Sony has taken the wraps off their new a7 III full frame camera, packing a number of the enhancements and tweaks seen on their well-reviewed a7R III and flagship a9 snappers.
Despite being billed as Sony’s ‘Basic Model’ the camera packs a shedload of functionality that may please each keen amateurs and execs.
Stand out new options embrace a newly developed again illuminated 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor boasting a dynamic vary of up to 15 stops, with the ISO vary now masking 100-51,200 (expandable to 50-204,800), and a much bigger battery.
Sony’s engineers have additionally set to work with the AF system, which now presents 693 phase-detection AF points masking 93% of the picture area, which ought to improve accuracy when tracking a shifting subject.
Sports fans will warm to the updated continuous capturing velocity, up from the a7 II’s 5fps to 10fps, with a buffer capable of capturing 89 RAW/177 JPEG pictures with full AF & auto publicity.
Sony also says that the 5-axis optical in-body picture stabilisation permits for a five cease shutter velocity benefit.
Sony upmarket cameras have all the time been noted for his or her video performance, with A7 Mark III able to 4K (3840 x 2160px) video recording across the complete width of its picture sensor, with help for S-Log2 and S-Log3, alongside Gamma Show Help, Proxy Recording and the Zebra pattern perform. Full HD video might be recorded at 120 fps (100 Mbps).
There’s a twin SD card slot providing numerous storage choices including the seize of separate RAW and JPEG information, with one of the slots supporting UHS-II sort SD playing cards, plus Wi-Fi and SuperSpeed USB Sort-C terminal for nippier image switch throughout tethered capturing.
Sony say that the a7 III can be rolling into the outlets from April. No worth has yet been confirmed , however we reckon you’ll be taking a look at something across the £2,000 mark.
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Sony Expands Full-frame Mirrorless Lineup with Introduction of New α7 III Camera
Versatile New Model Combines all the Latest Imaging Technologies right into a Compact Package deal
- Newly Developed Full-frame 24.2MP[i] Again-Illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Image Sensor with Advanced Image Processing
- Vast ISO vary of 100 – 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still pictures) and 15-Stop[ii] Dynamic Vary at low sensitivities
- World Class AF system that includes 693 phase-detection AF points masking 93% ofimage area, 425 contrast AF points and fast and dependable Eye AF
- Continuous Capturing at up to 10 fps[iii] with either Mechanical Shutter or Silent Capturing[iv] and full Auto Focus/Auto Publicity monitoring
- 5-axis optical in-body picture stabilization with a 5.0 step[v] shutter velocity advantage
- Excessive Decision 4K[vi] Film Capturing with full pixel readout and no pixel binning across full-width of full-frame sensor
- The longest rated battery lifetime of any Mirrorless camera[vii] at 710 photographs[viii] per charge
- Upgraded operability and performance together with addition of joystick for adjusting focus points, Twin SD Card Slots, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Sort-C™ Terminal and more
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26, 2018 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide chief in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor producer, has at this time introduced yet one more spectacular addition to their full-frame mirrorless camera lineup, the α7 III (model ILCE-7M3).
Sony’s unmatched innovation inside the image sensor area is at the forefront of the new α7 III, because it includes a brand new 24.2MPi back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with elevated sensitivity, outstanding decision and a powerful 15 stopsii of dynamic vary at low sensitivities. By combining this sensor with quite a lot of impressive options including extreme AF protection of 93%, quick capturing at up to 10 fpsiii with either mechanical shutter or silent shootingiv, numerous 4Kvivideo capabilities and extra, Sony has created a new device that provides all forms of creators – from fanatic to skilled – the power to capture content in new and alternative ways than they ever have before.
“We are continually pushing to deliver more for our customers – more versatility, more functionality and most importantly, more innovation,” stated Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging for Sony Electronics. “With the new α7 III, we’ve taken many of our newest and most advanced imaging technologies from the acclaimed α9 and α7R III models and paired them with an all-new 24.2 MP back-illuminated sensor to deliver the ultimate full-frame camera for enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals alike. It’s a camera that punches far above its weight class in every capacity. Combined with our impressive selection of 26 native full-frame E-mount lenses, it provides a level of performance that is simply unmatched in the industry.”
