Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 399-Point AF System & 10 fps Shooting
  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
  • 3.69m-Dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • ISO 102400 & Pixel Shift Multi Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, Dual SD Slots
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Port & PC Sync Port
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Sony a7R III overview

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Proving that speed, resolution, and video capabilities can all coexist, the Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera from Sony is a versatile, high-performance camera characterized by not only its resolution, but by its multimedia versatility. Revolving around a full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor and updated BIONZ X image processor, the a7R III affords an impressive 10 fps continuous shooting rate along with improved autofocus performance for faster, more reliable subject tracking along with wide frame coverage. This updated Fast Hybrid AF System employs a combination of 399 phase-detection points and 425 contrast-detection areas for quicker acquirement of focus in a variety of lighting conditions, and also maintains focus on subjects more effectively. In addition to speed and AF, the processing improvements also help to realize greater image clarity throughout the sensitivity range from ISO 100-32000, which can further be expanded to ISO 50-102400. Video recording capabilities have also been extended for enhanced quality when recording UHD 4K video with the full width of the full-frame sensor, or when using a Super35 area and 5K oversampling to minimize moiré and aliasing. Additionally, benefitting both stills and video operation, the a7R III retains the 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift image stabilization, which is now effective to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 5.5 stops.

In addition to imaging updates, the a7R III also sports a revised body design, which includes a 3.69m-dot Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder for bright, clear, and realistic eye-level monitoring. A rear 3.0" 1.44m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD is also available for intuitive settings control and to better support working from high and low angles. For greater shooting flexibility, dual SD memory card slots are now featured, and a larger NP-FZ100 battery is also employed to achieve up to approximately 530 shots per charge when using the viewfinder. Suiting the camera's use in trying conditions, the magnesium alloy chassis and extensive weather-sealing also render the a7R III dust- and moisture-resistance

42.4 MP Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
Featuring a back-illuminated design, the full-frame 42.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor works with the BIONZ X image processor to offer high-resolution stills and video while minimizing noise and improving speed. This sensor structure works with gapless on-chip lens design and an anti-reflection coating, as well as eliminating the optical low-pass filter, to improve light collection and enhance detail. Also, the copper wiring layer dramatically improves data transmission speed for creating 14-bit, high-resolution 42.4-megapixel stills with a native sensitivity range from ISO 100-32000, which can be further expanded to ISO 50-102400. Also, it enables internal UHD 4K video recording with a wide dynamic range using the full width of the full-frame sensor. The BIONZ X processor also works in conjunction with a high-speed front-end LSI to realize faster processing times along with the ability to capture an impressive 15-stop dynamic range at low sensitivity values.

The sensor and processor combination also avails fast continuous shooting at up to 10 fps at full resolution, for up to 76 consecutive frames, and with full-time AF/AE when working with either a mechanical shutter or an electronic shutter. If shooting in live view mode, a continuous shooting rate of up to 8 fps is also possible.
Fast Hybrid AF System
An evolved 4D FOCUS system now employs a combination of 399 phase-detection points, which cover approximately 68% of the frame, along with 425 contrast-detection areas for reliable and quick autofocus and subject tracking performance. This Fast Hybrid AF System now achieves twice the focusing speed and more reliable tracking compared to previous a7R models, as well as improved low-light focusing response down to -3 EV. The use of phase-detection points also enables the use of A-mount lenses via the optional LA-EA3 or LA-EA1 lens mount adapters with full continuous AF/AE tracking compatibility.

The apt focus system also lends itself to a variety of focusing functions for refined accuracy, including Lock-on AF, which maintains focus on moving subjects throughout the use of a configurable frame that is set over the desired moving subject, and Expand Flexible Spot, which employs neighboring focus points to retain focus on moving subjects even if the originally selected point loses focus. Additionally, Eye AF can be used to base focus on recognized subjects' eyes for portraits and is available in both AF-S and AF-C modes. Autofocus can also be used in conjunction with the Focus Magnifier function for critical focus when homing in on minute subject details. The rear touchscreen can also be used for Touch Focus control, and a Touchpad Focus Control mode lets you use the rear screen intuitively while keeping your eye to the viewfinder.

