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Sony a7 III ILCE7M3/B Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Black
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- Advanced 24.2MP BSI Full frame Image Sensor w/ 1.8X readout speed Advanced 24.2MP Back Illuminated 35 millimeter Full frame Image Sensor
- 15 stop dynamic range, 14 bit uncompressed RAW, ISO 50 to 204,800. Compatible with Sony E mount lenses. Can be connected via Bluetooth with smartphones featuring (as of the date of release)- Android (Android 5.0 or later, Bluetooth 4.0 or later), iOS (Bluetooth 4.0 or later)
- Up to 10fps Silent or Mechanical Shutter with AE/AF tracking. Battery Life (Still Images): Approx. 610 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 710 shots (LCD monitor), Battery Life (Movie, continuous recording): Approx. 200 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 210 min (LCD monitor)
- 693 phase detection / 425 contrast AF points w/ 93 percent image coverage. Focus Sensor: Exmor R CMOS sensor
- In the box: Rechargeable Battery (NP FZ100), AC Adapter (AC UUD12), Shoulder strap, Body cap, Accessory shoe cap, Eyepiece cup, Micro USB cable.Metering Type:1200 zone evaluative metering
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Perfection for all. Everything you need.
Capture the peaks of more decisive moments with the α7 III from Sony, packing newly developed back-illuminated full-frame CMOS sensor and other advanced imaging innovations, high-speed response, ease of operation, and reliable durability that are ready for various shooting needs.
Gain control of expressive freedom
With outstanding imaging capability and high-speed performance contained in a compact body, the α7 III gives you the power, precision, and flexibility to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments just as you like.
New sensor, evolved processor
New version of 24.2-MP5 Exmor R CMOS sensor, features a back-illuminated structure, plus the latest BIONZ X image processing engine and front-end LSI.
Capture 10fps (8fps live-view shooting) w AF/AE tracking2. Up to 177 JPEG, 89 compressed RAW or 40 uncompressed RAW images in one continuous burst19.
4DFOCUS Stunning wide coverage
Features 693 phase-detection AF points12 covering appr 93% of image area, plus 425 densely positioned contrast-detection AF points13 to improve focus.
AF supports A-mount lenses
693-point focal-plane phase-detection AF responds instantly w the benefits of high tracking performance even with an A-mount lens w/ adaptor LA-EA3.16
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2Up to 10fps in continuous “Hi+” mode and up to 8fps in continuous “Hi” mode. Maximum fps will depend on camera settings.; 3A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC card is required for XAVC S format movie recording. UHS Speed Class 3 or higher card is required for 100 Mbps recording.
4Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a USB cable when displaying HDR (HLG) movies.; 5Approximate number of effective pixels.
9CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long exposure NR off.
12Increased from 117 phase-detection AF points of α7 II.
13Increased from 25 contrast-detection AF points of α7 II.
16With SSM or SAM lenses only. With the LA-EA3 mount adaptor. Focal-plane phase-detection AF not supported for movie recording. AF-C can only be used when the "Phase detection" AF system is selected, but focus is fixed at the first frame during continuous shooting in any mode other than "Continuous: Lo" (Hi+, Hi, Mid).
18Some distortion may occur with fast-moving subjects or if the camera is moved sideways rapidly while shooting. 19In continuous "Hi+" mode with UHS-II compatible SDXC memory card. Sony test conditions.
2224p recording. Approx. 1.6 times for 30p recording.
28Compared to α7 II model when the camera is switched on.
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|Screen Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||5.00 x 3.88 x 3.00 inches||5.00 x 3.87 x 3.00 inches||5.00 x 2.36 x 3.78 inches||5.13 x 3.88 x 3.13 inches|
|Item Weight||1.44 lbs||1.45 lbs||1.32 lbs||1.27 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24.2 megapixels||42.4 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||61 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||Full Frame (35mm)||Full Frame (35mm)||APS-C||Full Frame (35mm)|
|Video Capture Resolution||4K UHD 2160p||FHD 1080p||FHD 1080p||4K UHD 2160p|
Advanced 24.2MP Full frame Image Sensor w/ 1.8X readout speed Advanced 24.2MP Back Illuminated 35mm Full frame Image Sensor. Bluetooth Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1 (2.4 GHz band)). Compatible with Sony E mount lenses. External Flash Compatibility Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adapter for flash compatible with Auto lock accessory shoe.
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Aside from lens performance, high ISO shots are simply amazing - even at 12,800, they are better than 1600 on my 7D - changes everything for me based on what and how I shoot. Though getting used to controls and functions will take a while, I love the customization that is possible and have already tweaked it with the controls I think I will need. Tons of videos out there on how to set it up - take the time to watch a few and it will save you tons of time. Also, don't forget to set up a control button to turn on the APS-C crop, instantly provides 50% more reach at the expense of about 30% reduction in resolution but it beats post processing cropping.
After 8 days in Sedona and the Grand Canyon, I am even more impressed. I exposed almost every shot for the highlights trusting I would be able to bring out the shadows with no noise, I was not disappointed. I have attached an example where the shadows looked black in the viewfinder.
