DPR: Sony a9III Wins Gold Award – The Sony a9III Sets A New Standard

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The Sony a9III has earned a DPReview Gold Award. You can read the summary of why bellow or the full article here.

The a9 III is an undeniably ground-breaking camera. The global shutter sensor, which lets it start and end exposure for all its pixels simultaneously, means electronic shutter with no concern about strobing advertising boards, zero rolling shutter in video and the ability to sync flash at incredibly high speeds with no blackout of the viewfinder. Then there’s the ability to shoot at up to 120 frames per second: not something a lot of people will need to do all the time, but a capability that will undoubtedly expand photographers’ options… Ultimately the a9 III sets a new standard for what we can expect from a pro sports camera, and Sony appears to be adding the workflow features that the most demanding pros are requesting. There are some trade-offs being made to deliver the a9 III’s super-fast capabilities but taken as a whole they allow it to pull ahead of the field.

Pros Cons
  • Incredible speed in stills and video
  • Impressively flexible and reliable autofocus system
  • Global shutter extends photographic capabilities [Flash Sync]
  • No viewfinder blackout during burst shooting
  • Refined, comfortable ergonomics and flexible customization options
  • Flexible screen mechanism
  • Good range of tools for pro workflows
  • Relatively small body for photojournalism work
  • Option for brief 120fps burst adds flexibility
  • Base ISO of 250 blunts absolute IQ capabilites
  • Performance at highest ISOs falls a behind its peers
  • Battery life can be a concern in highly demanding shoots
  • Viewfinder can’t utilize full resolution at faster frame rates

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