This week on Film Jams we’ll be reviewing the Sony a7III vs a7sII vs a6500, and giving you five reasons to upgrade to the Sony a7III in 2018. The a7III has been a top contender in the mirrorless camera and DSLR market this year. Compared to past Sony cameras, this camera has a lot of nice upgrades and newer technology worth checking out. We have boiled it down to five reasons to upgrade to the Sony a7III from other popular Sony cameras. Comparing the Sony a7III vs a7sII vs a6500, see if you agree, that the a7III is the best mirrorless camera of 2018 for video.
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Reason 1: Full Frame Sensor
The Sony a7III has a full frame sensor. No crop. No micro 4/3. For a professional photographer full frame has a lot of advantages, and for filmmakers, it’s a huge plus. Upgrading to the full frame Sony a7III will give you better image quality over the a6500, sharper photos, it performs better in low light, and allows you to get that beautiful shallow depth of field in your shots.
Reason 2: Battery Life
Sony’s new battery is a game changer. With the older Sony a6500 or a7SII, you had to carry handfuls of batteries on set. Now 1-2 batteries will keep the A7III juicing all day, which is just one less thing you have to worry about on set.
Reason 3: Overheating
One of our biggest complaints about the a6300/a6500 and even the a7sII to an extent was that the camera would overheat often, and at crucial moments while filming – most notably in 4k mode. We often saw the overheat symbol pop up, less than 15 minutes into shooting 4k footage on the a6500. Now with the more robust body on the a7III, and more modern tech built in, we haven’t seen it overheat yet in our tests.
Reason 4: Autofocus Test
The new autofocus system in the a7III is killer. Leaps and bounds better than the a7sII for video and photo. And a marked improvement on the a6500 for photography. The a7III autofocus has 93% coverage on the full frame sensor. It’s fast. And it really locks on quickly. The face detection especially in photo mode is really great. We perform an a7III autofocus test for video and compare it against the a7sII and a6500…the results were definitely interesting to see.
Reason 5: Low Light Performance Test
The Sony a7III has added a new BSI full frame CMOS sensor. This not only improves the low light performance, it gives you an amazing 14-15 stops of dynamic range. This sensor is incredible in low light. It’s much better than the a6500 and nearly as good as the a7SII BUT with the benefits of higher high mega pixels (24.2mp vs 12.2mp), and it’ll shoot 10fps vs. 5fps on the a7SII. The a7III low light performance test in the video compares all three cameras side by side so you can see the Sony a7sII and Sony a6500 next to the a7III. The low light video test really shows how technology just keeps getting better. The a7sII goes all the way up to almost 500,000 ISO!
Sony a7III vs a7sII vs a6500 Review & Low Light Video Test
We hope this review video on the Sony a7III vs a7sII vs a6500 was helpful. We think it’s a great time to upgrade. In our tests, the a7III really is the best mirrorless hybrid camera of 2018. It’s great for both photos and video.
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