An entirely capable Mirrorless camera from Sony who presented this camera as an 'Entry Level' Full Frame camera. It gives you features which most professional DSLR's cannot give, all for a body MRP of below 2 lakhs. My review about every segment of this camera:
1- Body: Sony claims that the body is Magnesium Alloy which is only dust proof and splash proof, so you might wanna reconsider if you are going to be shooting in heavy rain or very unlikely conditions, which most of us won't be. The buttons on the back feels nice and clicky, with Sony following the same button layout as in the Sony A7R3, which was praised by photographers a lot.
2- Performance and AF: It does a whopping 10 frame per second shooting with both Mechanical and electronic shutter, and has the same Autofocus system in the Sony A9, which is a 3 lakh INR camera! This is insane! The interesting part is, the AF points cover about 93% of the screen, so it is a great feature to have while recording video. It also has the legendary Eye-AF, which was introduced in the A7R3, and works like a charm. One thing though, is that you can't use Eye-AF while recording video, it is applicable only for photography.
3- Photography and Video Features: It has a 24MP Backlit CMOS sensor, which means that it should have better low light performance since it is backlit. And yes, it does! The low light performance even outruns the A7R3, and this camera. is a beast in low light! Taking portraits should be easier since it has the Eye AF, and it is very much ideal for photography of fast moving subjects. The Autofocus tracking is absolutely wonderful, and if you're using native Sony lenses, then you shouldn't have any problems at all. Another advantage is the crop mode in this camera, which only utilises the APS-C size of the sensor. You can still attach your crop sensor lenses and still get awesome stills and video without any Vignetting. The movie recording capabilities of this camera blows most of the pro-DSLR's out of the water. 4K 30fps, and 1080p upto 120fps. And the quality of the footage looks much more improvised when comparing it to older models like the A6300. You get all the Professional Picture Profiles in Video as well!
4- Battery Life: Since Sony is using the new Z-series batteries for this camera, battery life is significantly improved. I could shoot for a whole day(both clips and stills) and still had 30% battery at the end of the day. It's good to have one more battery though.
5. Who is it for: Well, for the features it offers, it definitely is a Pro camera. But at this price point, it can be used by anyone who wants a Full Frame Camera to start off! It is absolutely a Bang for the Buck camera(if only more) and it is a pleasure carrying it around and shooting with it! If you are a landscape photographer and wants more Megapixels than 24MP for cropping in, then I would suggest the A7R3 or even the A7R2! The A7R2 is still a very capable camera with similar features, but terrible battery life and average AF capability. I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THE SONY A73 TO ABSOLUTELY ANYONE WHO HAS AN INTEREST AND THE BUDGET TO BUY THIS CAMERA!
ENJOY THE CAMERA! YOU ARE GONNA BUY YOURSELF A BEAST!
Sony a7 III is a very capable camera. It fulfill both needs for photography and videography.
Here is my detailed review for Sony a7 III:-
#SENSOR - The one thing I would like to mention here is that sony makes its own sensors, it also makes sensors for the other camera companies. The Sony a7 III comes with a new full-frame 24.2-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with an anti-dust system.
#IMAGE STABILISATION - *Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation makes any lens stabilized, No more shaky videos. It makes it a run and gun camera. *Up to 5 stops of stabilization.
#AUTOFOCUS- *Fast hybrid autofocus with 693 phase-detection (covers 93% of image area) + 425 contrast-detection autofocus points. *Tracking for moving objects is good. *Autofocus in focus magnifier for precise image focus. *Adjustable sensitivity for autofocus tracking in stills. *Fast and effective eye focus, works even in AF-C mode. *Autofocus works well in low light also. *Use joystick for moving focusing points quickly. *4D focus technology
#IMAGE PROCESSOR- *Enhanced BIONZ X image processor *16-bit image processing and 14-bit RAW data output
#SCREEN- *3.0″ 922k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD *Touch Focus function *Touch and drag focus while using the viewfinder
#POWER & BATTERY- *Sony's Z-series NP-FZ100 large battery *Battery life- Approx 610 shots *Option to attach Sony’s VG-C3EM battery grip *In-camera charging is supported
#DYNAMIC RANGE- *Approx 15-stop dynamic range at base ISO
#ISO- *Standard ISO range is 100-51200 *Expandable to ISO 50-204800 for stills
#IMAGE QUALITY- *8bits JPEG *very crisp, detailed images *Improved JPEG colors over its predecessor
#CAMERA BODY- *Light-weight magnesium-alloy body *11 custom buttons *Weather sealed body (dust and moisture proof) *Rubberised handgrip
#VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS- *4K at 30p and 24p at 100 MBPS and 60 MBPS *Full pixel readout from full frame sensor without binning for high-resolution 4K movies at a maximum bitrate of 100Mbps. *4k from full pixel 6k readout downsampling. *4K HDR movie recording *Supports Hybrid Log Gamma for 4K HDR recording *Simultaneous proxy movie recording *Includes S-log, Super35 mode, zebras, focus peaking *4:2:0 in 8-bit internally *4:2:2 in 8-bit to an external recorder via clean HDMI out
#LENSES- Sony E-mount lenses and third-party lenses available
#CONNECTIVITY- *USB 3.1 type-C port *PC-tethered shooting *Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth *Microphone and headphone jacks *Micro USB terminal for power supply
#DATA STORAGE- *2 card slots *Only one slot supports UHS-II *Data can be copied between the cards in the camera *RAW/JPEG or images/videos can be recorded in separate cards. *Backup files on cards simultaneously
#CONTINUOUS SHOOTING- *Continuous shooting of up to 10fps or 8fps for live-view shooting with AF/AE tracking. *Up to 177 JPEG images, 89 compressed RAW images or uncompressed 40 RAW images can be captured in one continuous burst shoot. *Silent shooting option is available in continuous shooting.
OTHER FEATURES- *Anti-flicker shooting *Images can be rated from 1 to 5 stars in camera. *Custom my menu setting *Face registration
WARRANTY- 2-year standard warranty + 1-year additional warranty on online registration.
CONS- *No flipped out screen (only tilt) *Port covers aren’t weather-sealed. *No top-plate LCD display. *It's a challenge to use it with gloves. *Camera's image stabilization is no replacement for a gimbal. *Complex Menu *No built-in flash *No 4K/60p framerate *No 10-bit video
I highly recommend this as a best full-frame mirrorless camera for photo and video. A Value for money product.
Compared to its predecessor, the Sony a7 III has been updated in almost every way; when compared to other similarly priced full frame options, the a7 III looks to be a cut above in many respects. For generalist photographers, wedding and event shooters and even sports specialists, the a7 III gets an awful lot of things just right. But as with previous Sony mirrorless full-frame cameras, there are some foibles that persist with this new model.
When I first got my hands on this camera the first thing I noticed was that it looks just like my A7RIII. Not only does it look like it, it also feels like it. That’s nice, because I really liked the step up from the older generation of the A7 range mainly because of speed and the nice extra functions like touch screen and the menu system. I quickly set up the camera similar to my A7RII and went out shooting the next morning for sunrise.