My friend Kevin Kallenbach at Mike Crivello's Camera in Brookfield (the Milwaukee suburb next to the older small town where I live) bought himself a NEX-7, and showed me the store's stock unit yesterday.
I had an extremely positive first impression. Granted, this is only from handling it in a camera store—and, also granted, I might have been influenced by the steady stream of admiring and positive comments from Kevin, standing next to me talking quietly about his own experiences as I looked the camera over.
Surprisingly, the ergonomics are outstanding. The camera is right-sized, with a very confident and comfortable right-hand grip and excellent overall lightness. The EVF is wonderfully well placed, too, and feels as natural as can be when the camera is raised to your right eye. Like the OM-D, the NEX-7 allows you to easily flip up the viewing screen for "waist-level" use, something I personally really like.
The lens seems outsized relative to the body, but only visually. In terms of balance and weight—and handling—my sense was that this was just fine, likely to be a non-issue with the sub-10 oz. normal lenses (a description which includes the normal zoom).
The overall impression I got from dry-firing the camera was of razor-sharp responsiveness. The shutter has a great feel and the AF seems extremely quick as well. (Kevin says his NEX-7 might have have the best AF of any digital camera he's owned.)
Too bad the NEX-7 doesn't have good image quality. Or wait...it does.
From what I hear, anyway. Wonder how its highlight rendition stacks up against the OM-D's? Kevin and I might have to get together for a little shootout.
Hopefully I can convince Kevin to write up some of his impressions for us. Crivello's is an old-line camera store—there are no mere "clerks." The level of photographic knowledge behind the counter is impressive.
And hey, the store even has its own jingle (bottom right at the topmost link). Beat that!
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