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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Next, the camera features the best low-light performance at up to a native ISO of 51200 expandable all the way to 204800.
- 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.
- 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
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.
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|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)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||50|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||204800|
|White balance presets||11|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|CIPA image stabilization rating||5 stop(s)|
|JPEG quality levels||Extra fine, fine, standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Digital Zoom||Yes (4)|
|Number of focus points||693|
|Lens mount||Sony E|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|External flash||Yes (via Multi Interface shoe)|
|Continuous drive||10.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))|
|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)|
|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|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro-HDMI port with 4K still, uncompressed video output)|
|Wireless notes||with NFC and wireless control via PlayMemories Mobile app|
|Remote control||Yes (wired)|
|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″)|
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