I really enjoyed meeting the recently released Sony Alpha a7III at ConnsCameras in Dublin this afternoon. Ed and Sead were both on hand from Sony Ireland and UK to chat customers through the device. Also available to compare were the a9, a7S and a7R.
In case you're wondering what separates these devices, here's a high level breakdown:
- a9 (Sony's Flagship Model with a ridiculously fast shutter speed of 20 frames per second)
- a7S (The 'S' stands for sensitivity so great in low light conditions thanks to a ISO range of 100 to a whopping 409600)
- a7R (r standing for resolution - it packs 42.4MP of resolution so is especially great for photography)
Moving onto the a7III, for me this device is like the affordable love child of the above mentioned cameras. Here are my most favourite features:
- Price point: €2,299 seems incredible for a full frame device!
- Low light capability: This camera can almost see in the dark! Search YouTube for some examples of its amazing picture quality in low light
- Battery life: New bigger battery, borrowed from the #a9, should last a day for photography (at least it did when I used it in the #a9)
The only drawback that I could find with the a7III is the fact that the body isn't weather shielded. For many users (especially videographers) this probably won't be an issue. For nature or wildlife photographers, however, they may be better off considering the a9 if they're likely to be out in the rain a lot.
Considering it's low light capacity, larger (than the a7s) battery size, headphone jack for audio monitoring and log options, this is a device that will appeal to many and at a price point that makes it all the more appealing at €2,299 or just over US$2,000.
If you are thinking of buying a new camera in Ireland then I'd most definitely recommend going to speak to Bob at ConnsCameras. If you'd like to pick my brains more broadly about the Sony range or you need some help in deciding the best camera for you needs then, as always, feel welcome to contact me directly here!