Sony A7 III Review

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Let’s talk about one of the hottest and most anticipated cameras of 2018, the Sony A7 III Mirrorless Camera. Now the A7 III is what Sony describes as their basic entry-level, full-frame model, but it’s really anything but basic. There’s a full suite of professional photographic and video features built into the camera. Now it’s time to do a full-on review of the Sony A7 III.



Overview: Sony A7 III Review

Sony A7 III Box Contents
Image Sensor
Autofocus
Video Features
Body
Electronic Viewfinder
Battery Life
Connectivity
Top 5 Features of the Sony A7 III
Conclusion
Sony A7 III Mirrorless Camera Specs.

Sony A7 III Box Contents

First, let’s take a look at what Sony provides you with A7 III. When you ask yourself “What is in the box of Sony A7 III?” you will see these items.

  • Sony Alpha A7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (2280mAh)
  • AC Adapter
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • ALC-B1EM Body Cap for E-Mount Cameras
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

Of course, you’re gonna notice the first thing is all your instruction material and warranty information. Now the full instruction manuals are located online and they’re available in a downloadable PDF format.

DOWNLOAD: Sony A7 III User Manuals and Warranty

You have the standard A7 neck strap, you have the Z-type battery. This is the new Sony style battery that’s found in like the Sony A9 and Sony A7r III. Sony A7 III does not come with an external wall charger for the battery it only comes with plug-in type so you have to plug in the camera to charge it with the battery and the camera itself.



Image Sensor

So, under the hood of the Sony A7 III is a brand new 24-megapixel, backside illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, and that resolution is important; it represents the perfect balance for creating a detailed, high-resolution image, while also giving you plenty of opportunities to shoot at higher ISOs if you’re shooting in lower light or a mixed-light situation.

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Now when there’s not enough light this camera is a beast. Because this camera is capable of shooting up to an ISO 204800 and it’s also expandable down to an ISO of 50 in the stills mode. If you’re going to be shooting video you have the capability of shooting up to about 50000 ISO expandable up to over a 100000 ISO.

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The Sony A7 III features the all-new Bionz X image processor with a front-end LSI. This is going to give you much-improved color fidelity as well as high ISO performance and much faster autofocus.

Autofocus

So, one of my favorite things about the camera is the autofocus system. The Sony A7 III, it’s really like a baby Sony A9. It uses both contrast and phase-detection autofocus to give you accuracy and speed.

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Sony A7 III features 693 phase detection points when you’re in the 35-millimeter full-frame format. As well in conjunction with 425 contrast-detection points. This is going to make sure that you have a reliable and quick AF, especially when tracking subject matter. Talking about tracking subject matter this camera takes a step up from the Sony A7R III and gives you even better-improved eye detection AF.

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[1] Phase-detection AF coverage (693 points)
[2] Contrast-detection AF coverage (425 points)

With its ability for fast autofocus tracking the camera is also capable of shooting 10 frames continuously up to 177 frames. What I would recommend is utilizing the dual memory card slot especially the UHS-II card slot to make sure you’re able to keep up with your subject matter.

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So, whether you’re using single-point autofocus for portraits or you’re using continuous autofocus for tracking moving subjects, the A7 III performs well above what any basic, entry-level camera should.



Video Features

There are so many filmmakers and creative moving-image artists that are using Sony products. The Sony A7 III doesn’t disappoint. In HD it can shoot up to 120fps for super cinematic slow motion. There’s even UHD 4K with HLG and S-Log Gamma.

For all video shooters, this is a full frame 4K capable camera. It uses the full width of the sensor you can get 4K to 30 frames per second. If you’re looking to slow down your subject matter you get 120 frames per second at Full HD.

So, if you’re the type of filmmaker that’s into slow motion cinematography, the in-camera image stabilization can also be very helpful for handheld sweeping movements.

READ: Best Mirrorless Cameras for 2019

The Sony A7 III also features five-axis image stabilization in body this is gonna be perfect for you video shooters as well as still shooters.

Body

The body’s been updated with many ergonomic improvements. There’s an autofocus joystick, dual SD card slots (UHS-II on the first card slot, UHS-I on the second card slot), USB-C, a touchscreen, and weather sealing for shooting in harsh environments. In addition, you have a microphone input as well as a headphone jack and clean HDMI.

Electronic Viewfinder

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You have access to an extremely high-resolution electronic viewfinder. It’s a 2.36 million dot XGa OLED Tru-Finder with a 0.78x magnification with an extremely fast refresh rate so there’s gonna be a minimal lag when viewing through it.

Battery Life

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Mirrorless cameras historically have not had the best battery life. Well the Sony A7 III borrows the same battery from the Sony A9, giving you longer shooting times in both photo and video. Sony A7 III features the brand new Z type battery so you can get about up to 700 shots on a fully charged battery much improved over the previous generation of batteries.



Connectivity

Sony A7 III also features Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth. The Bluetooth gonna give you the ability to transfer location data from your cell phone to your images.

Top 5 Features of the Sony A7 III

  1. The number one feature is the price of Sony A7 III. This camera is selling for under $2,000. That’s right, you’re getting a 4K capable camera, you’re getting amazing low-light performance, you’re getting the capability of shooting 10 frames per second, you’re getting eye tracking AF, you’re getting improved battery performance, you’re getting an amazing electronic viewfinder as well as Wi-Fi connectivity under $2,000.
  2. At number two the camera is capable of recording 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) video at up to 30 frames per second utilizing the full width of the sensor. That means that there’s no crop when recording 4K. If you’re interested in recording slow motion the camera is also capable of recording 120 frames per second at 1080p.
  3. Next, the camera features the best low-light performance at up to a native ISO of 51200 expandable all the way to 204800.
  4. Next, this is gonna feature the most advanced Eye Tracking AF System up to date. Which is going to make it the perfect choice for wedding photographers, event photographers, and portrait photographers.
  5. The fifth feature that separates this camera from all others out there on the market is the fact that it’s capable of shooting 10fps with continuous AF tracking for up to 177 shots at 24 megapixels.

Sony A7 III Mirrorless Camera Sample Images

Conclusion

The image quality and the overall handling of the camera were incredibly impressive, far above what you’d find in a basic entry-level camera. If you’re a photographer, or a filmmaker looking for an entry into full-frame image-making, the A7 III is a highly compelling choice.



Sony A7 III Mirrorless Camera Specs.

Price
MSRP $2000
Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 3008 x 1688, 3008 x 2000
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor Bionz X
Image
ISO Auto, 100-51200
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 204800
White balance presets 11
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
CIPA image stabilization rating stop(s)
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Extra fine, fine, standard
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital Zoom Yes (4)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 693
Lens mount Sony E
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,600
Touch screen Yes
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.78×
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,296
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via Multi Interface shoe)
Continuous drive 10.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p) 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
Videography notes Supports XAVC S codec (100Mbps), S-Log2 and S-Log3, and HLG
Modes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 25 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 16 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI port with 4K still, uncompressed video output)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes with NFC and wireless control via PlayMemories Mobile app
Remote control Yes (wired)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 710
Weight (inc. batteries) 650 g (1.43 lb / 22.93 oz)
Dimensions 127 x 96 x 74 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.91)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

 

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