Sony NEX-7 camera review

The new top camera from Sony of the NEX line. A host of technologies, Japanese design and various custom frills in one case. Excellent photo and video quality, compact size and so on. You can continue for a long time, but I’ll say right away that for a cost of more than 40 thousand rubles, there will be practically no people who want to buy it. Therefore, I have absolutely no desire to write a review focused on the technical component. Why? Because the camera, first of all, will be purchased by fans of the brand and people who do not count money. Both those and others are unlikely to listen to someone's opinion, and therefore buy a camera in any case. Everyone will discuss, yes, but only a few will buy. In addition, comparing photos with NEX-5 and NEX-7 will only show that the difference is minimal. For a serious comparison, you will need to use optics of a different class, the complete one will not work. Looking ahead, I will say that I am not ready to recommend the device for the purchase amount indicated above. Yandex will tell you what you can take for this money - there are a million options.

Further along, you will notice epithets of superlatives, but the main thing is to keep in mind the cost of the camera.

And yet, often in the text I will refer to the material “Review of the Sony NEX-3 camera”, since many points are the same or similar in many ways.

It's amazing how easily Sony has taken over the non-DSLR market. More precisely, this is how it looks from the perspective of the consumer. However, Sony is the technical leader in this area and does not want to give this title to anyone. The cameras of the previous generation - NEX-5 and NEX-3 - were the best, and in terms of price / quality ratio they are still among the best. Recently, Nikon has also entered this market with the One system, but the technical characteristics of the cameras, as well as the quality of the photo, do not make much impression. In fact, the only competitor of the Samsung NX200 is quite good and, at the appropriate price, can compete with the "five", but it is very far from the NEX-7.

Let's try to compare the old and new NEX.

Appearance, dimensions, materials

It would seem that this is the market for consumer cameras. There is an excellent entry into this market, there is data on buyers, and everyone understands perfectly well who these cameras are being sold to. The consumer appreciates NEX not only for image quality and the Sony brand, but also for ease of operation. There were few keys in the "five", which attracted the consumer. The camera did not seem more complicated than a digital camera, but it was an order of magnitude more functional. But the company decided to follow the path of complicating the execution of the product - several controls were added, and NEX 7 no longer looks simple. On the contrary, there is a movement towards DSLRs - the convenience of shooting in manual mode has grown significantly, but is this what a potential buyer needs?

On the front side, in addition to a right-hand grip and a lens connector, you can see an autofocus LED, an infrared port for remote camera control, and holes for microphones.

On the back is the same as in the "five", a three-inch widescreen display, and to the right of it - the usual block of keys. But in the upper left corner appeared an electronic viewfinder with a diopter adjustment wheel. The decision, in my opinion, is strange, since the "wide" range of potential buyers does not really need it, and people who are engaged in photography at the amateur or professional level simply will not appreciate it.

Above the display are buttons for flash activation and playback mode. In the upper right corner are two multi-function dials, as well as a focus mode selection button.

The top side houses the hot shoe connector, flash, shutter button, power lever, and another multi-function key. At the bottom, there is a traditional tripod connector, as well as a battery and memory card compartment.

The camera has not changed much in size, but it has become much more weighing. However, "in the hand" it is practically not felt due to better ergonomics.

The body of the camera is almost entirely metal, as are the lenses. The right side of the camera, including the grip and the back side, is covered with a rubber pad. There were no complaints about the assembly - the case is monolithic, no squeaks and backlashes were found, and therefore you can put a solid five.

Comparison with Olympus Pen E-PL3:

Display

In general, there are no differences from what we can see in the NEX-3/5. Exactly the same three-inch high-resolution widescreen display (921 thousand dots). There is a light sensor that controls the brightness of the screen backlight. The protective glass does not differ in quality, and scratches will remain on it as it is used, so it is advisable to buy a film. There is nothing to scold the screen of the device, and therefore, we will not focus on it, put a solid five and move on.

Ergonomics and ease of use

I don’t know what they did with this camera, but the ergonomics are noticeably better than in the case of the NEX 5. It seems that the shape has not changed significantly, but the overall impression has changed significantly: the camera practically does not outweigh in the hand, does not strive to slip out , work with all controls conveniently. In other words, in the case of the "seven" there is no negative at all, on the contrary, after 10 minutes you come to the fact that you control the camera, as they say, "on the machine." You catch yourself not thinking about where to click to get this or that. Perhaps this is the best feature for such a product. But I'll tell you more anyway. Two multi-function dials in manual shooting mode are responsible for shutter speed and aperture. The ISO value can be changed through the interface in a couple of clicks - there is no big problem with the availability of this function. Plus, under the thumb is a button for changing the type of focus (manual or automatic). As a result, essential basic functions are easily accessible. More than that, shooting in manual mode on the NEX 7 is a real pleasure. This, of course, is not a DSLR, but, nevertheless, as you can see, everything is at hand, everything is convenient, click and click for yourself.

Доступ к остальным функциям можно получить посредством многофункциональной кнопки на верхней стороне (в том числе, к панораме, HDR и многому другому). Собственно, в меню приходится лезть в том случае, если необходимо изменить качество фото, применить какие-либо эффекты или изменить настройки.

