A couple of weeks ago I turned in my Sony a7R IV and went back to the previous generation a7R III.
After six months of owning the newer a7R IV, I was curious to know if going back to the previous model would be disruptive in any way to my bird photography work. Had I gotten so used to any of the new features or the new design that I would hate it, therefore justifying the $1,000 price difference?
To test this, I also made it a point to not refresh my memory with any spec sheets. I wanted a pure real-world take on its performances and my results, so this video does not dive into direct comparisons or “test” photos. I did have some preconceived ideas on what I thought I’d be bothered by (or not bothered by), but it was interesting to see all that really mattered in the end.
My conclusion to this little experiment is that if you aren’t overly interested, or at least interested enough to spend an extra $1,000, in the noticeable changes that the a7R IV brought — more megapixels for cropping, a more lifelike electronic viewfinder, a quieter shutter — then the a7R III is still a fantastic option for bird photographers. It’s a 2020 flagship-caliber camera; it just so happens that an a7R IV exists now as well.