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








Camera type



Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash



Lens compatibility



Sony E-mount lenses



Image sensor






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






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)




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

S: 3008 x 2000 (6M)



Image size (pixels)




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






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)






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







“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






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






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)






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)






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)









1.3 cm (0.5 type) Electronic viewfinder



Number of dots



2359296 dots









Brightness control



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



Field coverage



Approx. 100%






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






LCD Monitor






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






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



Real-time image-adjustment display






Focus check



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



Face detection






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









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)






Not supported (image stabilization supported on lens)










Built-in flash



Guide No.



6 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)



Flash coverage



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






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 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









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








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






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.










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






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






Compatible standards



Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting



Custom function



Custom key settings













One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50



Still images



Viewfinder :Approx. 350 images

LCD Monitor :Approx. 430 images

(CIPA standard)






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



External power



AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (optional)






With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included



Approx. 350 g
Approx. 12.3 oz



Body only



Approx. 291 g
Approx. 10.3 oz






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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