Что касается механики элементов управления, то тут также сплошной позитив. Два многофункциональных диска в верхней части отлично «крутятся» большим пальцем. Большого усилия не надо, но и случайно настройку не собьешь. Нажатие на клавиши информативно, то есть слышен щелчок, клавиша жестко фиксируется в конце хода. Ощущение от работы многофункционального диска и клавиши спуска затвора не изменилось - так же, как и в NEX 5, тут нет никаких нареканий.

Speed

In the description of the camera, you can see that the shooting speed has increased to 10 frames per second. A good indicator, and burst shooting will be useful to many, but still, in most cases we take “single” shots. Therefore, it should be borne in mind that the focusing time (it is still contrasting here) has not gone away. An extra quarter of a second in good conditions can be thrown. At night, this time increases at least twice. These are today's standard indicators. Saving a snapshot takes a minimum of time, so in practice 2-3 snapshots per second can be taken. The video saving time is also short and does not correlate with the length of the video.

As for moving through the menu, viewing the footage, I did not observe any jerks or freezes. The speed of work is not something that pleases, but many simply got used to such results - this is not good and not bad. In a nutshell - the expected result.

Interface

Well, now it's time to make a reference to the text about the Sony NEX-3, which I wrote a year and a half ago. I think it's not a secret for anyone that interfaces in photographic equipment are changed infrequently: once every five years is quite a common figure. The point is not that there is nothing to add, but that it is inappropriate. Such purchases are made infrequently, the photographic equipment market, in comparison with mobile phones, looks like a swamp. Dramatic changes do not happen every year, but the number of megapixels is growing steadily. Slowly, little by little, the quality of the picture improves. On the other hand, a buyer who decides to change photographic equipment will learn a lot of new and interesting things in the same five years. For him, the new technique looks like something really fresh and bold. That is, the slow development of the photo industry is due not only to various technical limitations, but also to how often this product is purchased.

The interface of the NEX-7 is, by and large, similar to that of previous models. You will find differences only in additional functions, as well as some improvements that are designed to make the process of controlling the camera simpler and more understandable. So, for example, shooting in HDR has acquired a beautiful and visual exposure adjustment scale. Or, there are electronic viewfinder settings. That is, there are changes, but their number is small and it did not affect the architecture of the interface, the principles of working with it.

Speaking about the quality of the photo, first of all, you need to look at the optics, and here everything is not so rosy. Even in the first NEX cameras, it was clear that the complete glasses were not of good quality, and therefore this can be considered the “bottleneck” in the NEX system. The “seven” has a matrix of the same dimensions, but the resolution has increased to 24 megapixels, and the ISO value has jumped to the mark of 16 thousand. And, in the end, all changes for the better are leveled precisely by optics. That is, it is useless to talk about the increased quality of the photo until you put on “alpha” glasses through a special adapter. And here another question arises - why was all this done, if in the end you can’t see the difference? Nubian Spring Twist Ombre Why to the camera for more than 40 thousand Rubles did not put in the kit really high-quality optics, or at least the adapter mentioned above?

You can talk about this for a long time, compare photos, look at technical specifications, compare photos again, be inspired by Sony design, and again.

Even if you expect to buy good optics, a simple calculation will show a giant gap between the price and common sense: the price of the device + adapter and lens for 7 and 13 thousand rubles, respectively. In total, the cost is more than 60 thousand. This is serious money, and you can buy equipment of a completely different class with it. So is it worth talking about the seriousness of the offer from Sony?

Video

Here the situation is generally similar to the photo. The maximum video resolution has not increased and is still 1920x1080 pixels (FullHD). The bitrate has increased, on my tenth grade memory cards I was not able to record a video in the best quality. Whether the difference will be visible is also a big question.

The overall impression is that the picture quality is still good, and focusing in movie mode is faster. Image stabilization quality has not changed. That's all that can be said in this case on the merits.

Opening hours

The manufacturer claims that the new camera can take 430 shots, which is 60 shots more than in the case of the previous line.

My results only confirm this - the "seven" works longer by about 20-30 percent, which is generally very pleasant. On the other hand, this is a very small increase in work time considering the difference in price.

Competitors

Based on the most optimistic price of 40 thousand rubles, you can choose several options.

  • We buy a NEX-5 carcass, an adapter, and a good "alpha" lens. As a result, it will turn out much cheaper, and the pictures will be much better.
  • We buy an entry-level DSLR and a good lens. There is nothing to comment on here, it is clear that in this case the result will be much better than what can be obtained on the NEX-7.
  • We buy any other non-DSLR - but this is already an amateur.

All three options are much more advantageous, no matter how you look at it.

Conclusions

Sony has once again proved its technical leadership in this segment, but I have not yet figured out who. The layman will be impressed by the possibilities, horrified by the price and will pass by. The professional only smiles modestly. And only a fan of the Sony brand who is not limited in finances will definitely buy, and. neither friends nor acquaintances will understand him.

But if you close your eyes to the price (let's say that it was given to you), then the camera is really very, very cool. I do not think that in the next year or two competitors (or rather, a competitor represented by Samsung) will be able to present something similar. Metal, monolithic, ergonomic, beautiful, functional. This is the best product in its class, and it looks like it will be for a long time. A sort of small masterpiece for a tiny market.

