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  • - Let's talk about one of the hottest

  • and most anticipated cameras of the year,

  • the Sony α7 III.

  • (adventurous pop music)

  • So you guys saw the vlog that I filmed on the Sony α7 III,

  • or hopefully you saw it, if you didn't, go watch it now

  • and you can have some back context to this video,

  • but now it's time to do a full-on review of the Sony α7 III,

  • and first off I just want to say a huge thanks

  • to Henry's and Sony, for giving me the camera

  • for a little bit to try out.

  • This camera was on loan, I did not buy it,

  • this video is not sponsored though,

  • I just got a camera to use for a little bit.

  • But thanks, guys, for hooking it up.

  • Now, this whole vlog and all the test footage,

  • they were all filmed on the Sony 16-35 F2.8,

  • so it is a native-mount lens, there's no adapters,

  • no canon lenses or any funny business going on.

  • So that's kind of the most optimal,

  • real world setting, I think.

  • Also the fact that I normally use a 16-35 F2.8

  • on my Canon cameras, full frame,

  • so it's almost the exact setup

  • so I can really compare the two,

  • and see what the differences are,

  • what are the positives, what are the negatives.

  • A little bit of backstory here,

  • the only Sony that I've owned is the α7R II,

  • and I used that for weddings, lowlight filming,

  • and then I even used it on some commercial shoots,

  • I used it on some stuff for Nike

  • and some other companies, kind of as a B camera,

  • A glidecam camera, just kind of sat on a glidecam,

  • ready to go whenever we needed it.

  • But there were a couple things

  • that I really hated about that camera,

  • one being the battery size. They just died so quickly.

  • And then the other thing was the LCD screen.

  • It was just so bad that if you're filming

  • in a log profile, you couldn't see anything.

  • You couldn't see what was in focus,

  • what was out of focus, it was really hard to use.

  • So I was always using the SmallHD 502 along with it

  • just so I could see what was going on.

  • And it was a really good pair, but it made the setup

  • about twice as big once I added the monitor.

  • Even though it's a really small monitor,

  • it still made it a lot bigger.

  • So, everything got more complicated at that point.

  • Backstory given, let's get on with the review.

  • I used it for a good couple of days and spent a full day

  • just vlogging on that camera. It was the first full day

  • that I've used the Sony α7 III so it was a good

  • real world test to just figure out,

  • what are the good sides, what are the bad sides,

  • what works, what doesn't work, and here are my findings.

  • I'm super happy to say the battery life is way better.

  • They changed the battery, it's a bigger battery now,

  • kind of the size of a Canon battery,

  • and it lasts really long.

  • I actually only used one battery

  • for the whole day of vlogging,

  • which is awesome. That's the way I like it to be.

  • I'd rather have bigger batteries and it just last longer,

  • like the 1D X II, massive battery but it lasts a long time.

  • I like it that way better.

  • Back in the days, I would go through like,

  • five batteries in one day, which is just crazy.

  • So many of these little tiny batteries,

  • and then having to charge them all. It was a big pain.

  • This is a huge upgrade. Like, massive,

  • big thumbs up for this one.

  • Also, my other big gripe, the LCD screen,

  • the LCD screen is so much better on the Sony α7 III

  • than the a7R II that I had back in the day.

  • I'm guessing the fixed it also on the a7R III,

  • but anyways, the LCD screen, so much better now,

  • I could see what I was doing,

  • I didn't have any issues with it at all

  • other than the fact that it's not a flip LCD screen.

  • Please, please, anybody who is listening,

  • if you're from Sony, if you're from Canon,

  • if you're from- well, Panasonic actually does it

  • on all their cameras, I think, now-

  • always have a flip LCD screen. Everybody wants it.

  • Photographers want it, videographers especially want it.

  • Have a flip LCD screen, it's a really big thing nowadays,

  • especially in this emerging market of self-filming,

  • vlogging style, YouTube, all that stuff.

  • Flip LCDs are so big. This LCD screen is good,

  • but please, just give me a flip LCD.

  • Next, let's talk about the colors.

  • The colors are really good. Some of the colors

  • that I was getting out of it, for example,

  • this pool shot, really nice colors.

  • But it does take a lot more work, I find, than with Canon.

  • I feel like, Canon, just, right out of the box,

  • right out of the camera, it looks decent, it looks good.

  • It doesn't take very much tweaking,

  • whereas the Sonys take a little bit more tweaking

  • to get it to where you want it.

  • Especially if you're filming in S-log,

  • and that's just kind of with log anytime,

  • you have to do a little bit more tweaking.

  • But I find the Sony color science

  • just still isn't quite as good as Canon's,

  • but it is really good.

  • Once you get it fixed and tweaked and graded,

  • the image looks really, really great.

  • Definitely way better than something like the 6D Mark II,

  • which is kind of what I'm comparing it to

  • because they're both very similar in price,

  • they're both full frame, but the specs are very different.

  • So I'm going to be comparing the two cameras

  • because I feel like the Sony α7 III

  • would be the replacement for my 6D Mark II.

  • So I'm going to be comparing them

  • and in the image department,

  • the Sony α7 III definitely wins by a long shot.