Spectacular Full-frame Image Quality
The newly developed 24.2MPi back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor is paired with a front-end LSI that successfully doubles the readout velocity of the image sensor, in addition to an updated BIONZ X™ processing-engine that reinforces processing velocity by roughly 1.8 occasions compared to the α7 II. These powerful elements work collectively to allow the camera to shoot at quicker speeds while additionally enabling its impressive ISO vary of 100 – 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still photographs) and an general 1.5 stopix enchancment in picture quality. The camera additionally encompasses a large 15-stopii dynamic vary at low sensitivity settings, making certain excellent general performance in any respect settings and in all capturing circumstances, with vital developments in correct shade reproductions of skin tones and the vibrant colours of nature.
This new full-frame model may also output 14 bit RAW format[ix] even in silent and steady capturing modes, and is provided with a 5-axis optical picture stabilization system that leads to a 5.zero stepv shutter velocity benefit.
Vital Advances in AF Velocity and Efficiency
The revolutionary new α7 III full-frame mirrorless camera includes a degree of AF performance that has been largely improved over the α7 II, including the addition of 4D FOCUS™ capabilities. The new camera has 425 distinction AF factors that work with a 693-point focal-plane phase-detection AF system inherited from the acclaimed α9 mannequin. This progressive AF system covers roughly 93% of the frame, making certain reliable focusing and monitoring for even probably the most troublesome to capture topics.
AF response and monitoring has also been enormously improved in the new camera, with virtually 2xii the focusing velocity in low-light situation and 2xii the tracking velocity compared to the earlier model because of the quicker image sensor readout. This enables complicated and unpredictable motion to be captured with far larger precision and accuracy.
The acclaimed Eye AF function can also be obtainable in the new camera, even in AF-C mode, which is extraordinarily helpful for situations the place the subject is popping round, wanting down or in any other case obstructed. It additionally works when the α7 III is getting used with Sony’s A-mount lenses with an elective LA-EA3 adaptor[x]. Further enhancements in focusing flexibility embrace the addition of a multi-selector or ‘joystick’ for shifting focusing points shortly, the addition of touch focusing functionality, AF availability in Focus Magnifier mode, an ‘AF On’ button and far more.
Velocity to Capture Each Decisive Second
The new α7 III is provided with an updated image processing system that permits it to shoot full decision photographs at up to 10 fpsiii with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking for as much as 177 Normal JPEG pictures, 89 compressed RAW pictures or 40 uncompressed RAW photographs[xi]. This excessive velocity mode is accessible with both a mechanical shutter or a totally silent shootingiv, including to the immense flexibility of the camera. The camera can even shoot constantly at as much as eight fpsiii in reside view mode with minimal lag within the viewfinder or LCD display.
For added convenience, while giant groups of burst pictures are being written to the reminiscence card, most of the cameras key features are operable, together with access to the ‘Fn’ (Perform) and ‘Menu’ buttons, picture playback and a number of different menus and parameters together with image score and other features that facilitate on-location image sorting.
Moreover, if there’s fluorescent or synthetic lighting current in a capturing setting, customers can activate the Anti-flicker[xii] perform to allow the α7 III to routinely detect frequency of the lighting and time the shutter to attenuate its effect on photographs being captured. This minimizes any exposure or colour anomalies that may typically occur at the prime and backside of pictures shot at high shutter speeds.
High High quality 4K Video
The new α7 III is an impressive video camera as properly, offering 4Kvi (3840×2160 pixels) video recording throughout the full width of the full-frame picture sensor. In video mode, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect about 2.4x[xiii] the amount of knowledge required for 4K films, and then oversamples it to supply top quality 4K footage with distinctive detail and depth.
An HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)[xiv] image profile is on the market on the α7 III as nicely, which helps an Prompt HDR workflow, allowing HDR (HLG) suitable TV’s to playback lovely, true-to-life 4K HDR imagery. Further, each S-Log2 and S-Log3 can be found for elevated shade grading flexibility, in addition to Zebra functionality, Gamma Show help and proxy recording. The camera can even document Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbpsvi, allowing footage to be reviewed and ultimately edited into 4x or 5x sluggish motion video information in Full HD resolution with AF monitoring.
Upgraded Construct, Design and Customization
Sony’s newest full-frame camera is provided with quite a lot of enhanced capabilities that have been first carried out within the α9 and then again in the α7R III. These embrace twin media slots, with help in a single slot for UHS-II sort SD reminiscence cards. Users have quite a lot of choices for storing their content in each of the playing cards, including separate JPEG / RAW recording, separate nonetheless image / movie recording, relay recording and more. Battery life has been significantly prolonged as nicely – with a CIPA measurement of as much as 710 photographs per chargeviii, it presents the world’s longestviibattery life of any Mirrorless camera, as the new camera makes use of Sony’s Z collection battery NP-FZ100 which have roughly 2.2 occasions the capability of the W collection battery NP-FW50 utilized in the α7 II.
