Sony a7R Mk III review: Welcome to the great digital mirrorless camera divide

Sony a7R Mk III
  • Sony a7R Mk III
  • Sony a7R Mk III
  • Sony a7R Mk III
  • Expert Rating

    4.75 / 5

Pros

  • Image quality, image quality, image quality – fabulous!
  • Flexibility – will suit wedding, events, street and landscape photographers in particular
  • Impressive autofocus performance
  • Much improved battery life
  • A market leader in full-frame, interchangeable lens, mirrorless cameras
  • Great viewfinder – have a look for yourself
  • 4K video
  • Much easier to take travelling than bulky, heavy, full-frame DSLR outfits

Cons

  • Too complicated – the menus, in particular, are very difficult to work out
  • Very expensive – and as such asks a big question
  • Very slow in clearing image buffer
  • The grip could be a little wider (particularly if hefting a large telephoto lens around)
  • UHS-II cards supported in only one of the two SD slots
  • No ISO dial
  • No RAW processing in playback

Bottom Line

A great camera with a few flaws that has really taken it up to the big boys in the top end full-frame DSLR market. Has every right to be considered a major contender by anybody looking to move into high end hardware. Will convert some pro photographers to mirrorless full-frame but I suspect not all.

Would you buy this?

The Bottom Line

What this all boils down to, I believe, is forcing that choice I talked about at the beginning of the article. Sony wants you to commit to its interchangeable lens, full-frame, mirrorless camera range and everything that goes with it and to do that you are probably going to have sell-out of your preferred DSLR set up whether it be Canon or Nikon – and that is a big call.  

In five years time when I’m entering the older age bracket I may well find the weight of a full DSLR too much and by then I believe full-frame mirror-less cameras will be a well-developed, less complicated (I hope) option. Then, I am very likely to consider to changing over. But for now, despite all the pros associated with Sony a7R Mk III, I’m going stick with the cameras – and systems – I love best, at a price I can afford.

 Image Gallery 

Back on land – Divers at Fairy Bower near Manly NSW . Busy but effectively so … 1/1000, f13, ISO 1250
Back on land – Divers at Fairy Bower near Manly NSW . Busy but effectively so … 1/1000, f13, ISO 1250
The girls - Lovely depth of colour and detail in this portrait....1/1000, f13, ISO 1250
The girls - Lovely depth of colour and detail in this portrait....1/1000, f13, ISO 1250
Dragons lair – excellent detail in this photo of water dragons which has been filtered for effect … 1/800, f11, ISO 1600
Dragons lair – excellent detail in this photo of water dragons which has been filtered for effect … 1/800, f11, ISO 1600
Manly ferry on a stormy day – great colours and contrasts show off the dynamic imaging abilities of the a7R Mk III … 1/800, f11, ISO 1250
Manly ferry on a stormy day – great colours and contrasts show off the dynamic imaging abilities of the a7R Mk III … 1/800, f11, ISO 1250
Paddlers – again a study in colour and contrasts … 1/800, f11, ISO 1250
Paddlers – again a study in colour and contrasts … 1/800, f11, ISO 1250
Horizons: Consider the passenger liner is at least 1.5km from where the photo was taken and the depth of field and clarity is  impressive … 1/800, f11, ISO 1250
Horizons: Consider the passenger liner is at least 1.5km from where the photo was taken and the depth of field and clarity is impressive … 1/800, f11, ISO 1250
Manly beach morning – Another example of the rich colour, tones and depth of field … 1/1000, f12, ISO 1250
Manly beach morning – Another example of the rich colour, tones and depth of field … 1/1000, f12, ISO 1250
Surfers at Manly – Faster speed and higher IS) subtlety changes the outcome  … 1/2000, f13, ISO 2000
Surfers at Manly – Faster speed and higher IS) subtlety changes the outcome … 1/2000, f13, ISO 2000
Street shot – Taken on the move, the Sony shows impressive abilities as a street photo camera … 1/2000, f13, ISO 2000
Street shot – Taken on the move, the Sony shows impressive abilities as a street photo camera … 1/2000, f13, ISO 2000
The Australian way – a perfect landscape rendered beautifully  with vibrant tones … 1/2000, f/10, ISO 1600
The Australian way – a perfect landscape rendered beautifully with vibrant tones … 1/2000, f/10, ISO 1600
The Mermaid  - The reflections on the water and the blue tones are fabulous Works as both a candid portrait and street shot … 1/2000, f/10, ISO 1600
The Mermaid - The reflections on the water and the blue tones are fabulous Works as both a candid portrait and street shot … 1/2000, f/10, ISO 1600
The water dragon … 1/2000, f/10, ISO 1600
The water dragon … 1/2000, f/10, ISO 1600
Sunday morning coming down - Lovely street shot … 1/2500, f/8, ISO 1600
Sunday morning coming down - Lovely street shot … 1/2500, f/8, ISO 1600
Shelly beach point looking across to Fairy Bower, near Manly, NSW - As good as colours and detail get … 1/1250, f13, ISO 1600
Shelly beach point looking across to Fairy Bower, near Manly, NSW - As good as colours and detail get … 1/1250, f13, ISO 1600
A web with a view – Lovely detail in this shot using the ocean as backdrop … 1/1250, f13, ISO 1600
A web with a view – Lovely detail in this shot using the ocean as backdrop … 1/1250, f13, ISO 1600
The hand – a Hammer horror kind of moment  … 1/1250, f13, ISO 1600
The hand – a Hammer horror kind of moment … 1/1250, f13, ISO 1600
Panorama – Colour, detail, depth of field – all excellent   … 1/1600, f14, ISO 1600
Panorama – Colour, detail, depth of field – all excellent … 1/1600, f14, ISO 1600
Board riders at Bondi  – the beach is famous  for the colour of the water, its waves and surfers ; all three are perfectly captured here … 1/2000, f13, ISO 1000
Board riders at Bondi – the beach is famous for the colour of the water, its waves and surfers ; all three are perfectly captured here … 1/2000, f13, ISO 1000
Bondi beach – what is most appealing is the crispness of the shot and its depth of field … 1/1600, f13, ISO 1000
Bondi beach – what is most appealing is the crispness of the shot and its depth of field … 1/1600, f13, ISO 1000
North Bondi beach – shot from the other side of the bay above Icebergs pool – the detail and sharpness is outstanding  … 1/1600, f13, ISO 1000
North Bondi beach – shot from the other side of the bay above Icebergs pool – the detail and sharpness is outstanding … 1/1600, f13, ISO 1000

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