Sony a7R III Gets Gold Award at DPReview (90% Overall Score)

DPReview has published their Sony a7R III review: The Sony a7R III mirrorless camera earned an impressive 90% Overall Score (the same score as Sony a7R II and Nikon D750, just behind Nikon D500) and Gold Award from the experts at DPReview.

Pros:

  • 42.4MP image sensor offers great resolution and dynamic range
  • Increased overall speed and responsiveness
  • Vastly improved battery life
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Meaningful ergonomic improvements such as AF joystick, deeper grip
  • Improved JPEG color
  • Improved menu organization
  • 10fps burst shooting (8fps w/ live view)
  • Remarkably good Eye AF performance, even with adapted lenses
  • Big, beautiful viewfinder
  • Broadly good autofocus performance
  • 4K and slow motion 1080p capture
  • Highly customizable controls
  • Hybrid Log Gamma and S-Log included for video capture
  • Includes USB-C, flash sync and microphone / headphone ports
  • Tilting touchscreen that disables EVF eye sensor when flipped out
  • New Pixel Shift mode
  • Good Wi-Fi + NFC
  • In-camera charging and power

Cons:

  • Only one SD slot supports UHS-II cards
  • Write speeds can be lengthy, even using fast cards
  • Cannot switch to video mode while buffer is clearing
  • Subject tracking can be unreliable
  • Buttons and dials still need more feedback, especially with gloves
  • Battery grip still recommended for comfortable use with big lenses
  • Chosen autofocus area is hard to see
  • No in-camera Raw conversion
  • No built-in intervalometer
  • No PlayMemories app support
  • Limited uses for Pixel Shift Resolution shooting modes (static environments)
  • Limited support for Pixel Shift files
  • Pixel shift mode slower than rivals and offers no motion compensation
  • No AF assist grid on flash or wireless trigger for low light event photography

Conclusion from DPReview:

It’s fair to say that the Sony a7R III is a great option for an incredibly wide variety of photographers. Offering great image quality, fast burst shooting speeds, high quality 4K video and a reasonably compact package, it’s an incredibly well-rounded offering. The endless customization options can be daunting at first, but in the end, it’s a camera equally at home capturing fast action one moment, and expansive landscapes the next.

Sony a7R III: $3,198 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

$500 off on Sony a7RII: $2,398 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Read more: Best Lenses for Sony a7R III and Best Memory Cards for Sony a7R III.

You can also read the full review at DPReview.