We’re wondering the same thing you are: where is the Sony a7s III? With the Sony a7r series of cameras undergoing two other refreshes, the a7s series hasn’t seen a single update in years. We know it’s coming, but we have no idea when. However, with the launch of the Sony a7r IV, and the company’s emphasis on Speed and AI amongst other things, we can get a better idea of what the Sony a7s III could be used for and who it’s targeted to.
At Least the Sony a9’s Autofocus
If the camera comes out this year, the Sony a7s III is bound to have the Sony a9’s autofocus algorithms. After all, it’s a camera designed for speed. They’ve already put it in almost all of their other cameras, so it wouldn’t make sense for them to not put it in the a7s III. I mean, think about what it can do for the journalism world with video. Or even think about what it can do for content creators, cinematographers, etc.
Sony a7r IV’s Audio Recording Capabilities
The Sony a7r IV has a special interface for recording audio. Additionally, the company has a new microphone designed to work with their ILC cameras. If the Sony a7s III comes out soon, it’s going to have this interface or even something more robust.
The Sony a7r IV has 6K video, which will become the standard in the coming years. The company would be stupid to not do this. In fact, they themselves said it’s coming.
“Of course, this is a special BSI stacked sensor. But who’s to say that Sony can’t develop a processor to work with the Sony a7s III? Additionally, manufacturers seem to be trying to make more of a push for 6K and 8K video content–which could all be theoretically possible with a Sony a7s III camera. Sony, for sure, will try to be the leader here and prove that they will continue to innovate. While I have absolutely no doubt that they will, I think that the Sony a7s III having a 24MP sensor could also have even more usage.” Via I’m Almost Fully Convinced That the Sony a7s III Will Have a 24MP Sensor
At Least a 16MP Full Frame Sensor
The current Sony a7s II delivers high ISO results that look like paintings once you enter the nuclear level of high ISO output. That really can’t happen anymore. We need to be able to get more and better details if you’re using G Master glass with the sensors.
“One of my biggest problems with the Sony a7s lineup has been detail loss at the higher ISOs. After a while, your images tend to just look like paintings due to all the smudging – no matter what. I’d love Sony to allow for better details at up to ISO 12,800. Photographers rarely need to go beyond that, and even ISO 6400 can be pushing it. But more details at higher ISOs is something we’ve all been wanting.” Via Wishlist: What I’d Love to See in the Sony a7s III When it Comes Out
Animal Eye AF in the Dark?
With Sony trying to make a big push to the Great Outdoors crowd, we need to consider what the Sony a7s series of cameras did when they hit the market. They were some of the first to deliver clean and usable footage at night of wildlife in the digital world that was never before done due to technical limitations. If the Sony a7s III is going to make a splash, it’s going to have to be able to change the game all over again. To that end, why would the company not deliver Eye AF for animals in the dark? Just imagine an owl or a fish at night and the Sony a7s III being able to track its eye at night as it moves. That would be amazing!