What If This Was the New Sony NEX-7?

Sony NEX-7The above image is purported to be the new Sony NEX-7.  While it appears to be a fake based on the credibility of the source and evidence of image alteration, Sony could have a real gem on its hands if it did something along these lines in the upcoming prosumer NEX model – as a step-up from the NEX-5.

Running through the numbers highlighted above, significant features are:

  1. Optical, rangefinder-style viewfinder (kinda like the Fuji X100, eh?)
  2. Alpha hot shoe
  3. 24mm f/1.8 NEX lens
  4. Flash & image preview buttons
  5. Built-in flash
  6. Dual control dials (unknown features)
  7. Unknown button (perhaps used in conjunction with dual control dials?)
  8. Unknown switch (perhaps focus or drive modes?)

The trademarked NEX mode wheel is on the back.  Additionally, there’s a dedicated record button within easy reach of the thumb, and the LCD appears to have a gap between it and the body, which would mean it’s an articulating display.

What would you think about these “features” if this is the NEX-7?  Would it be worth the rumored kit price of $1200?

[via Minolta Sony Club forum]

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Comments

  1. John Hine says

    The eye-level optical viewfinder makes the camera much more attractive than the NEX-5 – as long as it zooms with any zoom lens used. I would not want to be restricted to arms-length, compact-style viewing.