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Sony A7 III Review

With the fantastic special and Sony Cash Back promotion that we are currently running on the Sony A7 III we thought that it is time to have another look at this camera. Here is our Sony A7 III review.

The Sony A7III has a BSI CMOS sensor that features incredible dynamic range. The sensor has no problems performing in low light either and it is a testament to Sony’s amazing sensor producing abilities. The autofocus system nearly covers the entire image sensor. The camera can shoot 10 fps at top speed.  On the video side, it shoots slow motion at 1080p and features 4K resolution as you would expect.

The Sony A7 III is wonderfully comfortable to hold. A common problem with mirror-less bodies is that they do become difficult to handle with larger lenses. We tried the camera with the Sony 200-600mm G lens and we still found it to be comfortable and easy to handle.

The button layout makes sense and a lot of the buttons are in the same position as they are on the Sony A9 and A7R III. The button layout works, and Sony has stuck to it. However, Sony’s menu system does not make sense and they have stuck to that too.

Luckily, Sony has incorporated the My Menu system. This system allows you to add settings that you often adjust to this section of the menu so that you do not have to search through the unorganized menu system every time that you have to use them.

The Sony A7 III has a 3-inch rear display with 921k dot resolution. More than enough resolution to be visible when shooting at midday under the harsh African Sun. Vloggers will be disappointed to know that the camera does not feature a fully articulated screen. However, the screen can be adjusted up and down for different shooting positions.

The OLED electronic viewfinder has 0.78x magnification and features 2,359k dots. It is more than sufficient to judge if your image is perfectly focussed.

The camera has two SD memory card slots. The one slot holds up to UHS-II speed cards and the other slot holds up to UHS-I speed cards and Sony Memory Stick. Why Sony did not rather opt for two UHS-II slots is a mystery to us.

The camera has a USB-C and one micro USB port. It also has a micro HDMI, a 3.5mm microphone input, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This covers all the ports most photographers and videographers would need. For the more serious creatives among us Sony has added a hot shoe that can take added Sony accessories.

The camera can connect to smart devices via Wi-Fi, Blue tooth, and NFC. This will allow you to transfer video and images using the Sony PlayMemories app and to use your phone as a remote control.

The Sony A7 III has a battery life of 710 shots. For those of us that are use to the 1000 shot + battery life of an DSLR the camera is compatible with the Sony VG-C3EM vertical grip that will allow you to fit an extra battery and double the battery life. But Sony do not include an external charger in the box. They only include a USB wall charger. Which means that if you do not want your camera to be occupied while charging your battery you will have to purchase the external battery charger BC-QZ1 at R2849.

The Sony A7 III can shoot at 10 frames per second and has no problem focusing at these speeds. Even in lower light we found that we nearly had no focus misses.  93% of the sensor is covered by the 693 phase detection points that are joined by 425 contrast points. For portrait photographers Sony has added their Eye Auto Focus system.

The camera allows you to push the ISO to 204800 but it really is only useable up to ISO 102400. But then, who needs more than that?

The in-body stabilization is fantastic for video work. When you combine this with one of Sony’s stabilized lenses the footage is incredibly smooth. The camera allows videographers to shoot 4K at up to 30 frames per second. Shooting at 1080p will allow you to up the frame rate to 60 frames per second.

In our opinion the Sony A7 III is a great option for both photographers and videographers. It truly is the champion in its price range.

Buy the Sony A7 III Body here

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