-amazing autofocus that covers almost entire frame
-improved color over previous gen
-amazing lowlight performance, better than a9 & a7riii, about as good or better than a7sii in certain modes
-touchscreen limitations, can only be used for focusing
-only one uhs-2 slot
I have attached some images i have recently taken with the camera as well.
Now, on to some of the negatives:
The menu system is an improvement, in much the same way that a coyote attack is an improvement over a grizzly bear attack. It takes a while to slog through the menus and set the function and custom settings to make sure you never have to open the menu again.
One thing I love about Fuji cameras is the plentiful dials and knobs set to one—and only one—setting. The a7III has two dials that change according to the mode. Living between Aperture and Manual, the switches take some getting used to. This issue is not unique to the a7III, just something I wish was addressed.
Since I am primarily a Canon shooter, and Sony lenses are about as affordable as a kidney on the black market, I adapted my Canon lenses to the a7III. While non-stabilized lenses uses SteadyShot by default, my stabilized Canon L lenses prevent me from using SteadyShot, even when optical stabilization on the lens is turned off. While I understand that I'm complaining about a minor use case related to Canon lenses on a Sony camera, I shoot often in dark environements and cannot always bring a tripod.
Try as I may, I cannot think of any other reasons not to buy this camera without getting into detailed technical specs. The biggest issue I've had with Sony cameras up to this point was the star eater debacle, which does not seem to be impacting the a7III. If you've got $2k buried in the couch cushions and need an entry level professional camera, you can't go wrong with the a7III.
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The only thing is it's ridiculously configurable, so you need to spend time to create your own 'My menu', otherwise you can never find anything. But you can use it as-is and get fantastic pictures, or spend time, get deep, to make it your own. Anything in between maybe a bit frustrating.
If I were looking at single camera only, Fuji still has a touch nicer colours directly as JPEGs (Sony's are very good, Fuji's are great), and if you shoot in good light only, Fuji may still be your preference. Most lenses are more expensive than Fuji's APS-C, so that may be a factor, except that Samyang and now Tamron are doing bang-up job bringing great budget lenses. Samyang 35 2.8 is a steal, and I hear great things about Tamron 28-75 2.8, so between these two and Sony 28 2.0 you have a whole system. Also available for this system (only!!!) is a Techart Pro that allows you to use manual focus Leica lenses as autofocus!!!, and then you can adopt any vintage lens to Leica mount and have auto-focus, so that may be a big factor too
1. bought this in amazon warehouse used department and upon receiving it, i checked shutter count and it was 5! this is basically a brand new camera. ZERO scuffing on body. absolutely pristine.
2. firmware update from 2.00 to 3.01 went smooth and sony's windows10 software utility was flawless. much better than canon's archaic process (which is easy but just archaic -- no installer)
3. SOLID feel. my hands arent huge. but after a lot of complaints i've read that its a tad too small, i think for larger male hands, it could be. only my pinky on right hand grips halfway but i use it to cradle the bottom and the left hand cradles the lens. i have no complains here. I found previous camera (5dm3 canon) was chunky and big and caused fatigue but so far this camera is much lighter and i think it will be easier on my wrist fatigue. I would say the sizing here is very similar hold to canon SL1 SL2 SL3 mini DSLR series. Very compact and travel-friendly here.
4. LOVE the button customization here. REALLY REALLY helpful. Latest accumulated firmware update 3.01 allow for more button customization functionality. I have yet to sit down and customize everything... this usually takes a good month for me, so i'll update this review completely after a good session of shots.
5. my refurbished version came with NO battery -- i am able to buy NP-FZ100 RAVPower [Upgraded] found in amazon third party sony batteries on the latest 3.01 sony camera firmware. i'm very happy because theyre better value and sony isnt making a fuss with this in their firmware. Canon LOCKS you in on canon batteries and chips them so third party batteries dont register or function well with updated firmware. I understand the reasons why canon would do this (proper camera function guarantee, and prevent breaking electronics) but for me, i prefer the company leave it to customer to take that risk. Camera companies should just log the fact that third party batteries was used on the body into NV flash (when it comes to warranty discussions).
6. Articulating LCD is really annoying... just articulates out and up and partially down facing. why bother? Sony really needed to copy canon here with FULL articulating LCD. but this is better than nothing....
7. LCD touch screen is crippled. sony firmware crippled the touchscreen interface big time. You cant touch the screen to register input. there are limited screens where your fingers can input change. the rest is dial/OK based. why? Sony again should copy canon/nikon.
8. Menu system is more or less really similar to Canon's but just poorly organized. I wish companies would adapt the UI for touch screen interface rather than carry on with same UX design and just add touchscreen here and there. I honestly feel that canon's been improving this in the recent past (especially with "Q" setting) but the industry needs to take a step back and advance the UX for touch screen.
9. I wear glasses. the VF so far is decent Dioptric adjustment is great. I think as a small tweak, i would buy a larger cup (third party eye cup around 20$ here on amazon) to get a bit more separation from LCD screen and nose as well as seal up the lighting a tad more but no complaints as is though.
That is all for now..... i'll report back after a month or two shooting around.
Overall this camera is superb.
Best In Planet for Cinemats and Photographers, Just Buy it and See the Magic.
The menu system can be frustrating at times with 14 pages. But that would be typical with most Sony cameras.
The auto white balance is the only issue and is usually not accurate for indoor shooting