Sony A7R3

I’M SOLD, IT’S TIME TO MAKE THE SWITCH

PC & Tech Authority - - CONTENTS - TIM FRAW­LEY

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.

KEY SPECS

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

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