The Sony NEX-7 is a digital camera announced Aug 24, 2011. It is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with the body of a common point-and-shoot camera but with the sensor size and features of an APS-C-sized digital single-lens reflex camera. It is targeted at experienced users, enthusiasts and professionals.
Being targeted at experienced users, enthusiasts and professionals, the Sony NEX-7 offers features relevant to them. Mainly, it integrates a 24.3 megapixels APS-C sensor, videos 1920x1080p at 60 frame/s in AVCHD 2 and 10 fps shooting. It's built in a robust magnesium alloy and incorporates an XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.4 million dots resolution. The camera's specifications are as follows:
- 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor
- ISO 100-16000
- 2.4m dot OLED Electronic View Finder (EVF)
- Electronic first-curtain shutter (for faster response time))
- 1080p 60 HD video recording with built-in mic (stereo)
- Rear screen with tilt feature
- Built-in flash and alpha hotshoe
- remote control receiver (infra-red)
- External mic input
Albeit being delayed for a few months because of 2011's Thai floods, the NEX-7 was very well received by critics and users. In regions like Hong Kong, NEX-7 was always running out of stock. DPreview.com and PhotographyBlog gave it their highest awards, with the highest score ever attended by an APS class camera. NEX-7 also won the best camera in Camera Grand Prix 2012 under professional catalog, which was voted by a professional community consisting of 57 council members from the professional press field of the Camera Journal Press Club.
In September 2012 the Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad announced a collaboration with Sony and a mirrorless compact camera at photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany. This camera, named Lunar, is based on the Sony NEX-7 with identical key specifications, but cosmetically differences in exterior design and menu system.
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