action Sports with Changing Focus – Do you shoot high-speed action sports that need a focus point that is changing? The D4, for example, is still much better at getting a high FPS where the subject is moving closer or further away. I’d frankly (and controversially) say that the NEX is better if the focus is NOT changing, because you can nail 10 FPS with no problem.

Autobracketing – This is a sore spot with me! I much prefer all the autobracketing options (plus use of a timer to start it all!) on the professional Nikon bodies.

I took this one morning on the way to Milford Sound with the kit lens.

Buffering - The professional Nikon cameras also have less of a “buffering” problem. That is, the NEX can take photos very quick, but it does start to buffer pretty quick. So it’s great in short bursts, but it wills start to slow down if you’re trying to take 14+ photos very quickly. This problem did not bother me at all, since I never encountered it.

Lenses - Nikon has a ton of lenses! There is no doubt about that. If you are doing specialty work, such as wildlife or birding, for example, then you should make full use of all the Nikon cameras. You’re not going going to get one of those crazy 600mm lenses with a great f-stop on the Sony system any time soon. However, as you can probably tell, I have all the lenses I need for the Sony system already.

Astrophotography – Also, if you are into hardcore night and astro-photography, you probably also want to stay with the full-frame systems. They’ll do a better job of collecting all that light when there isn’t much of it! In fact, I’ll probably hang on to my Nikon D800 just for Astro-photography, which I do very little of. But, I would still do okay with low-light astrophotography with the NEX if so-pressed. You can see the moon shot below, although that is not really the best example because it was not pitch black.

Does any of the above affect my travel and landscape work? Not really, and that is why I use the NEX as my main weapon.

Toughness

The camera feels like a solid hunk of metal without being too heavy. I even dropped it in my hotel room, and it was so light that it hardly hit the ground! It reminds me of a 3-year-old falling down… the kids are so light that it is almost impossible to get hurt. If I ever dropped my D3X, anything below it would get destroyed like Godzilla!

Controls

The controls are fun even though the UI is quite complex.

I’m sure the UI is simple to your average Japanese techno-nerd, but I can see them being pretty confusing to the common man. I had no trouble in the menu system and UI because I’ve been using cameras for a while, but I can see how it may be confusing.

Intelligent Auto (iA)

This is the “friendly green” mode on the selector dial. It’s really smart — and I mean REALLY smart. I’m a pretty hardcore camera guy, you see. I’m sort of one of those always-in-aperture-priority mode kinda guys. That means I’m used to controlling the aperture and the ISO to make sure I get the photo I want, while letting the computer choose the shutter speed. However, I decided just to try Intelligent Auto mode for about 50% of my shots, and it ended up doing a FASTER job in most cases.

The decisions I would have made were made by iA even faster. For example, I would move from indoor situations to outdoor situations, and the iA mode would figure it out even faster than I could. And the speed is important when things are happening around you. It would also turn on things like auto-stabilization and figure out when you are taking a portrait of a person. It was smart — scary smart.

Above: Here is another photo with the kit lens. If you want to see more kit lens examples, just check in the gallery down below. I keep all the EXIF info with the photos, so you are welcome to dive deeper!

Look – I’ve never been one to ridicule those that just leave their camera on “Auto”. Some photographers will do that because it makes them feel superior that they understand all the various ways to use ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. But with this NEX-7, I was so pleasantly surprised by the iA choices, that I am inclined just to leave it in that mode most of the time! This way, I can just worry about choosing the subject matter and the composition. I can pretty much guarantee that the exposure will be just right.

I have forced it into Aperture Priority mode when I want to take a long exposure in the dark, for example. I set the ISO to 100 and I let the shutter stay open a long time while the camera was stable. The results were great. iA would not have figured that out — it would have cranked up the ISO and made a bad shot… but this is the exception rather than the rule.

Other UI Controls and Shooting Modes

There is so much to say here! All of these are finer little points, so I’ll just make a bullet-point list.

  • You can very easily change the speed of the shooting all the way up to 10 FPS (frames per second) if your subject is not changing focus.
  • There is a panorama mode that is very fun and easy to use. You can just kind of sweep your camera across the horizon or up and down.
  • The panorama mode also lets you hold the camera in portrait orientation and swing sideways. Cool!
  • The Auto-bracketing mode will not work in iA — you need to be in another mode to enable that.
  • The top dials are customizable
  • There are many other wacky shooting modes I have not really used much, so I can’t comment on them.

Auto Bracketing

The bracketing is much improved with the New Firmware Update. Now you can go all the way from -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV! But, still, it only allows three photos. More importantly, it sucks that you have to hold down the shutter button the entire time. It causes camera shake!

In-Camera HDR

It’s not that bad! I had low expectations, but my samples turned out pretty well. I don’t have any to share now, but I looked at them in-camera, and here were my findings:

  • It takes 3 exposures
  • It automatically corrects the ghosting and does an excellent job of it!
  • The HDR effect is very subtle.
  • I’ve only tried it in a few situations, and I need to experiment more.
  • I still generally prefer to do the HDR in software outside of the camera, where I have more control over the tonal range and final image.
  • In comparison to the iPhone HDR, the NEX-7 generally does a better job.
  • Sadly, the NEX-7 saves all these images as JPGs, so there is no way to get anything more out of a RAW file.

The NEXT camera – what I really want

What I really want is a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens system. I don’t even mind buying all new lenses. But we’re not here to talk about that… But, Sony, since I know you’re reading this, just file that away.

Thinking about Lenses…

People love the idea of re-using lenses from “old” cameras and systems, but I hope (and think) that is a tradition that will fall away like using old LPs on new record players. At some point, everything changes and you just buy new kinds of “songs” for new kinds of “devices”. Now you buy MP3s from Amazon to play on your phone. I mean, things just totally change over time, and I think the same kind of thing will happen with cameras and lenses. This is especially true when a new generation of cameras and lenses is very cheap, and you’re not looking to shell out a bunch of much money to create the kind of images you want, faster and better.