Sony NEX-7 camera review

The new top camera from Sony of the NEX line. A host of technologies, Japanese design and various custom frills in one case. Excellent photo and video quality, compact size and so on. You can continue for a long time, but I’ll say right away that for a cost of more than 40 thousand rubles, there will be practically no people who want to buy it. Therefore, I have absolutely no desire to write a review focused on the technical component. Why? Because the camera, first of all, will be purchased by fans of the brand and people who do not count money. Both those and others are unlikely to listen to someone's opinion, and therefore buy a camera in any case. Everyone will discuss, yes, but only a few will buy. In addition, comparing photos with NEX-5 and NEX-7 will only show that the difference is minimal. For a serious comparison, you will need to use optics of a different class, the complete one will not work. Looking ahead, I will say that I am not ready to recommend the device for the purchase amount indicated above. Yandex will tell you what you can take for this money - there are a million options.

Further along the text you will notice epithets of superlatives, but the main thing is to keep in mind the cost of the camera.

And yet, often in the text I will refer to the material “Review of the Sony NEX-3 camera”, since many points are the same or similar in many ways.

It's amazing how easily Sony has taken over the non-DSLR market. More precisely, this is how it looks from the perspective of the consumer. However, Sony is the technical leader in this area and does not want to give this title to anyone. The cameras of the previous generation - NEX-5 and NEX-3 - were the best, and in terms of price / quality ratio they are still among the best. Recently, Nikon has also entered this market with the One system, but the technical characteristics of the cameras, as well as the quality of the photo, do not make much impression. In fact, the only competitor of the Samsung NX200 is quite good and, at the appropriate price, can compete with the "five", but it is very far from the NEX-7.

Let's try to compare the old and new NEX.

Appearance, dimensions, materials

It would seem that this is the market for consumer cameras. There is an excellent entry into this market, there is data on buyers, and everyone understands perfectly well who these cameras are being sold to. The consumer appreciates NEX not only for image quality and the Sony brand, but also for ease of operation. There were few keys in the "five", which attracted the consumer. The camera did not seem more complicated than a digital camera, but it was an order of magnitude more functional. But the company decided to follow the path of complicating the execution of the product - several controls were added, and NEX 7 no longer looks simple. On the contrary, there is a movement towards DSLRs - the convenience of shooting in manual mode has grown significantly, but is this what a potential buyer needs?

On the front side, in addition to a right-hand grip and a lens connector, you can see an autofocus LED, an infrared port for remote camera control, and holes for microphones.

On the back is the same as in the "five", a three-inch widescreen display, and to the right of it - the usual block of keys. But in the upper left corner appeared an electronic viewfinder with a diopter adjustment wheel. The decision, in my opinion, is strange, since the "wide" range of potential buyers does not really need it, and people who are engaged in photography at the amateur or professional level simply will not appreciate it.

Above the display are buttons for flash activation and playback mode. In the upper right corner are two multi-function dials, as well as a focus mode selection button.

The top side houses the hot shoe connector, flash, shutter button, power lever, and another multi-function key. At the bottom, there is a traditional tripod connector, as well as a battery and memory card compartment.

The camera has not changed much in size, but it has become much more weighing. However, "in the hand" it is practically not felt due to better ergonomics.

The body of the camera is almost entirely metal, as are the lenses. The right side of the camera, including the grip and the back side, is covered with a rubber pad. There were no complaints about the assembly - the case is monolithic, no squeaks and backlashes were found, and therefore you can put a solid five.

Comparison with Olympus Pen E-PL3:

Display

In general, there are no differences from what we can see in the NEX-3/5. Exactly the same three-inch high-resolution widescreen display (921 thousand dots). There is a light sensor that controls the brightness of the screen backlight. The protective glass does not differ in quality, and scratches will remain on it as it is used, so it is advisable to buy a film. There is nothing to scold the screen of the device, and therefore, we will not focus on it, put a solid five and move on.

Ergonomics and ease of control

I don’t know what they did with this camera, but the ergonomics are noticeably better than in the case of the NEX 5. It seems that the shape has not changed significantly, but the overall impression has changed significantly: the camera practically does not outweigh in the hand, does not strive to slip out , work with all controls conveniently. In other words, in the case of the "seven" there is no negative at all, on the contrary, after 10 minutes you come to the fact that you control the camera, as they say, "on the machine." You catch yourself not thinking about where to click to get this or that. Perhaps this is the best feature for such a product. But I'll tell you more anyway. Two multi-function dials in manual shooting mode are responsible for shutter speed and aperture. The ISO value can be changed through the interface in a couple of clicks - there is no big problem with the availability of this function. Plus, under the thumb is a button for changing the type of focus (manual or automatic). As a result, essential basic functions are easily accessible. More than that, shooting in manual mode on the NEX 7 is a real pleasure. This, of course, is not a DSLR, but, nevertheless, as you can see, everything is at hand, everything is convenient, click and click for yourself.

Доступ к остальным функциям можно получить посредством многофункциональной кнопки на верхней стороне (в том числе, к панораме, HDR и многому другому). Собственно, в меню приходится лезть в том случае, если необходимо изменить качество фото, применить какие-либо эффекты или изменить настройки.

