It’s official – we’ve joined forces with Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake, formerly of The Camera Store TV, to bring you an all-new video series. To kick off the series, they take an in-depth look at the Sony a7 III. Take a look as they put the camera to work in the field – from landscapes in the Canadian Rockies to some low-light portraits at a local pinball spot.

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47 thoughts on “DPReview TV: Sony a7 III review”

  1. A very cool review, I am a Canon full frame possesssor (5D mark III), but now that I am improving my worfloc capacitiy and I really wanto to go with Sony Alpha Mark 3. Thans for this great video tutorial about this wonderful camera. Bye, Luigi

  2. I do shoot Olympus right now, I did some paid portraiture gigs and I am thinking about sony a7III as a good tool with one 24-70 and two prime lenses. for what for? Weddings, portraits. but I just cant pull that trigger and go to buy it. dont know … decisions πŸ™

  3. Last year i switched from Canon 5dIII (after using Eos5, 5d and 5dIII, so i basically always photographed with Canon 5..) to Sony A7III. I love this new camera for many reasons, but there are a few issues.

    My biggest "frustration" with this Sony is the "image judging" part.
    The "what you see is what you get" with ambient light through the EVF is a huge plus for the Sony over the Canon mirror. Maybe the biggest. It's so pleasant working on my travel photography (where i tested the camera first).
    But.. Professionally i do a lot of portraits on location with flash, and that's where the difficulty starts!

    *The LCD is terrible to judge. When photographing products on white paper the overexposed side looks fresh white, and the shadow side looks yellowish like there is an over-exposure issue while (strangely) this is the part that still has detail.
    So i have to use the EVF to judge. Of course that's an option, but with models i like using the LCD option too, because otherwise i always have to communicate i'm not shooting (to release the tention for both).

    * Why oh why doesn't Sony offer a fullscreen playback mode with clipping??!! I always use flash manual, so i have to find the right exposure.
    The 3rd playback mode (for playback i can't program to skip the 2nd) with levels is the only one that shows clipping, but is unusable for my creative process. Since the flashed image of course looks totally different from the ambient, i'd also like to see it full screen, to get the feel i want to create, plus the expression of the model, opened eyes, correct firing backlight etc.. Now the image is only 10 or 15% and the rest of the space is filled with settings i already know. Off course i can find my right flash power through some test shots suing the levels mode, but once i'm started i like to variate things (corner of light, distance maybe). I want the camera to warn me for over-exposure without having to check and change modes all the time. It simply doesn't (not in the full screen mode that i need to judge the total image).

    *I wish i could program the camera to: no preview on EVF (blocking my image during model shoots) but yes on LCD when i decide to stretch my arms. But then again.. With the difference in quality between LCD en EVF: nevermind.

    *i wish the camera would have a setting "show ambient" (or flash photography on location/ "help light" (in a dark studio) for the live view when a trigger is turned on.

    Then there a few smaller "issues".
    *I wish Sony would show a "set to AFC" warning when trying to use eye-AF, or would make eye-AF work at Auto AFC. Now the changing is a thing to remember, because in other situations than models i prefer single AF.

    *with Zeiss 40mm f2.0 eye-AF doesn't work accurate (using wide apertures)

    *shut off IBIS when using a tripod is also a thing to remember

    *shut off electronic shutter when using flash (and putting it back on when using only ambient) is, unfortunately, also a thing to remember all the time. When i use electronic shutter with my Godox AD200 flashes is get 15% missfires! As a result i always leave off electronic shutter when working and on when traveling. Kind of a waste..

    *shut off electronic shutter at high speeds (above 1/1000th?) would also be helpfull. Yet another thing to remember..

    *i actually did not expect to miss the top lcd window of the Canon this much. It was perfect to see your settings before putting the camera to my eye, or push some buttons to see the back screen.

    And finally some issues with Godox or the Sony/ Godox combi:

    *i'm still looking for an option to combine my reportage flashes (Godox AD200's) with my studio Bowens lights. I can only use a Godox as an optical trigger, because Sony doesn't have a pc out (i could not believe it first..) and using a mini jack from Godox X-proS to the Bowens doesn't do the job.

    *TTL is underexposed using wide apertures

    I wonder if i'm alone in those issues, and if there a (future?) solutions. Is there a way to contact Sony for update thing like this, they really listen to?

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