The new camera options “My Menu” functionality which permits as much as 30 menu gadgets to be registered for fast recall when wanted. Users also can apply star scores to their still pictures via the camera controls for easier picture playback and evaluate, and edit the primary three characters of all still image information. Additionally, there is a complete of 81 features which are assignable to 11 customized buttons, and the camera is both mud and moisture resistant.[xv]
The α7 III features high-resolution, high-contrast, fast-start XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with roughly 2.three million dots for very accurate, true-to-life detail copy. “Standard” or “High” display quality settings are also obtainable for each the viewfinder and monitor as nicely. It also is able to seamlessly transferring information to a smartphone, pill, pc or FTP server by way of Wi-Fi®, while also providing a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Sort-C™ Terminal for elevated flexibility in power provide and quicker picture transfer velocity throughout tethered capturing.
The α7 III mannequin also comes with Sony’s new software suite “Imaging Edge”, which extends the artistic capabilities of the whole capturing course of – from pre-processing to post-processing. “Imaging Edge” supplies three PC purposes referred to as ‘Remote’, ‘Viewer’ and ‘Edit’, out there without spending a dime obtain, which help live-view PC remote capturing and RAW improvement. Within the newest Version 1.1, a number of improvements have been carried out including about 10%[xvi] quicker knowledge transfer velocity for distant capturing from PC (PC tether capturing) and about 65%[xvii] enchancment in the response velocity for RAW image modifying. For extra info, please go to Imaging Edge help web page. www.sony.internet/disoft/d/.
The camera can also be suitable with all kinds of Sony E-mount equipment including the BC-QZ1 Battery Chargerxviii, VG-C3EM Vertical Grip.
Pricing and Availability
The Sony α7 III Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera will ship this April for about $2000 US for the body and $2200 in a package with the FE 28‑70 mm F3.5‑5.6 package lens. In Canada, will probably be bought for $2600 CA for the body and $2800 in a package with the FE 28‑70 mm F3.5‑5.6 lens. The camera and kits might be bought at quite a lot of Sony approved dealers all through North America.
Quite a lot of exclusive tales and exciting new content shot with the new α7 III camera and different Sony α products may be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a website constructed to teach and inspire all fans and clients of the Sony α model.
The new content may also be posted instantly at the Sony Photograph Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube. Detailed info pages within Sony.com for the new products could be discovered at:[i] Approximate, effective
[ii] Sony check circumstances
[iii] In steady “Hi+” mode. Max. fps is determined by camera settings.
[iv] Some distortion might happen with fast-moving topics.
[v] CIPA requirements. Pitch/yaw shake solely. Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long exposure NR off.
[vi] Class 10 or greater SDHC/SDXC card required for XAVC S film recording, UHS velocity class 3 or larger for 100 Mbps recording.
[vii] Amongst non-reflex interchangeable lens digital camera outfitted with auto focus perform as of February 2017, based mostly on Sony analysis.
[viii] CIPA requirements. When utilizing the LCD monitor. 610 photographs when utilizing the viewfinder.
[ix] Limited to 12 bits throughout compressed RAW continuous capturing, BULB exposure, or when Long Publicity NR is ON.
[x] With SSM or SAM lenses solely. With the LA-EA3 mount adaptor. Eye AF not supported for movie recording. AF-C can only be used when the “Phase detection” AF system is chosen, but focus is fastened at the first frame throughout steady capturing in any mode aside from “Continuous: Lo” (Hello+, Hello, Mid).
[xi] Steady “Hi+” mode. UHS-II suitable SDXC reminiscence card required. Sony check circumstances.
[xii] Solely 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker is detected. Continuous capturing velocity might decrease. Flicker-free capturing is just not obtainable during silent capturing, BULB exposure, or movie recording.
[xiii] 24p recording. Approx. 1.6x at 30p.
[xiv] Hook up with an HDR (HLG) suitable Sony TV by way of a USB cable to view HDR (HLG) films.
[xv] Not guaranteed to be 100% mud and moisture proof.
[xvi] The switch velocity has been measured with multiple photographs utilizing α7R III, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1), and Uncompressed RAW ( L: 7952 x 5304)＋JPEG Additional nice.
[xvii] Measured with: CPU Intel® Core™ i7-6700 Processor 3.40GHz, Memory 8GB, OS Home windows® 7 Skilled, and Uncompressed RAW (α7R III L: 7952 x 5304)
[xviii] Not provided in box