Should I get the NEX-6 or NEX-7?

This is a popular question I keep getting! I’ll try my best to answer. If you are doing mostly landscapes, architecture, etc — in other words, the kind of stuff I usually shoot — stick with the NEX-7. If you tend to do more portraits and handheld stuff, go for the NEX-6. The NEX-7 has more megapixels and is better suited for epic landscapes. The NEX-6 has better performance in low-light and is better at auto-focusing. Personally, I have both! I use the NEX-7 for my landscapes and carry the NEX-6 as a backup. Now, even though the NEX-6 is a backup, I still use it to take pictures of people, objects, and this sort of thing. It’s handy to have two cameras around for different kinds of shots for me.

Improvements to the NEX-7

  • Bracketing timer - Let us click a 2 second timer that will then take all the auto-bracket images without requiring me to hold down the shutter button. When I hold down the shutter button now, it causes camera shake, even with a very steady tripod.
  • More Autobracketing – Let us take more than 3 brackets.
  • Smarter Timelapse - Let me totally customize taking time lapse photos. I also don’t want the screen to come on all the time and wear out the weak battery. Furthermore, let me run external power to the system.
  • Fun Filters – You have these great built in features like HDR, filters, B&W, and all these sorts of things, but please don’t just flatten to a JPG.  Also save the RAW for me so I have more options down the road.
  • Redesign the menus - Your menu systems are ridiculous. They were obviously designed by Japanese masochists. I barely understand them, and I am a camera expert! But I know they scare the hell out of “regular” people who are, I believe, your biggest customers. I can’t figure out if your menus are designed by a single masochist or a committee of them.
  • Better Viewfinder Cap - I’d like a bigger, better rubbery one that covers up my whole eye and makes it nice and dark. The current one is dinky and falls off all the time.
  • Waterproofing - I don’t want to worry about it in the rain.

Sony NEX Review

Above: Another wide-angle shot with the NEX. Even though the “Experiment” was only supposed to last until I left China, I’ve been shooting exclusively with the NEX-7 ever since!

More suggestions for Sony

As long as I have your ear in a public forum, here are more thoughts. By the way, you’ll see my reference to the NEX-6 below. I bought the NEX-6 as a backup camera to my NEX-7.

1) Apps - Your decision to include apps with the NEX-6 is good, but your execution is something that could only come out of a committee that been infected by marketing-nonsense. While it’s a good idea to have apps on a camera, here is where you had bad execution:

  • All your apps are internally made by Sony and you did not allow other developers to do it. You should open up your API and let others create apps for you. I guarantee you that people out there can make much better apps than you can.
  • There are less than 20 apps, and you are charging money for them. This is crazy. If I pay $1000 for a camera, why are you trying to make a few extra dollars from apps? I can see the marketing meeting now: “Hey, Earl, you know Angry Birds made like over a million dollars!” “Wow! We should sell our apps too!” You don’t have the ecosystem to make any significant income from your apps, and you certainly never will as long as you have a closed system! (Hint: Choose Android as an OS and build on top of that. If you don’t watch out, Google or Apple will start making cameras and they will bury your camera line in less than 2-3 years. Samsung is already a threat you should watch with their Android-based cameras.)
  • Installing your apps is ridiculous! My god… the app store is clunky, and then hooking up my camera via the USB and rebooting and all that nonsense… I mean… I know you guys are embarrassed by it too. If you are all are going to make “apps” the purchase and installation should be at least as easy as iOS or Android.
  • 2) Long-Exposure Feature - The Olympus OMD has an amazing feature you should steal. You can take a long-exposure photo and watch it live as it is being built then stop it any time. This is great for light-painting, fireworks, or any other situation where it’s hard to guess how many seconds to keep the shutter open.

    3) More Modular Hardware for Open Frankenstein Accessories - Many of your Micro-Four Thirds competitors have all kinds of wonderful gizmos that people attach to pimp-out their cameras. I’m jealous! Me, for example – I’d love an extended eyepiece so that my nose does not smash the screen (I prefer to use my left eye). Some people will prefer extended battery units, extended grips, or external mic booms, etc.

    4) Glass - Integrate with Google Glass ASAP so that people can use Glass as a viewfinder for the NEX. The first camera company to do this will create real excitement.

    5) For Professional Cameras - two card slots that will allow overflow or auto-backup.

Sample Photos

Let’s look at some sample photos. If you are wondering about this postprocessing “look” I have, please check out the free HDR Tutorial on the site!

To see MORE images, visit my Sony NEX Review Photo Gallery over on Google+.

Downtown Beijing After Rain Just about the only time you get a break from the smog is after a good rain. I’m sure all that nonsense just ends up down on the ground and soaks slowly into the groundwater.Anyhoo, this is the CBD (Central Business District) of Beijing. And yes, I took this with the Sony NEX-7. I’m working on that other piece I mentioned above and will put it up on the blog soon!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Above: When I got up in this situation atop one of the highest buildings in Beijing, I was used to having my old trusty Nikon system there. But, I vowed to continue the experiment and leave the D800 back in the hotel room. So it was just me and the Sony NEX-7. I wasn’t disappointed, and I am now more than confident enough in this little Asian number.

