Those of you looking for a professional-quality digital camera that comes in a compact, easy-to-carry package will be in seventh heaven with Sony's new NEX-7. While it continues Sony's series of NEX interchangeable lens cameras, the NEX-7, due in Hong Kong in the next few months, takes the series to a whole new level.
For starters, the NEX-7 now gives you image quality at a huge 24.3-megapixels (6000 x 4000 pixels) with Sony's newly developed Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. That is double the image quality of other mirror-less digital cameras such as Panasonic's GF and GH series, or Olympus' E-PEN models.
The NEX-7 will also do full HD video (AVCHD: 1920 x 1080) with stereo sound and manual focus.
In addition, you get an extremely wide sensor range, capable of supporting ISO settings of between 100 and 16,000, and a super fast shutter release lag of just 0.02 seconds.
To give the NEX-7 even greater appeal among serious photographers, the NEX-7 comes with a built-in hot-shoe for an external flash or microphone, as well as a XGA OLED TruFinder viewfinder together with the main 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD display.
Sony has also refined the design of the NEX-7. Instead of making the body as thin as possible like previous NEX models, the NEX-7 actually features a grip on one side, which gives it a much more solid and professional feel.
Initial pricing puts the NEX-7 at US$1,199 (about HK$9,350) for just the body.
Pros: 24.3-megapixel images, powerful processing engine, full HD video with stereo sound
Cons: priced like a DSLR, so you still need to buy lenses