Sony NEX-7 24MP compact camera goes over the top in the megapixel war [pics and full specs]

Sony NEX-7 interchangeable lens camera offers 24MP resolution

Taking the megapixel war to a whole new level is Sony’s lush new NEX-7 compact which comes with an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor offering an outrageous 24.3 effective megapixels .

Sony NEX-7 interchangeable lens camera offers 24MP resolution

Quite why anyone would need such a preposterously high pixel count is beyond us, but the camera certainly packs in the high-end features, claiming to have the “world’s fastest” release time lag at 0.02 sec, backed by super-swift autofocus.

Sony also claim that the NEX-7 is also the world’s first compact camera to feature a super-sharp XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, which serves up an astonishing 3 million dot resolution.

Sony NEX-7 interchangeable lens camera offers 24MP resolution

The camera’s high end aspirations are further reflected by its tough magnesium alloy body and ability to record full HD Movies while rattling off stills at up to 10fps of continuous shooting.

The camera looks lovely, to be honest.

Sony NEX-7 interchangeable lens camera offers 24MP resolution

Here’s the stand out features:

  • 24.3 effective megapixels Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • Quick, responsive autofocus and world’s fastest (0.02 sec) release time lag
  • Quick, versatile new TRINAVI control
  • High-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ and built-in flash
  • Full HD Movie with 50p/25p, manual focus, full P/A/S/M exposure control and improved audio
  • 10fps continuous shooting (Speed priority mode)

Articulated screen

The NEX-7 comes with a nifty hinged 3″ touchscreen LCD screen employing the Tri-Navi touch interface, supplemented by a salvo of physical controls.

The Sony NEX-7 will be available from November for about £1000/$1200, with a kit version bundling in a Sony E 18-55mm zoom lens costing £1100/$1350.

Sony NEX-7 interchangeable lens camera offers 24MP resolution

Full spec sheet:

Key technical specifications

 

 

 

 

General

 

 

Camera type

 

 

Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash

 

 

Lens compatibility

 

 

Sony E-mount lenses

 

 

Image sensor

 

 

Type

 

 

APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm), “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor with primary color filters

 

 

Number of pixels

 

 

Approx. 24.3 megapixels (effective),
Approx. 24.7 megapixels (total)

 

 

Image sensor aspect ratio

 

 

3:2

 

 

Anti-dust system

 

 

Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism

 

 

Recording system (still image)

 

 

Recording format

 

 

JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)

 

 

Image size (pixels)

3:2

 

 

L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 4240×2832 (12M),

S: 3008 x 2000 (6M)

 

 

Image size (pixels)

16:9

 

 

L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 4240 x 2400 (10M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)

 

 

Image size (pixels) Sweep Panorama

 

 

Wide: horizontal 12416 x 1856 (23M), vertical 5536 x 2160 (12M), standard: horizontal 8192 x 1856 (15M), vertical 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)

 

 

Image size (pixels)

3D Sweep Panorama

 

 

Wide: 7152 x 1080 (7.7M), Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3M), 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1M)

 

 

Image quality modes

 

 

RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine , JPEG Standard

 

 

Picture Effect

 

 

11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature

 

 

Creative Style

 

 

Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, B/W, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3 steps))

 

 

Dynamic range functions

 

 

Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0EV step)

 

 

Color space

 

 

sRGB, Adobe RGB

 

 

Recording system (movie)

 

 

Recording format

 

 

AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive) / MP4

 

 

Video compression

 

 

MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)

 

 

Audio recording format

 

 

Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC

 

 

NTSC

 

 

AVCHD Ver. 2.0, average bit rate

 

 

1920 x 1080

60p: 28Mbps (PS),

60i: 24Mbps (FX), 17Mbps (FH)

24p: 24Mbps (FX), 17Mbps (FH)

 

 

MP4 , average bit rate

 

 

1440 x 1080 (12Mbps),

VGA (3Mbps)

 

 

PAL

 

 

AVCHD Ver. 2.0, average bit rate

 

 

1920 x 1080

50p: 28Mbps (PS),

50i: 24Mbps (FX), 17Mbps (FH)

25p: 24Mbps (FX), 17Mbps (FH)

 

 

MP4 , average bit rate

 

 

1440 x 1080 12Mbps

VGA 3Mbps

 

 

Media

 

 

 

“Memory Stick PRO Duo” , “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card

 

 

Noise reduction

 

 

Long exposure NR: On/Off selectable, available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.

