Sony A7R III Review

October 25, 2017 | Mark Goldstein |
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Specifications

Lens

Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount lenses
Lens Mount
E-mount

Image Sensor

Aspect Ratio
3:2
Number Of Pixels (Effective)
Approx. 42.4 megapixels
Number of Pixels (total)
Approx. 43.6 megapixels
Type
35mm full frame (35.9×24.0mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor
Anti-Dust System
Charge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism

Recording (still images)

Recording Format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.31, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image Size (pixels) [3:2]
35mm full frame L: 7952 x 5304 (42M), M: 5168 x 3448 (18M), S: 3984 x 2656 (11M), APS-C L: 5168 x 3448 (18M), M: 3984 x 2656 (11M), S: 2592 x 1728 (4.5M)
Image Size (pixels) [16:9]
35mm full frame L: 7952 x 4472 (36M), M: 5168 x 2912 (15M), S: 3984 x 2240 (8.9M), APS-C L: 5168 x 2912 (15M), M: 3984 x 2240 (8.9M), S: 2592 x 1456 (3.8M)
Image Quality Modes
RAW, RAW & JPEG (Extra fine, Fine, Standard), JPEG (Extra fine, Fine, Standard)
Picture Effect
Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera(Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), Soft High-key
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia,Style Box(1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Picture Profile
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
Dynamic Range Functions
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))
Colour Space
sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
14bit RAW
Yes
Uncompressed RAW
Yes

Recording (movie)

Recording Format
XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant
Video Compression
XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording Format
XAVC S: LPCM 2ch, AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Colour Space
xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Picture Effect
8 types: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera(Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), Soft High-key , Rich-tone Monochrome
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box (1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Picture Profile
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 Size (Pixels), NTSC
XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (30p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (30p, 60M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 60M) XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (120p, 100M), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 25M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 16M) AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080(60i, 17M, FH)
Image Size (pixels), PAL
XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (25p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (25p, 60M) XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (100p, 100M), 1920 x 1080 (100p, 60M), 1920 x 1080 (50p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (50p, 25M), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 16M) AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (50i, 17M, FH)
Image frame rate
NTSC mode: 1fps,2fps,4fps,8fps,15fps,30fps,60fps,120fps, PAL mode: 1fps,2fps,3fps,6fps,12fps,25fps,50fps,100fps
Image size (frame rate)
NTSC mode: 1920x1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), PAL mode: 1920x1080 (50p, 25p)
Movie Functions
Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, PAL/NTSC Selector, Yes (1280 x 720(9Mbps)), TC/UB, (TC Preset/UB Preset/TC Format/TC Run/TC Make/UB Time Rec), Auto Slow Shutter, REC Control, Clean HDMI Info.(ON/OFF selectable), Gamma Disp. Assist
HDMI Output
3840 x 2160 (25p), 1920 x 1080(50p), 1920 x 1080(50i), 1920 x 1080(24p), 1920 x 1080(60p), 1920 x 1080(60i), 3840 x 2160(30p), 3840 x 2160(24p),YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit / RGB 8bit

Recording System

Location information Link from smartphone
Yes
Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro(M2), SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant), microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card
Memory Card Slot
SLOT1:Slot for SD(UHS-I/II compliant) memory card, SLOT2:Multi slot for Memory Stick Duo/SD(UHS-I compliant) memory card

Noise Reduction

Noise Reduction
Long exposure NR: On/Off , available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec. High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off
Multi Frame NR
-

White Balance

White Balance Modes
Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight / Flash /Underwater/ Color Temperature 2500 to 9900K & color filter G7 to M7(57-step), A7 to B7(29-step) / Custom
AWB Micro Adjustment
Yes G7 to M7,57-stepA7 to B7,29-step
Priority Set in AWB
Yes
Bracketing
3 frames, H/L selectable

