DPReview First Look at Sony a7RIII Pixel Shift Technology and It Looks Useful

DPReview gives us our first look at the Sony a7RIII’s pixel shift technology and the results are kind of interesting. A zoomed out view of the photo doesn’t show a significant difference, a 100% view of distant objects shows a pretty dramatic improvement in sharpness, while objects closer to the camera improve a little depending on subject matter. Further, DPReview states that Sony’s latest lenses can resolve the most detail with this technology so it will I am curious if there will be a go-to lens for fans of this tech.

In the Studio scene, the results change somewhat as moire disappears and additional detail is resolved, that even the 100MP Phase One can’t resolve. The technology also removes color aliasing that can be seen in the newsprint. In general, there is more detail everywhere as you pixel peep around the studio scene.

In DPReviews Words “Landscape, cityscape and architecture photographers will absolutely love this new feature paired with the already excellent sensor in the a7R III – as long as they steer clear of (or clone out) moving objects in the scene. The increase in resolution and decrease in aliasing Pixel Shift brings is obvious in both our studio scene and real world result. It’s frankly dramatic in the latter.”

The potential benefit of pixel shift technology is definitely there for some photographers, but I am unsure how much it will matter for many until it can deal with some limited motion. It’s nice to have these kinds of features in a camera, but the inability to deal with motion and tripod requirement will prevent many from using it more than a hand full of times.

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