Sony A7S III review

Designed especially for filmmakers, the new Sony A7S III is fantastic for filming but a capable stills machine too

5 Star Rating
Sony A7S III review
(Image: © Adam Duckworth)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s taken Sony five years to upgrade the video-centric A7S II to a Mark III, but the wait has been worth it for keen enthusiast and professional moviemakers. It might not boast 6K or 8K video resolution of some of its rivals, and with only 12.1MP it’s not a powerhouse super-stills machine either. But apart from a big and expensive cinema camera, it’s the only camera that can shoot 4K at 60p full frame with no crop, recorded internally, in 10-bit 4:2:2 with no limitations on recording time and with all the advanced AF functions still working.


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    Amazing real world video specs

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    Incredible low light performance

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    Stunning AF, even for video


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    No 6K or 8K video

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    Still images only 12MP

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    No waveform monitoring

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Is the Sony A7S III what the world expected? With the latest launches of mirrorless cameras aimed especially at filmmakers boasting incredible video resolution up to 8K, Sony’s 4K A7S III might seem a little lacklustre in comparison. And with just 12.1-megapixel resolution compared to up to 45MP from its rivals, the specs suggest it’s hardly going to set the world alight for hybrid shooters who want high-resolution stills and moving images.

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Adam Duckworth

Adam Duckworth is an award-winning professional photographer and videographer based in the UK. He has worked for many top magazines, newspapers and corporate clients for more than 25 years. He was named SWPP UK Commercial Photographer of the Year, and is an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. He has also worked for international publications like Motor Cycle News, Racer X, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, ZOO, Golf World, Today's Golfer, and Mountain Bike Action, among others.