Focus

Focus Type
Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)1
Focus Sensor
Exmor R CMOS sensor
Focus Point
35mm full frame: 399 points (phase-detection AF), APS-C mode with full frame lens: 323 points (phase-detection AF), with APS-C lens: 255 points (phase-detection AF) / 425 points (contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensitivity Range
EV-3 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Focus Mode
AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Focus Area
Wide (399 points (phase-detection AF), 425 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) /Expanded Flexible Spot/ Lock-on AF ( Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)
Other Features
Eye-start AF (only with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached(Sold separately)), Lock-on AF, Eye AF, AF micro adjustment, (Sold separately), with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4, Predictive control, Focus lock, AF Track Sens, Swt.V/H AF Area, AF Area Regist.
AF Illuminator
Yes (with Built-in LED type)
AF Illuminator range
Approx. 0.3m - approx. 3.0m (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached)
Focus type with LA-EA3 (Sold separately)
Selectable(phase-detection, contrast-detection)

Exposure

Metering Type
1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Sensor
Exmor R CMOS sensor
Metering Sensitivity
EV-3 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Metering Mode
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot Standard/Large, Entire Screen Avg., Highlight
Exposure Compensation
+/- 5.0EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable), (with exposure compensation dial : +/- 3EV (1/3 EV steps))
Exposure Bracketing
Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1.0 EV increments.
AE Lock
Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Available with AE lock button. (On/Off/Auto)
Exposure Modes
AUTO (iAuto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Movie (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) ), Slow & Quick Motion (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) )
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Still images: ISO 100-32000 (Expandable to ISO 50 to 102400), AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-32000 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Anti-flicker Shoot.
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
1.3 cm (0.5-type) electronic viewfinder (color), Quad-VGA OLED
Number of Dots
3 686 400 dots
Brightness Control (Viewfinder)
Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
Color Temperature Control
Manual (5 steps)
Field Coverage
100%
Magnification
approx. 0.78 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
Dioptre Adjustment
-4.0 to +3.0m-1
Eye Point
Approx. 23mm from the eyepiece lens, 18.5mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (CIPA standard)
Finder Frame Rate Selection
NTSC: Std 60fps, Hi 12fps; PAL: Std 50fps, Hi 100fps
Display Contents
Graphic Display, Display All Info., No Disp. Info., Digital Level Gauge, Histogram

LCD Screen

Type
7.5cm (3.0-type) type TFT
Number of Dots
1,440,000 dots
Touch Panel
Yes
Brightness Control
Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Adjustable Angle
Up by approx. 107 degrees, Down by approx. 41 degrees
Display Selecter (Finder/LCD)
Yes (Auto/Manual)
Real-time Image Adjustment Display (LCD)
On/Off
Quick Navi
Yes
Focus Magnifier
Yes (35mm full frame: 6.2x, 12.4x, APS-C: 4.0x, 8.0x)
Zebra
Yes, (selectable level + range or lower limit as custom setting)
Peaking MF
Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Others
(Rule of 3rds Grid/Square Grid/Diag. + Square Grid/Off), Movie Marker, (Center/Aspect/Safety Zone/Guideframe), WhiteMagic™, Grid Line
Display Content
Graphic Display, Display All Info., No Disp. Info., Digital Level Gauge, Histogram, For viewfinder, Monitor Off

Other Features

PlayMemories Camera Apps™
-
Clear Image Zoom
Still images:Approx. 2x, Movies:Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD)
Digital Zoom
Smart zoom (Still images):35mm full frame: M:approx 1.5x, S:approx 2x, APS-C: M:approx 1.3x, S:approx 2x, Digital zoom (Still images):35mm full frame: L:approx 4x, M:approx 6.2x, S:approx 8x, APS-C: L:approx 4x, M:approx 5.2x, S:approx 8x, Digital zoom (Movie):35mm full frame: approx 4x , APS-C: approx 4x
Face Detection
Modes: Face Priority inAF(On/Off), Face Priority in Multi Metering(On/Off), Regist. Faces Priority(On/Off), Face registration, Max. number of detectable:8
Others
Touch Focus:Yes (Available with LCD monitor or Viewfinder operation), ISO AUTO Min. SS, Bright Monitoring, Set File Name, Copyright Info, FTP Transfer Func., Help guide, Area Setting, Shop Front Mode, Video Light Mode, Zoom Ring Rotate
Eye-Fi ready
-

Shutter

Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed
Still images:1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps); up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode);
Flash Sync. Speed
1/250 sec.2
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Yes (ON/OFF)
Silent Shooting
Yes (ON/OFF)

Image Stabilization

Type
Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (Compensation depends on lens specifications)
Compensation Effect
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.)