For more personalized control over focus, and benefitting working in either vertical or horizontal shooting orientation, the AF area can be switched in orientation to better suit your subject matter. AF tracking sensitivity can also be customized in five steps to match how a subject is moving and frequently used focus point settings can be memorized and recalled with a custom button for faster switching between focus settings.
5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
Packed into the robust a7R III is a 5.5-stop effective 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system that compensates for five different types of camera shake encountered during handheld shooting of stills and video. This allows users to confidently use any lens, even adapted lenses, for critical imaging without encountering blur from camera shake.

For long focal lengths, the system will correct for pitch and yaw adjustments. Macro and high-magnification imagery, on the other hand, will benefit from the inclusion of horizontal and vertical shift compensation. All shooting styles will get usage out of the roll compensation. All 5 axes of stabilization will function at all times, even when used with third-party lenses and adapters or lenses with built-in optical stabilization.
UHD 4K Video Recording in XAVC S Format
Internal recording of UHD 4K movies is possible in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps and, based on the Super35mm recording area and effective 5K resolution, oversampling renders greater detail and full pixel readout is possible, that is void of pixel binning, for higher quality imagery with reduced moiré and aliasing. Full-frame 4K recording has also been dramatically improved for improved quality when working at mid to high sensitivities to permit full use of the entire sensor width. Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps, and both resolutions utilize the 100 Mbps XAVC S format contained within an MP4 wrapper with 4:2:0 sampling. The high-speed, 120 fps recording also enables 4x and 5x slow-motion movie recording with the frame rate set to either 30p or 24p. In addition to high-resolution internal recording, uncompressed HDMI output also enables the use of an optional external recorder for clean 4K recording with 4:2:2 sampling.

4K video recording also avails the ability to produce 8MP stills during playback by taking a frame grab from a movie and storing it as a separate file.
Additional Video Features
Support for HDR Content:
  • Affording extensive customizable color and gamma controls, the a7R III allows users to adjust the gamma, black level, knee, color level, and more. Also, users can use the same S-Log2 Gamma Curve that is found on high end Sony Cinema cameras that squeezes up to 1300% more dynamic range into the video signal then traditional REC709, for increased post-production flexibility. HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) support is also available, along with the BT.2020 color space, for recording within a wide color gamut and, in addition to S-Log2, S-Log3 is also available for producing an effective 14-stop dynamic range with increased grading control in the shadow to mid-tone regions of the image.

Slow & Quick Motion:
  • Take more control over your video capture capabilities with a variety of new frame rates available in an S&Q mode. This will allow shooters to capture Full HD video at one of either steps between 1-120 fps. These settings will allow you to slow down action as well as speed up a slow-moving scene. This setting is also NTSC/PAL switchable.

Enhanced Zebra Function:
  • An enhanced Zebra function is ideally suited to aid in monitoring exposure values in high-contrast scenes. Video signal level targets can be set from 0 to 109, and specific ranges can be set to make exposure level adjustments easier.

Time Code and User Bit Settings:
  • A time code can be used to record hours, minutes, seconds, frames on image data for more precise editing while the User Bit function can record date, time, and scene number to aid in editing together footage from multiple cameras.