 

Great Night in Toronto After a super-long day, I decided to make it super-longer by joining all the TBEX crew over at a party on Centre Island. I’m not a total expert of the-best-places-to-shoot-Toronto, but this area seems good enough!This was a three-photo HDR taken with the Sony NEX-7. I’m still working on that larger story where I compare the NEX-7 to the Nikon D800… that is coming soon…It was quite a rainy night, so between squalls I ran out there to take a bunch of photos. Since my tripod was lost, I had to borrow a tripod from good man Edgar Van Der Meer. Thanks again Edgar! - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Above: These were windy and rainy conditions in Toronto, but the NEX performed well. Because of that horrible decision to require the user to HOLD DOWN the shutter button during auto-bracketing, the photos would have come out too shaky. So, that means I did not use auto-bracketing and instead turned on the 2 second timer so I could let go and let the camera become stabilized. I had to rinse and repeat this for a few different exposures.

 

Beihei Park Island in Beijing It was a beautiful and still night when we arrived. This park is quite huge and it can take well over an hour to walk around the whole island, so there wasn’t a lot of time to catch a good location for the setting sun. Luckily, Tom had been to this spot before, so we were able to quickly get in position. Good sunsets are really rare in Beijing because of all the smog, but this evening came out nicely because of a strange pink-purple light that burned through the smog/fog as the sun set. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Above: A low-light shot in China where I was really able to use the manual focus and focus peaking to make sure it was perfect!

 

In the Imperial Hallways I went over to Baihei Island in Beijing to visit some of the older parts and see what it looked like inside some of the temples. As you can imagine, everything was quite detailed and ornate. There was even some amazing food that was prepared for us by a chef at the restaurant there. And then, to my surprise, this richly decorated woman came out to serve it to us. As she was walking back through one of the old hallways, I asked her to stop for a second so I could take a photo.And yes, this was taken with the Sony NEX-7. All of my new photos from China were taken with that camera…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Above:  She was backlit and coming through the hallway at me. The RAW file is nice and thick and full of light… I had more than enough to get what I needed.

 

Golden Tree Path When I took this photo, I was very happy! In many ways, it’s the kind of place you can easily walk through and not notice because it was on the way to somewhere else. I was trying to walk down to Lake Hayes via a new route form my house, and I saw this on the way. I feel like I’m always alert, but then sometimes I’m looking at a scene like this and I think, “Hey, I should take a photo!” Anyway, I need to get better at this sort of thing… and take more photos on the way to the place rather than the place itself. - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Above: Here’s one of the first photos I took with the 10-18mm lens of a little path down to Lake Hayes in Arrowtown.

 

Super Moon sets over Queenstown So… you’ve been coming to the blog for, what, six+ years, yes? Well, maybe…hehe… AND, if you’ve been coming all that time, you might have noticed that I have NEVER posted a photo of the moon. Why is that, you wonder? The main reason is because I’ve always gotten absolutely terrible moon photos. Until now! I finally got one that I am kinda happy with… I shot this in the morning yesterday when I walked out to my studio.I saw it setting behind the mountain near my house, so I got out my NEX-7 with the 55-210mm lens and shot away. This is just one exposure… one RAW file. It worked out well because all the light levels were about the same with the pink in the sky and the snow and the white moon behind the purple cloud… - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Above: The idea that you can get to 315mm with a lens that is smaller than a Coke can is pretty mind-bending. I pulled out the camera and shot this right behind my house!

More Beijing at Night This was another one of those cases where I was not quite used to the 10-18mm lens. I normally walk RIGHT to the spot I want to be in then pop the 14-24 on my Nikon and fire away. But now, I’m always off by a few steps with the NEX-7! But, I quickly re-adjust then shoot. If you have shot with a wide angle lens, then you may know about this concept of picturing things from that vantage before you even do it! - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Above: I’ve gotten a lot better at taking night shots with the NEX-7. It really helps if you have a tripod and set it up with the 2-second timer so you don’t get the camera shake.

 

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Above: Here’s a photo of my kids I took with the kit lens.

 

Abandoned Ruins in Dalefield This is the turn-around-point for my jogging route! I run around this area between Queenstown and Arrowtown and end up at this place. Sometimes if I am feeling more full-of-energy (rare), I’ll go a bit longer, but usually not. This is a beautiful place to loop around and begin my return-journey.I don’t know much about this place, other than it is a bit hidden from the road. If you look for it off Speargrass Flats, then you can see it, but you’ll never notice it if you’re just driving down the road like a normal person. I’ve heard they have plays here and have had a few film crews show up. Either way, it’s cool!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Above: Here’s an old abandoned farmhouse. This was also shot with the 10-18mm.

 

Path through the Snow Just today, on the way home after the Winter Festival in downtown Queenstown, I saw this scene just off the road. I jumped out of the car and got in a good spot to take a photo. There is no tripod or anything… just a handheld shot with the Sony NEX-7. I processed it in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro. Actually, I also made a video of me processing it… the team is actually working on something cool on the backend too… a new way to bring you these videos!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Above: Even though it is not as hardy as the professional builds of the Nikon, it stands up to the cold really well. I’ve yet to have a problem in this rather bitter New Zealand winter!

 

San Francisco and the Sony NEX-7 Yes, yes. I’m working on this switch to the NEX-7 story in the background… it’s taking a while! I took this photo below of San Francisco just recently with the NEX-7, btw. Also, we were contacted by Sony after my first article came out a few weeks ago. Sony offered me free cameras and lenses – unlimited! That was nice of them, but I told them no. In fact, I just bought another one as a backup (an NEX-6)… paid full price and everything. So… yes… the article is on the way… just been busy lately!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Above: The China Experiment actually ended up starting before China, while I was still in San Francisco. Here’s an NEX shot of the city from above…

 

UPDATE: Dumping Nikon for Sony

I wrote a full story about switching from the Nikon to the Sony. You may find additional information there if this is an area of interest for you! :)

More Photos with the NEX-7

Here’s a gallery link over to Google+ that has a bunch more photos for you.

