Sony A7III Long Term Review | Almost 18 Months Later!

by birtanpublished on February 2, 2021

The once-mighty Sony a 7-3 when this camera was released the rest of the camera sphere shook with awe and we were all absolutely waylaid by how amazing it was to have a full-frame mirrorless camera that shot 4k internal with no crop now since those lofty days of yesteryear I mean like two years ago there have been some serious contenders to the crown of the top camera released so that really begs the question how is the a7 3 holding up and does this still maintain its position of dominance in a shrinking and highly highly competitive camera marketplace let's find out what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad and if

I can figure it out you can figure it out now it's no secret that I like slash potentially loved the Sony camera line while they do have some issues that I hope are fixed in future releases you'd be hard-pressed to find a system that has the adaptability versatility and the ease-of-use that Sony brings to the table I've made several videos talking about the a7 3 in the past and today we're not gonna go super in-depth as I'm already I'm gonna try to avoid retreading ground as much as possible but what I do want to do is after checking out all of the awesome

Competition released in 2019 I want to see like we're going into 2020 is the a7 3 still on top does this still hold the full-frame title or did something this year knock it off the pedestal let's start off by talking about the reason you get a camera in the first place image quality and since we're talking about the Sony in image quality let's switch it out so we can actually see how it works as a talking head slash youtuber II kind of a camera on that full-frame goodness hmm so I do want to start with a few key spec highlights if you've never actually

Heard of the a7 3 which you'd have to have been living under a camera rack for that to happen the Sony a7 3 continues to have a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor it can record it up to 4k 30 frames per second 8-bit 4200 internal and it can also do a full width of the sensor at 24 frames per second but for a sane people that use 30 frames per second we will have to deal with an additional 1.2 crap slow motion can be done in the camera at 120 frames per second at 1080p and it continues to have Sony's in a sane phase detection autofocus system which after a few firmware updates like

Right now it has some of the best autofocus you'll find on a camera but enough of the specs how does it actually look well I mean I mean you're seeing it right now I think it looks pretty darn good or I wouldn't be using it Sony has gotten a bad reputation for having improper colors and just bad looking sterile or gross image quality I disagree I think the image quality coming out of their current cameras is some of the best that you are going to find and that's not to say that other brands look bad because they don't I use a wide variety of camera brands every

Company right now has cameras that will give you fantastic results but but back to the a7 3 I think the image quality is fantastic it's nice to sharp and has dynamic range for days one of the reasons I purchased this camera was to take my YouTube thumbnails because you can shoot in almost any light and that raw file can be pushed around like to insane level I do like now let's talk about Canon cameras I do like Canon cameras for video and I know I'm gonna catch flack for this but I didn't find their RAW files to be as versatile when trying to create eye-catching images for

Thumbnails it's a great camera but you do have to be more precise on the a 7-3 you don't have to be precise you don't have to be careful highlights can be recovered shadows can be pushed for somebody that doesn't take many photos you know me I really appreciate the assistance that this camera basically you don't have to pay attention to photos you take the photos you can do whatever we want with them either way but that photos on to the most important side video this sensor is actually a six case sensor that down samples to 4k but what that means for you is you get 6k

Worth of information squished into a 4k codec giving you super detailed and Krys footage better than if it was a 4k sensor just giving you 4k information it's not all sunshine and rainbows though like I mentioned in the specs overview this is a hundred megabits a second 8-bit for 2o codec there is no way to increase this even if you record externally like we're doing right now so if you do need to grade heavily and post this might not be a great choice for you but if you lightly grade or you don't plan on touching anything as you get everything right in camera you'll be

Fine this does have several picture profiles built into the menus that are quite versatile I used to primarily shoot video in picture profile one but anymore I'm really starting to like the hlg to profile in fact we're currently recording in HL g2 here's what it looks like raw before and here's what the processing looks like afterwards with very few very few light touches because HL g2 is designed to be like a capture and then immediately deliver picture profile which if you're scared of color grading don't worry I never really touch grading before and I'm just dabbling a

Little bit I'm not doing much than like moving little sliders around and that's nice because s log is kind of rough to work with in my opinion I really like Canon C log that's my favorite log profile to work with Sony s log kind of scary that might be the most we've ever talked about image quality here before but don't the image quality is great right but audio is just as if not more important than the technical image quality of a camera and thankfully Sony is one of the two companies that I really trust a handle internal camera audio if you use the built-in 3.5

Millimeter audio import you can get a really clean and no distortion audio but well you've actually been hearing this whole time through this video is Sony has a line of mountable power two XLR options for their mirrorless cameras we've been recording on the k3m which is something that I've recently purchased and makes the a7 3 it makes it so much more powerful as a video platform you can capture two powered microphones internal on the camera with this now you could go out and buy something like the zoom h6 and run the line into the camera I did that for a long time but then you

Need batteries to manage and then you got to run it into the camera and you got to make sure the audio is good it's just a pain here on the a7 3 with the k3m you just plug it in and you're good to go it's fantastic this is not a video about the k3m but I highly recommend it video quality is great now if you were an online content creator especially a solo creator then you need a camera to be part of the team and run it as much as possible and here the Sony does kind of derail a bit which kind of sucks because it did have fantastic

Audio and fantastic image quality yes there is no flip screen which I mean you at this point you could take or leave for some that will be a big deal for others not so much it does make creating by yourself so much easier if you can manage the camera settings while you're in front of the camera without needing additional gear Atomos it's not a moses fault but the sony does have a lot of real powerful auto capabilities that will let you have faith that you're gonna be properly exposed and in focus while you're talking to the camera if you don't have

