After five long years of waiting, Sony has finally revealed the new mirrorless camera Sony Alpha 7S III, a new professional model that aim to become the reference camera when it comes to record video at 4K HDR resolution with up to 120 fps, and 4K photography.
The Japanese multinational justifies this wait because, literally, has redesigned the new Sony α7S III from scratch. Everything is new: the sensor, the processor, the codecs, and new technologies that allow maintaining the highest quality in low light conditions, at a capture speed several times higher than the previous model.
With full-frame video performance that includes high sensitivity (ISO expanded to 409,600), 15-step wide dynamic range, 4K HDR at 120p and Full HD at 240p, fast and reliable autofocus, and more robust image stabilization. You can take a look at it in this video:
The first novelty is the new Exmor R sensor backlit full frame, with a resolution of 12.1 MP and a spectacular dynamic range of 15 steps. Its main improvement is pixel sizeMuch larger than previous sensors (although Sony has not disclosed its dimensions), so it can capture more light and more detail in low light conditions. This new sensor also offers autofocus with phase detection in the focal plane.
Thanks to it you can record video at 4K resolution at 120p in 10: 4: 2: 2 format and HDR in HLG format. It also debuts a new video encoding format, the XAVC HS, based on HEVC / H.265, which produces smaller files while maintaining the highest quality.
Also premieres a new processor, the BIONZ XR, which uses two independent chips to offer 8 times more performance than the previous processor:
The Alpha series from Sony is characterized by its excellent sensitivity in low light conditions, which reaches new heights with your new expandable ISO range for videos from 80 to 409 600 (standard range from 80 to 102 400). Sony says there is a significant improvement in maintaining quality in low light, almost dark conditions.
One of the features most applauded by experts during the presentation is 16-bit HDMI RAW output For post-production jobs with compatible external recorders, while simultaneously capturing XAVC HS 4K, XAVC S 4K, XAVC SI 4K or proxy files on the camera. This is a unique feature that no other cameras have.
The Japanese multinational is also very proud of the ultra fast hybrid autofocus that works at all resolutions and all capture speeds. It also uses artificial intelligence to never lose eyes.
And for photographers and videographers who are used to working freehand, without a tripod or gimbal stabilizer, 5-axis image stabilization ensures that photos and videos will never be blurred or out of focus.
Other news from the new Sony α7S III mirrorless camera are the LCD with variable viewing angle, WiFi at 5 GHz, LAN connection, and a new type of CFexpress type A cards, ultra fast but smaller than the current ones. It also works with standard SD cards:
It uses the same battery as the previous model (something that users who change cameras will appreciate), but thanks to the new codec, it consumes less.
Another improvement that users of Sony cameras will like are the new menusRedesigned from scratch, they promise much more intuitive and versatile use. This was one of the most criticized things in previous models, and Sony has taken good note:
And, very important, talso uses E mount, so it is compatible with the dozens of filters and objects that Sony makes available to professionals.
The new one Sony Alpha 7S III camera it is called to become the new reference for the coming years. It goes on sale in September at a price of 4,200 euros (only the body).