I’ve been meaning to buy my own camera for a while now, and I finally took the leap with the Sony a7iii. In my five-year photography/videography journey I’ve worked with the Nikon D600, Canon 5D, and now the Sony a7iii. Now, this is my first personal camera purchase, so I may have a bit of a ‘first love’ bias, but I’ll do my best to put that aside for this review.
When I moved away from home for college, I was unable to easily get access to any videography or photography equipment. So I decided to buy the Sony a7iii so that I can continue to further my technical skills, and refine my art!
I don’t want to dive too deep into the super specifics, but I’ll highlight some of the features that are most important to me in this article!
One of my favorite things about this camera is the overall shape and size of the body. It’s TINY compared to all of the other cameras I’ve worked with, but it still packs the same punch in terms of sensor size and image quality. It’s got a classic look and easily distinguishes itself from the other competing products. Although it is small, it still has good weight with a high-quality feel. The shutter button is HUGE and easily accessible, and of course, all buttons are customizable if you’re used to certain presets.
The Sony a7iii uses a digital preview system, inside of a reflexive based one. Basically what this means is, when you look through its viewfinder, you are seeing a digital screen to preview the shot, rather than looking through the actual lens like in a typical DSLR camera. This allows the camera to give a better preview of what the shot will look like by adjusting the preview according to your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings.
Most DSLR/Mirrorless cameras are all designed to take great photos, but few are designed to take truly ‘great’ video. While the a7iii isn’t taking cinema level quality video, it does outdo many of the similar competing cameras at its price point. The a7iii can take video at 24p in 4K, and at frame rates up to 120p in 1080 x 1920. This means that the camera is more than capable of taking great slow-motion video and even better in real motion.
Sony A7iii Video Example: https://vimeo.com/363424289
In conclusion, if you’re looking to take a step into professional-level photography or videography, I would definitely recommend the Sony a7iii! HOWEVER, it is at an extremely high price point, ($1,789) and I would not recommend it to the photographer who thinks they might not be committed, or doesn’t intend to ever make money from the craft.
If you just want to take great pictures but are more of a hobbyist, check out the Canon Rebel series. These cameras are at a MUCH cheaper price point. I started out on the Canon Rebel t3i, and it took great photos and videos for me for years. I learned almost all of what I know on this camera and didn’t have to dig too deep into my pocketbook. In fact, I even got hired to go to Belize and shot a video with it!
Canon T3i Video Example: https://youtu.be/Xm9KU5MzCfQ
Anyways, let me know if you have any more questions in the comments! I’d love to chat. If you wanna see some more of my video/photos follow theDIHEDRAL (@thedihedral) and me (@caesn) on Instagram!