URBAN EXPRESSION IN BELFAST IN MAY 2012
I am currently reviewing my catalogue of photographs of Belfast City and where possible I am reprocessing them with better software if and when possible.
This was no second visit to Belfast and I have upgraded from the Sony NEX-5 to the Sony NEX-7 which became my favourite camera but of course it does not come close to my current A7RIV however I still use it on a regular basis. I was very lucky in that I got my camera well before it became generally available.
As mentioned, elsewhere, during my first visit to Belfast I used hop-on bus services to explore. This time I walked everywhere and that was exhausting. These days  I use the Glider bus service which is excellent and highly recommended.
The Sony α NEX-7 is a digital camera announced 24 August 2011 by Sony. It is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and as such inherits a smaller body form factor than a traditional digital single-lens reflex camera, while still retaining the sensor size and features of an APS-C-sized model. It is targeted at experienced users, enthusiasts and professionals. It is replaced by the ILCE-6000 (α6000).
Albeit being delayed for a few months because of 2011’s Thai floods, the α NEX-7 was very well received by critics and users. In regions like Hong Kong, α NEX-7 was always running out of stock. DPreview.com and PhotographyBlog gave it their highest awards, with the highest score ever attained by an APS class camera. The α NEX-7 also won the best camera in Camera Grand Prix 2012 under professional catalog, which was voted by a professional community consisting of 57 council members from the professional press field of the Camera Journal Press Club.
At the time of its release, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 had the best image quality among any mirrorless interchangeable-lens compact camera which had been tested by DxO Labs and also the best APS-C Sensor camera from Sony. Sony α65, Sony α77 and NEX-7 have similar sensors and received DxOMark Overall Scores of 74, 78, and 81, respectively. The image quality of NEX-7 can be comparable with Nikon D7000 (score 80) and Pentax K-5 (score 82).