High ISO NR: High/Normal/Low selectable

 

 

White balance

 

 

Modes

 

 

Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem<2500 to 9900K>, C.Filter<G7 to M7/A7 to B7>, Custom

 

 

WB fine adjustment

 

 

G7 to M7, 15-step / A7 to B7, 15-step

 

 

Focus system

 

 

Type

 

 

Contrast-detection AF

 

 

Focus point

 

 

25 points

 

 

Sensitivity range

 

 

EV0 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)

 

 

Focus mode

 

 

Autofocus, DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus

 

 

AF mode

 

 

AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF

 

 

Focus area

 

 

Multi Point (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot selectable

 

 

Other features

 

 

Tracking focus , Predictive control, Eye-Start AF (with LA-EA2), Focus lock

 

 

AF illuminator

 

 

Built-in LED, Range: Approx. 0.5m – Approx. 3.0m (E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS)

 

 

Exposure control

 

 

Metering type

 

 

1200-zone evaluative metering

 

 

Metering sensor

 

 

“Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor

 

 

Metering sensitivity

 

 

EV0 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)

 

 

Modes

 

 

Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot

 

 

Exposure modes

 

 

iAUTO, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur, Scene Selection

 

 

Scene selection

 

 

Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night view, Hand-held Twilight

 

 

Exposure compensation

 

 

+/- 5EV (in 0.3EV steps)

 

 

Bracketing

 

 

3 continuous exposures in 0.3 or 0.7 EV steps

 

 

AE lock

 

 

AE is locked when focus is locked in multi-segment metering mode. AE lock button

 

 

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

 

 

ISO100-16000、AUTO (ISO100-1600)

 

 

Viewfinder

 

 

Type

 

 

1.3 cm (0.5 type) Electronic viewfinder

 

 

Number of dots

 

 

2359296 dots

 

 

XGA OLED

 

 

Yes

 

 

Brightness control

 

 

Auto, Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)

 

 

Field coverage

 

 

Approx. 100%

 

 

Magnification

 

 

Approx. 1.09x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1

 

 

Diopter adjustment

 

 

-4m-1 - +1.0m-1 (diopter)

 

 

Eye point

 

 

Approximately 23mm from the eyepiece, 21mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1

 

 

Display Contents

 

 

Disp. Basic Info, Level, Histogram

 

 

Real-time image-adjustment

 

 

ON/OFF

 

 

LCD Monitor

 

 

Type

 

 

7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT (Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack technology)

 

 

Number of dots (total)

 

 

921,600 dots

 

 

Brightness control

 

 

Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)

Sunny Weather mode

 

 

Field coverage

 

 

Approx. 100%

 

 

Adjustable angle

 

 

Up by approx. 90 degrees, Down by approx. 45 degrees

 

 

Display

 

 

Graphic Display, Display All Info, Big Font Size Disp, No Disp. Info, Live View Priority, Level, Histogram, For viewfinder

 

 

Real-time image-adjustment display

 

 

ON/OFF

 

 

Focus check

 

 

MF assist (5.9x, 11.7x), Peaking (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)

 

 

Face detection

 

 

Modes

 

 

On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off

Face registration, Face selection; Max. number of detectable faces 8

 

 

Other features

 

 

Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps), Shooting Tips, Help guide

 

 

Digital zoom

 

 

Precision digital zoom, 1.1x-10x

 

 

Shutter

 

 

Type

 

 

Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

 

 

Shutter speed

 

 

1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb

 

 

Flash sync. speed

 

 

1/160 sec.

