Your Sony A7S III is now basically an FX3 with EVF thanks to new firmware update

Feb 26, 2021

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Your Sony A7S III is now basically an FX3 with EVF thanks to new firmware update

Feb 26, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The Sony FX3 hasn’t even begun shipping yet, and Sony’s already giving more reasons for folks not to get one. Sony has released A7S III Firmware Version 2.00 which adds Sony’s S-Cinetone colour profile, first seen in the FX6, coming with the FX3, and included with the recently released Sony A1, to the Sony A7S III.

Sony says that the colour profile “delivers natural mid-tines that are essential to healthy-looking skin colour, plus soft colours and gorgeous highlights”. This can either be applied while monitoring or you can bake it into the footage to make your life go a little quicker when grading.

According to the changelog, this is essentially the biggest change with the new firmware, although the Steady Shot functionality has been expanded when shooting S&Q frame rates.

  • Adds the P11:S-Cinetone picture profile preset
    Note: S-Cinetone is a new video look which introduces a color matrix that produces highly regarded skin tones.
  • Adds support for setting Steady Shot to Active during recording movie with S&Q Frame Rate
    Note: The Active setting cannot be selected if the S&Q Frame Rate is set to 120fps/100fps or higher.
  • Improves the overall stability of the camera

So, given the $400 price difference, there doesn’t really seem to be all that much reason to go for a Sony FX3 over the A7S III now unless you really want that handle. Personally, I’d spend that $400 difference on a Zoom H8 and sync the audio in post.

Are you thinking about buying the FX3 or will you stick with (or buy) the A7S III instead?

If you want to download the new firmware V2.00 for your Sony A7S III, head on over to the Sony website. Mac users should note that the firmware updater does not support Big Sur.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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