My Sony A7R III Hands On! Samples, Thoughts and Video! This camera…WOW.
By Steve Huff
I just made it back home from NYC and am working with three hours sleep over the last 48 hours. So if I sound strange in this review, I blame it on lack of sleep ; ) The reason for the lack of sleep was because I was in NYC trying out the new Sony A7R MKIII for a full hands on experience. So what you will see and read here is only my FIRST LOOK, hands on. This is not a review! A full review will be coming 3rd week of November, so be on the lookout for that.
For now, I want to share my thoughts on the camera, as well as some JPEGS from the camera. As of now, there is now way to process the RAW files, so it’s all JPEG here. Keep that in mind.
Before I get going, check out this full size JPEG from the A7rIII with the beautiful Voigtlander 40 f/1.2. You must click it to see it correctly.
Full size OOC JPEG at MEDIUM Quality (not even highest) from the A7RIII taken at f/1.2 with the 40mm Voigtlander E Mount. (My review HERE)
Not bad for f/1.2 with a manual focus lens and a JPEG from camera.
TIHS CAMERA IS SPECIAL. Yes, it really is.
The new Sony A7RIII is an interesting camera. In use, it almost felt like a high res Sony A9. While not as all out fast with AF and response I would say that in my first use it felt like 80% of the A9 speed. I am not sure if it is at that level, that is just what it felt like. While it is housed in the same A7RII body, it does bring over a lot of the A9. The A9 EVF is here. The A9 Z Battery system is here. The A9 Auto Focus tech is inside the A7RIII (though it is not as fast as the A9 with AF due to the sensor). Dual SD slots are now in the A7RIII, just like the A9. When I asked Sony “why didn’t you just use the A9 Body and call it an A9R” they did not answer me. Maybe they will have a $5000 A9R in a year at 60 MP, who knows.
NEW VIDEO WITH MORE THOUGHTS AND AF DEMO!
ALL JPEGS from the camera are below. Just click them to see them much larger and much better.
In the hand, it feels EACTLY like the A7RII. But inside, this baby is now a HOT ROD. With the tech from the A9 inside, I am telling you guys now…you will not be disappointed with the speed and response. I tested it with the Brand new 24-105 f/4 G lens, and that lens rocked as well. Focus was fast, the lens was light feeling (though a tad large) and it delivered on the IQ in these JPEGs. The A7RIII now has a touch panel LCD as well as that amazing battery life from the A9. One artisan said he was getting 2200 shots per charge. THAT is incredible. Me? I shot it all day, also for video and had 69% at the end of the night last night at around 11PM. So yea, the main weakness of the old A7 was the battery and no dual SD slots. We now get that here. 5 Axis IS has also been tweaked and now delivers a half of stop improvement.
Three more JPEGS below. NO RAW’s yet..those will be in my full review in 3 weeks.
VS THE a9?
As you guys know, I own the A9 and I LOVE IT. I use it for video and photo and need the AF speed for some of my video work. It never fails, and always delivers the goods. It has been solid ever since I bought it. When I first handled the A7RIII and shot it, and saw that it was $3199 I was a but disappointed that I did not wait. Then by the end of the night and shooting video with my A9 I realized I have bonded with that A9 because I get so much use out of it, and for video, it simply rocks if you want to use AF. I feel the A7RIII would deliver better video quality but if you are one that uses AF with video, the A7RIII will not be the same as the A9. See what I mean in this video HERE.
What the A7RIII will bring is more resolution and better dynamic range (15 stops) and probably better color performance. The A7RIII…man, it is one hell of a capable camera and as I sit here and wonder what they could have done to make it better, the ONLY thing I can think of is that if they used the A9 Body it would have been a 100 out of 100. Grand Slam. As it is, it is a Home Run and an 98 out of 100 from what I have seen so far. I never do number ratings so do not expect to see those coming in, but from my 1st use, I see nothing I would want for in this camera besides the A9 top dial setup for more ease of use without menu diving.
I mean, it is responsive, has a fantastic modern day EVF, has insane battery life, incredible focus and tracking performance, deep 14 bit color depth and the proven 42 MP sensor from the MKII. But as Sony said, just because they are using the same sensor, do not be fooled. IQ has improved in every way.
A Short Interview with Sony Artsian Brook Shaden who has used the A7RIII. Hear her thoughts.
More JPEGS…I can not wait to process the RAW files from this camera. They are going to be DROOL WORTHY.
Low light has been improved as well but I will have to wait for the RAW files to truly evaluate what high ISO can do. But for now, see this 102K ISO shot in a low light restaurant …
I am going to make a prediction and usually I am pretty spot on with these. I am going to say that this A7RIII will be the most successful Sony A series camera EVER. It will sell more than the A7RII did and the previous gen and IMO, even the A9. The price is right, the performance is incredible and the camera is taking things to the next level, yet again.
ONE MORE FULL SIZE JPEG – f/1.2 40mm Voigtlander
My full review will be in 3 weeks as I will be shooting with this camera more in a wonderful location VERY soon. I will test the pixel shift performance, low light high ISO, and should be able to process RAW files as well. Keep an eye out for that here! I hope. you enjoyed my 1st look and 1st thoughts as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you. Three hours of sleep over the last 48 hours was worth it to experience what the A7RIII can do. Now…off to take a nap ; )
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