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Sony Alpha NEX-7

Sony Alpha NEX-7

Ok, here’s something a little different. Very different, actually – although the Sony Alpha NEX-7 isn’t technically a DSLR, it’s such a powerful camera it had to be included in our Sony digital SLR guide. The NEX-7 uses the same 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and 2.3-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder as the new SLT-A65 and SLT-A77 transparent mirror DSLRs but in a smaller, rangefinder-style body with no mirror. Plus, with the addition of the optional LA-EA2 Mount Adaptor, which houses the transparent mirror and phase detect auto focus array from the SLT cameras, the NEX-7 is effectively converted into a digital SLR. So with the NEX-7 (and the LA-EA2 Mount Adaptor) you can have the easy-to-carry convenience of a compact system camera and the performance of a digital SLR.

Sony Alpha NEX-7 Intro >>

  • Price: $1349 with lens
  • 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 full HD AVCHD video (24p, 60i, 60p)
  • ISO 100 – 16,000
  • 2.3-million-dot OLED EVF
  • 3-inch 921k-dot tilting LCD display
  • 10 FPS burst (Speed Priority mode)
  • Built-in pop-up flash
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  • Greg McCary says:

    Nice guide John

  • Photo-John says:

    Thanks, Greg. It got kind of out of hand. I didn’t intend the inro to be so long but I thought the Sony system needed more introduction than Nikon and Canon, since Sony is a relative newcomer to the camera business and some of their technology is probably mysterious to the average camera shopper.

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