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Sony NEX-7 Micro Four-Thirds Cameras With a Massive DSLR Sensor

By // August 25, 2011 // Posted in Camcorder, Equipment, Photography

The Sony NEX-7 is a mirrorless DSLR that nearly fits in the palm of your hand, yet has the same 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS HD sensor as the Alpha DSLR line and a beautifully-designed magnesium alloy body.

How Sony managed to cram such a huge sensor in the NEX-7, they won’t say. But they’re certainly taking full advantage of it. Like the new Alpha cams, it’s equipped with an OLED viewfinder, captures 1080p video at 60p (AVCHD Progressive) and has an ISO range of 100-16000. It has a 10fps burst mode (an apparent first), as well as low shutter lag (20ms).

The NEX-7 also makes use of an awesome-looking dual-dial control interface which are fully-customizable. Add in lightweight (the body is only 10.3 ounces), and an adjustable screen, and this looks like it could be a promising leap for bite-sized DSLRs.

The Sony NEX-5 also got a refresh, and is now called the NEX-5N. The updated camera has a 16.1-megapixel sensor (using the same Exmor sensor as the Alpha A77 and NEX-7), AVCHD Progressive video capabilities, 10fps burst mode and an improved shutter response of 20ms.

The NEX-7 will be available in November for $1350 with a 18-55mm kit lens or $1200 for the body alone. Meanwhile the NEX-5N will be available in September with the same kit lens for $700, or on its own for $600. [Sony]

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Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rangefinder magazine and the author of Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight From 20 Top Photographers (Amphoto Books, 2009); and The Luminous Portrait (Amphoto Books, 2012). The second-generation native New Yorker cherishes her Sunday mornings hunkered down with The New York Times, fresh bagels and a great cup of coffee.

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