Что касается механики элементов управления, то тут также сплошной позитив. Два многофункциональных диска в верхней части отлично «крутятся» большим пальцем. Большого усилия не надо, но и случайно настройку не собьешь. Нажатие на клавиши информативно, то есть слышен щелчок, клавиша жестко фиксируется в конце хода. Ощущение от работы многофункционального диска и клавиши спуска затвора не изменилось - так же, как и в NEX 5, тут нет никаких нареканий.

Speed

In the description of the camera, you can see that the shooting speed has increased to 10 frames per second. A good indicator, and burst shooting will be useful to many, but still, in most cases we take “single” shots. Therefore, it should be borne in mind that the focusing time (it is still contrasting here) has not gone away. An extra quarter of a second in good conditions can be thrown. At night, this time increases at least twice. These are today's standard indicators. Saving a snapshot takes a minimum of time, so in practice 2-3 snapshots per second can be taken. The video saving time is also short and does not correlate with the length of the video.

As for moving through the menu, viewing the footage, I did not observe any jerks or freezes. The speed of work is not something that pleases, but many simply got used to such results - this is not good and not bad. In a nutshell - the expected result.

Interface

Well, now it's time to make a reference to the text about the Sony NEX-3, which I wrote a year and a half ago. I think it's not a secret for anyone that interfaces in photographic equipment are changed infrequently: once every five years is quite a common figure. The point is not that there is nothing to add, but that it is inappropriate. Such purchases are made infrequently, the photographic equipment market, in comparison with mobile phones, looks like a swamp. Dramatic changes do not happen every year, but the number of megapixels is growing steadily. Slowly, little by little, the picture quality improves. On the other hand, a buyer who decides to change photographic equipment will learn a lot of new and interesting things in the same five years. For him, the new technique looks like something really fresh and bold. That is, the slow development of the photo industry is due not only to various technical limitations, but also to how often this product is purchased.

The interface of the NEX-7 is, by and large, similar to that of previous models. You will find differences only in additional functions, as well as some improvements that are designed to make the process of controlling the camera simpler and more understandable. So, for example, shooting in HDR has acquired a beautiful and visual exposure adjustment scale. Or, there are electronic viewfinder settings. That is, there are changes, but their number is small and it did not affect the architecture of the interface, the principles of working with it.

Speaking about the quality of the photo, first of all, you need to look at the optics, and here everything is not so rosy. Even in the first NEX cameras, it was clear that the complete glasses were not of good quality, and therefore this can be considered the “bottleneck” in the NEX system. The “seven” has a matrix of the same dimensions, but the resolution has increased to 24 megapixels, and the ISO value has jumped to the mark of 16 thousand. And, in the end, all changes for the better are leveled precisely by optics. That is, it is useless to talk about the increased quality of the photo until you put on “alpha” glasses through a special adapter. And here another question arises - why was all this done, if in the end you can’t see the difference? Nubian Spring Twist Ombre Why to the camera for more than 40 thousand Rubles did not put in the kit really high-quality optics, or at least the adapter mentioned above?

You can talk about this for a long time, compare photos, look at technical specifications, compare photos again, be inspired by Sony design, and again.

Even if you expect to buy good optics, a simple calculation will show a giant gap between the price and common sense: the price of the device + adapter and lens for 7 and 13 thousand rubles, respectively. In total, the cost is more than 60 thousand. This is serious money, and you can buy equipment of a completely different class with it. So is it worth talking about the seriousness of the offer from Sony?

Video

Here the situation is generally similar to the photo. The maximum video resolution has not increased and is still 1920x1080 pixels (FullHD). The bitrate has increased, on my tenth grade memory cards I was not able to record a video in the best quality. Whether the difference will be visible is also a big question.

The overall impression is that the picture quality is still good, and focusing in movie mode is faster. Image stabilization quality has not changed. That's all that can be said in this case on the merits.

Opening hours

The manufacturer claims that the new camera can take 430 shots, which is 60 shots more than in the case of the previous line.

My results only confirm this - the "seven" works longer by about 20-30 percent, which is generally very pleasant. On the other hand, this is a very small increase in work time considering the difference in price.

Competitors

Based on the most optimistic price of 40 thousand rubles, you can choose several options.

  • We buy a NEX-5 carcass, an adapter, and a good "alpha" lens. As a result, it will turn out much cheaper, and the pictures will be much better.
  • We buy an entry-level DSLR and a good lens. There is nothing to comment on here, it is clear that in this case the result will be much better than what can be obtained on the NEX-7.
  • We buy any other non-DSLR - but this is already an amateur.

All three options are much more advantageous, no matter how you look at it.

Conclusions

Sony has once again proved its technical leadership in this segment, but I have not yet figured out who. The layman will be impressed by the possibilities, horrified by the price and will pass by. The professional only smiles modestly. And only a fan of the Sony brand who is not limited in finances will definitely buy, and. neither friends nor acquaintances will understand him.

But if you close your eyes to the price (let's say that it was given to you), then the camera is really very, very cool. I do not think that in the next year or two competitors (or rather, a competitor represented by Samsung) will be able to present something similar. Metal, monolithic, ergonomic, beautiful, functional. This is the best product in its class, and it looks like it will be for a long time. A sort of small masterpiece for a tiny market.

