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Sony A7 III

Sony A7 III

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Sony A7 III Camera Review

Sony A7 III Camera Review

Posted   05.08.18
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92 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Sony’s 24.2-megapixel A7 III is a near-perfect all-around mirrorless camera. You can fire bursts at 10 fps, capture sharp images with excellent dynamic range day or night, and autofocus accurately on fast-moving subjects or portraits. It also handles very well and captures the sharpest 4K video of any full-frame mirrorless camera on the market, except for Sony’s much more costly A9. It’s not perfect, as the viewfinder and EVF are less sharp than rival models. Overall, however, it’s the best $2,000 camera you can buy and arguably the best on the market, period.

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Pros
  • Stellar low-light/high ISO capability
  • Much-improved handling
  • Fast 10 fps shooting
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Sharpest 4K video of any Sony full-frame camera
  • Double the battery life of the last model
Cons
  • EVF and viewfinder not quite as good as rivals
  • Two SD card slots but only one is high-speed UHS-II
  • Not as weather-resistant as the Fujifilm’s X-H1
  • No 10-bit video output like Panasonic’s GH5s
92 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

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Average Critic Score
 
90
Digital Photography Review
The Sony a7 III is a well-priced, well-rounded camera suitable for all kinds of photography. Twenty-four megapixels of resolution is more than sufficient for most tasks, and the 693-point autofocus system and 10 frames-per-second burst speed help the a7 III keep up with fast action. Video quality and feature set is another strong point, though some operational lag, a slightly low-resolution viewfinder and unintuitive video autofocus may turn off some users.
 
90
Ken Rockwell
If you work for your money and want the world's best full-frame mirrorless camera, this is it. The only reason to consider the A7R III or A9 is to get a third memory recall on the top dial in place of the Scene mode, or to get more pixels than anyone needs (A7R III) or to run at 20 FPS (A9). If more frames or more pixels are worth paying double the price, go for it, but if you work for your money, get this A7 III and use the money you save to get the real Sony G and GM lenses you deserve.
 
100
PC Mag
The Sony a7 III is an entry-level full-frame camera that goes well beyond the basics in features, with excellent image quality, 10fps subject tracking, and 4K video capture.
 
100
TechRadar
The Alpha A7 III is a brilliant camera that ticks a lot of boxes for many photographers. Sony has taken some of the best bits from its flagship Alpha A9 and A7R III, and distilled them into a single camera that offers a fantastic mix of performance and image quality. For the price, there's nothing that can touch it.
 
90
PetaPixel
In conclusion, the a7 III is a top-quality hybrid stills and video camera body that I highly recommend. It comes in at a price point that makes it very appealing to students, indie filmmakers and anyone on a small budget. The best thing, in my opinion, is that you can get real, practically useful capabilities for both stills and motion capture in a very small package that produces high-quality results that I feel I can confidently deliver to my clients.
 
90
The Verge
Ultimately, you can have fantastic all-around performance with the A7 III or megapixel overkill with the A7R III. Both are great cameras, but one is far more suitable for the niche of professionals who specialize in detail-oriented photography, while the other is going to be on many new photographer’s wishlists.
 
80
The Phoblographer
This is a camera for the entry level photographer that wants a full frame option. You’d use it for leisure and maybe a bit of semi-professional work. But for specialized work, I think you should look at the other options out there.
 
90
Camera Labs
The Sony Alpha A7 III is a highly versatile and feature-packed camera that redefines what we can expect from a full-frame body at this price point. It delivers crisp and satisfying images from its 24 Megapixel full-frame sensor, captures good-looking 4k video in either full-frame or cropped APSC modes, handles itself confidently for action with 10fps bursts and phase-detect autofocus across almost the entire sensor, while also being ideal for events with excellent face and eye detection as well as the chance to shoot in genuine silence. Pros shooting one-off occasions will appreciate the security of twin SD card slots, studio shooters will enjoy the high speed tethering and USB power, while travellers and social photographers will love the Wifi and seamless location tagging over Bluetooth. Oh and as a third generation Sony A7 model, the A7 III also enjoys the better controls and bigger battery of the A7r III which essentially banishes previous concerns over mirrorless. For anyone desir