Sony Unveils the a7S III: 16-bit RAW Video, New Menus, and New AF System

The wait is over: after many months of rumors, speculation, and leaks, Sony has officially unveiled the Sony a7S III. The video-focused full-frame camera still uses a 12MP sensor, but it can capture 4K at up to 120p, features a thicker body design with hybrid card slots, and debuts an all-new menu system. The camera […]

Sony Unveils the a7S III: 16-bit RAW Video, New Menus, and New AF System

The wait is over: after many months of rumors, speculation, and leaks, Sony has officially unveiled the Sony a7S III. The video-focused full-frame camera still uses a 12MP sensor, but it can capture 4K at up to 120p, features a thicker body design with hybrid card slots, and debuts an all-new menu system.

The camera was announced during an ongoing livestream presentation and Q&A session, and there’s a lot to unpack here. Because while it doesn’t have the groundbreaking 8K capability of the Canon EOS R5, Sony has packed a lot of power into their latest creation.

At its core, the new Sony a7S III features a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor with blazing fast readout speeds and a native ISO range of 80-102400. This sensor, paired with a new BIONZ XR processor, can capture 4K/120p and 4K/60p video at 10-bit 4:2:2 with no pixel binning or line skipping, and 16-bit ProRes RAW video over HDMI at up to 4K/60p.

There’s also a redesigned autofocus system with with 759 point phase-detection AF points covering 92% of image sensor, and the camera boasts a maximum continuous shooting speed of 10fps for “more than 1,000 consecutive uncompressed RAW images with full AF/AE tracking.”

In terms of build, the camera features a thicker design to dissipate heat and accommodate IBIS, as well as some interesting design choices besides. These include the “world’s brightest” 9.44M-dot OLED EVF, a full-sized HDMI port, a fully articulating flip-out screen, and dual hybrid card slots that can take UHS-II SD cards or the smaller-but-faster CFExpress Type A. That makes it the first consumer camera ever to use the latter format.

The new design doesn’t just give you more options though, Sony couldn’t resist taking a shot at Canon by pointing out that the camera’s body’s “new heat dissipating mechanism and dual slot relay recording enables over one-hour long 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 movie shooting.” In other words: no overheating, no fan necessary.

Finally, Sony has at long last listened to all of the griping online, and debuted an all-new menu system with touchscreen functionality in the Sony a7S III.

You can see the Menus below:

And here’s a closer look at the camera from all angles:

Sony is, understandably, pretty jazzed about this camera.

“The Alpha 7S III is the ultimate representation of Sony’s passion to solve our customers’ pain points,”, said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony. “We are always listening to our customers’ feedback, pushing hard to deliver innovation that goes far beyond their expectations. There is no better example than this new camera.”

Here’s a 6-minute video by Sony introducing the new camera:

Here’s a 10-minute hands-on video by Adorama that offers a good look at the camera and what it can do:

And if you want to get a better sense of what this camera is capable of for filmmakers, here are a few 4K sample reels that Sony has published alongside the announcement, followed by a BTS:

The Sony a7S III is available to pre-order today at the very aggressive price of $3,500, with shipping scheduled for “September 2020.” You can per-order yours here.

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Sony Unveils World’s First CFExpress Type A Memory Cards and Reader

Alongside the much-anticipated launch of the full-frame Sony a7S III, the company also debuted another product: the world’s first CFExpress Type A memory cards, and a card reader to go along with them. The new CFExpress Type A cards—not to be confused with Type B, which are the same form factor as XQD—are part of […]

Sony Unveils World’s First CFExpress Type A Memory Cards and Reader

Alongside the much-anticipated launch of the full-frame Sony a7S III, the company also debuted another product: the world’s first CFExpress Type A memory cards, and a card reader to go along with them.

The new CFExpress Type A cards—not to be confused with Type B, which are the same form factor as XQD—are part of Sony’s ‘Tough’ line of memory cards, and they’ll come in 80GB and 160GB variants to start. At full speed, they offer about twice the maximum data rate of SDXC memory cards, maxing out at an advertised 700MB/s write and 800MB/s read—that’s MegaBYTE not MegaBIT.

Additionally, these small cards are each equipped with their own “heat sink” to transfer heat away from the memory chip and out to the surface of the card, allowing the transfer of “large amounts of data at high speed … for long periods of time.” And since these are ‘Tough’ cards, they’re bend and shock resistant, as well as IP57 water and dust proof.

According to Sony:

The CFexpress Type A cards are ideally suited for high-speed continuous shooting of more than 1,000 uncompressed RAW still images, as well as 4K 120p movie recording at high bit rates with the Slow & Quick Motion function when paired with new Alpha 7S III, which features two CFexpress Type A compatible media slots, that also support UHS-I and UHS-II SDXC/SDHC cards.

Finally, since you need a way to actually pull the data off of these cards, Sony is also releasing a USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2) memory card reader that supports both SD cards and CFExpress Type A cards, and which boasts a maximum data rate of 10Gbps.

The new Sony CFExpress Type A cards and the SD/CFExpress Type A card reader are available to pre-order today, with shipping expected to start in September (at the same time as the Sony a7S III). The 80GB card will cost you $200, the 160GB card will cost you $400, and SD/CFA the card reader will run you a cool $120.

To learn more or pre-order yours, follow the links in the paragraph above.

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