  • Now the big question that a lot of people

  • want to hear the answer to is,

  • "Does the 120p slow motion hold up?"

  • And yeah, I think it does.

  • I think it's really good actually.

  • It's not quite as good as the 1D X Mark II,

  • and that's a bit of an unfair comparison

  • because it's at around $2,000 camera versus $6,000.

  • They're totally, they're in different leagues.

  • But the 120 frames per second

  • is really nice on the Sony α7 III.

  • It's great that it's not cropped,

  • the auto-focus works pretty well in it.

  • Now, it does start falling apart a little bit,

  • especially if you're using a log profile.

  • I don't know if I would film

  • with the S-Log3 anymore in 120p,

  • I would at least go to S-Log2

  • because the bitrate is just being stretched

  • over all those frames, and it's just not quite holding up.

  • You can see once you start grading,

  • it just starts to fall apart pretty quickly.

  • With the 1D X Mark II you have about 350 megabits,

  • I think it is, for the 120 frames per second,

  • and with the Sony it's only 100 megabits.

  • So that's basically, almost kind of like

  • 3.5 times better quality.

  • Not quite, but it's definitely a difference there,

  • it starts falling apart a lot quicker.

  • But the fact that you can have a log profile on 120p,

  • that already kind of makes it better in some ways

  • to the 1D X II, so that's really awesome.

  • I love having a log profile, even in 120 frames per second.

  • I also really like the fact that slow motion

  • is one of the dial settings, so you can just

  • quickly go to slow motion, then back to normal.

  • I really like that, it's super handy,

  • especially for my kind of filmmaking

  • where I need to be switching back and forth really quickly.

  • This makes it really nice.

  • Now, you can do the same thing on Canon cameras

  • but you have to actually manually go

  • and change the custom settings which isn't a big deal,

  • but I like the fact that Sony just came up with this,

  • that this is a good thing and it's there right away for you,

  • straight out of the box.

  • Oh, and I apologize that I don't have shots of the camera

  • because I don't have the camera anymore.

  • I only had it for about a week

  • and I didn't have time to film it,

  • I was vacationing in Maui, so... you know.

  • Please forgive me.

  • So the 120 is really great, but I wouldn't use S-Log3,

  • I'd probably use S-Log2 or one of the other color profiles

  • just so it doesn't start falling apart so quickly

  • in your color grading process,

  • or you just have to de-noise it a lot

  • before you start color grading,

  • but that's one more extra step

  • that you don't always wanna have to do.

  • Even though it is a good step,

  • but you don't wanna be forced to have to do that

  • every single time you do slow motion.

  • Side note, I realized how much I like editing

  • and using 1080p footage.

  • Putting together this vlog, it took forever

  • because it was 4K footage, a lot of it.

  • It's a lot harder on the computer and the editing software,

  • plus the export took like, at least four times longer

  • than my normal 1080p export.

  • Even though I just export it into a 1080p video

  • because of time restrictions, and half the footage,

  • like the 120p, was in 1080, so I did it in 1080-

  • Anyways, it takes a lot longer.

  • I don't know if I can vlog in 4K,

  • it just takes so much more time.

  • Now let's talk about the thing

  • that most of you noticed in my vlog,

  • and that's the auto-focus.

  • Now let's start off by saying the auto-focus is really good.

  • I would say it's comparable to Canon's auto-focus.

  • It's probably number two right now.

  • Canon is still king of auto-focus, I think.

  • Sony, with this camera at least, is just under.

  • It's definitely a lot better than the GH5

  • because it actually focuses.

  • If you're filming yourself, you can rely on it,

  • it's definitely focusing on your face

  • but it does the hunting thing.

  • It doesn't feel as confident with the auto-focus.

  • It doesn't just lock on and stick there.

  • Sometimes it's just going back and forth,

  • back and forth, changing a little bit.

  • Now, some of the vlog was filmed in responsive

  • instead of normal for the auto-focus,

  • so that's gonna do it a little bit more

  • but at least half of it was in normal.

  • I was just playing around with all the different settings.

  • And I also didn't use the face detection that much

  • because I wanted to use it

  • the way that I use the Canon cameras

  • which is just with the center frame focus thing.

  • So I did it the same way with the Sony

  • and it didn't quite work as well-

  • but again, it is really good auto-focus.

  • I think people are being a little bit critical on this part,

  • I would say it's just underneath Canon,

  • and maybe with the face detection on all the time

  • it would work even better

  • and it wouldn't do the hunting thing

  • when I'm filming myself.

  • But Canon is still king of auto-focus, I think.

  • Dual-pixel auto-focus just works super well.

  • So, some improvement could be made still

  • in the auto-focus department.

  • One of my favorite things about this camera

  • is the dynamic range.

  • It's really incredible, really nice.

  • Sony just does the dynamic range super well

  • and using Canon DSLRs for a little while

  • without log profile, without that nice dynamic range,

  • it's really refreshing to use the Sony α7 III

  • where everything is just nice and evenly exposed,

  • you're not having to fight, choosing,

  • am I gonna expose the sky,

  • or am I gonna expose my face properly?

  • everything is just nicely in focus.

  • There's just so much more room to grade in post