Proxy Recording:
  • UHD 4K movies and lower-resolution proxy movies can be simultaneously recorded. The smaller proxy files are ideal for quick previewing or pre-editing that can reduce the time required for final 4K editing.
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
  • An updated Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF is featured, and has a 3.69m-dot resolution for bright, clear viewing in high detail. Both Standard and High quality settings can be used, depending on the shooting situation, in order to optimize the viewing experience. This updated viewfinder design also affords the use of autofocus in the Focus Magnifier mode as well as improved focusing peaking to benefit manual focus operation.
  • In addition to the EVF, a 3.0" 1.44m-dot rear LCD is also available, which has a touch panel design for intuitive operation and focusing control. The screen also tilts upward 107° and downward 41° to benefit working from high and low angles.
  • Magnesium alloy chassis assures rigidity, durability, and stability while remaining lightweight. The lens mount has also been improved to better support heavy lenses and the grip rigidity has been improved for more comfortable hand-holding.
  • A durable shutter unit incorporates a coreless motor and brake system that reduces vibrations to better control shutter shock as well as extend its rated lifespan to approximately 500,000 actuations.
  • Weather-sealing has been employed to resist dust and moisture for reliable operation in harsh weather conditions.
  • Using the same NP-FZ100 battery as the a9, the a7R III has improved battery life and is now rated for approximately 530 shots per charge with the EVF or 650 shots with the rear LCD.
  • Dual SD memory card slots allow for flexible file saving and handling, and can be configured to partition raw and JPEG files or can be used for overflow recording. One of the card slots is rated to support UHS-II memory cards.
  • Integrated PC sync terminal for wired flash sync with strobe packs or wireless radio remotes.
  • A USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port has been added, in addition to a micro-USB port, for faster, more reliable tethering support. The USB Type-C connection allows the camera to be charged from the host power source while connected.
  • The a7R III features a 3.5mm microphone input jack for compatibility with external microphones. And for users needing more, the camera is also compatible with the Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter for recording professional balanced XLR audio signals with phantom power and adjustable mic/line inputs. For monitoring audio, a 3.5mm headphone jack is available as well as real time audio levels for a visual reference.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables the a7R III to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices; no complex set-up is required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and remotely control the camera's shutter.
  • Bluetooth connectivity allows for location data acquisition.
Pixel Shift Multi Shooting
This unique compositing mode allows you to achieve even greater resolution than the 42.4MP sensor affords. Working in conjunction with the sensor-shift image stabilization, this mode shifts the sensor while making four consecutive exposures in order to acquire approximately 169.6MP of information for greater color accuracy and detail than possible with a single exposure. These files can then be merged together during post-production by using the Sony Imaging software suite.
Other Camera Features
  • A Ratings function lets you assign star values, from 1-5, to images in-camera for faster editing and sorting at home during post-production.
  • An advanced 1200-zone evaluative exposure metering sensor delivers consistent and accurate results using multi-segment, center-weighted, or spot metering modes.
  • Highlight and Average metering modes helps avoid blown-out highlights and provide stable auto-exposure, respectively.
  • Anti-flicker shooting automatically recognizes and times the shutter action to minimize the flicker effect for more consistent results on still images.
  • Picture Effect modes: 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), and Soft High-Key.
  • Creative Style modes: 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).
UPC: 027242909854

Sony a7R III specs

Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 43.6 Megapixel
Effective: 42.4 Megapixel
Max Resolution 7952 x 5304
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.9 x 24 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC S
Audio: AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)
3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps (60 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (60 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 50, 59.94 fps (25 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 25, 29.97 fps (16 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)
1920 x 1080i at 50, 59.94 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD via H.264)
1920 x 1080i at 50, 59.94 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD via H.264)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 399
Contrast Detection: 425
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.5"
Viewfinder Pixel Count 3,686,400
Viewfinder Eye Point 23.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.78x
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +3.0 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (1,440,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-32000 (Extended Mode: 50-102400)
Shutter 30 - 1/8000 Second , Bulb Mode
1/4 - 1/8000 Second in Movie Mode
Remote Control RM-VPR1, VCT-XPR10, VCT-VPR1, RM-SPR1, RMT-VP1K (Optional)
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering, Highlight Weighted
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV -3.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 8 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 6 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 3 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 10 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 8 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 6 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 3 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Frames in JPEG Format
Flash Modes Auto
Hi-Speed Sync
Rear Sync
Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
Self Timer 10 Seconds, 5 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, USB 3.0, USB Type-C
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Battery 1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 2280 mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.9" / 126.9 x 95.6 x 73.7 mm
Weight 1.445 lb / 657 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 6.0 x 6.0"

