Sony NEX-7 Available – Finally

Can you believe? I think it was about 7-8 months ago when I posted an article about some of Sony's new cameras to be released. One of them was the Sony NEX-7 and it's finally just available on Amazon for the first time (at regular MSRP). Right now there's only one seller who has a few of the Body Only and Body + Kit Lens available.

It's been an amazing little camera and i'm still finding new things with it everyday. For instance, nobody talks about the fact that it has a built in Digital Zoom (like T3i). I can take a 35mm F/1.4 prime and make it a 70mm F/1.4 prime. Actually it can do up to 10x making it a 350mm F/1.4, but i'll have to do some tests to see what's still acceptable - At 10x you'll likely just see a bunch of blocks. The 10fps burst mode is just plain awesome and you'll never miss an action shot.

The EVF with Focus Peaking (red lines around sharp areas) will ensure you're getting focused images even if you're working with old manual lenses. I've adapted Canon EOS, Nikon, and Canon FD lenses for cheap. Yes it has a microphone input too. Unlike Canon it does offer 1080p @60fps. They are starting to trickle in, but with the long demand, they won't last long. Check out the first Sony NEX-7 cameras available on Amazon (click here).

find-price-button Sony NEX-7 24.3 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera with 18-55mm Lens

11 thoughts on “Sony NEX-7 Available – Finally

  1. Dave Dueck

    No problem, just wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy. 😀 This is a wonderfully fun camera, especially for run & gun 🙂

  2. Emm

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    @Dave Dueck - I also have not had any overheating issues, but i shoot to edit. Short clips. I was incorrect about the digital zoom, it only works for photos. You have up to 10x digital zoom to use with any lens to take still images. Quality after 2x doesnt look so good though.

  3. Dave Dueck

    Never in over a month of constant video work with this cam have I had overheating. Huh.

    Emm, you mention digital zoom on NEX-7 as being a feature similar to the T3i. To my knowledge this is not the case, it's simply a focus aid. Am I wrong, and if so, how can I activate it? That 3x zoom on T3i is one of the few features I miss on the NEX...

  4. I forgot to say, that I have been able to record up to 28 minutes on my Nex 7 before it cut off. Overheating is a problem on immediate subsequent recording.

  5. I love the 5n and 7 so much that I sold all my Canon bodies (3) and am now an exclusive Sony user including the VG20. If you really want to record more than the 12 minutes that the Canon bodies give you, you need to get a video camera. The cool thing with the VG20 is that it takes the exact same lenses I use on my 5n and 7!

  6. I'm talking about the nex 7. Most things are excellent about this camera, but the overheating issue is the major drawback for me.

  7. Emm

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    @rishto - Are you talking NEX7 or 5n? I hear these stories on the 5n but have not seen this on the NEX7 at all..

  8. It's great but it's depressing to use for A-roll. I was doing an interview with it. After 13 minutes it overheated. Subsequent presses of the record button would give me about 3 minutes each of recording time unless I gave it a good amount of time to cool. Depressing.

    everything else about it is great.

    Anyone else have this problem with the nex 7?

  9. Emm

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    @jaun leal - LOL. I literally had the 5n for a few days and couldn't get get comfortable with it. The Sony NEX-7 build, camera grip, and quick dials really sold me on it. And the already built in EVF is truly amazing. Performance might not be much different, but ergonomics, build, and speed to adjust settings was better on the NEX-7. I'm a loyal Canon fan too, but I think this Sony is better than my Canon 7D!.

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