Sony Announced the A7R III

To the surprise of many, the Sony A7R III retains the same 42MP sensor as the A7R II.

We’re disappointed however, as:

  • No HEVC
  • No 10-bit (doesn’t even appear to do 10-bit out)
  • No 4K 60P

On the plus side:

  • Better/faster AF
  • Dual card slots
  • Double the size battery of the A7R II
  • 5K (15MP) over-sampling for 4K video
  • Improved 5-axis IBIS
  • Claims 14 stops of dynamic range for video, but the codec cripples this making this claim dubious at best

High Quality 4K for the Video Professionals

The new α7R III is exceptionally capable as a video camera, offering 4K (3840×2160 pixels) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor. When shooting in Super 35mm format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 5K[xviii] of information, oversampling it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth.

A new HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)[xix] is available on the α7R III that supports an Instant HDR workflow, allowing HDR (HLG) compatible TV’s to playback beautiful, true-to-life 4K HDR imagery. Further, both S-Log2 and S-Log3 are available for increased colour grading flexibility. The camera can also record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbpsvi, allowing footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion[xx] video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking.

New Video Shot on the Sony RX0 Action Camera

If only these were F2.8 instead F4, they would have been wonderful. Having to bring lights kind of defeats the purpose of such a small, inconspicuous camera. Not to mention the difficulty and costing of getting ND filters onto this thing. If we have to bring lighting then we will just use our Panasonic G85s instead. But this is just a very specific context. We’re happy to see someone bring a non-fisheye, large sensor camera to the mainly consumer action camera market.

More on the Intriguing Panasonic EVA1 Video Camera

There are several of us who are trying to decide between the Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro and the Panasonic EVA1. We have footage from the Ursa Mini and now more EVA1 footage is starting to role out. Of course there will be advantages that each has over the other but it’s just nice to have this much quality and functionality at under $10K.

The GoPro Hero 6

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The GoPro Hero 6 features 60P FPS at 4K and 240 FPS at 1080P.  It will be priced at $500.  Sony’s new small, square camera is more interesting to us as it’s non-fisheye lens and bigger sensor will make it easier to cut into cinematic pieces.  But as an action camera it’s nice to see GoPro catching up to the Yi 4K+’s 60FPS at 4K.