Sony NEX Review

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1769155625 Heo Khom

    Thanks for your review. I’m going to buy a camera and I’m confusing between the quality of Sony NEX- G3KB and Nikon D3100. Do you have any recommend? Thanks in advance! PS: I’m a girl so I prefer SONY because of its weight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jwkethan Joseph Kethan

    Wow, I never thought I would see you reviewing the mirror less cameras.  One question, how does it compare to Sony’s Alpha 77 with the translucent mirror?

  • Fly Moon

    I have a NEX 5N and I love everything about it except AE bracketing. I hope Sony listens to celebrity photographers like yourself :-)

    Thanks for the review. Very useful!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arnie-Winters/518097724 Arnie Winters

    I love my NEX7 too. The kit lens is great, and I am looking for a deal on a Carl Zeiss 24mm 1.8 e-mount Sony lens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arnie-Winters/518097724 Arnie Winters

    Go for the NEX7. It’s fabulous as Tre reports.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hawkins/100001057826575 Richard Hawkins

    I like the look of the camera. I’ll probably keep my D700 for another year or two. I love that camera but I wouldn’t mind hauling lighter and cheaper stuff around. 24 mpx too… nice. Regarding noise, your low light shots (tea cups) look pretty good to me.

  • JulieWillson

    I appreciate that you are willing to back up your post from a few weeks ago and purchase one of these cameras to try out. It looks like an amazing camera. Are there any lenses for this that will do a true 1×1 macro? It should create some incredibly sharp macro shots. BTW I downloaded the one with the arrow feathers to use as a background on my phone. I love the colors. 

  • shadow

    “If you are in a low-light situation, you will want to use a tripod. You won’t be able to get a good clean shot if it is dusk or night with the NEX-7 if you are trying to do it handheld.”

    Take a look at the ”Hand-Held Twilight ” mode. It’s supposed to allow for handheld shots in low light. I think it’s a compositing mode if I’m not mistaken.
    This video is very insightful.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co2Qa9y_1Ns

  • Elai

    Checkout the Samsung NX200 and it’s 30mm f/2.0 pancake.  I love the combo, so small and light, and the 30mm is a quality lens.  And it’s just under $1000 for the combo.  If you really want to save money, you can also get the NX100 and get the combo for under $500.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Not bad,I think its  pretty good for what its worth. Looks A OK for a run around camera and as you say the weight is hardly anything to worry about. Nice pics all of them. CRISP

  • http://twitter.com/SpikeHK SpikeHK

    I think one thing you’ve downplayed in your review and one of the things that I really love about the NEX-7 is the ease and flexibility of the controls, especially the two assignable wheels on the top.  I had the NEX-5 and stopped using it after just a few weeks because I found it too frustrating despite its ability to take great pictures.  The NEX-7 tops the NEX-5 in every conceivable way.  

    One thing I gotta say though is that Sony’s 50mm f1.8 lens beats the crap outta the 18-55mm kit lens.  Not just the faster aperture, it’s a much sharper lens at a really good price.  Word is that the Zeiss 24mm lens is the best out of the current bunch but it ain’t cheap.  Some of my 50mm test shots can be seen here:  http://spikesphotos.com/2012/04/12/sony-nex-7-with-sony-50mm-f1-8-lens/

  • Tom Barry

    I have been using the NEX 7 since the end of December, was one of the lucky few who purchased it early. I have used it a lot leaving my Canon equipment on the shelf.  A couple of comments: 
    1. I travel for business and take it along with me now, much easier to tote it around than a larger profile DSLR. Carrying it with me makes business trips much more enjoyable. I never did that with my bigger cameras. 
    2. I have the 18-200mm lens and keep it on the camera almost full time. I have the 16mm and the 18-55, use the 16mm but don’t use the 18-55 at all. Even with the larger size 18-200mm lens, the profile is small enough to work.  I stick the NEX 7 with the 18-200mm attached in my briefcase and it is amazingly simple for travel. 
    3. The 16mm has several clip on lens converters. I love the fish eye. For about $120, well worth the investment. Great fun in cities. 
    4. The low light option mentioned in a prior note is a great feature. I highly recommend it. Taking and combining 7 photos into one picture, adds detail and minimizes noise.
    5. The panos are great and very simple to produce. They work best with nothing moving.  
    5. All in all, it is a perfect walking around/travel/vacation camera. 
    6. Its major constraint is precisely what you mentioned: the lack of good lenses to get the full impact of the camera. When the line is filled out, it could easily replace a DSLR for most normal shots.

  • Gerg1967

    Thanks for this real use review of the camera. I’ve read some techy reviews of the camera, but not one from a photographer who has actually used one. I was also surprised at first that you put it in auto mode a lot. After thinking about it some, it made sense to me. When all you want to do is get the shot and not worry that it wasn’t exposed right, this is the way to go. Many situations would work just fine in auto because the camera can figure out the technical stuff for you while you take the creative side. As you learned there are times when you need to switch to a manual mode to get a shot that iA mode can’t figure out. What would be interesting is to add a vibration sensor to detect motion for low light shots. If the camera isn’t moving, then an iA would know to switch to a long exposure and low ISO for low light.

    Minor nit-pick on the review – there’s a grammar error in your decision tree section.

  • foosion

    Consider the micro four thirds cameras, such as the Panasonic GH2 or the new Olympus OM-D E-M5. 

    Approximately the same image quality as the NEX-7, smaller camera plus lens, much better lens availability, great controls.  The cameras are a bit bigger, but the lenses are smaller, which leads to a much smaller kit (if you have many lenses).  Panasonic has announced 12-35/2.8 and 35-100/2.8 (equivalent ot 24-70 and 7-200 in 35mm), which are among my favorite focal lengths.