Any way to see what's going on the autofocus might not be sony's newest eye tracking autofocus that can you they can do in video but there isn't that much of a difference between that eye autofocus and the face tracking that you're seeing right now the face autofocus is a reliable system when it comes down to it however all autofocus can fail from time to time but Sony does well enough that I trust it and I really only trust Sony and Canon for continuous video autofocus like I mentioned previously the dynamic range of the camera is nuts so leaving it in auto ISO and some kind of priority

Mode can take your mind off of being terrified that everything is overexposed you just just don't worry about it let the camera do the work because this camera is like its own crew another problem though and thankfully one that's been rectified with Sony's newest cameras when you plug the a7 3 into a monitor and you're not recording to that monitor you lose face tracking autofocus it's not a big deal you can't set the box similar and it'll do perfectly fine but it does kind of suck and on a rant here for a second that port you plug that HDMI cord into is it a full or even

Mini that pause probably isn't a good sign right no it's that crappy micro HDMI I hate micro HDMI and honestly I've considered only using this for stills and never for video solely because of how useless and easy to break of a port micro HDMI is any camera that's aimed for working professionals or heck any camera made from here on out shouldn't have micro HDMI it's the worst and also these port doors on the side sucks since we're just you know throwing shade at the a7 3 thankfully Sony did fix that in the ACE are for but besides that physically the

Camera is also really easy to use the buttons are all set up intuitively and it's really easy to operate without too much fiddling and since a lot of people want to use this as a vlogging camera let's throw in these standard Ted the everyday dad vlogging test okay and welcome to the vlogging test of the sony a7 30 now we had to do this real quick because as you can see it's crazy gross outside and it's been pouring and snowing and a big storm just moved through like to the East Coast today so I'm very thankful that we were able to get this moment till I come out here and

Actually do the vlogging test because you know you say in the video you got to do it right so this is on the Tamron seventeen to twenty eight two point eight and I don't have a tripod I don't have anything as you can just see I'm hand holding the camera and is a big thing that I'm not sure if we're gonna continue doing or not we've actually got that k3m that I talked about we've got that plugged into the camera so like right now can you see I've got actual power two XLR audio during a vlogging test I am like I know this kind of a nerdy thing to like be super like crazy

Excited about but I cannot believe I really hope this audio is good cuz it's not that much bigger than a rode videomic pro plus and let me know let me know if you think this audio is crispy because if it is mmm yeah this is the vlogging test the stabilization the camera is great the audio internal to the camera is great everything is great if you want to use this as a vlogging camera except I have absolutely no idea what this footage actually looks like we're in aperture priority mode with auto ISO so I assume it's being exposed correctly and the focus is so good and

The auto systems are so good in the camera I don't actually really worry about it here look I'm looking at a here we'll stand back over here so I can see my reflection in the mirror over here we're not we're not gonna do that but yeah this has been the vlogging test as the a7 3 continues on its dominance as a like a fantastic portable video production platform the triple p video production plug that's the double P I can't count ok back inside and we're back the last but certainly not least section we talk about is what does the ecosystem slash upgrade path for the a7

3 look like you don't just want to be trafficking you don't by a camera – then like immediately outgrow you want a camera that you can grow with and frankly here it's amazing no kidding the Sony camera system is probably the best in the market right now we've already talked about the XLR adapter which is something that only panasonic also offers the lenses I mean lenses are Sony's ace-in-the-hole the first party lenses are basically a complete lineup that will give you everything you could possibly want but where they win where they win is the

Third party that's where Sony's taken the lead Sigma and Tamron have developed some fantastic fan tastic yes I type that in all caps in the script so you know it's serious they've made crazy good lenses for the e mount for example this entire video has been shot with the tamra on 17 to 28 which is one of my favorite lenses of all time and I think will probably be the subject of Friday's video because it's my favorite lens of the year it is the best lens of the year in my opinion and those third-party lenses are very reasonably priced where Sony Canon Panasonic they're full-frame

Lenses are crazy high priced but here you get this ultra wide-angle lens for under a thousand bucks you can get the 28 275 2.8 for around $1,000 and Sigma just released a 24 to 70 2.8 for around a thousand bucks I've spent a long time talking about lenses because it's important glass differentiates systems way more than bodies ever do and being able to pick up the 17 to 28 was a big deciding factor for me going with this instead of the Lumix s1 and a 16 to 35 f/4 1700 words later so what right has the sony a7 3 weathered the storm of competition I think so for the price

It's still one of the top full-frame cameras the USR recently got a price drop and a huge firmware update but that 1.73 x crop with 4k it's just a huge hurdle to overcome even though it does have better internal and external recording options the Lumix s line of cameras also has a very nice set of options there but they continue to use Panasonic's contrast to autofocus which while it's gotten better is still not something that I'm willing to work with I manually focus my GH 5 all of the time and the nikon z6 actually is a at her body in my opinion then the a 7-3

But it suffers very heavily in the audio in the lens department after all of those awesome options are out there the a7 3 remains on the top of the full-frame mirrorless marketplace and will probably do so for the foreseeable future until the other brands can catch up on their weaknesses I mean there is some room here to improve on the a7 3 it's not perfect there is space for the other brands to catch up if you liked this video I bet you'd like to keep the Sony train a-rollin and watch this video where I call the a 6400 the best camera

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