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Sony a7R III Scores 100 at DxOMark DxOMark just awarded the new Sony a7R III a score of 100, the highest mark ever given to a non-medium format mirrorless camera. The score ties the Nikon D850 DSLR for 1st place among all cameras with a 35mm-sized sensor or smaller.
Without a doubt, today was a day of premieres. The most important premiere was for sure the announcement of a new Sony A7r III, the camera for which we had to wait for 2 years, and about which we’ve been hearing rumors for the last few months. The newest camera is to have better image quality and it is supposed to be significantly faster and more effective than its predecessor. The third generation of a full-frame mirrorless Sony camera is equipped with 42.2-MP CMOS Exmor R sensor, which was designed in BSI (Back Side Illumination – similarly to Nikon D850) technology. The sensor has 5-axis stabilization and is supposed to have the efficiency of 5.5 EV. The sensor does not have a low-pass filter, which should influence quality and detailedness of photographs. Pixel Shift Multi system is also used in the camera. It uses 5-axis stabilizer to take photographs with very high resolution. When you turn on this mode, the camera will precisely move image processor by 1 pixel, as a result of which four independent images, mutually moved by 1 pixel, will be registered. The images will have around 169.6 Mp altogether. Then these four images can be joined together in the mentioned “Imaging Edge” software package. 1). Sony A7R III with Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM BIONZ X processor has been modernized when compared to its predecessor. It is supposed to be around 1.8x more efficient. The camera can work within the ISO range of 100-32.000, which can be extended to ISO 50-102.400. 15-grade dynamic range in low sensitivities is also impressive. With the use of the new camera, we will be able to take photographs with the speed up to 10f/s, with full focus and exposition automation, both in the mechanical shutter mode and in the electronic shutter mode. The system of low-vibration shutter is also a novelty. It reduces the amount of vibrations and prevents image blurring in all modes, also during continuous shooting. During one series, one can take up to 76 JPEG/RAW photographs or up to 28 RAW photographs without compression. Low-vibration shutter is also a novelty. It reduces the amount of vibrations and prevents image blurring in all modes, also during continuous shooting. 2). Sony A7R III Focus adjustment system in Sony AR7 III includes 399 phase-detection AF points placed in focal length plane, which cover around 68% of image area. 425 contrast-detection AF points are also available - 400 more than in the previous generation’s version of this mirrorless camera. The autofocus system also works in zoom mode. 3). Sony A7R III When it comes to the construction, the camera has not undergone many changes. A direction joystick used to choose focus areas has been added. The body, similarly to is predecessor’s, is made of magnesium and it is fully sealed. The camera is also equipped with a bright electronic viewfinder OLED Tru-Finder, with high resolution of around 3.686 million points. We can also choose the speed of its refreshing from 60 up to 120 fps. The main screen has been designed in WhiteMagic technology, which is to improve visibility on sunny days. We can also choose the quality of the image displayed on a viewfinder and on the screen. The camera also possesses 2 memory card slots, one of which operates with SD (UHS-II). Working time of a rechargeable battery has increased significantly, because the new camera is powered by Sony battery from Z series, which has 2.2 times more capacity than a rechargeable battery from W series, which was used in the previous body. 4). Sony A7R III Many people will be interested in the film-making functions of the new Sony A7R III. The camera enables recording in 4K (3840x2160 pixels) with the use of full width of a full-frame image processor. A generated image is made smaller to 4K, which influences image quality in a very positive way. In addition, we have gamma curves - S-Log2 and S-Log3. There is also a new HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) format which enables us to use “Instant HDR” work organization system in the camera and display 4K HDR images on the TV sets compatible with HDR (HLG) technology. The camera also enables registering material in Full HD, with the speed of 120fps, with focus tracking. 5). Sony A7R III with Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Sony A7R III will be available on sale at the end of November. It will cost $3200.
Sony officially announced their new Sony a7r III mirrorless camera. Here are the basic specs: 35mm Full-Frame 42.4 MP Back-Illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Image Sensor with Evolved Image Processing Continuous Shooting at up to 10 fps with either Silent Shooting or Mechanical Shutter and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking 399 phase-detection AF points covering 68% of image area, 425 contrast AF points and approximately 2 times more effective Eye AF 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization with a 5.5 step[v] shutter speed advantage High Resolution 4K Movie Shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning Completely redesigned for professionals, including upgraded Auto Focus, Dual SD Card Slots, Extended Battery Life, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Type-C™ Terminal and more Compact, Lightweight body at only 23 oz Sensitivity range: ISO100-ISO3200 Battery capacity increased by about 2.2 times US price: $3,199 Shipping starts at the end of November 2017 Full press release and related videos: Sony’s New Full-frame α7R III Interchangeable Lens Camera Delivers the Ultimate Combination of Resolution and Speed Thanks to an evolutionary leap in image processing power and efficiency, the new α7R III combines a high-resolution 42.4 MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with impressive shooting speeds at up to 10 fps with full AF/AE tracking, as well as beautiful image and 4K6 video quality, wide 15-stop9 dynamic range, high sensitivity with noise reduction of almost a full stop4 and more. With these immense capabilities and a compact, lightweight body, it’s an extremely versatile tool for photographers, videographers, multi-media creators and all other types of professionals that demand reliability, flexibility and versatility. A New Level of Image Quality The 42.4MP high-resolution, back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor utilises a gapless on-chip lens design and AR (anti-reflective) coating on the surface of the sensor’s seal glass to dramatically improve light collection efficiency, resulting in high sensitivity with low-noise performance and wide dynamic range. Sony’s new α7R III also features a new front-end LSI that effectively doubles the readout speed of the image sensor, as well as an updated BIONZ X™ processing-engine that boosts processing speed by approximately 1.8 times compared to the α7R II. These powerful components work together to allow the camera to shoot at faster speeds while also enabling its impressive ISO range of 100 - 32000 (expandable to ISO 50 – 102400 for still images) and massive 15-stop[ix] dynamic range at low sensitivity settings. This ensures outstanding overall performance at all settings and in all shooting conditions. This new full-frame model was built without an optical low pass filter to maximise resolution, while also having the ability to output 14 bit RAW format even when shooting in silent or continuous mode. The camera is equipped with an innovative 5-axis optical image stabilisation system that has been fine-tuned to support its high-resolution shooting capacity, resulting in a 5.5 step shutter speed advantage, the world’s highest[x] compensation performance for an image stabilisation system. There is also a new low-vibration shutter that reduces vibration and image blur in all modes, including the high speed 10 fps shooting, as well as several advancements in accurate colour reproductions of skin tones. High-Performance AF and AF/AE Tracking at up to 10 fps The innovative new α7R III full-frame mirrorless camera is equipped with a refined image processing system that allows it to shoot full 42.4MP images at up to 10 fps with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking for up to 76 JPEG / RAW images or 28 uncompressed RAW images[xi]. This high speed 10 fps mode is available with either a mechanical shutter or a completely silent shooting[xii], adding to the immense flexibility of the camera. The camera can also shoot continuously at up to 8 fps[xiii] in live view mode with minimal lag in the viewfinder or LCD screen. These high speed options ensure that fast moving subjects can be captured with extreme accuracy and incredible image detail. For added convenience, while large groups of burst images are being written to the memory card, many of the cameras key functions are operable, including access to the ‘Fn’ (Function) and ‘Menu’ buttons, image playback and several other menus and parameters[xiv] including image rating and other functions that facilitate on-location image sorting. Additionally, if there is fluorescent or artificial lighting present in a shooting environment, users can activate the Anti-flicker[xv] function to allow the α7R III to automatically detect frequency of the lighting and time the shutter to minimise its effect on images being captured. This minimises any exposure or colour anomalies that can sometimes occur at the top and bottom of images shot at high shutter speeds. The upgraded focusing system of the α7R III is comprised of 