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Hi. I just received my NEX-7 a couple of hours ago, and, for those 5N users that are interested, here are my initial thoughts:
- The camera is nearly identical in size as my 5N with the Ciesta leather half grip attached, so they feel very similar in the hand (without the 5N EVF attached, of course.) I almost want to say I prefer the 5N's grip slightly, since the leather of my half grip is worn in to fit my hand, but it's probably just because the 7 is new to me. The grip of the 7 is nice and rubbery, and I could always get a leather case for the 7, too.
- Build quality isn't as different as I expected between the two cameras. They're both pretty solid.
- The extra dials and customizability of the 7 seem very handy, and once I get the hang of the new interface, I think it'll be a worthy step up.
- As many reviews mention, I've already inadvertently recorded a couple of videos. Sony should force you to hold the video button down for a second or two before it records.
- Not sure if I'll use it, but the flash is a cool mechanism, and a hotshoe is nice to have, should I decide to breakout the old studio strobes.
- As much as I like the 7's more "professional" strap lugs, the 5N's lugs make sense in pointing the camera down, because sleep mode is essentially useless on the 7 when the camera is around my neck, since my body trips the eye sensor. I usually turn my camera off, anyways, so it may not matter much to me.
Now, the two biggies:
- The EVF. One of the main draws of the NEX-7 to me is the integrated EVF. The 5N's EVF does add considerable bulk to the camera, and it gets caught on things from time to time. The NEX-7 feels so much better in this regard, but it isn't a perfect substitute. Not only is the tilt function and on/off button very handy on the 5N EVF, but, with the eye cup attached, I can get a tighter seal around my eye that seals light completely out, because the tilt feature allows the right angle. With the NEX-7, leaving the eye cup off actually gets a better seal, but it isn't perfect, because the camera body still gets in the way a bit. If Sony had made the EVF of the 7 protrude a few more millimeters, I think it would be much better.
- The image quality. I haven't had a chance to really test it much, and, with a new baby boy, I likely won't be doing any major comparison postings anytime soon. I did go outside for a lot of shooting and chimping, and my initial thoughts are that, with my CV 15 and ZM 35/2, the corners seem good enough for me stopped down a stop or two, from what I can tell so far. I will say that the difference between the 5n and 7 in both color shift and vignetting seems striking with these two lenses. Even my ZM 50/1.5 looks like it could maybe use some slight CornerFix on the 7, although I never tested that on my 5N to compare. Oddly, I don't mind the vignetting that much. It's easily fixable (although fixing introduces noise,) and the extra vignetting almost gives the lenses a bit more of a "fullframe" vibe. I use CornerFix with these lenses on the 5N, anyways, so it isn't adding any more work to my workflow.
The integrated EVF, better interface and higher resolution were my main reasons to buy the NEX-7, and I'm pretty sure that'll be enough to force me to switch from the 5N, but it isn't a home run for me, yet. I need to shoot with it more before I decide which camera I'll keep...unless I keep both.