With the release of the brand new Sony A7III it seems everyone has forgotten about the rest of the Sony camera line up. Especially the big brother and all round powerhouse the A7RIII. It needed some love so we decided to review it.
Aesthetic and Construction
The camera itself borrows the same properties and body from the Sony a9. The A7RIII feels good in your hand with a nice grip. In addition the camera is constructed with magnesium alloy with (finally) weather sealing. On the right hand side there is a dual SD card slot and I don’t know why Sony decided to do this but the cards face backwards. Meaning if you want to check what card is in which slot you either have to flip the camera to take the card fully out.
On the left hand side you have an array of connections. The first being an amazing USB C 3.1 port for faster charging and file transfer. Then you have your typical multi function port, sync ports and headphone/mic jack. Out only gripe with this is the doors for these ports are so flimsy and floppy.
There is really nothing to complain on this front. Sony have absolutely killed it with the a7RIII. Let’s start out with the autofocus. The autofocus is amazingly snappy and just accurate. With the IRIS AF and face detection, portraiture is super easy to capture. In terms of tracking it is solid on continuous auto focus and definitely a must when you can shoot up to 10 fps. We were pleasantly surprised with how quickly he Sony A7R III was able to process burst shots especially when they’re all 42MP.
On the inside of the Sony A7R III it houses a gigantic 42MP full frame BSI CMOS sensor which rivals the D850s. The high resolution imagery is really noticeable in post, however when put images side by side JPEG with the A7III you don’t really notice a difference. However the dynamic range which you’re playing around in post is really apparent. Surprisingly for a 42MP camera it handles high ISOs quite well, granting you a native ISO range of 100-32000.
In terms of video quality, the A7RIII is amazing. Although it’s not designed for video, it has more than enough features and video power. It can do 4K UHD up to 30 fps and Full HD at 120 fps which is brilliant. Unfortunately it only produces 8 bit 4:2:0 colour and when uncompressed 8 bit 4:2:2. Just remember though, this cameras style is predominately for photography (Sony A7SIII where you at?).
High resolution, great dynamic range and noise capabilities. No more to say really. Have a look at the images below for some samples shot with the A7RIII and the Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F4. More samples in our YouTube review (link at bottom)
This is currently hands down Sonys best camera for photography. The Sony A7RIII boasts such high imaging performance and pairing with more than adequate video performance too. The A7III is great but the Sony A7RIII really trumps it when you throw those files onto your computer. The dynamic range, the cropping power, basically on every front of photography. It’s a 42MP powerhouse and one of the best cameras on the market. So if you’re on a landscaper, studio/portraiture person or just looking for a high end performer, the Sony A7RIII is the camera for you.
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