Taking many notes from its predecessor, the Sony Alpha 7R III is the third-generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras developed by Sony. While it offers a remarkable range of specifications including a sensor of 42.4 megapixels, continuous shooting of 10 frames per second, hybrid autofocus system and 4K recording, there is much more to this Sony A7R III review that you may not know yet.
Sony has clearly taken the easier route with their new mirrorless camera and is sticking to their trademark compact SLR-styled body frame and a central electronic viewfinder responsible for many key features. However, they have also made sure to make significant improvements to last years model, the A7R II. With the same overall look, Sony’s A7R III features many of the features of the previously debuted Alpha 9, such as impressive camera quality, high-resolution shooting, shooting moving images and also high-ISO image quality.
Getting to the specifics now (especially for the tech-lovers), Sony has retained many features from the A7R II. One of the most imported ones has to be the same 42.4MP back-illuminated full-frame sensor that is embedded with an on-chip phase detection that makes it perfect for autofocus modes. In the Sony A7R III, this sensor has been paired with the newest Bionx X processor as well as a new front-end LSI, boosting the mirrorless cameras ISO sensitivity range to an impressive 50-102,400 range. Sony also claims to provide 15 stops of dynamic range at the ISO 100 with the new A7R III, as well as the ability to record these into 14-bit RAW files during both continuous and silent shooting.
The Sony A7R III is also much faster than the previous model, which has the ability to shoot at 10 fps or 8ps (with live view between each frame). It can also shoot up to 28 RAW files or 76 compressed JPEG files in a single burst, all thanks to the addition of a noticeably large buffer.
The Sony A7R III also includes an in-built 5-body image stabilization mode which can pair flawlessly with any lens attached. Due to the improved internal mechanics of the mirrorless camera, Sony now promises an impressive shutter speed of 5.5 that is both blur-free and handled by hand. We might be looking at one of the best image stabilization mechanics yet to be seen in any full-frame cameras.
A feature that is completely new to the Sony A7R III has to be the long-awaited addition of the USB-C, a technology that is employed by most camera producers by now. This port comes alongside the usual Micro-USB port, making travel photography much simpler and hassle-free. The most important advantage that these two ports seem to offer is allowing the cameras files to be accessed and charged simultaneously.
Bringing the A7R III to the market is a job well done on Sony’s part. While they have successfully managed to retain popular features like stunning image resolution, they have also worked hard to overcome weaknesses and improved key features like autofocus and continuous shooting. Essential additions like the larger battery and a user-friendly control interface has made the A7R III one of the best cameras this market has seen in a long time.
The Sony A7R III currently retails at a market price of £3200 (body only). While you may think it is much on the pricier end, the price seems to do justice to the wide range of outstanding features that this camera offers.