Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7 vs NEX-6

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

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

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NEX 7
7.4
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NEX 7
8.8
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

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

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of NEX 7 vs Alpha NEX-6

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

NEX 7
1,016 ISO
Alpha NEX-6
1,018 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

NEX 7
2,400 LPH
Alpha NEX-6
2,300 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 7
223 ms
Alpha NEX-6
257 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

NEX 7
22 ms
Alpha NEX-6
23 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

NEX 7
1,200 ms
Alpha NEX-6
2,000 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 7
10 fps
Alpha NEX-6
10 fps

Features Key features of the NEX 7  vs Alpha NEX-6 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

NEX 7
24 MP
Alpha NEX-6
16 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

NEX 7
16,000 ISO
Alpha NEX-6
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

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

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

NEX 7
15.3 microns
Alpha NEX-6
22.9 microns

Reviews Word on the street

NEX 7  vs Alpha NEX-6 

8.1
7.8
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

10.0
9.0
The Sony NEX-7's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's also a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography.
NEX 7

8.1
8.2
Sony's image processing is extremely good, and images shot though ISO 400 look very clean; depending upon content they can be usable and printed large (13x19) as high as ISO 6400, and ISO 12800 when scaled down.
Alpha NEX-6

8.0
8.0
The built-in OLED viewfinder is a real bonus, providing a bright, clear view, and having a hotshoe and input for an external microphone both add to the flexibility of the system.
NEX 7

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

NEX 7  vs
Alpha NEX-6 
Type CMOS Exmor APS HD CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP 16 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 4912 x 3264
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 15.3 microns 22.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,400 LPH 2,300 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH 2,300 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection Hybrid detection
Focus points 25 99
Supports continuous No Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 111 x 59 x 38 mm 120 x 67 x 43 mm
Thickness 38 mm 43 mm
Weight 350 g 287 g
Is weather sealed No No

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
Alpha NEX-6 
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 None

display

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

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Electronic
Coverage 100% 100%
Display type OLED OLED

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 10 fps
Battery life 430 360
Continuous shooting
10 fps, JPEG
10 fps, RAW, 15 shots
Focus lag 223 ms 257 ms
Shutter lag 22 ms 23 ms
Startup delay 1,200 ms 2,000 ms
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