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November 10, 2017
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Imaging Resource A7rIII Labs shots and comparison with the D850


D8500 vs A7rIII at CameraSize

Imaging Resource added the A7rIII Studio shots on their comparometer. At a first glance I see nearly no difference between the two top class cameras of the moment:

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

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November 10, 2017
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New Sony A7rIII tests. Should you upgrade?

 

The new A7rIII

We have a bunch of new A7rIII video tests and previews:

 

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

 

November 6, 2017
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Sony a7R III – Early Review, Wrap-up from Press Event by Photorec and a Demo with Marc Weir

Toby from Photorec posted this short A7rIII early review video:

There is also demo with Mark Weir

And here is a list of A7rIII features missing on the Sony A9:

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo-Porst.de. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

November 4, 2017
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TheCameraStoreTV tests the Sony DSC-R1 from 2005

Back in 2005, right before Sony started the Alpha series of interchangeable lens cameras, they released a weird bridge camera with an outstanding lens and enormous APS-C sensor. Is this camera the great grandparent of modern mirrorless cameras? TCSTV’s Chris Niccolls took the Sony R1 out on the streets of New York City to find out:

You can still buy this camera in used condition on Amazon and eBay.

November 3, 2017
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Jeff Remas: More than eight hundred A7rIII preorders in less than 2 hours at BHphoto

In this video Jeff Remas reveals the amount of A7rIII preorders at BH. I have no way to compare these numbers with other cameras.

And Kevin Raber from Luminous Landscape shared his first impression thoughts and also said this:

Based on information shared with us at Sony’s private event, it seems that the company has indeed come from behind and is now selling a lot of cameras—more, they claim than Nikon. Considering where Sony was five years ago, that is quite an achievement.
I am speculating wildly, but the G-Master glass is so good and can resolve to 100mp or more that somewhere in the Sony pipeline there has to be an even more prominent MP sensor in the works. One can look at some of the patents that are shared online and see that Sony is working hard on new sensor technology.

Some amazing details from the Sony A7RIII (Alin Popescu).
Brooke Shaden’s Fine Art With The α7R III (Alphauniverse).

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo-Porst.de. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

November 2, 2017
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New Sony A7rIII can take around 63 Megapixel (Bayer equivalent) pictures in “Pixel Shift Multi Shooting” modus?

New A7rIII preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo-Porst.de. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

The one new Key Feature that certainly stands out on the new A7rIII is the “Pixel Shift Multi Shooting“. It combines 4 shots (every shot has a 1 pixel shift). The total pixel number is 169.9MP. After that you have to merge these pictures on a dedicated Sony computer  software and the result is a final 42MP pixel image where every pixel contains the full RGB color information.

This mode allows for higher resolution, color accuracy and less moire issues. The Sony China presentation claims the final image resolution compares to an image taken with a 99 Megapixel Bayer sensor. I hope to be able to confirm this via other Sony sources because I haven’t seen this mentioned elsewhere.

I tend to believe the number given by Diglloyd is more realistic:

  • “Resolution increases substantially but I see this as subjective more than objective; it depends on the subject matter, color, etc. I would rate a 42-megapixel sensor as being at least as good as a ~63 megapixel sensor. It’s not just an increase in detail, but a loss of spurious detail, elimination of aliasing, a gain in textural detail, etc. Subjectively, it is a huge step up, like skipping 3 generations of cameras.”

I hope we can see some tests soon to determine what’s the quality of those multi shooting images.

In the meantime check out these videos and images that do explain how the Pixel Shift mode works:

 

 

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November 2, 2017
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Going against the flow: The reasons why Pascal Jappy will NOT buy the new Sony A7rIII

We posted all the “voice” from testers who got their hand on the A7rIII. And so far they all do agree that this is a great Sony camera. But I wanted to give some space to a critic voice that has yet NOT tested the camera. But still he got some arguments why he will NOT buy the Sony A7rIII. This post has been published first on DearSusans and gets reposted here with permission from the author:

Sony A7r3, diminishing returns & Maslow hierarchy of needs

So Sony announced the new iteration of their A7r range. And its promises are numerous and mouth-watering. Better AF, better sensor circuitry, a better battery, a better shutter mechanism, a better EVF, a better IBIS and the star of the show : pixel-shift. All at an unchanged price point. Sweet!

Probably.

Following the announcement, I resisted the urge to read the hundreds of comments that piled on at the bottom of the articles announcing this new gem, to be sure I would maintain an unbiased frame of mind when viewing the first samples.

Now that that’s done, I have learnt nothing, except that Sony are continuing their powerful push towards uber-technological cameras that have taken the market by storm. Definitely not the direction I’d personally want to see them go but, judging by the sales stats, probably the most intelligent one to follow to survive and thrive in a collapsing market.

A couple of years ago, the addition of a joystick at the back of a camera would have driven me nuts. But when I realised Sony’s commitment is to tech lovers and content producers, not old-fashioned photographers like me, all that angry mist evaporated and revealed the cleverness of the strategy.