Flash Control

Control
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation
+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Bracketing
3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0 EV increments.
Flash Modes
Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless3, Hi-speed sync.3
External Flash Compatibility
Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe
FE Level Lock
Yes
Wireless Control
Yes (Light signal: Available with Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Hi-speed sync. /Radio signal: Available with Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Hi-speed sync.)

Drive

Drive Modes
Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket
Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.)
Continuous shooting: Hi+: max. 10 fps, Hi: max. 8 fps, Mid: max. 6fps, Lo: max. 3 fps 4
No. of recordable frames (approx.)
JPEG Extra fine L: 76 frames, JPEG Fine L: 76 frames, JPEG Standard L: 76 frames, RAW: 76 frames, RAW&JPG: 76 frames, RAW(Uncompressed): 28 frames, RAW(Uncompressed)&JPG: 28 frames, 4
Self-Timer
10 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/2 sec. delay/Continuous self-timer (3 frames after 10 sec. delay/5 frames after 10 sec. delay/3 frames after 5 sec. delay/5 frames after 5 sec. delay/3 frames after 2 sec. delay/5 frames after 2 sec. delay)/Bracketing self-timer
Pixel Shift Multi Shooting  
Yes 5

Playback

Photo Capture
Yes
Modes
Single (with or without shooting information Y RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), 9/25-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 19.9x, M: 12.9x, S: 10.0x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec,Off), Image orientation (Auto/Manual/Off selectable), Slideshow, Folder selection (Date/ Still/ AVCHD/XAVC S HD/XAVC S 4K), Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect, Rating, Disp Cont Shoot Grp

Interface

PC Interface
Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote
Multi / Micro USB Terminal
Yes6
USB Type-C™ Terminal
Yes (SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) compatible)
NFC™
Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible), One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
Wireless LAN (Built-In)
Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band) , View on Smartphone: Yes, Send to Computer: Yes, View on TV 7 
Bluetooth
Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1 (2.4GHz band))
HD Output
4K movie output/4K still image PB, BRAVIA Sync(Control for HDMI), HDMI micro connector (Type-D), PhotoTV HD
Multi Interface Shoe
Yes8
Mic Terminal
Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Sync Terminal
Yes
Headphone Terminal
Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Vertical Grip Connector
Yes
PC Remote
Yes
LAN Terminal
-

Audio

Microphone
Built-in stereo microphone or XLR-K2M/XLR-K1M/ECM-XYST1M (sold separately)
Speaker
Built-in,monaural

Print

Compatible Standards
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

Custom function

Type
Custom key settings, Programmable Setting (Body 3 sets /memory card 4 sets), My Menu, Reg Cust Shoot Set

Lens Compensation

Setting
Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion

Power

Supplied Battery
One rechargeable battery pack NP-FZ100
Battery Life (Still Images)
Approx. 530 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 650 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)9
Battery Life (Movie, actual recording)
Approx. 100 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 115 min (LCD monitor), (CIPA standard)1011
Battery Life (Movie, continuous recording)
Approx. 180 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 190 min (LCD monitor), (CIPA standard)1012
Internal Battery Charge
Yes (Available with Multi/Micro USB Terminal or USB Type-C™ Terminal)
Power consumption with Viewfinder
Still images: approx. 3.7W (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: approx5.5W (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Power consumption with LCD screen
Still images: approx. 3.0W (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: approx5.2W (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
USB Power supply
Yes (Available with Multi/Micro USB Terminal or USB Type-C™ Terminal)

Others

Operating Temperature
32 - 104 degrees F / 0 - 40 degrees C

Size & Weight

Weight (with battery and memory card included)
657g / 1lb 7.2 oz.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 126.9mm x 95.6mm x 73.7mm, Approx. 126.9mm x 95.6mm x 62.7mm (from grip to monitor)/Approx. 5 x 3 7/8 x 3 inches, Approx. 5 x 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches (from grip to monitor)

What's In The Box

  • Power cord
  • Rechargeable Battery NP-FZ100
  • Cable Protector
  • Battery Charger BC-QZ1
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Accessory shoe cap
  • Eyepiece cup
  • USB Type-C™ cable
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