Sony NEX-7 camera review

The new top camera from Sony of the NEX line. A host of technologies, Japanese design and various custom frills in one case. Excellent photo and video quality, compact size and so on. You can continue for a long time, but I’ll say right away that for a cost of more than 40 thousand rubles, there will be practically no people who want to buy it. Therefore, I have absolutely no desire to write a review focused on the technical component. Why? Because the camera, first of all, will be purchased by fans of the brand and people who do not count money. Both those and others are unlikely to listen to someone's opinion, and therefore buy a camera in any case. Everyone will discuss, yes, but only a few will buy. In addition, comparing photos with NEX-5 and NEX-7 will only show that the difference is minimal. For a serious comparison, you will need to use optics of a different class, the complete one will not work. Looking ahead, I will say that I am not ready to recommend the device for the purchase amount indicated above. Yandex will tell you what you can take for this money - there are a million options.

Further along the text you will notice epithets of superlatives, but the main thing is to keep in mind the cost of the camera.

And yet, often in the text I will refer to the material “Review of the Sony NEX-3 camera”, since many points are the same or similar in many ways.

It's amazing how easily Sony has taken over the non-DSLR market. More precisely, this is how it looks from the perspective of the consumer. However, Sony is the technical leader in this area and does not want to give this title to anyone. The cameras of the previous generation - NEX-5 and NEX-3 - were the best, and in terms of price / quality ratio they are still among the best. Recently, Nikon has also entered this market with the One system, but the technical characteristics of the cameras, as well as the quality of the photo, do not make much impression. In fact, the only competitor of the Samsung NX200 is quite good and, at the appropriate price, can compete with the "five", but it is very far from the NEX-7.

Let's try to compare the old and new NEX.

Appearance, dimensions, materials

It would seem that this is the market for consumer cameras. There is an excellent entry into this market, there is data on buyers, and everyone understands perfectly well who these cameras are being sold to. The consumer appreciates NEX not only for image quality and the Sony brand, but also for ease of operation. There were few keys in the "five", which attracted the consumer. The camera did not seem more complicated than a digital camera, but it was an order of magnitude more functional. But the company decided to follow the path of complicating the execution of the product - several controls were added, and NEX 7 no longer looks simple. On the contrary, there is a movement towards DSLRs - the convenience of shooting in manual mode has grown significantly, but is this what a potential buyer needs?

On the front side, in addition to a right-hand grip and a lens connector, you can see an autofocus LED, an infrared port for remote camera control, and holes for microphones.

On the back is the same as in the "five", a three-inch widescreen display, and to the right of it - the usual block of keys. But in the upper left corner appeared an electronic viewfinder with a diopter adjustment wheel. The decision, in my opinion, is strange, since the "wide" range of potential buyers does not really need it, and people who are engaged in photography at the amateur or professional level simply will not appreciate it.

Above the display are buttons for flash activation and playback mode. In the upper right corner are two multi-function dials, as well as a focus mode selection button.

The top side houses the hot shoe connector, flash, shutter button, power lever, and another multi-function key. At the bottom, there is a traditional tripod connector, as well as a battery and memory card compartment.

The camera has not changed much in size, but it has become much more weighing. However, "in the hand" it is practically not felt due to better ergonomics.

The body of the camera is almost entirely metal, as are the lenses. The right side of the camera, including the grip and the back side, is covered with a rubber pad. There were no complaints about the assembly - the case is monolithic, no squeaks and backlashes were found, and therefore you can put a solid five.

Comparison with Olympus Pen E-PL3:

Display

In general, there are no differences from what we can see in the NEX-3/5. Exactly the same three-inch high-resolution widescreen display (921 thousand dots). There is a light sensor that controls the brightness of the screen backlight. The protective glass does not differ in quality, and scratches will remain on it as it is used, so it is advisable to buy a film. There is nothing to scold the screen of the device, and therefore, we will not focus on it, put a solid five and move on.

Ergonomics and ease of control

I don’t know what they did with this camera, but the ergonomics are noticeably better than in the case of the NEX 5. It seems that the shape has not changed significantly, but the overall impression has changed significantly: the camera practically does not outweigh in the hand, does not strive to slip out , work with all controls conveniently. In other words, in the case of the "seven" there is no negative at all, on the contrary, after 10 minutes you come to the fact that you control the camera, as they say, "on the machine." You catch yourself not thinking about where to click to get this or that. Perhaps this is the best feature for such a product. But I'll tell you more anyway. Two multi-function dials in manual shooting mode are responsible for shutter speed and aperture. The ISO value can be changed through the interface in a couple of clicks - there is no big problem with the availability of this function. Plus, under the thumb is a button for changing the type of focus (manual or automatic). As a result, essential basic functions are easily accessible. More than that, shooting in manual mode on the NEX 7 is a real pleasure. This, of course, is not a DSLR, but, nevertheless, as you can see, everything is at hand, everything is convenient, click and click for yourself.

Доступ к остальным функциям можно получить посредством многофункциональной кнопки на верхней стороне (в том числе, к панораме, HDR и многому другому). Собственно, в меню приходится лезть в том случае, если необходимо изменить качество фото, применить какие-либо эффекты или изменить настройки.

Что касается механики элементов управления, то тут также сплошной позитив. Два многофункциональных диска в верхней части отлично «крутятся» большим пальцем. Большого усилия не надо, но и случайно настройку не собьешь. Нажатие на клавиши информативно, то есть слышен щелчок, клавиша жестко фиксируется в конце хода. Ощущение от работы многофункционального диска и клавиши спуска затвора не изменилось - так же, как и в NEX 5, тут нет никаких нареканий.