  • http://profiles.google.com/unfranchise33 Chris Livingston

    Very Impressive.  Nice to see they can do so much with the smaller sensor!  I thought it also had some crazy night mode where it would fire off 6 shots rapid fire and select and save the one that was the least blurry.  That seems like a good idea.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYVSFOXQGG4COOFVJN4PMUY53I Jerry P

    Thanks for the review. I just received my NEX 7 last week and have been pleasantly surprised. My normal camera is the Sony A850 but I love how light the NEX 7 is and how quick everything works with it. I keep hoping Sony will upgrade the firmware to improve the bracketing, hey, we can hope. I have the kit (18-55) lens and I also purchased the Sony 50mm 1.8. That 50mm is very nice for $300.

  • treyratcliff

    Good point – I will play more with those wheels and add to the review!

  • treyratcliff

    Interesting – thanks I will try this shadow!

  • treyratcliff

    I’ve never used that a77, so I can’t say for sure

  • adambindslev

    You should try out the A77 – it is the same sensor but with a translucent mirror (the pelicle mirror that John C. Dvorak talked about on TWiT). And it does a better bracketing and has faster focus – it does 3 exposures up to -3 / 0 / +3

    Really worth a look for HDR shooters

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1553550198 Patrick Lu

    The sensor size for the Nex 7 is still APC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricardo-Lagos/100002117237294 Ricardo Lagos

    Trey – Talk to Ricardo Liberato on G+, he has one of these, and has tried just about every kind of lens on his through the use of adapters, i think he’s even planning on hooking up his Phase1 lenses to this camera.

    The interesting part comes from the fact that using adapters makes almost all lenses fully manual.

    We tried several lenses over the weekend on it with interesting results (Nikon 10-24mm DX), (Lensbaby composer for Nikon), etc.

  • http://twitter.com/evannuil Edwin van Nuil

    I also have the Sony α NEX-7 since december and totally love it. I sold my complete Canon DSLR set with L-glass and bought the NEX-7, the Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50mm ZF.2. Also have the translucent mirror adapter now with the Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM, great walk-around set.

    Here are a few of my favorite NEX-7 shots: http://nuil.eu/5f

  • http://twitter.com/Appdaptation Chris with an iPhone

    Thanks for posting this review. The images look great!

    I haven’t purchased the NEX camera yet but I did buy the E 50mm F1.8 because it is so hard to find and my local camera shop happen to have 1 in stock. I’m still debating between the NEX 5N and the NEX 7. I like that the separate EVF is adjustable on the NEX 5N and think it would shoot more comfortable. Even with the EVF the 5N is $350 cheaper than the 7 which affords me an additional lens. I’m not too worried about the mega pixels since either camera is a huge upgrade over my current camera which is my iPhone. :-)

  • http://danhawk.com/ Dan Hawk

    Thanks for the great review Trey!  I also love that you can use many older film lenses like the Olympus OM, Pen F and of course M mount Leica on the sony NEX bodies.  My current favorite is the Olypus Zuiko OM 50mm 1.8.  

  • Kenneth2890

    As a Sony Alpha photographer for going on 4 years now, I must say Sony is very impressive and has grown a lot in recent years. The NEX system is really innovative with the new technologies that has came about from it, with exceptional quality. I have the older a300 Alpha body and the newer a560 and being a 3 year diff in the bodies, Sony really improved the image processor in the newer body.
    I love how you really mentioned the pros and cons in an unbiased way being a Nikon buff! (= Being a Sony photographer for this long, but also using the Nikon systems… Low Light on a Sony compared to a Canon & Nikon is very far off. Sony isn’t fully there like the others, but then again, who’s going to be shooting in a cave?? Lol. I think Sony does a whole lot better now than it did 3+ years ago. I’d watch out for Sony in maybe the next couple of years… I think they may have something for Nikon and Canon then! (=

  • Ashley Walters

    Great review. I like it when people agree with me :)

    I bought a NEX5n 2 months ago, and my DSLR has not been out of it’s bag since. The mirrorless cameras have drawbacks (on the NEX-5n it’s the lack of a hotshoe) but the pluses far outweigh them so far. I can’t see using it for a studio camera ( not that it would not perform, it’s a “feel” thing) but for walking around it is perfect. I have no problem using it for landscapes, the only limitation in that sense is the lens selection which should be better soon. 

    It’s the way of the future, and I am OK with it. 

  • Matty Gilbert

    Trey, i have tried to resist but being an early adopter i thought what the hell. The NEX 7 is fantastic, kept all my Canon L-Glass and i can say i love using these lenses more than the Sony ones. The 24 1.8 Ziess is a killer and my bet is that the camera is almost snobbish in that is doesn’t like being treated as average. Let it have the great glass and she will respect you in spades. This is definitely the start of an evolution, even though the industry has been moving along through this phase for some time. Love ya work as always. 

  • lnicholls

    My son, Sam is crazy about HDR.  He is persuading me to buy the Sony.  He referred me to your site.  I currently use a Leica D-Lux4.  I have two problems with this camera.  One, there is only a 3X zoom, and secondly, there is no viewfinder, making composition, or reading the meter a problem in bright light.  What do you think of the zoom on the Sony?  and the viewfinder?
    Should I wait to buy until the next generation comes out?
    ps.  I like the way you write.

  • treyratcliff

    hehe thanks – well this camera is VERY good – but if you wait one year, it will be even better… but this is always the case.  !  The zoom in the Sony is pretty good – but you’ll need a bigger lens if you want to go further, which you rarely need to do with landscapes

  • lnicholls

    You are up Late!!!  I am in Holland, and it is 9am.  Thanks for the snappy reply. But you didn’t mention the viewfinder?

