Sony a7RIII: Some Impressions and Videos

The Sony a7RIII has improved a lot over the previous generation of cameras and I find myself hating it less than any Sony before. I can set and forget a lot up with the camera and the extra programmable buttons make life a lot easier, but the new range of shutters along with its ability to track make the camera useful in new ways that I am still exploring.

But then there are the touch controls, which are completely unintuitive. Trying to use touch controls to review images in a way that would be intuitive to anyone in 2017 is impossible at this point and there is no excuse for this. Sony probably should have just left the touch screen off this camera if they were only going to have very limited touch capabilities. I simply do not see the point of it’s inclusion if you have to keep going between buttons and the screen to use it for reviewing images or taking them.

Also related to this reviewing images with buttons can be oddly laggy at times. The touch interface can feel more responsive, but if you are shooting at 8fps or 10fps reviewing images in camera can be very important. Hopefully, Sony fixes these issues via firmware update sooner rather than later, because issues like this can make the camera feel slower than it’s peers.

Last but not least you can see some video below, which I haven’t shot much of but looks pretty good from the footage I have seen. I hope to do more video in the near future and I might create some videos like these, but I find editing video tedious and I am waiting for Lightroom support for the Sony a7RIII to start seriously sharing photos from the camera. I would rather process them in an application that I am intimately familiar with first before giving any impressions. I simply can’t understand Photographers judging the a7RIII from JPEG’s or editors they haven’t used daily. For the first time in a long time, I am enjoying a Sony camera, but I won’t be certain about how I feel about the purchase until I can open my photos in Lightroom, because Capture One really isn’t doing it for me.

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