Sony a7S III Mirrorless Digital Camera Body
Sony a7S III Mirrorless Digital Camera Body Summary
Some things are worth the wait and our Sony users can rejoice as the wait is over for the upgraded a7S III Digital Camera Body. The new Alpha mirrorless camera aimed at professional video makers and photographers comes five years after its’ predecessor and is brimming with upgrades across every feature. Sony has redeveloped the a7S III with the latest technologies for content creators, including a brand new full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R sensor, matched with the high performance 8x faster BIONZ XR image processor. The 12.1 megapixel body is capable of capturing 10fps in both RAW and JPG simultaneously, bursting to over 1000 images and the camera also captures the latest highly compressed 10-bit HEIF format. Dynamic range has been extended to over 15EV stops, matched by an impressive native ISO of 80-102,400 which offers flexible stills and video capabilities in any lighting conditions.
The a7S III distinguishes itself even further with video, now recording high speed 4K movies at 120p in 10-bit 4:2:2 internal, without overheating. Sony has also added new codecs which include XAVC-HS (H.265) and XAVC-S-I (All-I). These employ new colour science and S Log has Fx9 colour matching with a more natural ‘film’ look. Autofocus has also been upgraded for more precise control with 759 phase-detection AF points and enhanced Real-time Eye AF. Hand-held shooters gain up to 5.5EV stops of compensation thanks to a 5-axis Image Sensor-Shift mechanism which is particularly successful when paired with E-mount lenses developed by Sony. All of these technologies place demands on data capture which has been addressed by the inclusion of two card slots, cross compatible with either the new high speed Cfexpress Type A memory cards or SD UHS-II. The 9.44 million dot Quad-XGA OLED EVF provides an immersive viewing experience and Sony listened to users by introducing their first Vari-angle monitor for Vlogging, together with easier to navigate menu systems. Even ergonomics have been improved, with a heftier grip as well as more competent weather sealing.
Highlights specifications include:
The Sony a7S III camera for professional videographers and photographers delivers across all fronts, being filled to the brim with the very latest technologies available. Body ergonomics have also been improved with a deeper grip, fully articulating LCD and better weather sealing. Sony has added a slew of new colour profiles, new video codecs as well as brand new sensor and processor. All together these deliver highly compelling improvements for both image and video capture, providing content creators with an all-in-one hybrid tool for making professional quality content. The extensive list of upgrades ensure a7S III users have a long list of advantages with a wide ISO range, impressive image stabilisation as well as faster data recording with the inclusion of CF Express card slots.
Smoother video and sharper images are assisted not only through sensor shift technology, but with anti shaking IS as well as intelligent active video cropping. Sony is renowned for consistently delivering ground breaking autofocus capabilities and the a7S III delivers here once again. The camera employs 759 phase-detect AF points with 90% coverage, Eye autofocus for humans and animals as well as real time tracking for video, making it even easier to keep focus while filming. We are certain enthusiasts and professionals will fall in love with creativity all over again with the latest iteration of this professional content creators camera.
|Sony a7S III First Look|
Sony a7S III in More Detail
Image sensor: 35mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor with 12.1MP
Recording Formats: JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.32, MPF Baseline compliant), HEIF (MPEG-A MIAF compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 4.0 format compliant)
Image Size (pixels) [3:2]: 35mm full frame L: 4240 x 2832 (12M), M: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M), S: 2128 x 1416 (3.0M)
Picture Profiles: Yes (Off / PP1-PP10) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1-3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Video Recording Formats: XAVC S. XVAVC HS. XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264. XAVC HS: MPEG-H HEVC/H.265
Audio Recording Formats: LPCM 2ch(48kHz 16bit), LPCM 2ch(48kHz 24bit)*2 , LPCM 4ch(48kHz 24bit)*2 , MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch*3
Profiles: Yes (Off / PP1-PP10) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1-3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Image frame rates: NTSC mode: 1fps,2fps,4fps,8fps,15fps,30fps,60fps,120fps, 240fps*4
PAL mode: 1fps,2fps,3fps,6fps,12fps,25fps,50fps,100fps, 200fps*4
60p (150Mbps / 75Mbps / 45Mbps)
50p (150Mbps / 75Mbps / 45Mbps)
60p (200Mbps / 100Mbps)
50p (200Mbps / 100Mbps)
24p (100Mbps / 50Mbps / 30Mbps)
24p (100Mbps / 50Mbps)
Media: SD memory card: SDHC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant). SDXC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant).
CFexpress Type A memory card
Focus Points: 35mm full frame: 759 points (phase-detection AF), APS-C mode with FF lens: 345 points (phase-detection AF), with APS-C lens: 285 points (phase-detection AF) / 425 points (contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensitivity Range: EV -6 to EV 20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Autofocus features: AF Track Sens. (Stills). AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity (Movie). AF Transition Speed (Movie)
Exposure Bracketing: Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. (Ambient light, Flash light)
ISO sensitivity: Still images: ISO 80-102400 (ISO numbers up from ISO 40 to ISO 409600 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 80-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 80-102400 equivalent (ISO numbers up to ISO 409600 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 80-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Viewfinder Type: 1.6 cm (0.64 type) electronic viewfinder (Quad-XGA OLED) with 9,437,184 dots at 100% coverage.
LCD Screen: 7.5cm (3.0-type) type TFT Touch Panel with 1,440,000 dots
Adjustable Angle: Opening Angle:Approx. 176 deg., Rotation Angle:Approx. 270 deg.
Shutter Speed: Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps), up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto slow shutter mode)
Flash Sync. Speed: 1/250 sec.
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter: Yes (ON/OFF) with silent shooting
Image Stabilisation: 5.5 stops (based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)
Continuous Drive Speed: Continuous shooting: Hi+: 10 fps, Hi: 8 fps, Mid: 6 fps, Lo: 3 fps
No. of recordable frames (approx.): RAW (uncompressed) & JPG: over 1000 frames
Interface: PC Interface, Mass-storage / MTP. Multi / Micro USB Terminal. SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2) compatible. NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible.
Wireless LAN (Built-In): Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz band/5GHz band
Bluetooth Standard Ver. 5.0 (2.4GHz band)
HD Output: HDMI connector (Type-A)
Battery Life: (Still Images): Approx. 510 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 600 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Multi Interface Shoe: Yes (with Digital Audio Interface)
Mic Terminal: Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Headphone Terminal: Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Battery Life (Movie, continuous recording): Approx. 130 min. (Viewfinder) / Approx. 135 min. (LCD monitor). CIPA standard.
|What else is included in the box?|
Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss PLANAR T* lens (provides 5.5EV stops IS)Sony 160GB CFexpress Type A TOUGH Series Memory
|Sensor Type||Full frame back-illuminated Exmor R sensor|
|ISO range||ISO 80-102,400 expandable to ISO 40-409,600|
|Focus points||759 phase-detection AF points|
|Video resolution||4K video at 120p in 10-bit 4:2:2|
|LCD Screen||Fully articulating LCD touchscreen|
|Viewfinder||Quad-XGA OLED with 9.44 million dots|
|Wireless connectivity||Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Lens compatibility||Sony E-mount|
|Storage type||CFexpress Type A and SDHC (UHS-I/II compliant)|
|Dimensions||Approx. 128.9mm x 96.9mm x 80.8mm|