- Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.9 x 3 inches ; 658 g
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
- Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Item model number: ILCE7RM3/B
- ASIN: B076TGDHPT
- Date first available at amazon.ae: January 15, 2019
- Customer reviews: 7 customer ratings
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Sony Alpha a7R III Full Frame Mirrorless Camera - Body Only
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- 42.4 mp back-illuminated exmor r cmos sensor with gapless on-chip lens design
- New front-end lsi and updated bionz x processing-engine for maximum processing speed
- 10 fps with continuous and accurate af/ae in either mechanical or silent shudder mode
- 42.4 mp back-illuminated exmor r cmos sensor with gapless on-chip lens design
- Dual sd media card slots
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Sony Alpha a7R III camera functions reliably in challenging environments. The Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera fuses together impressive shooting speeds at up to 10FPS with full AF/AE tracking and beautiful 4K HDR video quality with its high-resolution 42.4 MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor. It incorporates an updated BIONZ X processing engine and leading-edge front-end LSI for incredible processing speed and stutter-free image capturing performance. The advanced Hybrid AF system with 399 focal-plane, phase-detection, AF points allow you to capture subtle details in every scene. The Sony Alpha a7R III also packs an in-body, 5-axis, image stabilization with up to 5.5-stop to compensate for five types of camera shake. It also uses Pixel Shift Multi Shooting feature to open a new world of resolution.
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Reality Realized. New Worlds.
Refine your sense of reality with a7R III - an ideal partner offering superior speed, high-resolution imaging, pro-class operability, and reliable performance even under harsh conditions.
Welcome to a new world of imaging.
Inspiring Maximum Creativity
With resolution, sensitivity, dynamic range, processing speed and shooting response further enhanced, the α7RIII packs pro-style operability into a strong, compact body to give you greater flexibility to take brilliant shots in any situation and can capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
A Portal To Unseen Worlds
Together, an effective 42.4mp (approx.) image sensor and enhanced image processor can take imaging as far as adventurous imaginations allow.
Seize Moments with Quick Precision
Doubled AF tracking effectiveness, even during continuous shooting at up to 10fps, advances the evolution of steady, lightning-fast camera performance.
Brilliant shots in any situation
New Portraiture Potential
Greatly enhanced EyeAF focuses on and tracks an eye with great precision and speed, even when a subject is moving, looking down & away or is backlit.
Smooth Studio Workflow
SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 enabled by a USB Type-C connector allows high-speed PC Remote data transfer for smooth handling of large RAW data files.
Shoot Continuously in Silence
Allows silent shooting at up to 10fps with AF/AE tracking. Silence is critical for shooting wildlife, when even slight noise can mean missing a shot.
10fps Continuous Shooting
Capture an instant action with continuous shooting of up to 10fps with AF/AE tracking. Huge data of 42.4MP imaging maintains high image quality.
Depicting scenes in intimate detail
Different Dimension of Resolution
Pixel Shift Multi Shooting delivers overwhelming resolution, color fidelity, and texture reproduction, capturing the atmosphere of subject and environment.
More Realistic Movies
Movies of extraordinary presence result from innovation supporting 4K HDR images of high resolution, broad dynamic range, and wide color gamut.
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For perspective, I was a long-time Sony/Minolta shooter in the days of traditional SLR and dSLR. As Sony started to abandon the dSLR format, I transitioned to Nikon with the Nikon D750. At that time, 2014 -- I considered Sony mirrorless but decided the platform was just not prime-time ready. Focus systems were mediocre, the lens line up was poor. Then come late 2017 -- 3+ years into the D750 as my primary camera, I started to get the upgrade itch. I was all set to buy the Nikon D850... but I started to dread the potential extra weight. And I know that Sony has some great features that I really like, that are missing from Nikon. So after some hard thought, I started selling off my Nikon lenses....
and now I'm happily shooting with the A7riii.
And the verdict -- I love it even more than I thought I would. I had high expectations and it blew away my expectations.
If you are considering the A7riii versus the Nikon D850, here is my basic comparison review based on experience with Nikon and extensive research on the D850.
