The Sony NEX-7 is a digital camera announced Aug 24, 2011. It is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and as such inherits a smaller body form factor than a traditional digital single-lens reflex camera, whilst retaining the sensor size and features of an APS-C-sized model. It is targeted at experienced users, enthusiasts and professionals. It is replaced by the ILCE-6000 (α6000).

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 stills 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 [I had pre-ordered and I had to wait about six months], the NEX-7 was very well received by critics and users. In regions like Hong Kong, NEX-7 was always running out of stock. and PhotographyBlog gave it their highest awards, with the highest score ever attained by an APS class camera.The 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.

At the time of its release, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 had the best image quality among any mirrorless interchangeable-lens compact camera which have been tested by DxO Labs and also the best APS-C Sensor camera from Sony. Sony A65, Sony A77 and NEX-7 have similar sensors and received DxOMark Overall Scores of 74, 78, and 81, respectively. The image quality of NEX-7 can be comparable with Nikon D7000 (score 80) and Pentax K-5 (score 82).