Having been shooting with it for a while now, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that the Sony a7III has come right out of the gate as a very popular camera. It’s a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with a 24MP sensor, and it’s competitively priced.
It looks and feels like a slightly simplified version of the flagship a7r III, but it comes at a very impressive sub-$2000 price point (you can find the latest prices of the various configurations here).
After shooting with it for a while, I’ve found the a7III to be very much a worthy addition to Sony’s Alpha line, with excellent performance and handling.
I’m posting these photos here in the hope that they’re useful in giving a sense of how the camera performs in real-world shooting. I’ve tried to include a mix of lighting conditions, exposure settings, and subjects. I’ve also included shots taken with several different lenses. In other words, the type of thing you might come across in travel photography. I’ve not included any studio setups, and they’re all taken in natural light–no BYO lighting here.
Most of these were shot in RAW. They were processed in Lightroom, but because the point of this is to show the performance of the camera, most of these have only been edited lightly, without fancy filters or processing. I’ve used the camera profiles rather than the Adobe profiles, although I tend to prefer the results from the Adobe profiles over the Sony ones–the Sony ones have a tendency to more of a greenish tinge than is to my liking. But again, since the purpose here is to show the performance of the camera and not necessarily to present finished, polished images, I’ll use the camera’s own prIf you’re interested in seeing more photos showing the a7III’s high-ISO performance specifically, I have a separate post with more Sony a7III high-ISO images here.
Sample Images Taken with a Sony a7III
You can click on each image to open a full-size version for a closer look.
Sony a7III Price & Availability
There have been newer models released since the a7III, so it’s becoming harder to find new copies in stores. But there are often quite a few available on the used market.
It comes in a variety of configurations, ranging from body-only to kits with various lenses.
Check the current price and availability of the Sony a7III at:
Image Stabilization: Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis – reduces camera shake and allows for sharper images and smoother videos.
Shutter Type: Electronic Shutter – silent operation and faster shutter speeds compared to mechanical shutters.
Shutter SpeedRange: 1/8000 to 30 Seconds; Bulb Mode – provides flexibility in controlling the exposure and capturing long-exposure shots.
ISO Sensitivity: 100 to 51,200 (Extended: 50 to 204,800) – a wider range of ISO sensitivity allows for better low-light performance and greater control over exposure.
Metering Method: Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multi-Zone, Spot – provides different ways to measure light and accurately calculate exposure.
Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority – provides flexibility in adjusting exposure settings based on the photographer’s preferences.
Exposure Compensation: -5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps) – allows for fine-tuning exposure settings in specific shooting conditions.
Metering Range: -3 to 20 EV – provides flexibility in measuring light in different shooting scenarios.
White Balance Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater – allows for accurate color reproduction in different lighting situations.
Continuous Shooting: Up to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 89 Frames (Raw) / 177 Frames (JPEG) – allows for capturing fast-moving subjects with ease.
Bit Depth: 14-Bit – allows for greater color depth and smoother tonal transitions in photos.
Internal Recording Modes: H.264/XAVC S and AVCHD/H.264 – provides flexibility in video recording and post-processing options.
Gamma Curve: HDR-HLG, Sony S-Log 2, Sony S-Log 3 – provides greater dynamic range and flexibility in post-processing options.
Power Consumption: <3.2 W – energy-efficient design allows for longer battery life.
Tripod Mounting Thread: 1 x 1/4″-20 Female (Bottom) – allows for easy and secure mounting on tripods or other support systems.
Accessory Mount: 1 x Hot Shoe Mount – provides flexibility in attaching external accessories, such as flashes or microphones.
Material of Construction: Magnesium Alloy – durable and lightweight construction for easy handling and durability.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 5 x 3.8 x 2.9″ / 126.9 x 95.6 x 73.7 mm – compact size allows for easy portability and handling.
Weight: 1.43 lb / 650 g – lightweight design reduces fatigue during extended shooting sessions.
Video I/O: 1 x Micro-HDMI Output – allows for easy connection to external monitors or recorders.
Audio I/O: 1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output, 1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input – allows for external audio recording and monitoring capabilities.
Power I/O: 1 x USB-C Input/Output – provides flexibility in charging and powering the camera.
Other I/O: 1 x Sony Multi/Micro-USB Input/Output (Shared with Remote Input), 1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Input/Output (Shared with Power Input) – provides multiple options for connecting and transferring data between the camera and other devices.
Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth – allows for easy transfer of photos and videos to other devices, and remote control capabilities through a smartphone app.
Viewfinder Type: Built-In Electronic – provides accurate framing and composition of shots, especially in bright outdoor settings.
Viewfinder Size: 0.5″ – provides a large, bright and clear view of the subject.
Viewfinder Resolution: 2,359,000 Dot – provides a high-quality, sharp, and detailed view of the subject.
Eye Point: 23 mm – provides comfortable viewing for eyeglass wearers.
Coverage: 100% – provides an accurate and complete view of the subject as captured in the frame.
Magnification: Approx. 0.78x – provides a large, clear and detailed view of the subject.
Diopter Adjustment: -4 to +3 – allows for easy and accurate adjustment for different eyesight conditions.
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill Flash, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless – provides flexibility in controlling lighting conditions in photos.
Maximum Sync Speed: 1/250 Second – provides flexibility in controlling flash exposure and freezing action in photos.
Flash Compensation: -3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps) – allows for fine-tuning flash exposure in specific shooting conditions.
Dedicated Flash System: TTL – provides accurate and automatic flash exposure control.
External Flash Connection: Intelligent Hot Shoe – allows for easy and secure attachment of external flashes.
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