Speed

In the description of the camera, you can see that the shooting speed has increased to 10 frames per second. A good indicator, and burst shooting will be useful to many, but still, in most cases we take “single” shots. Therefore, it should be borne in mind that the focusing time (it is still contrasting here) has not gone away. An extra quarter of a second in good conditions can be thrown. At night, this time increases at least twice. These are today's standard indicators. Saving a snapshot takes a minimum of time, so in practice 2-3 snapshots per second can be taken. The video saving time is also short and does not correlate with the length of the video.

As for moving through the menu, viewing the footage, I did not observe any jerks or freezes. The speed of work is not something that pleases, but many simply got used to such results - this is not good and not bad. In a nutshell - the expected result.

Interface

Well, now it's time to make a reference to the text about the Sony NEX-3, which I wrote a year and a half ago. I think it's not a secret for anyone that interfaces in photographic equipment are changed infrequently: once every five years is quite a common figure. The point is not that there is nothing to add, but that it is inappropriate. Such purchases are made infrequently, the photographic equipment market, in comparison with mobile phones, looks like a swamp. Dramatic changes do not happen every year, but the number of megapixels is growing steadily. Slowly, little by little, the picture quality improves. On the other hand, a buyer who decides to change photographic equipment will learn a lot of new and interesting things in the same five years. For him, the new technique looks like something really fresh and bold. That is, the slow development of the photo industry is due not only to various technical limitations, but also to how often this product is purchased.

The interface of the NEX-7 is, by and large, similar to that of previous models. You will find differences only in additional functions, as well as some improvements that are designed to make the process of controlling the camera simpler and more understandable. So, for example, shooting in HDR has acquired a beautiful and visual exposure adjustment scale. Or, there are electronic viewfinder settings. That is, there are changes, but their number is small and it did not affect the architecture of the interface, the principles of working with it.

Speaking about the quality of the photo, first of all, you need to look at the optics, and here everything is not so rosy. Even in the first NEX cameras, it was clear that the complete glasses were not of good quality, and therefore this can be considered the “bottleneck” in the NEX system. The “seven” has a matrix of the same dimensions, but the resolution has increased to 24 megapixels, and the ISO value has jumped to the mark of 16 thousand. And, in the end, all changes for the better are leveled precisely by optics. That is, it is useless to talk about the increased quality of the photo until you put on “alpha” glasses through a special adapter. And here another question arises - why was all this done, if in the end you can’t see the difference? Nubian Spring Twist Ombre Why to the camera for more than 40 thousand Rubles did not put in the kit really high-quality optics, or at least the adapter mentioned above?

You can talk about this for a long time, compare photos, look at technical specifications, compare photos again, be inspired by Sony design, and again.

Even if you expect to buy good optics, a simple calculation will show a giant gap between the price and common sense: the price of the device + adapter and lens for 7 and 13 thousand rubles, respectively. In total, the cost is more than 60 thousand. This is serious money, and you can buy equipment of a completely different class with it. So is it worth talking about the seriousness of the offer from Sony?

Video

Here the situation is generally similar to the photo. The maximum video resolution has not increased and is still 1920x1080 pixels (FullHD). The bitrate has increased, on my tenth grade memory cards I was not able to record a video in the best quality. Whether the difference will be visible is also a big question.

The overall impression is that the picture quality is still good, and focusing in movie mode is faster. Image stabilization quality has not changed. That's all that can be said in this case on the merits.

Opening hours

The manufacturer claims that the new camera can take 430 shots, which is 60 shots more than in the case of the previous line.

My results only confirm this - the "seven" works longer by about 20-30 percent, which is generally very pleasant. On the other hand, this is a very small increase in work time considering the difference in price.

Competitors

Based on the most optimistic price of 40 thousand rubles, you can choose several options.

  • We buy a NEX-5 carcass, an adapter, and a good "alpha" lens. As a result, it will turn out much cheaper, and the pictures will be much better.
  • We buy an entry-level DSLR and a good lens. There is nothing to comment on here, it is clear that in this case the result will be much better than what can be obtained on the NEX-7.
  • We buy any other non-DSLR - but this is already an amateur.

All three options are much more advantageous, no matter how you look at it.

Conclusions

Sony has once again proved its technical leadership in this segment, but I have not yet figured out who. The layman will be impressed by the possibilities, horrified by the price and will pass by. The professional only smiles modestly. And only a fan of the Sony brand who is not limited in finances will definitely buy, and. neither friends nor acquaintances will understand him.

But if you close your eyes to the price (let's say that it was given to you), then the camera is really very, very cool. I do not think that in the next year or two competitors (or rather, a competitor represented by Samsung) will be able to present something similar. Metal, monolithic, ergonomic, beautiful, functional. This is the best product in its class, and it looks like it will be for a long time. A sort of small masterpiece for a tiny market.

