DPR: Sony a7SIII Received a Gold Award

Sony received yet another Gold Award from DPR in their recent review of the unique Sony a7SIII, which you can read here. Above and below are their findings, but it looks like the Sony a7SIII is yet another great camera from Sony.

I’ve primarily used the a7S III as a video camera. It’s clear both that video is where the bulk of Sony’s effort has gone and that there’s not a sufficient low-light benefit to make it worth spending this much money on a 12MP camera when less expensive models will produce more detailed images (even when downscaled to 12MP).

What we like What we don’t
  • Excellent full-frame 4K footage at up to 60p
  • Only slight crop to 4K/120 mode
  • Excellent oversampled 1080 footage
  • 10-bit capture in H.265, H.264 or All-I H.264 gives workflow and grading flexibility
  • Log, HLG or Raw output options
  • Solid battery life
  • Choice of memory card format with most video recordable to SD or CFe
  • Nice viewfinder
  • Much-improved user interface
  • Option for HLG HDR photos using 10-bit HEIF format
  • Image stabilization, usable AF and good battery provides run-and-gun capabilities
  • Comfortable ergonomics
  • Full-sized HDMI socket
  • No out-of-camera DCI footage
  • Missing tools such as waveform display or shutter angle control
  • Video AF not quite effective as stills system and requires the screen to be tapped
  • 12MP stills appear low res, even at reduced sizes, compared with most modern cameras
  • Rear LCD isn’t especially detailed

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