Viewfinder: OVF (optical) vs EVF (electronic) - This becomes the big issue for most people. There are people who use EVF, who love the "What you see is what you get" aspect of it and claim they could never go back to using an OVF. There are OVF devotees who claim they would never want to look at an electric image in the viewfinder.
I'm agnostic, I'm happy using either. But in general, the A7riii EVF is fantastic. It is large (larger than the D850), it is bright. It is fast and responsive. It is very easy to forget that you're not looking at an OVF. The only downside of the EVF in general is at camera start up. A camera like the Nikon D850 is already ready to instantaneously shoot. The A7riii and the EVF need a moment to turn on or to wake up if the camera has gone to sleep. It's very very quick, must faster than older models. I would say it is about 1 second, definitely less than 2 seconds. But it is there when you first turn on/wake up the camera.
Image quality: Look at the many reviews out there, IQ differences will be trivial between the D850 and A7riii. The small resolution difference is meaningless.
In general, the A7riii image quality is simply mind-blowing amazing. In terms of low light/high ISO capability, I'm getting top quality at ISO 6400-16000.
Also compared my prior Sony cameras, JPEG rendering is much improved. I always hated the straight out of the camera Sony JPEGs.. no longer. And if you do shoot raw, you are rewarded with extremely malleable files.
Body/Ergonomics -- This is the most cited aspect by dSLR lovers. Some will say that the Sony mirrorless cameras are "too small.. too uncomfortable to hold.. the buttons are too small." The A7riii grip is virtually identical to the Nikon D750 grip. Thus, for my medium sized hands, it is equally comfortable to hold. Button placement and size is improved. It really has become a comfortable body with good ergonomics.
There is no top LCD plate -- so that's a small check in favor of the D850.
The build quality is excellent, but probably not quite as rugged as the D850. I wouldn't hesitate to use the A7riii in a light rain, but I'd be more comfortable with the D850 in a downpour.
Prior Sony cameras all had ridiculously bad battery life -- I've taken hundreds of images in a day and battery hasn't gone below 50%. I'd still buy 1 extra back up battery, but you're rarely going to need it with the A7riii.
Most important to me --It weighs about a pound less than the Nikon D850. When paired with the right lenses, it is a relatively compact system. My back and neck already appreciate the improvement from the D750.
Autofocus -- This is the big one. The D850 has a fantastic autofocus system taken from their flagship sports camera. Traditionally, mirrorless autofocus was inferior.
No longer. Autofocus is evaluated by many different measures, but by most measures, the A7riii autofocus is superior to dSLRs. It is the best autofocus system I have ever used, better than the D750.
For starters -- Nikon's great autofocus system only works with the viewfinder. If you resort to video or the LCD, you get very poor AF.
Sony has a fantastic AF system that can seamlessly go between the viewfinder and the LCD. It is super fast and more importantly, super accurate.
When set up correctly, you get "eye-AF" on the Sony cameras. This is an amazing feature -- even with very narrow depth of field (blurring background), you will get absolutely perfect focus on the eyeball in almost every portrait/person shot. dSLRs are affected by back and front focus issues -- the focus often being off by a centimeter or so. Not a big deal, but at high resolution you can notice it. On the A7riii... you get absolutely perfect focus more often.
Meanwhile, the focus points cover a big portion of the frame. The thumbstick and the touch screen make it very easy to move the AF point around (this was VERY tedious on prior Sony cameras).
So some other features and pros of the A7riii:
-Pixel shift -- Create a composite of 4 images based on shifting the sensor by just 1 pixel at a time. It has very limited functionality. Must have completely still subjects. Must shoot on a tripod. And must combine the images using Sony software on a computer. But in those limited cases, it is a way to achieve noticeably more detail than you get with normal shooting.
