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On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)
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Luddhi: I like the new format for the reviews and appreciate the "What we think" section. I think DPR deserves some recognition for their work on refining the review process and reporting.
I also congratulate Sony for what appears to be a very good update for the A7 series. It gives me some confidence that they will bring a similar attitude to bear on updating the a6x00 series, which, as someone who prefers the APS-C format is encouraging.

@Clayton
You are sadly confused.
In mirrorless friendly countries like Japan, Sony has been getting killed by a couple Canon mirrorless models And Canon hasn't even introduced mirrorless FF yet. Tech matters little.
And worse Sony fans try to point to US sales, but in the US mirrorless is still only about %20 of the ILC market and Sony is sharing it with 4 or 5 other brands.
This is why Sony now only quotes "value" (an easy to fudge number -MSRP? Sale price? Sale price after discount?). There number of "items sold" is far less than a few years ago, and their marketshare is about the same as 2008.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2018 at 15:06 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)
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Luddhi: I like the new format for the reviews and appreciate the "What we think" section. I think DPR deserves some recognition for their work on refining the review process and reporting.
I also congratulate Sony for what appears to be a very good update for the A7 series. It gives me some confidence that they will bring a similar attitude to bear on updating the a6x00 series, which, as someone who prefers the APS-C format is encouraging.

Sony has always lost money on APSC mirrorless. It was not until FE that they finally made money.
With thin profit margins, intense competition, and now virtually no price difference between Sony APSC and Sony FF, it is no surprise that they've slowed down APSC releases to near nonexistent. They are going to quietly axe A mount first, and if Canon keeps killing them (with an inferior/cheaper to produce) product, Sony APSC will be next.
It is a better business plan to introduce entry level FF with the same parts rather than sell a competing APSC camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2018 at 14:18 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)
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Acker Bilks Bowler Hat: I'm all for new tech and this indeed looks like a great body. However having bought and sold an a6000 I just couldn't get to love it even though it took some great images(like ALL modern cameras/phones can). I sold the a6000 and 3 lenses and bought a Fuji XT-2 and man that feels so different in a much better way for me. Menus are easier to navigate/EVF is great and lens build quality easily surpasses Sony and you feel your working with something of real quality. However the XT-2 is not that great for my main photography passion - wildlife/Birds. For that I have a D500 and sigma 150-600 sports and Nikon 80-400 - a stellar combo for my needs. When you're looking through a DSLR OVF you can see that little bird on a branch with ease and focus acquisition and lock on are spot on. The same CANNOT be said when looking through an EVF at the same bird - frustrating and you have to take your eye away to check the little fella is still there. Great camera this maybe but NOT for everyone

The EVF can be a huge liability, and it looks like this one is not the best.
While hiking my friends use the long zooms to scan the trees for birds to look for other wildlife in the distance. They've found with these Sony's they sometimes can only get 100 shots on one battery, because that EVF is constantly draining the battery. (Another problem on hot sunny days is Sony overheating when using the EVF to scan the horizon frequently).

But there is nothing better than a good OVF with a long telephoto lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2018 at 14:11 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)
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QuarryCat: Benchmark with such an ugly finder?
No way at all.
I had the camera for a week with 12-24 - 24-105 - 100-400 and adapting Canon lenses .... 70-300 - 100-400 - 2.8/300 Canon focussed faster then Sony to infinity.
But it is not a good camera only a cheaper - when Sony - then 7RIII with better viewfinder.

Sony has still a Long way to go.... G9- X-H1 - E-M1II are the by gar better cameras. Fullframe alone does‘nt guaranty better picturequality.
All depends on control the camera and light and lenses.

Those cameras truly are superior. If you've used the A7III you know there is a terrible delay with most functionality. It needs to stay in a bag if it rains and overheats if it is hot out. You get ugly stripes if you shoot near the direction of the sun.
Besides the sensor size every worthwhile spec is superior on those other cameras. The Sony doesn't even come with a usable touchscreen, do they think this is 1970??? ( old folks are crying, I don't need no touchscreen nor some new fangled phone without cords!!!!).

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 13:39 UTC
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vaughanB: Did I read this correctly.....693 AF points ??? why??, I use 1 :-)

Too bad the camera is crippled. It relies on tech from the 1900s to switch between focal points and has tiny cramp inducing buttons to do so. The ergonomics are horrendous.
Meanwhile modern mirrorless cameras all users to perform focus pulls and change focal points (to ANY point) with a simple tap. Those cameras can even take a picture instantly with that same one tap. Modern cameras can also select focal points the old fashioned way, but with better controls.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 13:31 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)

as we've seen year after year, Nikon and Canon FF models will easily out sell this one.
By the time the fall buying season comes around not only will people STILL be buying more DSLRs, but they will be ordering Nikon and Canon FF mirrorless cameras on top.

Specs never mattered for cameras. And the average person can't tell any difference between stills from this camera and any FF cameras from 5 years ago (yeah we "know" better than them).