Sony a7R III reviews

Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 124.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+ 10 stars! The best camera I have ever owned period. For the money it beats every camera out there right now. I upgraded from the A7R2 and could not be happier. Other reviewers can get into the tech stuff but I just wanted to post that yes it is everything they say and more. Sony has listened to their customer base and responded with the upgrades needed for the A7R3... Outstanding job Sony! I have combined this with the G-master series lens and the image results are the best I have ever had. If you are trying to decide, go for it IMHO you will be very glad you did. Great job Sony A+ job!� Also B&H is the best. Top notch service and prices.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this camera - Glad I switched to Sony from Canon. The images on my Sony a7R iii with Sony lenses are as sharp as my old Canon 5DS R with Canon lenses.� At the beginning I was worried about learning the Sony menu system, but It did not take as long as I thought. It only took a few days. The 399 auto focus points work great!� I love the Eye auto focus. It really works! I am mainly a landscape and wildlife photographer and the 42 MP at 10 fps is exactly what I need. With Canon, I had to have two cameras, a 5DS R and 7DMK 2 to cover both these needs. The Sony fills both my needs in one camera. I am really happy that I traded in all my Canon equipment for the Sony. The two photos attached are from the first trip with my new Sony a7R iii.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great camera but not as comfortable as a DSLR Coming from a Canon 5D Mark 3, the weight and size of the RIII is much welcomed. However the button layout and menu system seems a step behind. I can't whip out the camera adjust the exposure in a second and start shooting. It's not slow but the wheel is too small and hard to scroll. Also the viewfinder and monitor seems to bright so I have them at -1. Otherwise they get a stop darker on the screen. For video and everything else, I LOVE the camera. One thing I just noticed and not sure if its just me is that at ISO 640, I was getting a kind of smooth grain that still doesn't seem right when you compared it to Canon 5D 3 ISO 640. I have to look into it but its worth noting.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Welcome upgrade This is such a powerful camera now. I thought the 2nd version was great. Didn't know how they could improve upon perfection; but they have. 1st reason I was interested was for the thumb stick. Just having a dedicated system to selecting focus points on the fly should sell this camera over the A7RII model. 2nd is the larger battery. No more carrying around 3 - 4 batteries. I only bought 2 this time. Haven't really needed a touch screen or flash socket. Dual card slots is nice but I not needed yet. AF and menu performance boost is nice too. I think I'll enjoy many of the upgrades more as I get time to use them.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera I have had this camera for a week and love it so far. Before this, the only Sony camera that I had owned was the a6500. While I like my a6500, this camera is a serious upgrade. The better ergonomics, brighter screen, larger buffer, bigger battery, customizable menu and dual card slots are great for using this camera on a shoot.� My only main gripe about it are that it doesn't shoot 4K video at 60fps, but they were probably saving that for the A7sIII. Other than that, I have no other complaints. I will continue to test this baby out and do an update review if I find any deficiencies.� If you are in the market for a FF camera that does photos and video, this definitely one you should check out.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! This is my first mirrorless. �I'm converting from full-frame Nikon, and still on a learning curve, but here's my impressions during my first two weeks: *The body is smaller than I'm used to and not a natural fit for my hand. �Getting the battery grip helped a great deal. *Noticing a slight tendency for underexposure which I actually like. �I would usually do this on purpose with my Nikon to have post processing room. *Color management is beautiful...much better than my D750. *Like having easy access to exposure control dial. *Menus and settings are daunting but tamable with patience. *The physical shutter feels very exact and the braking mechanism is excellent...worlds better than my clapping, vibrating D750.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Joy to work with I've been working commercially with Nikon camera since 2012 and have been relatively happy with them for some time. Lately my assignments have been more physical in nature with hiking into the backcountry and such so that meant getting lighter was a benefit. Grabbed the Sony A7R III as it became available to try out and see how I liked it and was pleasantly surprised. The camera is extremely easy to work with and the files are great to work with. Native lenses are also very well made. I don't believe in adapters and only worth native glass. Battery life is equal to the Nikon D810 image quality is equal to or better than D810 and D850 in my opinion, the differences some people might find are negligible in my opinion. I bought into this system because of the reduced weight and size and am very happy with my choice.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mirrorless Camera is the future Mirrorless Camera is the future. I am a Cannon user. I own 3 Cannon Cameras including T3i, 6D and EOS M3 but Cannon mirrorless cameras are far far behind Sony (If Cannon could have a plan to make a good Full frame Mirrorless camera I would wait but I give up now). This A7R3 is easy to use and Cannon cameras are a little bigger to me (my hands are small) except EOS M3. Right Now, I am using Metabones to connect Cannon lenses and I am waiting Sigma Lens for Sony EF mount and I do not think current Sony Lenses are worth that much money. I will slowly move to Sony system.
Date published: 2018-02-04
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