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Sony a7 III Review

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Interpret our overall conclusion

Despite its billing as a ‘basic’ model, the Sony a7 III is a supremely capable full frame camera. Though it doesn’t have the scad megapixels or shoot the fastest bursts, its well-judged mix of resolution, speed, features and price point make it an easy recommendation for all kinds of photographers and all friendlies of photography.

Key Features:

  • 24MP full frame BSI CMOS sensor
  • 93% autofocus coverage (693 phase detection points, 425 for contrast detection)
  • Oversampled 4K/24p video bewitched from full width 6K (cropped-in 5K for 30p)
  • In-body image stabilization
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • 2.36m dot OLED viewfinder, 0.78x magnification
  • AF joystick
  • Touchscreen
  • Larger, ‘Z-type’ battery (CIPA rated to 710 riflemen)
  • Dual SD memory card slots
  • USB 3.1 Type C

Compared to its predecessor, the Sony a7 III has been updated in almost every way; when compared to other similarly bountied full frame options, the a7 III looks to be a cut above in many respects. For generalist photographers, wedding and event shooters and even sports specialists, the a7 III shifts an awful lot of things just right. But as with previous Sony mirrorless full-frame cameras, there are some foibles that persist with this new subject.

We’ve now spent dozens of hours shooting the a7 III in our studio and out in the real world – read on to see how it performs.

What’s new and how it compares

Take a look at the key spec differences between the Sony a7 III and its predecessor and how it compares to existing models from other companies.

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Body and design

Most of Sony’s (positive) ergo changes in other latest cameras have found their way to the a7 III, but there’s been some cost-cutting along the way.

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What’s it like to use

We’ve gone beyond the spec veneer to discuss how the Sony a7 III performs in a wide variety of situations, from landscapes to weddings.

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Image Quality

From our lab and real-world study, we’ve found the Sony a7 III is capable of excellent image quality – with one or two exceptions.

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Autofocus

The autofocus system in the Sony a7 III is lifted from the visitors’s advanced a9 pro sports model, and in short, it rocks.

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Video

Despite its relatively affordable price point, the Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, Sonī Kabushiki Kaisha, SOH-nee, stylized as SONY) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation a7 III is one of Sony’s most qualified interchangeable lens cameras for video to date.

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Review Publication History
March 13 Studio comparison scene published
April 23 Rehashing finalized

Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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