Sony A7RIII is a 42.4MP 10fps speed demon with dual card slots

Oct 25, 2017

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Sony A7RIII is a 42.4MP 10fps speed demon with dual card slots

Oct 25, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Two years after launching Sony a7R II, the new upgrade has arrived. Sony has launched their a7R III, a pretty impressive full-frame mirrorless camera packed in a compact body. While it features lots of the same features as its predecessor, there are some improvements involved, such as two times faster continuous shooting. What stays unchanged is the price: it’s $3,200, like the a7R II when it was first announced.

The new Sony a7R III features a full-frame 42.4 MP back-illuminated sensor. So no, it doesn’t have an 80MP sensor. It has the same pixel count as its predecessor, but almost doubles the one of Sony a9.

One of the most prominent features of the new Sony’s camera is the improved speed. The Sony aR7 III features 10fps continuous shooting, which is two times faster than its predecessor. You can shoot this fast with either a mechanical shutter or a completely silent shooting. In live view mode, it allows you to shoot 8fps. It contains the updated Fast Hybrid AF System. It uses 399 phase-detection points and 425 contrast-detection areas, which allows better AF performance. According to the announcement, this allows auto-focus and subject tracking to be faster and more accurate.

The ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-32000, which is higher than the a7R II’s 25600. But, it can further be expanded to ISO 50-102400, which is the same as for the previous model.

When compared to the A7R II, video capabilities are slightly improved. You can record 4K UHD video with the full width of the full-frame sensor. In the Super 35mm format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning. It collects “5K of information, oversampling it to produce high-quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth.” The a7R III, like its predecessor, features the 5-axis image stabilization.

When it comes to other improvements, Sony has decided to add the second card slot to the line. So, the a7R II features dual SD card slots. It also employs a larger NP-FZ100 battery, which promises up to 530 shots per charge when using the viewfinder.

As for the screen, the a7R III features a 3″ rear tilting LCD touchscreen. Sony says it’s also been improved with has been improved with a resolution of 1.44M dots and better visibility in bright, outdoor conditions.

Take a look at the photos of the camera below, as well as more detailed specs:

Specs

Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 43.6 Megapixel
Effective: 42.4 Megapixel
Max Resolution 7952 x 5304
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.9 x 24 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC S
Audio: AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps (100 Mbps XAVC S via H.264)
3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps (60 Mbps XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (100 Mbps XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (60 Mbps XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps (50 Mbps XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 50, 59.94 fps (25 Mbps XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 25, 29.97 fps (16 Mbps XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080i at 50, 59.94 fps (24 Mbps AVCHD via H.264)
1920 x 1080i at 50, 59.94 fps (17 Mbps AVCHD via H.264)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 399
Contrast Detection: 425
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.5″
Viewfinder Pixel Count 3,686,400
Viewfinder Eye Point 23.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.78x
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +3.0 m
Display Screen 3″ Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (1,440,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-32000 (Extended Mode: 50-102400)
Shutter 30 – 1/8000 Second , Bulb Mode
1/4 – 1/8000 Second in Movie Mode
Remote Control RM-VPR1, VCT-XPR10, VCT-VPR1, RM-SPR1, RMT-VP1K (Optional)
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering, Highlight Weighted
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV -3.0 – EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 8 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 6 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 3 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 10 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 8 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 6 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 3 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in JPEG Format
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-In
Hi-Speed Sync
Off
Rear Sync
Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Wireless
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
Performance
Self Timer 10 Seconds, 5 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Connectivity 1/8″ Headphone, 1/8″ Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, USB 3.0, USB Type-C
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 2280 mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.9″ / 126.9 x 95.6 x 73.7 mm
Weight 1.45 lb / 657 g

As I mentioned above, the Sony A7R III is available at the price of $3,200. The preorders begin on October 26, and the shipping is bound to begin in November 2017. Will you be upgrading?

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Dunja Djudjic

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9 responses to “Sony A7RIII is a 42.4MP 10fps speed demon with dual card slots”

  1. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    I love my Sony a7R II and I won’t be upgrading to the III because of the price and I don’t care about the speed of continuous shooting. Not enough changes to warrant a new camera.

  2. Ashwin Vyas Avatar
    Ashwin Vyas

    Joseph Parry ha ha ha It never stops!

  3. David Lorenzo Avatar
    David Lorenzo

    Now i might be able to get an older one for a lot cheaper

  4. Jason H. West Avatar
    Jason H. West

    These camera manufacturers freak me out. Do you know how many people that refuse to buy these new cameras because the manu’s won’t put a damn flip out screen on them? It’s just $$$ lost. Crazy.

    1. Joshooa Jernigan Avatar
      Joshooa Jernigan

      This will be my first full frame camera. But man I’ll miss my Canon 70d flip screen.

    2. Jason H. West Avatar
      Jason H. West

      Joshooa Jernigan I love my GH5 but damn would it be spectacular if it was full frame. :)

    3. Marcus Weinhold Avatar
      Marcus Weinhold

      Huh? It does have a flip out screen, as does my a7rII

    4. Jason H. West Avatar
      Jason H. West

      Marcus Weinhold You have a tilt screen, man…. not a flip screen.

  5. Jarrod Avatar
    Jarrod

    …sounds kinda like Sony rushed this out. I can assume from the huge success of the Nikon D850, Sony needed to try to stop the enthusiasm.