And the truth is there are cameras with smaller sensors that can do a heck of a lot more than this one for a lower price...including that defunct NX1 from YEARs ago.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 19:30 UTC as 189th comment | 17 replies
On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)
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Thoughts R Us: By definition these type of gear reviews cannot take into account long term usage. They are done over a relatively short period of time, and then the reviewers move on to the next piece of new gear.

But that means they inevitably focus on specs and give less attention to issues that a lot of users really care about: overall usability and reliability. And it is in those areas that unfortunately Sony has a poor reputation.

So it is regrettable to say that this camera sets a "new benchmark for FF cameras" as that cannot be said. For instance, if and when this camera proves less reliable than the competition, could it be said it sets this new benchmark?

We all have our opinions as to what is important in our choices of gear, but IMHO this camera sets no new benchmark or standard. It is a good camera, no doubt, but it has to prove itself over time.

He is 100% correct. We need to see how reliable this camera is over time.

So far it is not doing well.
There are already a number of complaints about overheating and shutdowns.
The striping issue appears worse than o the previous models.
The star eater problem occurs with this camera, though since it has fewer pixels than the A7RIII it is not as bad.

What potential buyers need to look at is, ALL these problems have plagued Sony cameras for more than 5 years and Sony still done little to fix them. Some are worse than ever.

So while other manufacturers get dinged for a small bad batch of cameras or a flaw in one model, with Sony we the same flaws in most of their cameras over years.

We see the same with weather sealing claims. For YEARS Sony has implied their cameras are fully sealed and every camera dissected over the years has been proven not to be.

So the question becomes, what other flaws might this camera have?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 19:21 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)

I think when reviewing Sony cameras DPR needs to add tests on overheating and weather resistance.

So far there are no Sonys that are fully sealed (like other manufacturer's cameras) despite some Sony marketing. Actually we can thank DPR and lens rentals for proving this.

And there are already a number of complaints about overheating even though the camera only came out recently. Maybe set the camera in sunlight for 30 minutes and then turn it on and see how long it takes to temporarily "brick".

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 20:47 UTC as 242nd comment | 10 replies
On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)
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Eloise: While maybe never “official” reduced in price, Nikon USA list the D750 as costing $1999 body only. Street price (which is more relevant) is much less.

@Androol even admits the inferior Sony lenses are so over priced it is better to buy Canon mount lenses that have limited functionality on the Sony.

Still, by the time you buy the adapter and the grip, the Sony option is still about $1000 more.
But at least you have better lenses and can switch to Canon FF mirrorless later this year like most other Sony users.

Sadly if you want native lenses the Sony will run you over $3000 MORE than the best deals for the Nikon.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 20:40 UTC
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Tony Northrup: Always shocking to see myself appearing randomly! Great article guys. I'll just add that I haven't seen any of that striping in any of my 75,000+ photos shot with the a9, a7R III, a7 III, XT2, XH1, or other cameras that I know suffer from this artifact. I'm confident it's real - but for those concerned, it doesn't happen much in the real world. Also note that I tend to deliberately shoot fast lenses wide open into bright light sources.

Seriously, why can't Sony fanboys have discussions without throwing tantrums and confirming their reputation for childish name calling?

Btw, most review sites get free merchandise and reviewers get to go on paid junkets. The A7iii studio scene with the nasty striping was setup and paid for by Sony. Sony provided the cameras and models free of charge. DPR was open about that.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 19:52 UTC
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Eloise: While maybe never “official” reduced in price, Nikon USA list the D750 as costing $1999 body only. Street price (which is more relevant) is much less.

Sad to see @Mared lying and misleading (common for Sony fans).
I specifically said the lower cost lenses and Tamron sells one for Nikon for $500 and Nikon sells one for $1400 (new on Amazon).

The point was the cheapest lens for the Sony is $2200.

So despite the lies and deflection, one can buy a new D750 with new 24-70 and 70-200 f2.8 zooms for under $3500, while the cheapest Sony option is close to $7000.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 19:42 UTC
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vesa1tahti: Again: very small buttons, difficult to operate with large hands. All problems including in mirror less systems. A toy compared to D850, for example.

FYI
DPR and other sites said the GH5S is the best video camera they've ever tested.
It truly is better than any Sony ILC for video... it with all the A7iii overheating complaints that is obvious.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 19:34 UTC
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Eloise: While maybe never “official” reduced in price, Nikon USA list the D750 as costing $1999 body only. Street price (which is more relevant) is much less.

@an-drool clearly didn't read the article. LOL!!!!

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 18:11 UTC
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Tony Northrup: Always shocking to see myself appearing randomly! Great article guys. I'll just add that I haven't seen any of that striping in any of my 75,000+ photos shot with the a9, a7R III, a7 III, XT2, XH1, or other cameras that I know suffer from this artifact. I'm confident it's real - but for those concerned, it doesn't happen much in the real world. Also note that I tend to deliberately shoot fast lenses wide open into bright light sources.