  • Fly Moon

    There is a viewfinder on NEX 7!! You’re not talking about NEX 5N, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Nicholls/703947811 Sam Nicholls

    juuuust to be clear, I am suggesting Mom buy the NEX-7 as her carry around, not necessarily to shoot HDR.   She currently uses the Leica D-Lux 4 and has the inevitable zoom and viewfinder woes..  one can wait and wait, but for whats on the market the NEX-7 looks like the ‘one’, though the Fuji X-pro looks great too.  My questions is, do you forsee the NEX-7 compatible glass being available for awhile, or will their lifetime be limited as they are riding a new crest of tech?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Nicholls/703947811 Sam Nicholls

    she was curious about how good the viewfinder is on the NEX-7, being electronic and all..  of course, its has an amazing viewfinder.

  • adambindslev

    I think it is the same viewfinder as the A77 … and it is really really good

  • http://www.graffitivisuals.com/ Bill Dodd

    love the review and great – great shots as always!

  • itaintrite

    The E-mount is here to stay IMO. Sony have invested too much for it to fail. It’s also being used on their high-end video cameras as well.

  • itaintrite

    APS-C.

  • itaintrite

    I think the statement applies to pretty much all APS-C cameras.

  • itaintrite

    You can find studio comparison shots over at DPReview. The mirrorless NEX-7 is about 1/2 a stop better than the A77.

  • NEXmanDan

    Hi Chris. I have had the NEX 5N for around 8 months now and just bought the EVF for it. The best advantage of this particular EVF is that it has an upward swivel function and is not fixed in place as with the NEX 7. The 5N is an amazing camera and I use it mainly for HDR imaging with Photomatix. cheers- Dan.

  • Keith Kesler

    I am basically a Nikon shooter, using a D3S and D3X. I also own an Olympus EP2 and have had mixed feelings and results with it. Obviously the weight and  capacity to use all of my old Nikon or Olympus film lenses (with adaptor ring) has been fun. Reading this review, the most persistent question has been- does this camera suffer the same shutter lag as the EP2? I find myself having to shoot only relatively slow objects, as there is a frustrating lag from click to capture! The other con regarding the EP2 is the relative “softness” of the image. I have basically relegated the EP2 to the “it’s fun for toting around when playing tourist and don’t want to carry the Nikon brick around and scare the BeJesus out of the natives” but then come home and find the images lacking the edge contrast that the Nikon’s provide. Appreciate your reviews, as always. Thanks for the response. (BTW: I live about 4 miles from you here in Ausitn and offer an open invite for a beer!)

  • LisaOsta

    Glad to see you stepped up to the plate on mirrorless cameras. (I knew you would get a D800 too). I shoot a  combination of camera’s up to full frame DSLRs. I like the Sony NEX-7 for a walk around camera too, I love how it locks focus quickly. I think the 50  and 24 lenses are excellent but I also like the 18-200 as it is quite sharp and has a tremendous range while being so light. Also you should look at the new Fuji X-Pro1 it has excellent image quality, however the focus system is quite wonky and the lens selection even more limited than the Sony E mount line up at this time.

  • http://mike.heller.ca/ Mike

    Trey, I knew you couldn’t resist the 36mp of the D800 :)  I’m sure you won’t be able to resist the 54mp of the D4X either ;)  (if it actually becomes reality).

    Thanks for the review, one question.  I photography dogs on a regular basis and one of the reasons I love a DSLR is the near zero shutter delay.  There is only a split second to get the right shot, dogs won’t sit still for you and pose the way you want them to.  Frame rates also matter, especially when a dog is running or catching a Frisbee.  Since you were shooting your kids, I’m sure you ran into some of the same things I did, I suspect they don’t always sit still for you :)  You mention that the NEX-7 is good for action, but can you comment on the shutter lag and frame rates?  Are they good enough to capture the moment?

    Thanks,
    Mike

  • RonaHe

    Thanks for the great review! Yours gave me more useful information than all of the other reviews I’ve read put together. You avoid technical details that for the most part mean nothing to me as they apply to real-life. I really got a feel for what it is like to shoot with this camera in a real-world situation. Those of us who are not professional photographers (like me) take most of our photos while “doing life” and this is just what I need to help me decide which camera will best meet my needs. Re: your comments about shooting mode- I think it’s perfectly ok to shoot on auto or aperture priority (my favorite), but it is important to know HOW to shoot in manual, or at least know what those different settings DO, so that we know WHEN and WHY to shoot in manual. You clearly know that, but I know people who have DSLRs who shoot in manual and wonder why they can’t get decent photos in “trickier” situations.

  • Dave Larson

    Thanks Trey for a great review for the NEX-7.  I chose to get this camera (for the time being) over the Nikon D800.  I got mine on Wednesday this week (now Sunday).  And have shot about 400 photo’s.  This camera is so light and easy to use and takes amazing photo’s.  The feature I like the most is Direct Manual Focus.  The ability after auto-focus to zoom in and do manual focus on your object, has resulted in fantastically sharp photo’s.  I alway try and focus on the eye’s of my subject and the autofocus, sometimes focus’s on the nose or something else all together. Usually through an optical viewfinder, you can’t always tell how sharp or in focus the eye’s are.   At a short field of focus, I’ve had many photo’s that didn’t have the sharpest point being the Eye’s and had to do some photoshop magic to bring back sharpness.  With the NEX-7, this minute (zoomed) focus, give me the ability to get Amazing Sharpness, that my Nikon D-90 doesn’t seem to be capable of.

    the one thing I’m missing, that you pointed out in your review is Good Bracketing for HDR.  Doing manual EV adjustments just seems so labor intensive on the NEX-7.  (okay, it only take about 10 seconds to do 5 Brackets shots, manually).  But still, I would have preferred better Bracketing capability on this camera.  (this is my only pet peeve).  

    I’ve already got 3 lenses for the camera (Kit Lens 18-55mm, 55-210mm, and 50mm f/1.8).  I opted not to get the 18-210mm lens.  I’m very pleased with the lenses I have so far.  I will probably get the either a 16mm or the 24mm lens later this year, or wait to see what sony announces next.  

