Earlier this morning, I had a chance to test drive the soon-to-be-released Sony a7III. I walked around Downtown Fresno before sunrise looking to create some portraits, but unfortunately, there aren’t that many people awake at 5:30 on a Saturday morning. So I started with some pictures of still life — and they don’t get more still than parking meters.
A Brilliant Idea
Not having any caffeine in my system didn’t help. I was walking around the empty downtown streets without any inspiration. Then, I had a brilliant idea — I realized there was a train station nearby. Surely there would be a ton of subjects available there for a portrait. When I arrived at the train station, there were only three people there, and two of them looked like they were half asleep. That’s when I met Phillip. He was nice enough (and awake enough) to let me snap a few quick photos of him while he waited for his ride.
The a7III compared to the a9 & a7RIII
Since I only had a few moments with the camera, I’m only writing about my first impression. I barely had a chance to set the custom functions to match the way I laid out the buttons on my a9 before heading downtown that morning. It’s been said by others many times that the a7III is a “baby a9”. With only a few minutes actually using the camera, it felt like the a7III behaved just like the a7RIII and the focusing performance was close to my a9. This is pretty incredible for a camera that costs a fraction of those two cameras. The only negative thing that sticks out to me is the lack of a blackout-free viewfinder. But, it’s crazy to think that this feature (which is a ground-breaking feature at that) was first implemented less than a year ago on the a9, which is Sony’s flagship camera. The lack of a blackout-free viewfinder is a small nit-pick though, since the a7III inherited a ton of other features from its more expensive siblings.
A First Impression
My initial thoughts on the a7III is this — Sony had this crazy idea for a camera: compile a ton features only found in their high-end cameras then cram them into its entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera and price it so low that even the most stubborn mirrorless detractor will take notice. And I think it’s a brilliant idea.
I just wanted to express my appreciation to Dave Rhodes at Sony for letting me test out the Sony a7III.
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