I’M SOLD, IT’S TIME TO MAKE THE SWITCH
Over the last few years I have been falling more in love with mirrorless cameras, but was never con dent they could do the job of my DSLR, which I rely on professionally. After using the Sony A9 for a month I fell in love with it, but the only thing holding me back from switching was the price – it was just too expensive. I mustn’t have been alone in thinking this, and Sony has read our minds. Introducing the Sony A7RIII, which is cheaper than the A9 but packed with a lot of the same goodness and incredible performance and features.
From the outside it doesn’t look much different to the other A-series cameras, but there are some de nite improvements. A magnesium alloy chassis assures rigidity and durability while remaining lightweight. New weather sealing helps withstand shooting in harsh environments. The EVF (QuadVGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF with 3.69m-dot resolution ) is absolutely beautiful to look through. It also uses the same batteries as the A9, but gets more shots per charge then its big brother. It also has dual SD card slots.
Shooting with the A7RIII is an enjoyable experience. The autofocus system with 399 phase-detect AF points is lightning fast and this coupled with the ability to shoot 10fps makes it brilliant for sports photography. Video isn’t left out either, with the A7RIII capable of shooting eye-watering 4K video at 30fps, or 1080p video at up to 120fps for some slick slow-mo action.
Image quality as expected is stunning. The sensor pumps out 42MP images full of crisp detail and lovely colours. The dynamic range of the A7RIII is mind blowing, with Sony claiming it to have up to 15 stops of dynamic range. I gave it a good test and it did not disappoint. The detail captured in the shadows was insane. Shooting at high ISO, which is important to me, proved a walk in the park, with images more than useable at 6400ISO.
I know I have said before that a mirrorless has tempted me to make the switch, well this is the camera that has pushed me over the edge. I love it and it will be replacing my DSLR in the very near future.
42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
• BIONZ X Image Processor • 399-Point AF System • 10 fps Shooting • UHD 4K30p Video
•3.69m-Dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF • 3.0” Touchscreen LCD • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth • Dual SD Slots $3,999 • www.sony.com.au