DPRTV: Sony a7SIII – Still The Low Light King

The Sony a7SIII has recieved almost universal praise since it was launched and now DPRTV has finished their review. You can read a summary of the review below:

  • Great dynamic range
  • Great high ISO
  • Sony a7SIII is good for photography but you shouldnt buy it just for photography
  • This camera is best for videographers that want to shoot photos on occassion
  • They have shot a few episodes on the a7SIII now
  • Cine 2 is good for low contrast shooting
  • Slog2 will give you more dynamic range
  • Slog3 never worked well before with 8-bit profiles but now Sony has a 10-bit profile with tons of dynamic range
  • a7SIII is noticibly less sharp than other cameras that super sample due to only capturing 12MP
  • Less sharpness is the tradeoff for more dynamic range and better low light performance
  • The 12MP sensor also reads out faster than higher MP sensors
  • Sony says it reads out 2x faster than the a7SII, but DPR thinks its more than 3x better making it the fastest readout around at the moment
  • PDAF works well with real time tracking AF, but you have to touch the screen to start the tracking
  • The only time they have had an issue with real time AF is when shooting log with fixed subjects
  • AF-S is the work around for tracking errors on still subjects
  • XAVC HS 4k files are very small but very demanding on your computer if they are too much for your computer use XAVC S 4k
  • Great slow motion modes and can use the new S&Q dial for 4k 120 or 4k 60, but if you need to capture audio in slowmotion it will be very hard on your computer
  • Best 1080p you’re going to see on any Sony camera
  • 1080 quality only drops with 240p, but it is still the best 240p around
  • Overheating is not a problem on this camera even for hours on end
  • It can over head if you shoot 4k 120p for half an hour then you can overhead
  • The EVF is exilent, but the quality is much better during playback than while filming
  • In the past if you were in mixed lighting the Sony would white balance wrong, but now Sony has a whitebalance sensor in the camera that does an ok job
  • Auto changing white balance changes slowly so be aware if you’re trusting the camera
  • The RAW video feed coming out of the full size HDMI is nice, but this camera wont let you dial in the ISO or white balance like other cameras, but it should come via future software updates
  • High ISO is still very good with very little color noise, but chris wouldnt go past 51k ISO for professional work
  • The menus are actually fun to use
  • Best camrea on the market for run and gun video work
  • No other camera can do what the Sony a7SIII can do

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