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