    I have tried the Anti-Blur mode on the camera, and I’m very impressed at how it takes the 6 images and merge’s them together to a single photo at amazingly sharp detail in low light, with very little noise.  

    Trey thanks so much for a great and honest review.  This is my new walking around and vacation camera.  I’m going to do a photo shoot with it next and take about 50% of my photos with it. 

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks everyone. 

    I am adding new photos soon…  I am still really enjoying the camera! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1646012720 Dennis Clark

    Dave Larson, below, wrote my comment!  I also have the D90 and I also have the 3 lenses for my NEX-7 like him.  I’ve had the camera for about 1 week with 350 shots and love it.  I set the AF/MF button to toggle so after autofocus I toggle to manual to tweak it further, I love the peaking feature to aid in the focus but don’t care for the enlargement that occurs, back to the manual to turn that feature off!  I’m amazed how much I can crop and still get a sharp image.  Its a great camera.

  • Dave Larson

    The enlargement feature can be tricky sometime.  I’ve found, that as long as I don’t reframe my shot, that I can just finish depressing the shutter and get a perfectly sharp photo of what I was manually focusing on.  I was out taking some photos today at the lake of some kite surfers and using my 55-210mm lens and I was able to use center focus manual focus on the surfer as he was going by and take the photo immediately.  Then used 10 consecutive shots and got some great action (all in focus) and got to choose the best shot.  

    Here are a few images I took today with the NEX-7.  http://goo.gl/jtqmJ

  • soujanna

    I am sure some of you would have tried out the video shooting option?  I see Trey himself has tried out; not sure how much.

    Is the camera able to do auto-focus during video without the translucent mirror adapter (that’s separately purchasable for ~$400)

  • Jesse Warren

    Nice review. The  If there was a mirrorless full frame, I would go for it!  Until then…

  • Arthur Brownlee IV

    Trey, I’ve been following you for some time (you got me started in HDR) and picked up a NEX-7 to compliment my Canon 50D last week. Man, I’m glad I let your review talk me into this little camera. Hope you’re having a safe flight! 

  • Victor Soledad

    Hi Trey ! Thanks for your post and videos, now I’m a happy owner of a NEX 7 ! Nice camera.! 

  • David Orriss Jr

    What adam said.  If you like the NEX-7 (and who wouldn’t) I think you’d like the A77 too.  Here are some examples of what I’ve done with the A77… not that I’m as good as you… but I think they are pretty good.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115825501776109300791/RecentWork

  • Keith Lancaster

    Thanks for the review and pics, Trey. I wish this camera had better bracketing. What a great camera!

  • Dave Larson

    This week I wrote my own blog entry (review) on my experience these past 5 weeks of using the NEX-7 and my impressions.  Please check it out!

    http://davelarsonphotography.com/2012/05/sony-nex-7-review/#more-912

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-Mitchell/1812052027 Brad Mitchell

    Trey,

    You mention a “new Leica f/1.2″ lens for the Sony NEX-7 in your recent “What’s in Trey’s Bag” video.  Which focal length is that?

    I’m looking for a wide-angle manual focus lens for NEX-7 with good old printed depth-of-field markings on it.  I’m becoming less interested in fiddling around trying to get auto-focus to work and trying to ensure a certain range is in focus.  I also like the idea of manual aperture ring that doesn’t require me to look through the viewfinder since I shoot aperture priority most of the time anyway.

    Thanks,
    Brad Mitchell

  • Marius Bulla

    Hello Brad

    Trey is using a Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f 1.2 M-mount lens on his NEX-7. I think you should look for another lens if you want a real wide angle lens, because the Voigtländer will have an effective focal length of  50mm on your APS-C NEX-7, due to the fact that this lens is made for the FX sensor found in the Leica M-system.

    Best regards
    Marius

  • http://davelarsonstudio.com/ Dave Larson

    I am still loving the NEX-7 after the review I did a few weeks ago. http://goo.gl/FBEWY

    I got a chance to take my NEX-7 to Boston and a behind the scene’s tour at Fenway and take some photo’s in the evening using a higher ISO. Everything was handheld, since I didn’t have my tripod with me. See these NEX-7 Photo’s at http://goo.gl/WiZLP

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.sperrazza Dave Sperrazza

    Omg!! your are an amazing Photographer……….I can see the NEX -7 coming into future play…..geez and I just bought my first DSLR. Coming out of my Nikon 8008 & N90 film world. How can anybody keep up with this Financially?? I’ll stick with my D40x 10mp seems to be more than enough.

  • Diana Thornton

    I am planning an Alaska cruise, so of course I need to get a better camera than my Iphone 4S (which takes amazing pics anyway). I am leaning towards the NEX-7, even though it’s more than I wanted to pay.
    There is a good deal for the NEX-7 with both the 18-55 and 55-210 lens, BUT….
    Question: Should I splurge instead for the 18-200 so I can keep one lens on it at all times so I can quickly go from taking expansive pics of the mountains (looking forward to the panarama feature) to zooming into a bear up on that mountain before it disappears without having to change lenses.

    Any thoughts on whether I’ll miss the 18 if I go with the 55-210 and use that most of the time? (I’ll still have the 18 with the separate lens but I hate changing lenses.) The reviews of the 18-200 seem to say it’s good, but more expensive than it should be.
    One more question – the cruise is not until May of 2013. Should I wait until next spring to get the camera in case a new version comes out? I would like better bracketing and a touch screen, but I want plenty of time to use it ahead of time.

  • Kristi Knupp

    Thanks for this review. I recently went to Europe for the first time with my 5D Mark II and 24-70 lens and noticed that more often than not I didn’t have a desire to take it out while walking around, I was more prone to using my iphone because it was quick. When I got home I started doing research on Micro 4/3 cameras and what Leica has to offer as well. Being that I can’t quite afford a Leica Body and Lens I became interested in the Sony Nex 7 with Leica Glass. My question is if I had a 35mm Leica lens would it stay 35mm on the Sony?