I shan’t repeat what the dozens of videos produced by far more informed influencers have explained in the past days but will wonder instead whether all of this is enough. And my apologies if that seems unfair to a company that is pushing so hard and is evidently listening long and hard to the wants and complaints of the majority of its users (they make no fuss about it, but it’s pretty obvious they read all the comments and take them into account. Kudos for that !!!)

Objectively, and by any popular measure, the Sony A7r3 is a great camera. Really great.

The nagging question is: how much greater than the great Sony A7r2 ? Well, think of it this way: just about everything that matters in a camera is better in the new version. That’s how much! And that’s the brilliance of Sony. They take a camera that’s draining the market from under all their competitor’s feet and make it better in almost every conceivable way. Better still, they launch the A9 flagship that wows the whole planet then release a camera with 90% of its goodness and far better IQ, at a fraction of the price, just a few weeks later. A bit like the Tesla Model S and the newer Model 3.

So why isn’t Sony’s image as a photo incumbent growing as fast as their market share ? As Philippe asks in his latest post, why is Leica so respected in spite of crazy prices, outdated tech and a very shaky loyalty towards their customers, when Sony are constantly expanding the shooting envelope and receiving so little love for it?

If I knew for sure, Sony would probably pay me millions to explain … 😉

But my guess is that (beyond the inertia of brand dynamics) they are battling the laws of diminishing returns and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, both far more powerful than their photo division.

In our little list of DS contributors, 4 people (at least) own a Sony A7r2. 2 are on the fence about upgrading, 2 have largely decided against. Not good for Sony.

Me, I’m firmly leaning towards the NO camp. I have no interest whatsoever in tech gadgets and only image quality speaks to me. So far, nothing in the official literature has suggested image quality improvements over the A7r2 (pixel shift results initially seem a bit underwhelming, more like catching up than overtaking), but new joysticks and unwanted thingamabobs abound. This is a camera for camera lovers, not for image lovers. I’m unmoved.

But that’s just me. For others among us who enjoy technology and use it to the most, the differences are all welcome but may not add up to a strong enough USP to justify an upgrade. Sony have little competition, except for Sony. And the A7r2 is likely to be the A7r3’s greatest foe (financially advantageous upgrade plans, maybe ?) And that’s before we get into the whole smartphone thing (which of these pictures were made with my – now positively antique and battered – Samsung Galaxy S6 ?)

We’re all viewing images on the web and we’re all well-enough equipped for that. Who needs a marginally better cookie cutter that doesn’t make the shooting experience significantly better ?

And this brings me to my final point.

Ask a starving beggar how you can help him self-actualize and he’ll probably slap you in the face. Food & shelter first. New age comes after.

In our little group, several of us have faced catastrophic failures with our Sony cameras. That was years ago, but reputations stick. And Sony have done remarkably little to address that rep issue.

Ditto weather sealing. Some manufacturers plunge their bodies into streams for all to see on YouTube, but my A7r2 faints at the sight of clouds on telly. It’s hard to fathom that a company who can muster the genius and tech to perform the millions of calculations required for pixel shift, faster than a fly can fart, isn’t able to slap a few rubber bands at the appropriate places … In an age where every new smartphone is more hermetic than Rosicrucian masters, this just doesn’t cut it any more.

Neither do the sharing abilities. In a world where the home printing experience has never been so shitty, people love to share online. Heck they love to share online, even if they do print. Here again the phone needlessly crushes the mirrorless dinosaur. How hard can it be to include a well-implemented dedicated section in that endless pit of buttons, joysticks, dials, paddles, touchscreens and menus ??? Seriously, 2018 and no social ?

I’m not asking that Sony do things my way, just wondering whether an empire built on tech FOMO and that doesn’t solidify its foundation isn’t a likely candidate for an unsightly collapse when the all wrong conditions align. Reliability and IQ first. Joysticks and pixel shift come after.

All this being said, my greatest wish is to be proven 100% wrong. My respect for Sony grows with every passing year. Respect, and gratitude with it. It’s entirely possible that weather sealing and reliability have been quietly improved, while the marketing focus was elsewhere. It’s entirely possible that the IQ and colours are noticeably better, irrespective of pixel shift, thanks to better circuits and downstream signal processing. It’s entirely possible that you can now press a custom button to send your fave pic of the day to your Tumblr feed. If so, you’ll find me eating a double serving of humble pie waiting in line to collect my new toy, with a huge smile on my face 😉

How about youz ?

I found the critic mostly valid and fair. And I am sure that Sony is well aware that “tech” is only one part of the camera. Reliability, customer service, easy controls, social features are also crucial for a cameras success.

Personal note: I do own the A7rII and I am undecided if I should upgrade or not. And I don’t need ultimate speed and autofocus. IQ is all that matters for me. The only real reason to upgrade would be the battery life, improved EVF and maybe the multi-shot mode.

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Sony Australia. Photo-Porst.de and Sony Netherland.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

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