The Sony a7S III Is Almost the Perfect Camera

The Sony a7S III Is Almost the Perfect Camera

The Sony a7S III was just announced and it's so close to being my "perfect" camera. 

I would love to own multiple copies of a single camera that can cover all of our photo/video needs but right now, we shoot stills with Sony and Nikon cameras and we shoot our videos with Panasonic GH5s. I was planning to switch over to Canon and buy a few R5s or R6s until I learned about them overheating... I'm not willing to deal with that again. 

When Sony announced the a7S III, I got excited because it could be my perfect hybrid camera. In the video below, I went live to discuss the features of this camera and compare it to Canon's offerings. 

During my live video, multiple people told me I needed to see Gerald Undone's review of the a7S III. It is quite good and he does a great job of getting me excited about this camera. 

I wish the Sony a7S III was a little larger and easier to hold, I wish it had around 20 megapixels instead of just 12, and I wish it was $2,500, rather than $3,500. But, those are really my only complaints currently, and I'm excited to test this camera out for myself. 

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Thatcher Freeman's picture

From what I recall from reviews, the a7r4 body addresses some of the complaints people had about the smaller a7iii body. If the a7s3 has the same shape as the r4, then the ergonomics might not be a huge problem for you.

Sridhar Chilimuri's picture

I agree with you the price should be $2500. If indeed in it needs to be $3500 than they obviously underpriced A7RIV - not that I am complaining.

David Pavlich's picture

It could be $250 and I wouldn't buy it since video is on the very bottom of my requirements for a camera. And as a stills camera, it is a non starter.

Jerome Brill's picture

While 12mp is on the low end, some may try to use this camera for astrophotography since it will be very good at low light. You're basically looking at taking 4k images. Pair that with something like the Sony 24mm G master and the images should be good enough for smaller prints. I wouldn't go beyond 20x30 but on a canvas print, no one would notice anyway. Now the price is another story.

Ed C's picture

It's not a silly comment at all. It is comparing his preferences to the author's and what the camera does. Being arrogant enough to think you get to determine someone else's wants / needs are is what's silly.

David Pavlich's picture

I'm just going by the 'perfect camera' analogy. It should read 'perfect VIDEO camera' because it is a far, far cry from being a perfect camera because it's woefully lacking as a stills camera.

Funny thing about opinions, eh?

Michael Novo's picture

In reality there isn't a 'perfect camera' because it will always be a give and take somewhere, be it physical size, heat, resolution, video capability, noise, etc... So it's not perfect for you or I to take a still image and then apply the default NIK efex Antique Plate filter with a white vignette on our whatever portrait shots, but it's perfect for the YouTuber to record a video and catch some stills, someone looking to do wedding or event video, or other small or personal filmmaker.

David Pavlich's picture

I need to apologize for posting my OPINION and getting you in such a tizzy.

I post my opinions just like most members here. Have you had a quarrel with them because they've posted an opinion?

And since I don't do ANY video, the Sony is NO match for the R5 because I shoot stills only. So, my OPINION is that the R5/6 are the better cameras, by far.

David Pavlich's picture

That's your opinion. See how that works?

David Penner's picture

Depends what you do. My buddies whole business is marketing for restaurants and bars. Since pretty much all that work is done in low light and all of his work ends up on social media this is pretty much the perfect hybrid for him.

David Pavlich's picture

For sure. I don't say the camera shouldn't be purchased, but it's not a stills camera out of the box, so it's not even close to what I'd consider the perfect camera. There is no such thing, that's for sure.

Charles Mercier's picture

They have the a7R iv for you then. Plus it's less expensive.

David Pavlich's picture

The IV is a terrific camera if you like Sony and all that entails. My subjective problem with Sony is the ergonomics which are about 3.5 miles behind my Canon. If I'm not happy with how the camera feels just getting it out of the box, how's that going to translate into enjoying it in the field?

Charles Mercier's picture

People are adaptable! To each their own... and other cliches!

David Pavlich's picture

Like I said, it's my subjective evaluation of Sony cameras. I don't pretend to speak for other people. I have no reason to adapt to Sony since my Canon works so well for me.

Charles Mercier's picture

Of course, just blabbing.

Jason Lorette's picture

This right here...although if it was $250, I'd buy it for video. But I agree, 12MP when my much older DSLR is 24...doesn't make sense. A7sIII is a nice new 'video camera' that can take pictures too.

Cool Cat's picture

I agree with Lee Morris that the Sony a7S III is almost the perfect camera. Personally, I'm not interested in 8K video. So the new Sony upgrade has everything I would want in a camera except for photography. I wish is had a minimum of 20 megapixels.

Jerome Brill's picture

I don't shoot video but I am excited to see these features in a future stills camera. I don't think the aR7 IV was the upgrade people needed from the aR7 III. I'll take another 42mp camera though.

Q Hasl's picture

Quote: "I would love to own multiple copies of a single camera that can cover all of our photo/video needs but right now, we shoot stills with Sony and Nikon cameras and we shoot our videos with Panasonic GH5s. I was planning to switch over to Canon and buy a few R5s or R6s until I learned about them overheating... I'm not willing to deal with that again." What about Panasonic S1H/S1R/S1?

Robert Feliciano's picture

I nearly bought an S1H just before the pandemic hit. I'm glad I didn't spend $4,000 just before all shooting stopped.
But I'm still interested in it. I like the fan, the timecode input and the 6K option.

g coll's picture

Is it the perfect camera because of it's 4k 120p? If you don't really need 120p that often then why not go for the Canon R6. Pretty much has everything you need, Lee?

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