Everything else aside, the Sony a7S III’s recording options alone place it in the running for many potential buyers wanting high-quality video at a price that enthusiasts and budding professionals can still justify. In this hands-on review, I’m looking at the a7S III in the context of capturing wildlife videos and photos.
Now, some readers can probably recite the Sony a7S III user manual with the cover it received. I won’t bore you repeating everything here, but if you need a refresher on what the a7S III is, check out my news article which was posted when it was introduced. Below is a quick rundown of what I liked and didn’t like about using the camera over a two week period, much of which I talk about in the video above.
What I like
- Recording options
- Touch tracking
- High maximum ISO for acceptable results in photos
- Customizable video recording button
- Auto ISO displays actual value
- New option “AF Frame Move Amt” from Large
- Recalling personalized storage is faster
- Lightweight and compact size
- Heavy duty hinged doors for left side ports, memory card door is upgraded with double slide lock
What I do not like
- No Super 35 in 4K and no Super 35 in FHD 240p
- Problems with the “Spot: Small” focus area for photography
- Folding screen
- Small LCD screen for manual video focus
- Files can be painful to work with
- Lack of exposure or color monitoring options like waveforms
- No recording start / stop button on touchscreen
- Durability of the exposure compensation dial
- No anti-fog coating for EVF or LCD
Watch the video above for more explanation and plenty of sample videos to browse. The Sony a7S III is priced at $ 3,498 and available to order now.