There are a lot of very detailed reviews of this camera around the web, so I will be brief. My main cameras are a D90 and Canon S-90, and for various reasons I wanted to try the NEX-7. Here's my summary (based on using it with the Sony 18-200 lens over a weekend): Pros: Lightweight, good form factor, very clear images, the 18-200 is a great all-purpose lens. Need to know: Not all that intuitive. Without documentation it took quite a lot of time to read the manual online. Concerns: The EVF didn't seem to work every time. It seemed to freeze up; I had to press the shutter a second time to activate it. It was not easy getting used to the view through the EVF. The light was not always accurate, and even after adjusting the dioptor, it never seemed completely in focus. Cons: I came across this in other reviews, but the location of video record button is just awful. I must have taken 30 short videos by mistake over my three-day rental. It's just in a bad location, and it takes very little pressure to activiate it. This is close to being a deal-breaker in terms of a purchase. Some dials are too sensitive--e.g., I kept changing the ISO without meaning to. Also, I experienced a shadow using the built-in flash caused by the length of the lens. I also came across this problem in other reviews. Overall: Over three days, I felt I was using a computer as much as a camera. Using the EVF made me feel a bit "removed" from the subject, since of course a digital image is not the same as looking at a mirrored image in a traditional DSLR. So I'm left torn between investing more in my D90 (despite the trepidation around extra weight and more "stuff" to carry around) and looking into the mirrorless world more. I had expected to place an order after using the NEX-7, but I am definitely putting that on pause.
Sony Alpha NEX-7
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Notes: This rental is for the camera body only. Lenses and SD memory cards are not included. A manual is not included. Also, we will make every attempt to have a fully charged battery for you, but we can't guarantee it 100%. If you ABSOLUTELY need a fully charged camera body, please request it via order notes.
Lens Compatibility: This camera accepts Sony E-mount lenses only.
Rental Package Includes: Camera, body cap, strap, battery, and charger.
I own this camera, and wanted to address one of the concerns of the reviewer here, accidentally hitting the record button. Via a firmware update, you can now disable the instant record feature, which I have done. It's not very hard to get to in the event I want to record video. I personally love my NEX-7. I wanted the benefit of a larger sensor (as compared to a P&S), but without the weight, and without compromising quality, and this camera does that for me. I only have two complaints, both small: 1) I have a little trouble getting it to autofocus in low light, but it's easily compensated for by kicking in manual focus; 2) The battery life isn't the greatest, but the batteries aren't that expensive compared to some of the full-sized DSLRs, so I don't mind having to carry extras. I read a lot of reviews from people saying the menu is hard to navigate and not very intuitive, which is the one thing that almost scared me away from this camera, but I didn't find that too troublesome, either. The manual is available in PDF format, so I always have it with me on my iPhone/iPad in iBooks, if I need to look anything up. Once I got used to all of the most-used functions, I can remember where they are (the ones I use most are custom assigned to buttons).