Sony NEX-7 camera review

The new top camera from Sony of the NEX line. A host of technologies, Japanese design and various custom frills in one case. Excellent photo and video quality, compact size and so on. You can continue for a long time, but I’ll say right away that for a cost of more than 40 thousand rubles, there will be practically no people who want to buy it. Therefore, I have absolutely no desire to write a review focused on the technical component. Why? Because the camera, first of all, will be purchased by fans of the brand and people who do not count money. Both those and others are unlikely to listen to someone's opinion, and therefore buy a camera in any case. Everyone will discuss, yes, but only a few will buy. In addition, comparing photos with NEX-5 and NEX-7 will only show that the difference is minimal. For a serious comparison, you will need to use optics of a different class, the complete one will not work. Looking ahead, I will say that I am not ready to recommend the device for the purchase amount indicated above. Yandex will tell you what you can take for this money - there are a million options.

Further along the text you will notice epithets of superlatives, but the main thing is to keep in mind the cost of the camera.

And yet, often in the text I will refer to the material “Review of the Sony NEX-3 camera”, since many points are the same or similar in many ways.

It's amazing how easily Sony has taken over the non-DSLR market. More precisely, this is how it looks from the perspective of the consumer. However, Sony is the technical leader in this area and does not want to give this title to anyone. The cameras of the previous generation - NEX-5 and NEX-3 - were the best, and in terms of price / quality ratio they are still among the best. Recently, Nikon has also entered this market with the One system, but the technical characteristics of the cameras, as well as the quality of the photo, do not make much impression. In fact, the only competitor of the Samsung NX200 is quite good and, at the appropriate price, can compete with the "five", but it is very far from the NEX-7.

Let's try to compare the old and new NEX.

Appearance, dimensions, materials

It would seem that this is the market for consumer cameras. There is an excellent entry into this market, there is data on buyers, and everyone understands perfectly well who these cameras are being sold to. The consumer appreciates NEX not only for image quality and the Sony brand, but also for ease of operation. There were few keys in the "five", which attracted the consumer. The camera did not seem more complicated than a digital camera, but it was an order of magnitude more functional. But the company decided to follow the path of complicating the execution of the product - several controls were added, and NEX 7 no longer looks simple. On the contrary, there is a movement towards DSLRs - the convenience of shooting in manual mode has grown significantly, but is this what a potential buyer needs?

On the front side, in addition to a right-hand grip and a lens connector, you can see an autofocus LED, an infrared port for remote camera control, and holes for microphones.

On the back is the same as in the "five", a three-inch widescreen display, and to the right of it - the usual block of keys. But in the upper left corner appeared an electronic viewfinder with a diopter adjustment wheel. The decision, in my opinion, is strange, since the "wide" range of potential buyers does not really need it, and people who are engaged in photography at the amateur or professional level simply will not appreciate it.

Above the display are buttons for flash activation and playback mode. In the upper right corner are two multi-function dials, as well as a focus mode selection button.

The top side houses the hot shoe connector, flash, shutter button, power lever, and another multi-function key. At the bottom, there is a traditional tripod connector, as well as a battery and memory card compartment.

The camera has not changed much in size, but it has become much more weighing. However, "in the hand" it is practically not felt due to better ergonomics.

The body of the camera is almost entirely metal, as are the lenses. The right side of the camera, including the grip and the back side, is covered with a rubber pad. There were no complaints about the assembly - the case is monolithic, no squeaks and backlashes were found, and therefore you can put a solid five.

Comparison with Olympus Pen E-PL3:

Display

In general, there are no differences from what we can see in the NEX-3/5. Exactly the same three-inch high-resolution widescreen display (921 thousand dots). There is a light sensor that controls the brightness of the screen backlight. The protective glass does not differ in quality, and scratches will remain on it as it is used, so it is advisable to buy a film. There is nothing to scold the screen of the device, and therefore, we will not focus on it, put a solid five and move on.

Ergonomics and ease of control

I don’t know what they did with this camera, but the ergonomics are noticeably better than in the case of the NEX 5. It seems that the shape has not changed significantly, but the overall impression has changed significantly: the camera practically does not outweigh in the hand, does not strive to slip out , work with all controls conveniently. In other words, in the case of the "seven" there is no negative at all, on the contrary, after 10 minutes you come to the fact that you control the camera, as they say, "on the machine." You catch yourself not thinking about where to click to get this or that. Perhaps this is the best feature for such a product. But I'll tell you more anyway. Two multi-function dials in manual shooting mode are responsible for shutter speed and aperture. The ISO value can be changed through the interface in a couple of clicks - there is no big problem with the availability of this function. Plus, under the thumb is a button for changing the type of focus (manual or automatic). As a result, essential basic functions are easily accessible. More than that, shooting in manual mode on the NEX 7 is a real pleasure. This, of course, is not a DSLR, but, nevertheless, as you can see, everything is at hand, everything is convenient, click and click for yourself.

Remaining functions can be accessed via the multi-function button on the top side (including panorama, HDR and more). Actually, you have to climb into the menu if you need to change the quality of the photo, apply any effects or change the settings.

As for the mechanics of the controls, there is also a solid positive. The two multi-function dials at the top are great for thumb spinning. You don’t need much effort, but you won’t knock down the setting by accident. Pressing the keys is informative, that is, a click is heard, the key is rigidly fixed at the end of the stroke. The feel of the multi-function dial and the shutter key has not changed - just like in the NEX 5, there are no complaints.