 

 

Electronic front shutter curtain

 

 

Yes (ON/OFF)

 

 

SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilization)

 

 

Type

 

 

Not supported (image stabilization supported on lens)

 

 

Flash

 

 

 

Type

 

 

Built-in flash

 

 

Guide No.

 

 

6 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)

 

 

Flash coverage

 

 

18mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)

 

 

Control

 

 

Pre-flash TTL

 

 

Flash compensation

 

 

+/- 3EV in 0.3 EV steps

 

 

Flash modes

 

 

Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.

 

 

Recycling time

 

 

Approx. 4 sec

 

 

External flash

 

 

Compatible with Auto-lock Accessory shoe

 

 

Wireless control

 

 

Supported on External flash

 

 

Drive

 

 

 

Drive modes

 

 

Single-shot, Continuous shooting, Speed priority continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing, Remote Cdr (with separately sold remote commander RMT-DSLR1)

 

 

Speed (max., approx.)

 

 

10fps in Speed priority continuous shooting,3fps in standard continuous shooting

*Varies depending on shooting conditions and memory cards

 

 

No. of frame recordable (approx.)

 

 

Fine: 10 frames, Standard: 10 frames, RAW: 6 frames, RAW & JPG: 4 frames

*Varies depending on shooting conditions and memory cards

 

 

Playback

 

 

 

 

 

Single (with or without shooting information RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), 6/12-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 11.8x, M: 8.8x, S: 6x, Enlarged display mode (L: 16.7x, M: 11.8x, S: 8.3x, Panorama (Standard): 25.6x, Panorama (Wide): 38.8x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off) ,Image orientation (On/Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still), Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect

 

 

Interface

 

 

 

 

PC interface

 

 

Hi-speed USB (USB2.0): Mass-storage, MTP

 

 

HD output

 

 

HDMI mini connector (Type-C) , BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD

 

 

Auto-lock Accessory shoe

 

 

Yes

 

 

Compatible OS (USB connection)

 

 

Windows XP* SP3, Windows Vista** SP2 , Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6)

*64-bit edition and starter edition not supported.

**Starter edition not supported.

 

 

Audio

 

 

 

Microphone

 

 

Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-SST1 (optional)

 

 

Speaker

 

 

Built-in, monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7

 

 

Print

 

 

Compatible standards

 

 

Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

 

 

Custom function

 

 

Custom key settings

 

 

Available

 

 

Power

 

 

 

Battery

 

 

One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50

 

 

Still images

 

 

Viewfinder :Approx. 350 images

LCD Monitor :Approx. 430 images

(CIPA standard)

 

 

Movies

 

 

Approx. 29 min., MP4 format movie for up to Approx. 2 GB.

 

 

External power

 

 

AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (optional)

 

 

Weight

 

 

With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included

 

 

Approx. 350 g
Approx. 12.3 oz

 

 

Body only

 

 

Approx. 291 g
Approx. 10.3 oz

 

 

Dimensions

 

 

mm (W x H x D) excluding protrusions

 

 

Approx. 119.9mm x 69.9mm x 42.6mm
Approx. 4 3/4 ×2 3/4 ×1 11/16 in.

 

 

Minimum thickness mm

 

 

Approx. 25.3mm / Approx. 1 in.
(without grip and mount)

 

 

Operating Temperature

 

 

Operating temperature

 

 

32 – 104 degrees F / 0 – 40 degrees C

Sony NEX-7 interchangeable lens camera offers 24MP resolution

Sony Press Release

Sony introduces the NEX-7: all-in-one compact interchangeable lens camera with 24.3 megapixel resolution

Supreme imaging plus pro performance and handling coupled with creative options

24.3 effective megapixels Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Quick, responsive autofocus and world’s fastest (0.02 sec) release time lag
Quick, versatile new TRINAVI control
High-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ and built-in flash
Full HD Movie with 50p/25p, manual focus, full P/A/S/M exposure control and improved audio
10fps continuous shooting (Speed priority mode)

Sony takes pro-quality imaging and creative options to new extremes with the easy to use α NEX-7. Styled in magnesium alloy for strength and premium looks, the NEX-7 weighs a travel-friendly approx. 291g (camera body only).