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 68% of the image area in both the horizontal and vertical directions. There is also 425 contrast AF points, an increase of 400 points compared to the α7R II. This advanced system delivers AF acquisition in about half the time as the α7R II in low-light conditions, with tracking that is approximately 2 times more accurate as well. The acclaimed Eye AF feature is also approximately 2 times more effective, and is available when utilising Sony’s A-mount lenses with an adapter. Additional improvements in focusing flexibility include AF availability in Focus Magnifier mode, focal-plane phase-detection AF support when using A-mount lenses[xvii], an ‘AF On’ button, a multi-selector or ‘joystick’ for moving focusing points quickly, flexible touch focus functionality and much more. High Quality 4K for the Video Professionals The new α7R III is exceptionally capable as a video camera, offering 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor. When shooting in Super 35mm format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 5K[xviii] of information, oversampling it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. A new HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)[xix] is available on the α7R III that supports an Instant HDR workflow, allowing HDR (HLG) compatible TV’s to playback beautiful, true-to-life 4K HDR imagery. Further, both S-Log2 and S-Log3 are available for increased colour grading flexibility. The camera can also record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, allowing footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion[xx] video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking. Build, Design and Customisation for Professionals Sony’s newest full-frame camera is equipped with a variety of enhanced capabilities that give it a true professional operational style. These include dual media slots, with support in one slot for UHS-II type SD memory cards. Users have a variety of options for storing their content, including separate JPEG / RAW recording, separate still image / movie recording, relay recording and more. Battery life has been greatly extended as well, as the new camera utilises Sony’s Z series battery that have approximately 2.2 times the capacity of the W series battery utilised in the α7R II. The α7R III features an upgraded high-resolution, high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with approximately 3,686k dots for extremely accurate, true-to-life detail reproduction. The Tru-Finder, also found in the acclaimed Sony α9 camera, utilises a ZEISS® T* Coating to greatly reduce reflections, and has a fluorine coating on the outer lens that repels dirt. It also has a customisable frame rate, with options of either 50 fps or 100 fps[xxi] to best match the action. The LCD screen has been upgraded as well, with a resolution of 1.44M dots and WhiteMagic™ technology that improves viewing in bright, outdoor conditions. “Standard” or “High” display quality settings are also available for both the viewfinder and monitor as well. “High” takes advantage of the large amount of data read from the 42.4MP sensor to provide extra fine viewfinder and monitor displays for a more natural view. The new camera also offers a multi-selector joystick that provides a fast, efficient way to shift focus points, as well as an ‘AF ON’ button to activate autofocus when shooting stills or movies. The new α7R III allows for convenient transfer of files to a smartphone, tablet, computer or FTP server via Wi-Fi®, while also including a sync terminal, enabling external flash units and cables to be connected directly for convenient flash sync. A SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Type-C™ Terminal is also available for increased flexibility in power supply or connected accessories, as well as a faster image transfer speed when connected to a PC. New “Imaging Edge” Software Suite and Pixel Shift Multi Shooting Mode New with the α7R III is a software suite called “Imaging Edge” that extends the creative capabilities of the entire shooting process – from pre-processing to post-processing. “Imaging Edge” provides three PC applications called ‘Remote’, ‘Viewer’ and ‘Edit’, available for free download, which support live-view PC remote shooting and RAW development. Also making its debut on the versatile α7R III is a new Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode, which takes full advantage of the advanced 5-axis optical in-body stabilisation to create beautiful true-to-life, super-high resolution composite images. In this mode, the camera precisely shifts the sensor in 1-pixel increments to capture four separate pixel-shifted images containing a total of approximately 169.6 MP[xxii] of image data. These four images can be composited together and processed utilising the new “Imaging Edge” software suite. This ultimately results in a still image with overwhelming resolution and an unprecedented level of colour accuracy, and is ideal for photographing architecture, art or any other still life photography subject with many intricate details and colours.