-IBIS and hybrid stabilization. I don't have the steadiest hands. I've always needed some degree of stabilization or high shutter speed for sharp images. While many dSLR lenses are stabilized these days, many ultrawide and prime lenses remain non-stabilized. With the A7riii, EVERY lens becomes stabilized. For some, it is a hybrid system between the lens and the camera. For those lenses, I am getting an unbelievable degree of stabilization. I was shooting easily at 105mm and 1/10th of a second. Shooting with the 12-24mm lens at 12mm (this lens doesn't have lens stabilization, so it is IBIS only), I was getting sharp images at 1/2 of a second.
- Dual SD cards. Some have complained that only 1 card slot supports the super fast UHS-II cards, so you get slowed down by the other slot. I have the "slow" slot set to write JPEGS (smaller files), while RAW goes to the fast card. They both end up writing at about the same fast speed.
- Camera mostly remains responsive even when writing images to card -- Prior Sony cameras would mostly lock up when writing to the card. The A7riii remains mostly accessible.
- 10 fps, 8fps with live view. Shooting at 10 fps, you get a slide show effect -- the view finder shows the last image taken, putting you 1/10th of a second behind the action. But you can shoot 8fps with minimal black out while maintaining a live view.
- Silent shooting -- Including at 8 to 10 fps. Want to discreetly take candid photos without people posing for the camera? Put on face detect, silent shooting, 8 fps... shoot bursts from the hip, and you'll get lots of great candids. (or street photography, etc).
- GPS location tagging via bluetooth -- Simple set up with your phone and then works well.
-Customization --- A camera like the D850 is better out of the box. The buttons and menus mostly make a lot of sense. Sony leave far more open for customization. Once you spend a couple hours fully customizing the buttons, the FN menu, and the new "myMenu"... it becomes a far far better camera. The default menus are messy and unwieldy.. But once customized, you can have a fantastic layout.
A word on the Sony lens lineup -- The lineup does cost a little more than Canon and Nikon. The quality of most of the lenses is absolutely top notch. If you shoot between 10mm and 200mm, other than price, there is nothing to really complain about. For super telephoto shooters, Sony's lineup remains somewhat limited.
So my review has been glowing... but that's not to say there aren't some negatives with the camera. Just most of the negatives are very very minor things. So the negatives, especially when compared to a camera like the D850:
- Difficult to delete both memory cards. When you go into the delete function, it is only deleting from the chosen playback card. To make it delete from your second card, you need to go through more menu options and change the chosen card.
- There is no built-in intervalometer. You can buy a cheap external intervalometer for time lapses, but it really should be built in.
- No lossless compression option. Nikon gives you a wealth of options for RAW file handling. Sony only gives you compressed or uncompressed. Uncompressed files are too big for most uses. I stick to compressed -- in 99% of situations, you won't see any loss of image quality. But a lossless compression option would be good to have.
-The "star eater" issue -- You will find this written about on the internet. Basically, when doing astro-photography... when you have stars that are very very small (1 pixel), the camera mistakes them for hot pixels and deletes them. So instead of seeing 1,000 stars, you may only see 950 in the photograph. For me, a non-issue. For a dedicated astro-photographer, it could be an issue.
Off the top of my head, I can't think of any other noteworthy negatives. The camera really is that good.
Because of the fantastic eye-AF, I think this is the best portrait camera you can buy. Combining the fantastic eye-AF with the silent shooting and the live view -- it is the best event/wedding camera you can buy.
The image quality, high resolution, pixel shift -- make it a stellar landscape camera. I can't say it is better than the D850 for landscapes, but it's up there.
For anybody concerned about camera size, the A7riii still isn't tiny. But relatively speaking, it can save you a noticeable amount of bulk and weight.
So for those who want a general use camera with the best possible image quality, it is very easy to recommend the A7riii.
Now I have the A7RIII. I will not go into all of the bells and whistles and exact tech specs. I will assume most folks reading this have viewed at least one of the many detailed video reviews already out there. I will point out what most A7RII users want to know because that is what I would want.
1. Focus speed - I am no longer nervous or disappointed when the sun goes down or I head indoors. The focus speed in general is so much faster and more reliable. But for me it is the low light improvements. This alone almost made my upgrade worth while.
