A few weeks back, DxOMark published their sensor rating for Nikon D850. The newest Nikon DSLR won the impressive 100, and now it “meets its mirrorless match.” Sony a7R III has also scored 100 at DxO’s tests, and it’s now it’s the highest-scoring mirrorless full-frame camera on DxoMark.
First hands-on experience with the Sony a7RIII
Sony a7RIII was recently announced, and it has still been causing comments from photographers of all genres. While the first experiences were positive, there were also disappointments concerning astrophotography and the “Star Eater” issue.
But how does the a7RIII perform for portraits? Photographer Manny Ortiz has upgraded to the latest Sony camera and tried it out in different lighting conditions around his own home.
Sony a7R III still eats stars, new reports say
Recently, there was a report which gave astrophotographers some hope that the Sony’s “Star Eater” issue has been resolved. Still, after some new tests, it seems the problem still exists. The guys from DPReview have tested the spatial filtering in the new Sony a7R III along with Jim Kasson, and the results are not encouraging. According to their findings – Sony a7R III still eats stars.
Sony A7RIII Pixel Shift Function Demo
The new Sony A7RIII has a new function that is called Pixel Shift. This function basically increases the resolution of your images by 4 times. In short: the camera takes 4 photos and shifts the sensor 1 pixel in between. By combining these images later (the camera doesn’t do this) you get an image that has 4 times the resolution of a normal raw image (4×42 Megapixel). This does NOT mean your file is suddenly 168 Megapixels. The files you get are still 42 Megapixel but they contain way more detail, especially noticeable when you zoom in 100%.
So how exactly does this work? By shifting the sensor by 1 pixel in every direction the sensor captures the full RGB data for every pixel. This is explained in Sony’s own video:
Sony resolves the “Star Eater” issue in the new a7rIII?
If you are an astrophotographer, then you may be familiar with the so-called “Star Eater” problem of Sony a7R II. The noise reduction algorithm of the camera mistakes sharp pinpoint stars for noise, so it deletes them from photos or reduces their brightness. But after open letters and complaints from astrophotographers – Sony seems to have fixed the issue in the new a7R III.
Upgrading from Sony a7RII to a7RIII: is it worth it?
The new Sony a7R III has brought some improvements many of their users have been waiting for. Still, there are debates whether or not it is worth the upgrade. Photographer Manny Ortiz has tested out the new camera from Sony, and he votes “yes” on the upgrade. In his latest video, he gives five reasons why he’ll switch from the a7R II to the a7R III. Let’s see if you agree these reasons are worth the upgrade.
This New Zealand timelapse odyssey was shot entirely with the new Sony A7R III
You might not have heard the name Drew Geraci before, but you’ve almost certainly seen his work. At least, you’ll have seen it if you’ve ever watched the opening sequence of hit TV show, House of Cards. Because Drew shot it.
In this timelapse film for Sony Alpha Universe, Drew heads to New Zealand to show off the timelapse capabilities of the new Sony A7R III. and it’s a breathtaking film. Of course, it was shot in New Zealand, so it’s bound to be.
Here’s what everybody thinks of the new Sony A7R III
One of the biggest releases these days is certainly the new Sony A7R III. On paper, this full frame mirrorless “speed demon” is really promising. We’ve featured the announcement, and now, as expected, the first impressions are coming in.
We have prepared a round-up of the hands-on impressions, so you can see from a few sources what photographers think of this camera. Judging from the hands-on previews, it seems this camera is as promising in the real world as it is on paper.
A quick hands on with the Sony A7R III
I’m at Photo Plus Expo and Sony put quite a few Sony A7R III cameras on their booth to play with. I could not resist. Here are some initial thoughts.
Even without looking at the camera specs, Sony decided to keep the price similar to the price of the Sony A7RII. This decision makes me relax, when the value of the 7RII drops, selling it second hand and getting a 7RIII would be like splitting the value drop across two years. If the 7RIV keeps the same pricing, keeping to the latest A7 series would be quite a small monthly fee.
Features wise, the camera feels like a small iteration on the previous model, more FPS, better battery, two cards slots and a joystick. There is also a pixel shift gazzilion megapixel mode, but we will have to wait for reviews to see if this technology delivers.
Regardless of what I think, though the camera is already B&H’s #1 Seller for mirrorless cameras.
Watch the new Sony a7R III shoot at 10fps and do eye AF
The new Sony a7R III was announced yesterday and it has introduced some improvements over its predecessor, the a7R II. One of the improvements is 10fps continuous shooting, which doubles the speed of the previous model. Guys from DPReview have published a demo, demonstrating what the new mirrorless camera from Sony is capable of. They’ve tested the continuous shooting, as well as the Eye AF, which also seems to be pretty impressive.
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