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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 105 reviews

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Far beyond what you pay for

    Posted
    Shariq
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    I'm an ex-Nikon full-frame shooter (D810) who switched to Sony when the A7Riii came out. I couldn't be happier with the RIII, but needed a backup so bought the A7iii when it came out, thinking it will play second fiddle. Was I wrong! A7iii is the little brother who outruns the older brother a little too often. If you want to see where the A7Riii ranks amongst other full frames, do some research. You will find most experts put it above the venerable 5DMk4 and tied with the D850. Well, in many ways, the a7iii beats the a7riii. Focus coverage is better. If you like shooting wildlife or sports, the a7iii's focusing system is more closely related to the "biggest brother" a9, than the a7riii, and it's the one you want. a7riii has amazing iso performance and dynamic range and blows its Canon counterparts out of the water, well the a7iii is better in this department too. File management with a7riii 43mp file (80mb uncompressed RAW) can be difficult, and the 24mp on the a7iii hits the sweet spot for most photographers. It matches the a7riii's great 10fps burst rate, which according to most reviews is double to triple what Canon's and Nikon's new full-frame mirrorless can do in real world. Any camera deserving of the "Pro" label requires dual memory slots. Hard drives go bad, solid state drives go bad, xqd cards go bad, and yes, sd cards go bad. I have been using digital cameras now for about 18 year, and I have had card failures about 6 times. Some may say that doesn't seem frequent enough to be worrying about it. Imagine saying that to your grandparents, who asked you to shoot their 50th anniversary, and that's when the card error happens.. worse yet, imagine being responsible for someone's wedding pictures. Well, unlike it's Canon and Nikon mirrorless counterparts, the a7iii has you covered in this department too, so you can have instant backups of all your pictures. So, what's the catch? Well, there is no perfect camera, and this one is no exception. The LCD screen on the a7riii is nothing to write home about, and the a7iii has it worse. The viewfinder on the a7riii is amazing, while on the a7iii, it's kind of okay. Unlike its Canon counterpart, its LCD screen does flip towards the front of the camera (only tilts up and down), so if you are looking for a camera for vlogging, look at Canon. Bottom line, the shortcomings of this camera are not related to the quality of pictures that you take with this camera. A so, so, LCD screen will not impact what people will see as your pictures.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't be happier with my A7iii!

    Posted
    Sharma76

    At this point, I have had the A7iii for a couple months now and have clicked roughly 3000 images - mainly of family, pets, and my 6 months old babygirl. I can honestly say that these are some of the best images I have ever clicked and that this camera has helped elevate my photography to a whole new level. I would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat! A little background and more details... I had been a dedicated Canon user for 10+ years with 70D (APS-C sensor) for my last camera. Unfortunately that camera had front and back focusing issues even though I had micro-adjusted all my lenses to it. I was so used to clicking 3-4 extra images for those can't-miss moments just to be sure one of them was a keeper. Earlier this year, I decided to go full-frame and lucky for me, Sony had just announced the A7iii with features that were years ahead of anything Canon/Nikon had to offer at similar price point. After weeks of reading rave reviews from pros and amateurs alike, I pulled the trigger and ordered my A7iii along with the 24-70GM lens. After 2 months of using Sony gear, I couldn't be happier with my move. Here are a few pros and cons that you may not find in other reviews. Pros: - Eye AF: The hype is real! The Eye AF works (90% of the time) incredibly well and makes it super easy to take portraits. With it on, most pictures are so razor-sharp that I can zoom into the eyes of the subject and find my own reflection. And that's not an exaggeration! - Excellent Low-light capability: On my Canon, I rarely pushed past 1000 ISO because of high noise in low-light images. With A7iii, I haven't purchased a flash yet so I am regularly forced to shoot in 10,000 - 12,500 range and the images still looking stunning after processing. - Less time in post-processing: Compared to 70D, I find that less of my images need post-processing now and the ones I do have to process take less time. - File size: At one point, I was seriously considering the A7(R)iii but now I am glad that I chose this camera. The 50MB files (uncompressed RAW) from this camera already make my 2014 Macbook Pro feel slightly sluggish. Can't imagine what 80-90MB files from A7Riii would have done to my computer. Cons: - Sony software is worthless: the RAW processing software installed 3 different apps - a photo manager, an editor and a remote shooting app. I found the apps a pain to use so ended up uninstalling after the first week and purchased Capture One Pro. - No built-in flash: I personally miss having a built-in flash. In most low-light situations, I could take out my 70D from the bag and start snapping in seconds. I don't own an external flash for A7iii but past experience tells me it will definitely take longer to get snapping when I have to attach an external flash. With all that said, I still rate this camera a solid 5 stars because of the incredible difference it has already made in my photos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Capabilities Reasonable Price

    Posted
    TimH
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    This is A7iii is my second Sony camera. My other Sony is A77II. As much as I have enjoyed that camera it isn't even in the same realm. The images this camera produces are beautiful. I find the camera to be very user friendly with the exception of the menu system. I watched several videos on how to use/set the menu up and although those few hours were a bit dry did help me become confident in using the DEEP menu structure. The A7iii ability to gather light is nothing less than spectacular. The auto focus is as close to instantiations as seems possible as well as very accurate. I have not shot any video with it yet, so I will leave those functions to others to comment on. The body is a bit small for my hands especially when paired with the 24-70 2.8 GM lens which is my only lens as this time. I felt the need to purchase a third party grip right away since I didn't feel very confidant in the grip I had with the enormous lens. The ability to set custom functions to several buttons makes many common tasks easy. I do miss the fully articulating screen of my other camera but I usually use the EVF anyway. The A7iii and A7Riii both have some firmware issues at the time of this review which have caused me to be unable to view pictures I have taken in camera. Yes that is frustrating but having read several articles I believe Sony will be releasing a Firmware update in the next week or two which will fix this bug. This is the sole reason I didn't give this camera a 5 star review. The lack of an included dedicated charger, while annoying was not a major issue for me since I knew about it before purchasing my camera so ordered a charger at the same time. The menu structure while very DEEP allows a lot of customization which I appreciate. This camera allows the user to create their own menu for the settings which one most frequently uses and that is brilliant! I was disappointed Sony did not include a PC sync port on this camera but the Sony wireless adapter has one on it, so not a major problem. The battery life is better than any camera I have ever had including several Cannons I had before switching to Sony. All in all I am very happy with this camera and encourage anyone on the fence to give this wonder a shot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not the camera you’re looking for!

    Posted
    Negative287

    I bought this Kit a few weeks back, as every review out there spoke about how good it is. Well, reality vs potentially sponsored reviews are not always in sync. Here’s what was actually good about the camera... AF was very fast with native lenses. Sensor has very low noise. Video has a ton of good features and works fairly well. Here’s what’s not so good about the camera. The Meter is not in sync with the capabilities of the sensor and things that should be better handled by the meter often leave you with lost data in the Highlights (I know how to use a cameras meter, this one is just very liberal with its settings). Skin tones are among the worst I’ve ever had in a camera and two other people who bought this camera reached out to me to tell me they felt the same way. Eye Auto Focus only works if the subject is facing the camera and even then it depends heavily on the lens for locking on. As soon as your subject turns their head at even the slightest angle away from the camera, it is unable to get a lock on the visible eye. Sony set the contrast so low in the images, in order to get a bette Dynamic Range out of the camera, that you literally have to use their best lenses (with great microcontrast) in order to get a decent looking image out of the camera. Another point of failure is the fact that the camera doesn’t come with an external battery charger and that creates major issues where you’re likely to snap the door off while trying to charge the camera via the plug that was provided. Even more, the menu driven controls has you going through about 100 pages of controls just to configure the camera. It’s one of the worst menu systems you’ll ever use and this is compounded by the ridiculously poor content in the cameras manual! The literally layout the whole camera menu system in the manual and fail to thoroughly explain several settings. If you’re looking st this body and you don’t need the 5 FPS burst rate, just go ahead and grab the A7R II, you won’t regret that decision.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best hybrid camera 2018