2. Battery life - No more fumbling through my camera bag every couple of hours for another battery that seemed to lose a bar by simply turning the camera on. Battery life is now right there with Canikon. Yet another feature that almost warrants the upgrade for me. Update: I went on vacation and shot nearly 4000 photos in one week. I purchased 3 batteries just in case. Long story short, I never needed more than one battery per day. I never even got below 30% on a single battery in a day and that was with large zooms on board.
3. Brighter and higher resolution EVF makes manual focus enjoyable now. Huge difference
4. The joystick is very welcome. It and the other buttons and dials feel so much more refined and professional for lack of a better word.
5. The very slight increase in grip size makes more difference than I though it would. This camera just feels good in the hands.
6. Buffer speed and general increase in processor speed is extremely noticeable and welcome
7. Dual card slots are great as I can specify Slot 2 to be used if Slot 1 fills up. My preferred use
8. Now having a customizable My Menu is also much appreciated. Most of the menu items I loathed drilling down to are now a button press away.
**** Here is a big one for me. With only a 2 frame difference in FPS between this and my A6500, I am no longer in need of having two cameras in my bag. Being able to sell both my A7RII and my A6500 nearly pays for my upgrade. I can't overstate how nice it is to have a one camera solution. Much of my sport shots are in low light gyms. The A6500 has no anti-flicker. The A7RIII now has anti-flicker and is actually better for my situational sports shooting than my A6500 minus the 2 frames per second. Yet another huge win for me. Some may argue about APS-C vs Full frame depth of field and perceived distance. I find it easy to adapt to these differences via lens choice and being more careful in my framing. I used my A7RIII today for an indoor BBall game and had zero issues. It performed flawlessly. At no point did I miss the A6500. I simply found myself using my 85mm 1.4 more than my 50mm 1.4 lens.
As you may have heard, Sony has removed the Play Memories applications. This omission is probably mine and many others biggest gripe. Having to carry around an intervalemeter is annoying. It just makes no sense. I will not ding the camera for this. I ding Sony for this. Here is to hoping that Sony brings it back with a firmware upgrade. In the scheme of things, I can deal with this without losing any sleep.
I am also aggravated that Sony has not implemented a fully functional touch screen in that the menus can also be navigated.
While there was more love than hate, I indeed had a love/hate relationship with the RII due to some of it's glaring faults. It was without a doubt a ground breaking pioneering camera. Myself and many others believed in Sony's vision and made the leap believing that the next iteration would get at least most of it right. I would venture to say that they got it all right. Now it is an all love relationship with my RIII. This camera coupled with my stable of impressive Primes and GM lenses leaves me in camera nirvana. I have never in my life felt like I had the perfect kit for my needs. This is the first time. Thank you Sony. This is a big deal for me. Even if you do price gouge. ;-)
*** Rolling shutter. I love the idea of a silent shutter. Unfortunately it does have it limitations. These limitations in my experience have not been fully mitigated by any camera available to date. The slow sensor readout time results in warped images when shooting fast action. It is my experience with both the RII and the RIII that rolling shutter becomes quite apparent at 1/650th and faster shutter speeds. I simply can not use it for stop action sports. The A9 is more suited for silent shutter as it does indeed have a faster sensor read. But even the A9 suffers from this phenomenon although to a lesser extent. The other issue is using silent shutter under artificial light. This more often than not leads to non-correctable banding in my photos. Silent shutter is really only useful and dependable to me for street photography where I am typically well below 1/500th and under natural light. In this situation, silent shutter really shines and can lead to some wonderful candid photos. Again, this is not a fault that is particular to Sony cameras. I have yet to find a camera that has conquered these limitations. It will come in time when technology allows for near instantaneous sensor reads. Until that time, I will use it where it works for me.
*** I purchased my camera from a 3rd party. That does not make my review less relevant. I purchase a great deal of equipment on Amazon and am happy to share my thoughts with fellow Amazon customers that might appreciate my input regardless of where it was purchased. I have included a picture to help "verify" my purchase.
*** This moon shot was taken with the 100-400 GM coupled with 1.4 Extender. I did not use pixel shift as the moon moves too fast.