4K 120p Video, No Recording Limits!
After much anticipation, delays, and rumors, the wait for the ultimate filmmaker camera ended yesterday with Sony Electronic’s announcement of the a7S III on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, priced at $3,498.00 USD.
Sony delivered on their commitment to creating a well-rounded video and photo-capable full-frame mirrorless camera in the a7S III.
Highlights of Sony’s new a7S III include 4K 120fps internal 4:2:2 10-bit video, 16-bit 4K60p raw output, a 12.1MP backside illuminated sensor, 15+ stops of dynamic range, 3X reduced rolling shutter, and a brand new BIONZ XR processor.
The new full-frame 12.1-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor reduces rolling shutter by up to 3X.
The ISO range for still and movies modes range from 80 to 102,400, expandable to 40 to 409,600 for stills and 80 to 409,600 for videos.
For the first time in a S-series camera, focal plane phase-detection AF has been added for more responsive auto focus.
Brand New BIONZ XR Processor
According to Sony, the new BIONZ XR processor in the a7S III provides 8x more processing power for video shooters, and full-frame readout without pixel binning in every recording mode, including 4K 120p.
Photographers will benefit from the BIONZ XR’s high-speed features including real-time AF tracking and up to 10fps continuous shooting for more than 1,000 consecutive frames.
Sony hinted at using their new BIONZ XR technology in future generations of Alpha cameras.
Photo Courtesy of: Renan Ozturk
When high ISO’s are combined with 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, the result is sharp photos at slow shutter speeds and smooth hand-held video.
Professional Audio Inputs
The Multi Interface (MI) Shoe on the Alpha a7S III now features a digital audio interface for, high-fidelity audio recordings with Sony compatible microphones.
When used with Sony’s XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit, the Alpha a7S III can record 4-channel 24-bit digital audio through the MI shoe, and provides 2 XLR inputs with phantom power and line/mic level adjustments.
Along the side of the XLR-K3M adapter are knobs to easily adjust gain levels on the mic inputs without having to fiddle with the menu.
Ergonomically, the Alpha a7S III has been updated to better suit filmmakers and professionals alike.
Full-sized HDMI port
Articulating LCD screen
New menu layout
9.44 million pixel OLED EVF
Two UHS-II SD/CFexpress card type-A slots.
The a7S III will be available in September 2020 for a MSRP of $3,499.99 USD and $4,799.99 CAD.
For detailed product information, visit:
Alpha Universe, (2020, July 28). Sony Announces The α7S III: Redefining The Possibilities For Creatives. Stories: Sony Alpha Universe. https://alphauniverse.com/stories/sony-announces-the-a7s-iii-redefining-the-possibilities-for-creatives/