    Posted
    Dclearciew
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    Ok so I never do reviews but I must say this camera deserves it . For the last 5 months or so I have tried several cameras . Fuji xt3 , eos r, d850, a7riii, D750 etc . I must say out of the bunch this is the most well rounded camera I have used PERIOD . Eye auto focus is awesome !!! I am mainly a portrait photographer and I often shoot at shallow depth of field and I nail focus 95% of the time ! Also Sony has truly worked on skin tones a lot !! I used to hate them and found that I had to do a lot in post to make them work for me but not any more . I’ll say this if you have been thinking about switching camera systems for the last few years this is the one to pick up

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Configurable and compact

    Posted
    Wherli
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    I've been using Sony Cybershots for many years and just upgraded to the a7iii. And what a jump that was. The a7iii menu system is super dense and can seem overwhelming at first, but the level of condigurability is typical for Sony. The autofocus is crazy fast, and just recently Sony released animal-eye detection in a firmware update, so now taking perfect photos of your cats and dogs is so much easier. In addition, with that update, the long elusive time lapse function has returned to the a series. The a7iii is a powerful tool in a small mirrorless design. It's relatively small compared to dslrs, so much so that others have said it's too small to grip. But it's perfect for me, because I've got small hands! All in all, I'm so happy with this upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING WONDERFUL AWESOME BEAUTIFUL

    Posted
    Kyle
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    I love this camera. I love it for photos and video. I love it for everything it does. 2 SD card slots with 1 slot being SII speeds which is amazing. It does beautiful photos and beautful video and I haven't had the first problem. This camera is super worth it. I was going to get a sony a6500 but for the price this camera is worth stepping up. It's not just a basic model it's fantastic and fully professional grade. If someone is looking for their first camera and can spend some money or a seasoned pro wanting another camera body then GET THIS! .....unless you want the more expensive version that does 42MP files. I'm happy with it and I love it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera

    Posted
    Kendal304
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    I’ve been a Nikon shooter for years shooting with the Nikon D1x, D2Xs, D3, and D4s. I had reservations about not only going mirrorless but also switching to Sony since it was a brand I was unfamiliar with. I decided to take a chance on the Sony A7iii and I haven’t regretted it at all. I’m in love with this camera. It took a second to get used to the menu and I’m still learning it but if you understand photography you’ll grasp the functions of this camera pretty easily. If you don’t understand photography then you’re going to have that learning curve with any camera you purchase. The only thing I miss about my Nikon is the ability to shoot 5:4 format which helped tremendously when shooting for magazines. Outside of that I’m totally happy with this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Image Quality / Poor Ergonomics & UI

    Posted
    Daniel
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    This is a hard camera for me to review. I like it a lot but it has some minor issues that hold it back from being awesome in my opinion. The image quality and auto focus are great for the style of shooting I prefer. I generally shoot studio and location portraits. However, the camera ergonomics and user interface feel like someone that has never used a camera before designed them. Expect to buy a battery charger at an additional $88 because the camera does not come with one. The in-body USB battery charging is painfully slow. Other than that, the camera is fine and a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Get what you want. You'll always be happy with it.

    Posted
    Gino
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    I am coming from Nikon and am a good prosumer. I use a camera for my business - product shots (art/collectables) and like to shoot my girl's track events. At 5fps, it's slower and not ideal. I own an a6000, and at 11fps, it makes more sense. I did however, want the full frame for product shots. And this camera didn't work well with the telephoto lense I got. So, back to the store. I considered the a6500, but ultimately got the a7III - more fps, many, many more autofocus points. It works very nicely with my telephoto. Basically, if I am going to use it for the next ten year...I decided to pay more for it. My grandmother said "get what you want. You'll always be happy with it." I agree.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Full Frame for pros and amateurs

    Posted
    Lambo
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    Best buy was the only place I can get release day pick up so major kudos tp Best Buy! The camera ai received was perfect out the box. Camera is solidly build with all the great options. I switched to Sony from Canon recently and so far sony has optimized photo and video with all the great functions that I had before but pushed it to a new level. I love the video capabilities, the in bodybimage stabilization. Sony is going tue right direction with mirrorless. Right now I am extremely happy with my purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Do-It-All Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

    Posted
    TDad3
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    The Sony A7 III lives up to the hype. It's light, comfortable to hold, and most importantly, takes wonderful photos. I'm still exploring what this camera can do when it comes to stills, and will educate myself about video soon. The menu can be challenging in terms of scrolling through all of the information available, and remembering where specific capabilities reside. There are a multitude of helpful YouTube videos, and I've found David Busch's Sony A7 III book an extremely worthwhile investment. I also purchased the Sony 24-105mm lens. It's a bit heavy, but a great all-around lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best FF mirrorless of 2018!

    Posted
    AverageTechGuy
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    With this body being in high demand, the wait time was well worth it! Whether it comes to blazing fast sports photography or low light shooting, you best believe this camera exceeds in almost any department! The improved hand grip feels nicer to hold and expect almost triple the photo/video time with the new improved sony battery! This camera feels as if Sony really absorbs everyones input on what they wanted in a mirrorless camera, whether it be improves or complete over hauls of the tech, and came close to perfect with what we know as the Sony A7 iii! Well done, Sony!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply Amazing

    Posted
    Mariano40
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    I been a wedding photographer for over 22 years and used Canon DSLR's for a very long time. After careful reviews, I decided to buy the A73 for its amazing focusing system. All I can say its money well spent. The focusing system its simply amazing. I feel more confident during every photo session! I could go on and on about the wonderful features of this amazing camera. Just know that Sony is so far ahead from its competitors in mirrorless technology. You will not regret buying this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1 month in coming from an A6300

    Posted
    Isamu
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    I was looking for a camera which could better focus with low light. I found that with the A7III. The eye focus works well, as advertised. Limited low light usage shows great promise, slowly bumping up iso at each session shows I have yet to reach a plateau. The size is a bit of a change, but also the owner of Cannon full bodies, the A7III is a nice middle ground in size. All in all, the A7III is a good choice for a full frame upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful at a great price

    Posted
    ConvivialGentleman
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    I've been using my camera for 2 months now, and even took it on my trip to Hawaii. This full frame camera is packed with power (I love the battery life--one pack for the day) and the body is strong enough to withstand my travel in the rainforests of Hawaii. Photo quality is beautiful...and when it comes to low light, this camera works so well. I basically have the power of the A7Riii but for a cheaper price and less megapixels.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Is a super nice all around camera.

    Posted
    Ardi
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    Is a super nice all around camera. Works really good in low light conditions if you shoots events at night!. Is pretty fast if you work or shoot sports!. I think right night now is the best versatile camera of all times! Really good for photos and videos!. You can do slow motion 1080-120fps but also 4K at 30fps. Fully recommend this camera!. And btw is fullframe

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    #1 Camera of this year

    Posted
    Aidan
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    This camera...my goodness. If you’re looking at this review the chances are you’ve probably heard a LOT about this camera. Just know that this camera will be good no matter what. For probably 98% of photographers and even videographers this will be perfect. I could go on and on about this camera but I’m short on time. Just know...if you have the budget, this is absolutely the best value, no question.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best selling full frame ILC in the world.

    Posted
    o321
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    theres best for a reason. If you start nip-pick you can make anything the worst but 7 iii is well rounded for photo and videos also. Love that you can mount the most budget friendly lens then any competition. Search Rokinon and Tamron. Also theres options for so many adaptors and old lens as if this was made for those.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What can I say?!

    Posted
    Buck
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    This camera fills any need a beginning or professional photographer would have. Fast autofocus, great in low light and really feels good in my hand. The grip could be deeper however. The new battery lasts far longer than the fw50 and has dual card slots for back up memory. Go and get this camera. Very affordable for the quality you’re getting.

    I would recommend this to a friend