Sony’s first camera release of 2018 is the new a7 III. Defined as their full frame “basic model”, this video feature rich camera, its price tag and quality performance, are a good sign of what to expect next.
The Sony a7 III was just announced, and together with fellow leading journalists we were invited to London to see the camera, get a chance to hear about it and briefly explore its capabilities. In this short article I’ll be covering the video mode functionality of the new camera only. (Please see the above video interview I’ve conducted with Yann Salomon-Legagneur from Sony for additional information)
Highlights of the new camera:
- New 24.2 million pixels sensor
- 5-axis optical in body stabilisation system
- Full frame 4K (UHD) video recording in up to 30p (100Mbps)
- Full frame/APS-C switchable option, BUT this time the full frame mode has the upper hand when it comes to video quality!
- 6K full pixel readout via oversampling (but 4K recording)
- S-Log2 / S-Log3 / HDR (HLG) video recording (Basic sensitivity for S-Log mode is ISO 800)
- 1080p in up to 120 frames per second (100Mbps)
- Advanced autofocus system which is working well also in a high frame rate
- Silent autofocus operation with some of Sony’s latest lenses
- Sony’s latest generation of weather sealed camera bodies (a9 / a7R III style)
- Long lasting new battery standard just like in a7RIII
- “AF on” button and joystick
- Touch screen operation
- Dual SD slots with relay recording plus the possibility to simultaneously backup recording at the highest possible video resolution and data rate
- USB 3.1 (Gen 1) connectivity
- Lowlight capability is superb for a 24.2 MP
- Free 5 years extended warranty for Europeans
The sample video footage inserted into the above main interview was all taken handheld. As you can see, the 5-axis in body stabilisation system is working well! Also, I deliberately decided to shoot with autofocus turned on in order to see how well it is functioning. I’m happy to report back that I was pleasantly surprised by its “out of the box” usability, especially considering the fact that I did not do anything special to adjust it. Last but not least, the lowlight performance is considerably good. There is one shot of a model in the video that I took at ISO 10,000. If this is what comes out from a 24.MP sensor already, I’m curious to see the level of light sensitivity the future “S” model will have!
Full disclosure: Johnnie and other media representatives were guests at Sony Europe’ a7 III launch event in London, England. Sony paid transport for this one-day trip, but there was no other payment involved whatsoever.