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A Hands-on Review of the Sony a7S III

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After years of waiting, the Sony a7S III has just been announced. Building on the success of previous models, the new camera provides something special for filmmakers around the world. 

Doug Guerra, from B&H Photo Video Pro Audio, gets his hands on the new Sony a7S III for a few days and puts it through its paces with an in-depth, hands-on review. Covering the basics on the camera, such as 4K 120p video, 10-bit depth 4:2:2 color, its useful variangle LCD screen, and how it handles in low light, Doug gives his thoughts on the performance of the new 12.1MP camera.

Thanks to the new BIONZ XR processor the new a7S III is eight times faster than the BIONZ X, and you can tell that the camera has had a complete redesign. Due to the improvement in processing rolling shutter is virtually eliminated — something that has plagued filmmakers and videographers for a long time.

Testing out the low light capabilities, Doug provides an excellent demonstration by taking a cityscape scene at night and ramping up the ISO to demonstrate just how clean the footage can be despite the high ISO values. It looks impressive, and is pleasing to see that by using this camera even the faintest of lights now appear in footage, that one would normally struggle to see with the naked eye.

It’s great to see the use of split screens when Doug is testing out the autofocus for video and stills, too. Being able to see the operation and results of the adjustments in real-time really helps to get a feel for how the camera operates, without even laying a hand on it.

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