Hey Tony, ever receive money or free stuff from Sony?
That would help in evaluating your comments.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 17:42 UTC
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Eloise: While maybe never “official” reduced in price, Nikon USA list the D750 as costing $1999 body only. Street price (which is more relevant) is much less.

The D750 sells for under$1400 refurbished with warranty.
Used it is even less.

The D750 with a 24-70 and 70-200 f2.8 lenses can be found for as little as $3500 new, while the only A7iii option is close to $7000.

Used the D750 with two f2.8 zooms can be found for under $3000 while the A7iii combo would still be more than double.

And don't forget. If one wants decent battery like and a comfortable grip, the A7iii costs $350 more.

The good news is the A7iii can match the D750 weather resistance with a cheap plastic bag.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 17:41 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (745 comments in total)
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ZeroXlim: Stop complaining because of inferior complex you get from your camera. Hate sony then dont buy.

The MAJOR problem is that Sony has know about ALL those problems for 5+ years and has refused to fix any of them.

Some here whine when a minor issue affects a batch of cameras or just one model. In this case we have numerous issues, one that shuts down the camera making it a useless brick, that affect a large number of cameras for over 5 years...and Sonys only solution is sucker people into buying a new model (with all the same problems).
And all the while their troll army is misleading buyers and claiming the problems do not exist. How many times have we seen them lie and claim A7 cameras are weather sealed? How many times have they lied and claimed these cameras never overheat?

Now, even though the Sony/DPR photo shoot showed just how bad the striping can be, they claim this issue never (or rarely) happens

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 12:26 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (745 comments in total)
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ZeroXlim: Stop complaining because of inferior complex you get from your camera. Hate sony then dont buy.

The problem is too many Sony fans tell potential buyers these problems do not exist. Then they get stuck with an inferior camera.

So first be honest and admit the following and then buyers decide from there:
1) Most Sony sensors since 2014 have the striping issue that was so prevalent in the Sony/DPR A7iii photo shoot.
2) Since 2011 most Sony camera have an overheating problem that shuts the camera down making it unusable for a while, and users are already reporting the problem on the A7iii. (SeenSony forums and Google search)
3) Sony cameras for the past few years suffer from the “star eater “ problem.
4) Despite marketing implying otherwise, Sony cameras are not fully weather sealed.

We need to be honest and admit These issues have been around for years on most Sony ILCs and Sony still has not resolved them. Now buyers know the facts.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 01:09 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (745 comments in total)
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DiffractionLtd: Nice that these people rush to Sony's aid to sort-out a hardware problem that really can't be fixed. I though Nikon was being jerks when they released D90's with dead pixels on their sensors (rumour was that the D300 got the better sensors, but it was never proven, except by users who noticed the issue) however, this line issue really is bad. But then even Leica didn't replace sensors in the M8 when it had the IR problem, they just provided filters.

Almost EVERY Sony camera has had this problem since 2014.
Sony has REFUSED to fix it.
Now it looks worse than ever.

There are multiple problems Sony knows about but wont fix like the star eater problem.

So that is what bothers people. Sony knows about ALL of the problems and refused to fix them. And they plague MOST of Sonys cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 13:36 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (745 comments in total)
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vaughanB: My problem with Sony is that over the years they have produced some really great innovative cameras and I have owned a few, but they are not consistent like Nikon and Canon, I have also bought a couple of Sony cameras that were garbage, so I wouldn't spend this kind of money on a Sony camera because whilst it "might" be great, equally it "might" be terrible,

if I spend £2000 on a proven Nikon, I pretty much know it will be a decent camera, I shoot at least 1000 images per week and very quickly discover weaknesses, and I certainly can't tolerate the extra work of fixes like this, time is money after all !!

Nikon and Canon issues are usually only with a bad batch or one model and most get resolved.

Sony on the other hand has known about this problem since 2014 and refused to fix it.
They've known about their overheating since 2011 and every model (except maybe the A9) still has it.

They’ve known about the star eater problem for years and never fixed it.
And they've known their cameras are not really weather sealed but continue to imply they are.

ALLL the problems plague the A7iii as well as many of Sonys cameras. And Sony has done nothing for YEARs.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 13:29 UTC
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Mastering Light: I’ve seen issues that affect a batch of cameras or one model, but this one affects ALL of Sony’s cameras and people started complaining about it back in 2014 and earlier. Now it appears worse than ever when looking at the DPR samples.

And so like overheating, the star eater problems, lack of weather sealing, etc., Sony ignores them and tries to sell new cameras with ALL of these same problems.

Funny you know are lying but do it anyway.
The issue is only with Sony sensors and NOT industry wide.
Panasonic does not have the issue.
Canon does not have the issue.
Most Olympus cameras do not have it.

The problem is something Sony has known about for YEARs but has done nothing to fix.
But the problem is not “industrywide”

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 01:59 UTC
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