Sony NEX-7 Revealed as First Mirror-Less Camera with 24.3 Megapixel APS-C Sensor

August 24, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It’s been sometime since we have had anything exciting for the camera buffs. So the NEX-7 from Sony should be able to bring that grin back on your faces.

This splendid shooter, coming after the NEX-C3, has barreled down Sony’s lane breaking a handful of records in the camera world. The NEX-7 is the first mirror-less camera to pack a 24.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, therefore, this APS-C cam of a different shape and size is capable of delivering unparalleled image quality.

The product, which is Sony’s new flagship mirror-less interchangeable lens camera (ILC), has an OLED viewfinder (which the company has installed in the new Alpha A77) delivering XGA (1024 x 768-pixel) resolution. Bundled with the hardware, you will find 1080 / 60p AVCHD video capture, a full-size hot shoe, and an out of the box “Tri-Navi” interface.

All those  specs, enough to drool over, need some space inside, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when you find the camera, with its magnesium alloy crafted body, to be quite a bit bigger than the NEX-C3. The electronic view finder (EVF) of this shooter better than those in most cameras, even though there might be a slight difference in image quality of the mirrored solutions found on costly DSLRs.

The camera sports a three-inch Xtra Fine LCD display (similar to the NEX-C3’s) and it can be tilted 90-degrees up or 45-degrees down depending on how you wish to view. Another one of the notable features of the NEX-7 is the Tri-Navi interface.

This feature allows you to use a pair of top-mounted control wheels along with the rear wheel to adjust a variety of settings simultaneously, without jumping into the system menu. In manual mode, for example, you can control the aperture, shutter speed, and the ISO simultaneously using three different wheels.

The ultra-high sensitivity of the device ranges from ISO 100-16000, so capturing clean, low-noise images in dimly lit interiors or exteriors will be child’s play. This feature is complimented by an astonishing shutter release lag of approximately 20 milliseconds, something which you won’t find on any other interchangeable lens digital camera.

This bad boy lives most certainly in the high-end lane, and will be available this November in a kit with an exclusive black 18-55mm zoom lens for about $1350, or you can get it as a body-only for about $1200.

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