DPReview: Sony a7RIII Receives Gold Award With Score of 90%, Which is Only Matched by The a7RII


The Sony a7RIII topped its category of camera, just like the Sony a7RII did in 2015 with a 90% overall score. The only camera close is the Nikon D850, which shouldn’t be surprising. I kind of feel like DPReview needs to adjust their categories a little at this point because the a7RIII and a7RII shouldn’t have identical scores, especially if you compare the individual scored parts of the two, but having the two cameras have identical overall scores makes the overall score a little confusing. I realize both cameras are close in functionality, but even a 1% difference would make them clearly different. You can read the full review here and see the Pros/Cons below.

Pros Cons
  • 42.4MP image sensor offers great resolution and dynamic range
  • Increased overall speed and responsiveness
  • Vastly improved battery life
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Meaningful ergonomic improvements such as AF joystick, deeper grip
  • Improved JPEG color
  • Improved menu organization
  • 10fps burst shooting (8fps w/ live view)
  • Remarkably good Eye AF performance, even with adapted lenses
  • Big, beautiful viewfinder
  • Broadly good autofocus performance
  • 4K and slow motion 1080p capture
  • Highly customizable controls
  • Hybrid Log Gamma and S-Log included for video capture
  • Includes USB-C, flash sync and microphone / headphone ports
  • Tilting touchscreen that disables EVF eye sensor when flipped out
  • New Pixel Shift mode
  • Good Wi-Fi + NFC
  • In-camera charging and power
  • Only one SD slot supports UHS-II cards
  • Write speeds can be lengthy, even using fast cards
  • Cannot switch to video mode while buffer is clearing
  • Subject tracking can be unreliable
  • Buttons and dials still need more feedback, especially with gloves
  • Battery grip still recommended for comfortable use with big lenses
  • Chosen autofocus area is hard to see
  • No in-camera Raw conversion
  • No built-in intervalometer
  • No PlayMemories app support
  • Limited uses for Pixel Shift Resolution shooting modes (static environments)
  • Limited support for Pixel Shift files
  • Pixel shift mode slower than rivals and offers no motion compensation
  • No option for infrared AF assist lamp when using on-camera speed lights

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Sony a7RIII: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
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