The Sony Alpha 7S III is now official and comes with many of the features and specs users were looking for: 4K recording at 120fps and better ISO.
The highly expected Sony Alpha 7S III is now official. After the presentations of its direct competitors such as Panasonic and Canon, Sony had to move tab and launch a camera that surprised in the vast majority of its sections, but especially on video. And it seems like it won’t disappoint.
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Sony Alpha 7S III features and specs
The new Alpha 7S III offers 4K video recording at up to 120fps and 10: 4: 2: 2, a dynamic range of over 15 steps, improved AF performance, and much more.
The new Alpha 7S III has been completely redesigned to offer better video and photography performance. It features a new backlit 12.1MP 35mm full-frame Exmor R CMOS image sensor that reduces rolling shutter up to three times and uses advanced light-gathering techniques to ensure high sensitivity with low noise. This will allow us to work in low light situations without the need for large external lighting configurations.
It has the new BIONZ XR image processor
This new image sensor features a first -phase focal plane phase detection AF system in an S-series camera. The Alpha 7S III also includes a new BIONZ XR image processor that provides up to eight times more processing power.
The new Alpha 7S III image sensor and BIONZ XR image processor have reduced the minimum ISO to 80, which translates to a normal range of 80-102,400 (expandable to 80-409,600 for video and 40-409,600. for photography) to provide a more flexible ISO and wide dynamic range with low noise at all settings. It offers improved image quality in approximately 1 step of noise reduction in the medium and high sensitivity ranges.
As for focus, the Alpha 7S III includes Fast Hybrid AF, which combines phase detection AF and contrast detection. This allows you to track subjects over a wide area with greater speed, precision and smoothness, even when using a narrow depth of field. In addition, for highly moving environments, the camera features Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF to maintain constant focus on the desired subject. In fact, the eye focus system has improved its detection performance by 30% over the previous system, thanks to the new image processor.
4K video recording up to 120fps
The Sony Alpha 7S III offers 4K in-camera recording at up to 120 frames per second, 10-bit depth, and 4: 2: 2 color sampling . The new camera offers various advanced movie recording modes, such as All-intra encoding and MPEG-H HEVC / H.265 (XAVC HS). In addition, it makes it easy to integrate video recordings with other professional camcorders by providing three color gamut settings: S-Gamut, S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine.
In addition to S-Log3 gamma curves, the Alpha 7S III supports an HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) image profile, with minimal post-production. The Alpha 7S III also allows up to 4K 60p RAW 16-bit output to an external recorder via HDMI Type A, to offer greater post-production flexibility.
On the other hand, Sony has updated the design of the Alpha 7S III to ensure effective heat dissipation . This is capable, according to the manufacturer, of minimizing camera overheating even during 4K 60p 10-bit 4: 2: 2 video recordings of an hour or more.
Sony Alpha 7S III pricing and availability
The Sony Alpha 7S III was a highly anticipated camera, since there were many of us who wanted to see how Sony improved the magnificent Sony A7 III. The Japanese manufacturer has listened to its users and has modified and added practically everything they were looking for. The A7S III even has a folding screen, which has been in demand for years.
However, you should know that this is a camera aimed at photography and video professionals. Thus, the Sony Alpha 7S III will hit the market in September 2020 with an official price of $3,499.99 for the body.