Sony a7RIII vs a7RII, Press Trip, 10fps at 240fps, Reviews, and More

The Sony a7RIII is selling very well, but so far the only stand out feature seems to be speed. While I enjoyed my time with the Sony a9 the only thing I miss about the camera is it’s amazing AF speed and if the a7RIII is even remotely close in performance I will be completely satisfied with my purchase. For some, the 42MP will be a huge step up, but if you owned the previous a7RII you shouldn’t notice much of a difference.

As for pixel shift, the technology produces some amazing results, but the one-minute minimum photo length is very limiting. I would be interested in seeing a comparison between pixel shift and HDR detail recovery in the near future since both methods have to be done manually after the fact. There are a few different tricks photographers can use to get additional detail from their photos, but most don’t take the time to do them because they are very time-consuming.

albertdros – Sony A7RIII Pixel Shift Function Demo

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Sony a7RIII: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
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Sigma CEO Yamaki-san Talks About Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary And A Future Sigma Lens

According to Sigma’s CEO Yamaki-san the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN has glass specifically designed for mirrorless cameras and it has ART level performance. There isn’t a whole lot of information in this interview, but Yamaki-san promises that there will be a mid-level telephoto lens released for mirrorless in the future from Sigma.

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN: B&H PhotoAdorama.

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DPReview Updated Studio Scene With Sony a7RIII and Results Aren’t Impressive

DPReview updated their studio scene with results form the Sony a7RIII and personally, I find the high ISO results less than impressive. I always like to go straight to the more fibrous/3d parts of DPReview’s studio comparison when looking at how a camera performs and while base ISO looks pretty good I wouldn’t use the a7RIII above 6400 ISO. By 12,800 ISO the a7RIII loses too much detail, but there might be a slight issue with DPReviews test if you pixel peep around. At times the a7RII looks better than the a7RIII, while the D850 and GFX almost always look a little better. Maybe the small Sony a7 is a little off axis during testing or maybe this is an optical weakness.

Some sites might try to paint a rosy picture here, but the a7RIII does seem to be performing below the a7RII in some respects and it is very hard to tell if the testing is flawed or the camera. Thankfully the performance claims of the a7RIII do seem to live up to expectation from the videos that we have seen on Youtube, but the a7RIII won’t be replacing the a7S anytime soon.

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Sony a7RIII: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
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Sony a7RIII Delayed Until December


The Sony a7RIII sold significantly better than expected, which is going to cause a delay according to Sony Japan.

Dear Customer,

Announcement concerning supply of digital single lens camera “α7 R III”

Thank you very much for your patronage of Sony products.

The order received from Tuesday, October 31, the digital single lens reflex camera “α 7 R III” has received orders exceeding our expectations greatly, and it is time to receive time to deliver goods I will. For reservations up to the release date it will be delivered in order by early December.

We will do our utmost to respond to customer’s request as much as possible, so please wait for a while.

It looks like the Sony a7RIII will be in short supply for a while to come similar to when the a7RII came out. I’m not sure why companies prefer delaying their shipments over making some limited shipments over time, but other camera companies have done this recently as Photorumors points out.

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Sony a7RIII: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony 24-105mm: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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DPReview: Sony RX10 IV Gets Gold Award For Being “most wholly capable all-in-one camera package money can buy”


The Sony RX10 is one of the cameras I recommend to people looking to get into photography more often than any other camera and for good reason. You simply can’t beat the value of a solid camera with a quality 24-600mm lens built in. Not everyone will buy the right lens for the job, but if you have an RX10 with you then chances are you can figure out how to get the shot. The only RX series has always represented an incredible value for photographers that don’t want to travel light, but it is also a great camera for people looking to get into more serious photography. You just can’t go wrong with a RX camera. Read the full review here.

Sony RX10 Mark IV: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Pros Cons
  • 20MP 1″ sensor capable of excellent image quality
  • 24-600mm equivalent F2.4-4 lens is optically excellent
  • 315-point phase detection AF system
  • High quality, class-leading 4K
  • 24 fps burst shooting with autofocus and autoexposure is truly impressive
  • Impressive dynamic range capture in Raw, JPEG and video, thanks to DRO and S-Log2
  • Responsive touchscreen can be used as a touchpad with eye to finder
  • Rolling shutter is very well controlled even with fast moving subjects
  • Effective optical stablization
  • Camera can be charged and powered (if your battery dies) with USB
  • High frame rate (HFR) video modes useful and high quality
  • Wi-Fi integration is straightforward
  • Bluetooth, NFC useful for Android users
  • Customizable ‘My Menu’ and ‘Function Menu’ for storing most-used features
  • ‘AF Area Regist.’ and ‘Memory Recall’ allow for quick access to saved settings
  • Headphone and microphone ports
  • AF modes can be confusingly redundant and need refining
  • No lock-on AF in 4K or 1080/120p
  • Touchscreen can not be used to navigate menu/function menu
  • Can not zoom in AF-C with AF-on
  • A built-in ND filter, as offered in the RX10 II, would be super useful
  • Zoom speed still too slow even when maxed out
  • Small buttons feel mushy
  • Does not ship with standalone charger
  • No in-camera Raw conversion
  • May be too bulky for some
  • May be too pricey for some
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Sony Imaging Edge Now Available


You can download Sony’s Imaging Edged from here.

Features:

Viewer: Image selection (Viewer)

  • Convenient to quickly check image after shooting, used in combination with [Remote] and [Edit] functions.
  • The result of shooting image can be quickly displayed by working together with [Remote]. File import is not necessary because it can reference folders. It also enables you to check the shooting image by using grid and guides.
  • Shows image data such as RAW and JPEG in list display. In [Edit] you can select images to develop RAW file.
  • Rating information can be transformed to XMP*(Adobe compatible), therefore can be transferred to Adobe Bridge and Photoshop.

Edit: RAW Development

  • A high-quality RAW development and adjustment function is implemented.
  • You can adjust aspects of the image such as brightness, color, and white balance.
  • You can adjust the image quality of ARQ-format images generated by Pixel Shift Multi Shooting and develop them into TIFF, JPEG, or other formats.

Remote: Shooting via live viewing on PC screen

  • A remote shooting application that lets you perform shooting operations while checking the images in Live View on the large screen of a computer.
  • Composition adjustment (Grid, Guide, Live View): The Grid, Guide, and Overlay functions allow you to make detailed adjustments to the composition.
  • Focus adjustment (Aria focus, zoom display): You can efficiently make detailed focus adjustments with Aria focus, zoom display, and manual focus functions.
  • From checking image to RAW development: Image is automatically exported to PC, where you can use RAW development features such as checking, selecting, and adjusting quality.

Pixel Shift Multi Shooting (Remote, Viewer, and Edit)

  • Remote Shooting: Remote
    • Remote Shooting using a computer – After connecting the camera and the computer via USB, you can use Remote to perform Remote Shooting. You can check the composition, focus, and exposure on the computer screen before you shoot.
  • Confirmation and composition: Viewer
    • Combining and browsing the shot images – When you are done shooting, the uncombined RAW images (ARW format) are transferred to the computer. Combined RAW data (ARQ format) is automatically generated on the computer, and you can browse it using Viewer. With Viewer, you can also combine and browse images shot with Pixel Shift Multi Shooting using only the camera and not the computer.
  • Adjustment and development: Edit
    • Adjusting the image quality and Output – The combined image can be developed into the JPEG or TIFF format by adjusting the image quality using Edit.

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