Sony A7 III review

It might be Sony's most junior full-frame option, but the A7 III’s specs actually put it in a much higher league

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Verdict

The A7 III hardly puts a foot wrong. Its specifications make it a terrific all-rounder, one that’s so powerful that its price is actually a bit of a surprise. Its handling and control layout aren’t perfect (fans might disagree!), but that’s soon forgotten in the face of its autofocus and continuous shooting performance, not to mention its 4K video capabilities. 

The 24MP resolution might put a few people off. We’ve been spoiled recently by a slew of higher-resolution full-frame cameras like the Canon EOS 5DS, Nikon D850 and Sony’s own A7R III. Even the Pentax K-1 Mark II beats the A7 III, with its 36.4MP sensor.

But pixels aren’t everything, and 24MP is still enough to produce top-quality enlargements and meet most regular commercial briefs – and it’s what makes the A7 III’s amazing blend of speed, performance and value for money possible. Other cameras might grab the headlines in one area or another, but few are so consistently capable across such a wide range of disciplines.

Sony A7 III competition

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The EOS 5D Mark IV has a 30MP sensor, but its 4K video comes with a heavy crop factor and its continuous shooting speed is slower. It costs a whole lot more, too.

Nikon D750

The D750 shows you can get cheaper 24MP full-frame cameras than the A7 III, but you don’t get 4K video or the A7 III's 10fps continuous shooting.

Sony A7R III

It’s a tricky choice. The A7R III wins by a mile for resolution, but the A7 III matches it elsewhere and beats it for autofocus options – and price!

Specifications

Sensor: 24.2MP full frame Exmor R CMOS, 35.6×23.8mm
Image processor: BIONZ
AF points: 693-point phase-detection AF/425-point contrast AF
ISO range: 100-51,200 (expandable to 50-204,800)
Max image size: 6,000 x 4,000
Metering zones: 1,200
Video: 4K UHD at 30/24fps, full HD at up to 120fps
Viewfinder: XGA OLED, 2,359,296 dots
Memory card: 2x MS/SD/SDHC/SDXC (1x UHS-II)
LCD: 3-inch tilting touchscreen, 921,600 dots
Max burst: 10fps, 177 JPEGs, 89 compressed RAW, 40 uncompressed RAW
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth
Size: 126.9 x 95.6 x 73.7mm
Weight: 650g (with battery and memory card)