After months of rumours, Sony has finally announced the a7 III. With its 24.2MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, AF coverage of 93% and 10fps continuous shooting, it's a nice addition to its their full-frame mirrorless camera offering. Here's how much it will cost, the full specs and where you can buy it in Australia.
The a7 III will is the latest edition to Sony's full-frame mirrorless camera lineup. And while it has a higher price point than the a7 II had, it has quite a bit going on - especially when you stack it up against its more expensive counterparts - the a9 and 17R III. Here's what you'll find under the hood:
- 24.2MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor.
- 100 - 51200 ISO range (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still images) and 15-Stop dynamic range at low sensitivities.
- 693 phase-detection AF points covering 93% of image area, 425 contrast AF points and fast and reliable Eye AF.
- 10 fps continuous shooting with mechanical shutter or silent shooting, as well as full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking.
- 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage.
- 4K movie shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning across full-width of full-frame sensor.
- 710 shots per charge battery life.
- Additional functinality: Joystick for adjusting focus points, dual SD card slots, and USB Type-C.
The new a7 model promises to deliver significant advances in AF speed and performance as well as upgrades to the design and customisation that will be familiar to anyone who enjoyed the a9 and a7R III models. Even if it will shoot somewhat slower than 20fps. Sony also claims that the 710m shots per charge battery life is the best that can be found in any mirrorless digital camera in market.
And for anyone that takes as many snaps as I do, the 'My Menu' function allows up to 30 menu items to be registered for instant recall when needed. It's also dust and moisture resistant, which is always a plus for outdoor shooting.
For anyone keen to get their hands on the a7 III, it will be available in Australia in late March and will retail for around $3,099.
You can find the full details on the Sony a7 III at Alpha Universe. You can also see in action here: