Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7 vs A7

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

NEX 7
9.3
Sony A7
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NEX 7
7.4
Sony A7
7.5
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NEX 7
8.8
Sony A7
8.6
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NEX 7
9.3
Sony A7
9.2
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, techradar.com, mirrorlessrumors.com and 6 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

NEX 7
9.0
Sony A7
9.2

Winner
Sony A7 

Camera Rocket recommends the Sony A7  based on its image quality and focusing.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of NEX 7 vs A7

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

NEX 7
1,016 ISO
Sony A7
2,449 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 7
223 ms
Sony A7
221 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

NEX 7
22 ms
Sony A7
53 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

NEX 7
1,200 ms
Sony A7
1,700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 7
10 fps
Sony A7
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

NEX 7
430 photos
Sony A7
340 photos

Features Key features of the NEX 7  vs A7 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

NEX 7
24 MP
Sony A7
24 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

NEX 7
16,000 ISO
Sony A7
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

NEX 7
25
Sony A7
117

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

NEX 7
3"
Sony A7
3"

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

NEX 7
15.3 microns
Sony A7
35.7 microns

Reviews Word on the street

NEX 7  vs A7 

8.1
8.0
In manual focus mode, the NEX-7 uses the Focus Settings screen to engage MF assist, i.e. magnification of the live view display for more accurate focusing.
NEX 7

8.1
8.3
It does have the same manual focus peaking and a sharp EVF as its big brother, so manual focus is just as fast and easy.
Sony A7

8.0
9.0

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

NEX 7  vs
A7 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP 24 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Size APS-C Full frame
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 35.8 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.0x
Pixel size 15.3 microns 35.7 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection Hybrid detection
Focus points 25 117
Supports continuous No Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Electronic
Coverage 100% 100%

form factor

Size 111 x 59 x 38 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Thickness 38 mm 48 mm
Weight 350 g 417 g
Is weather sealed No Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
Automatic panorama Yes Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes No
Image stabilization

video

NEX 7  vs
A7 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Phase detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Phase detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 1,229 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/8000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 5 fps
Battery life 430 340
Continuous shooting
10 fps, JPEG
5 fps
Focus lag 223 ms 221 ms
Shutter lag 22 ms 53 ms
Startup delay 1,200 ms 1,700 ms
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