Video: What We Want to See In the Sony a7s III

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In This Epsiode

What We Want in the Sony a7s III: Sony’s new cameras have been mere incremental updates, and they haven’t shown the levels of innovation we’re used to seeing, but we now know that Sony has been hard at work putting together an ‘all new’ a7s III. The new Sony a7s III has been redesigned from the ground up, and will apparently push technological boundaries with features yet unseen in Mirrorless cameras. Sony’s faithful are expecting big things from the a7s III, and to stay ahead of the pack, Sony needs to deliver. Join us as we talk about the new Sony a7s III, why it’s so important to Sony, and what we think this camera will need to succeed.

With Sony announcing that the Sony a7s III is coming before the end of the month, it makes sense for us to think about what it’s going to feature. Considering all the serious video candidates on the market, Sony is going to surely keep this lineup alive and kicking. It’s been years since the last Sony a7s camera came out and the product life cycle between the first and second were very short. It makes me wonder how short the Sony a7s III will be.

We’ve been told behind closed doors before that it was delayed a while ago because of overheating issues. But that could be all hearsay. With the Canon EOS R5 apparently suffering from overheating, it’s a major concern. Part of this is due to 8k video output. Panasonic and Canon do it, and Sony is going to have to do it too. Though for what it’s worth, I haven’t really seen or heard of a lot of 8k televisions or even many monitors; it’s still very cutting edge. So at the moment, videographers are probably going to use it for the quality, downsample, and then export. But there’s also the futureproofing around all this. Otherwise, at CES 2021 we could see new 8k televisions. I imagine it’s going to be a while until the web catches up to it. Netflix in 8k? Imagine that. Or what about YouTube in 8K with no latency issues? I doubt most of the world has internet that can render that. From my trips to Europe, I can tell you that most of Europe’s internet is pretty bad in comparison to America’s largest cities. In my own office, I have 1GB up and down with Verizon FIOS. But I wonder what will be coming in the future.

On the Next Episode:

How to Shoot Without Image Stabilization: Editor in Chief Chris Gampat will lead a discussion about shooting without image stabilization. He was taught to shoot at 1/13th with a Leica rangefinder and he’s still incredibly steady even without stabilization. In his journeys, he’s found a lot of problems with the way people shoot. But he’s also found ways that work no matter what a person’s body type is.

The Most Forward Thinking Cameras of the Past Decade: Since the introduction of the Canon EOS 5D II, digital cameras slowly shifted towards becoming less about stills and more about video performance. A quick look at today’s camera marketing materials reveals that camera melting video specifications take precedence over still specs. While there is nothing wrong with digital cameras that can deliver the best of both worlds, hybrid cameras do introduce quite a few problems, like more complicated menus, and increased heat output. In this segment of the show, we will discuss some of our favorite digital cameras from the last decade that focus more on photographers and stills than on video and videographers.

Our Dream Cameras: With all the speculation about upcoming camera releases, what unique/class-leading features can we combine from leading camera manufacturers to create our dream camera? I.E. Canon colors, Olympus Live COmp, Sony’s advanced AF, etc