Speed

In the description of the camera, you can see that the shooting speed has increased to 10 frames per second. A good indicator, and burst shooting will be useful to many, but still, in most cases we take “single” shots. Therefore, it should be borne in mind that the focusing time (it is still contrasting here) has not gone away. An extra quarter of a second in good conditions can be thrown. At night, this time increases at least twice. These are today's standard indicators. Saving a snapshot takes a minimum of time, so in practice 2-3 snapshots per second can be taken. The video saving time is also short and does not correlate with the length of the video.

As for moving through the menu, viewing the footage, I did not observe any jerks or freezes. The speed of work is not something that pleases, but many simply got used to such results - this is not good and not bad. In a nutshell - the expected result.

Interface

Well, now it's time to make a reference to the text about the Sony NEX-3, which I wrote a year and a half ago. I think it's not a secret for anyone that interfaces in photographic equipment are changed infrequently: once every five years is quite a common figure. The point is not that there is nothing to add, but that it is inappropriate. Such purchases are made infrequently, the photographic equipment market, in comparison with mobile phones, looks like a swamp. Dramatic changes do not happen every year, but the number of megapixels is growing steadily. Slowly, little by little, the picture quality improves. On the other hand, a buyer who decides to change photographic equipment will learn a lot of new and interesting things in the same five years. For him, the new technique looks like something really fresh and bold. That is, the slow development of the photo industry is due not only to various technical limitations, but also to how often this product is purchased.

The interface of the NEX-7 is, by and large, similar to that of previous models. You will find differences only in additional functions, as well as some improvements that are designed to make the process of controlling the camera simpler and more understandable. So, for example, shooting in HDR has acquired a beautiful and visual exposure adjustment scale. Or, there are electronic viewfinder settings. That is, there are changes, but their number is small and it did not affect the architecture of the interface, the principles of working with it.

Speaking about the quality of the photo, first of all, you need to look at the optics, and here everything is not so rosy. Even in the first NEX cameras, it was clear that the complete glasses were not of good quality, and therefore this can be considered the “bottleneck” in the NEX system. The “seven” has a matrix of the same dimensions, but the resolution has increased to 24 megapixels, and the ISO value has jumped to the mark of 16 thousand. And, in the end, all changes for the better are leveled precisely by optics. That is, it is useless to talk about the increased quality of the photo until you put on “alpha” glasses through a special adapter. And here another question arises - why was all this done, if in the end you can’t see the difference? Nubian Spring Twist OmbreSpeaking about the quality of the photo, first of all, you need to look at the optics, and here everything is not so rosy. Even in the first NEX cameras, it was clear that the complete glasses were not of good quality, and therefore this can be considered the “bottleneck” in the NEX system. The “seven” has a matrix of the same dimensions, but the resolution has increased to 24 megapixels, and the ISO value has jumped to the mark of 16 thousand. And, in the end, all changes for the better are leveled precisely by optics. That is, it is useless to talk about the increased quality of the photo until you put on “alpha” glasses through a special adapter. And here another question arises - why was all this done, if in the end you can’t see the difference? Nubian Spring Twist Ombre Nubian Spring Twist Ombre Why didn’t they put really high-quality optics in the kit for a camera for more than 40 thousand rubles, or at least the adapter mentioned above?

You can talk about this for a long time, compare photos, look at technical specifications, compare photos again, be inspired by Sony design, and again.

Even if you expect to buy good optics, a simple calculation will show a giant gap between the price and common sense: the price of the device + adapter and lens for 7 and 13 thousand rubles, respectively. In total, the cost is more than 60 thousand. This is serious money, and you can buy equipment of a completely different class with it. So is it worth talking about the seriousness of the offer from Sony?

Video

Here the situation is generally similar to the photo. The maximum video resolution has not increased and is still 1920x1080 pixels (FullHD). The bitrate has increased, on my tenth grade memory cards I was not able to record a video in the best quality. Whether the difference will be visible is also a big question.

The overall impression is that the picture quality is still good, and focusing in movie mode is faster. Image stabilization quality has not changed. That's all that can be said in this case on the merits.

Opening hours

The manufacturer claims that the new camera can take 430 shots, which is 60 shots more than in the case of the previous line.

My results only confirm this - the "seven" works longer by about 20-30 percent, which is generally very pleasant. On the other hand, this is a very small increase in work time considering the difference in price.

Competitors

Based on the most optimistic price of 40 thousand rubles, you can choose several options.

  • We buy a NEX-5 carcass, an adapter, and a good "alpha" lens. As a result, it will turn out much cheaper, and the pictures will be much better.
  • We buy an entry-level DSLR and a good lens. There is nothing to comment on here, it is clear that in this case the result will be much better than what can be obtained on the NEX-7.
  • We buy any other non-DSLR - but this is already an amateur.

All three options are much more advantageous, no matter how you look at it.

Conclusions

Sony has once again proved its technical leadership in this segment, but I have not yet figured out who. The layman will be impressed by the possibilities, horrified by the price and will pass by. The professional only smiles modestly. And only a fan of the Sony brand who is not limited in finances will definitely buy, and. neither friends nor acquaintances will understand him.

But if you close your eyes to the price (let's say that it was given to you), then the camera is really very, very cool. I do not think that in the next year or two competitors (or rather, a competitor represented by Samsung) will be able to present something similar. Metal, monolithic, ergonomic, beautiful, functional. This is the best product in its class, and it looks like it will be for a long time. A sort of small masterpiece for a tiny market.