    Thanks!
    Kristi

  • http://www.facebook.com/cameron.balch Cameron Balch

    Hi Trey,

    I was just curious what your thoughts are on the NEX 6 and whether it would be worth purchasing the 7 over it. I am in the market for a new camera and am very interested in the two, but the 6 doesnt come out for another two months :(

    Any thoughts around why I would spend the extra 250 on the 7 over waiting for the 6?

    Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/miacol Miacol Garcia

    Trey was thinking of saving for a d600, but now because of you might wait for a full frame mirrorless camera, maybe a NEX-9….

  • http://twitter.com/DigiCamJerry Jerry Nelson

    I sold all my Canon gear and got the Sony NEX 5n and Sony NEX 7…love em. I use the kit lens,Sony 16mm, Sony 50mm, and Sony 55-210mm lenses. You can see pics here (pics are labeled Sony NEX 7 etc. and are from mid to end of galleries): http://digicamman.smugmug.com/

  • Pingali Sivasehubabu

    JUST Fantastic. I really appreciate SONY NEX 7.

  • Ben734

    Hi Spike, is that this lens; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-50mm-F1-8-E-Mount-Lens/dp/B005JZ7ZEU

    Looking to buy one and just wanted to check.

    Thanks

  • Sam

    Sony NEX cameras have a x1.5 crop factor, so a 35mm lens becomes a 52.5mm focal length. If you’ve got the $$$ for leica glass, then enjoy!… but for anybody that hasn’t..I use a Voigtlander f1.7 35mm on my NEX-5 and I love it. Pin sharp.

  • jeffrey asmus

    I was about to post my month old NEX 7 on Ebay, but now that I read this and watched your podcast I am going to give it another chance. I have been disappointed with the amount of grain/noise in my photos. This is mostly visible in low light indoor shots. I also hate the on-board flash. It is way too bright for my tastes. I have gotten used to my Sony a850 and thought the NEX7 would be a better camera for casual shooting because of its size. I’m using the kit 16-80 lens with the NEX7 and I would like to get the adapter to let me use my a-mount lenses (I have a ton of Sony/Zeiss and Minolta lenses that I love with my 850). I’m just not sure I want to invest any more in the NEX7 at this point. Perhaps another go around will change my mind. I’ll update soon. Anyway, thanks for a very informative and fun podcast!

  • Marc Schwartz

    Trey, now that the NEX-6 is out with some additional features, have you had a chance to look at it and offer any opinions relative to comparisons between the 6 and 7? Obviously, there is a difference in MPs, but beyond that, any other considerations that would steer a prospective buyer in one direction or the other? I am looking at buying the 6 in the next month or two and am considering going with the 16-50 and the 55-210. Thanks!

  • Scott

    I took a slight loss and dumped Canon–after 20+ faithful years as I was tired of being $-jacked for ancient DSLR technology from the film-phase! Not to mention shutter, auto-focusing issues–even noise! The Sony line of both the DSL-TM (transulent mirror) and the NEX cameras are the way to go! I can’t believe the quality for the price! As you say, the A+ feature works flawlessly! I don’t have issues with low-light noise though, like you and “SOME” others are saying–even DP Review claims this but they weren’t shooting for low-light noise in “real-world” situations though. ISO speed is another term from the bygone film era: Of COURSE YOU WILL EXPERIENCE NOISE AT HIGH ISO RATINGS; CONSIDER WHERE THE “ISO” TERM ORIGINALLY DERIVED FROM. WE’RE IN THE DIGITAL AGE NOW. BTW: Sony as you say more or less, has the best quality, feature-filled cameras for the absolute best prices, indeed! They work so well and lenses are available everywhere it seems. I even picked up the A77 to test it and everything that the E line has it does well and the OLED viewfinder is top-notch plus, all quality Minolta A-lenses fit! An update corrected many slight issues so remember, update and you’ll be golden!

  • Alex Lee

    actually there is. It’s called the leica m and it has 24 mp.

  • andy weiss

    i just bought your lightroom presets, its so awosome thx.
    i cannot get a hold of sony nex-7 in my country, is the sony nex-5d also a good option? thx

  • andy sasmita

    i just bought your lightroom presets, it awesome, thx.

    i have a question, i cannot get a hold of nex-7 in my country, but they do have the nex-5n a good choice? thx

  • http://www.facebook.com/bora.dundar Bora Dündar

    Hi, the article is awsome. I need help i have nex7 but i ll buy a new lens. i am looking to “Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 24mm f/1.8″. i ll want to use it for casual photos and landscape photography. you recomend “Sony 10-18 F/4″ for landscape but f4 will be fail in night shot. isn’t it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nero.zhang.9 Nero Zhang

    Hi Trey.

    I am a newbie and decide to choose Nex 7 to be my first camera.

    I am thinking about buying a Tamron 18200 lens, coz it’s cheap and its versatility.

    If I may, hear some advice from you?

    Best Regards
    Nero

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002135236040 Luis Gomez

    You have a great family and a fantastic taste for HDR’s and photography in general. Thanks for all the knowledge I get from you and your site.

  • Mac

    I like some of the technology in these 3rd gen cameras, but as a wildlife photographer, I require big focal length lenses and good low light functionality. These 3rd gen cameras and their lenses aren’t there yet, and maybe never will be.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Never say “never” when it comes to technology. Moore’s Law creates a constant balance between things getting smaller and getting more powerful. At first, both the size decreases and power increases are very small, because they’re balancing each other out.

  • George G

    I own the NEX 5N and it is a great camera. The problem is that it has no viewfinder except an additional cost “add on” and in sunlight, even with the “Sunny Weather” setting, the LCD is very hard to see.

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