The NEX-7 features a newly-developed Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with 24.3 effective megapixel resolution that’s teamed with the latest revision of Sony’s BIONZ image processing engine.

This unique combination of sensor and processor assures ultra-rapid shooting responses, plus flawless image quality with ultra-low noise when shooting still images or Full HD video. Extending from ISO 100-16000, the ultra-high sensitivity range makes it easy to capture clean, low-noise images in dimly lit interiors or at dusk.

Responses are accelerated further by a shutter release lag of just 0.02 seconds – the fastest of any interchangeable lens digital camera in the world. Quick, precise AF is enhanced by new Object Tracking that keeps accurate focus lock on a selected target, even when it’s moving in the frame.

The NEX-7 offers quick, easy control over creative settings via an intuitive new TRINAVI control. Two control dials on the top of the camera are complemented by a control wheel. Pushing the navigation button cycles quickly through various shooting modes, allowing enthusiasts to make custom adjustments and control images with the flexibility of a DSLR camera.

The NEX-7 is also the world’s first compact camera that features an XGA OLED TruFinder™ for precision framing and focusing. This precision electronic viewfinder gives a bright, detail-packed, high contrast view of still images and video, with approximately 100% frame coverage and a wide field of view to rival pro-grade optical viewfinders. On-screen grid lines and a level gauge can be displayed to assist with accurate framing.

The XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ is complemented by a 7.5 cm (3.0”) Xtra Fine LCD that can be angled up to 90° up or 45º down for easy viewing in any shooting position. TruBlack technology assures superb detail and contrast with dramatically reduces on-screen reflections.

At the touch of a button, the NEX-7 shoots smooth AVCHD Full HD movies with high-quality stereo sound. Support for the new AVCHD Progressive (Ver. 2.0)* format also allows users to select 50p or 25p frame rates for beautifully smooth, detailed video footage. As with stills shooting, Object Tracking allows a target object to be selected for accurate tracking AF, even when the subject is moving.

Manual focus is now possible during video shooting. Enthusiasts can also enjoy full control over creating the perfect video image with Programme, Aperture/Shutter Priority and all-Manual modes (PASM). Stereo audio quality is improved, with revised circuitry that lowers noise levels, especially when shooting quiet scenes.

In speed priority mode, the NEX-7 captures fast-moving action at up to 10fps – the world’s fastest burst shooting speed of any mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

First introduced on the NEX-C3, Picture Effect simplifies the production of sophisticated artistic effects ‘in camera’, with no PC or post-processing needed. There are now 11 modes and 15 effects, including new HDR Painting, Soft Focus, Miniature and Rich-Tone Mono. A generous palette of other artistic imaging functions includes 3D Sweep Panorama, Soft Skin, Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur Modes.

The NEX-7 introduces an Auto-lock Accessory Shoe, a first for E-mount cameras. Widening opportunities for advanced shooting applications, the shoe supports accessories including HVL-F58AM, F43AM and F20AM Flash, the HVL-MT24AM Macro Twin Flash Kit and CLM-V55 Clip-on LCD Monitor.

Lenses and accessories
The world’s first mount adaptor with built-in Translucent Mirror Technology™, the optional Mount Adaptor LA-EA2 allows phase-detection AF with almost all of the A-mount lenses for both still image and video shooting.

The LCS-ELC7 Soft Carrying Case combines a closely-fitting body case and lens jacket in genuine leather to protect camera body and lens from scratches and dust, is released exclusively for NEX-7. It’s complemented by the STP-XH70 shoulder strap in the same material.

The α NEX-7 ultra-compact interchangeable lens digital camera by Sony is available from November 2011.

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