Sony A7S III

Sony Alpha A7S III front
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Increase to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 699g - 129 x 97 x 81mm
  • Announced July 2020
  • Earlier Model is Sony A7S II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony A7S III overview

Sony A7S III is Sony's Pro Mirrorless camera originally announced on July of 2020. It comes with a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4240 x 2832.

Sony launched this camera in an effort to improve the earlier Sony A7S II (Read Full Comparison)

The A7S III places at #40 out of 65 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all around #82 out of 1453 for cameras in our database. Remember to check our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony A7S III family

The Sony A7S III has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can see all previous and brand new models as well as main specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-Alpha-A7R-V front thumbnailSony A7R V
A7S III vs A7R V
61MPFull frame10.0 fps2022
Sony-Alpha-A7-IV front thumbnailSony A7 IV
A7S III vs A7 IV
33MPFull frame10.0 fps2021
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Sony-Alpha-a1 front thumbnailSony a1
A7S III vs a1
50MPFull frame30.0 fps2021
Sony-Alpha-A7S-III front thumbnailSony A7S III12MPFull frame10.0 fps2020
Sony-Alpha-A9-Mark-II front thumbnailSony A9 II
A7S III vs A9 II
24MPFull frame20.0 fps2019
Sony-Alpha-A7R-IV front thumbnailSony A7R IV
61MPFull frame10.0 fps2019
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Sony-Alpha-A7-III front thumbnailSony A7 III
24MPFull frame10.0 fps2018
Sony-Alpha-A7R-III front thumbnailSony A7R III
42MPFull frame10.0 fps2017
Sony-Alpha-A9 front thumbnailSony A9
A7S III vs A9
24MPFull frame20.0 fps2017
Sony-Alpha-A7S-II front thumbnailSony A7S II
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Sony-Alpha-A7R-II front thumbnailSony A7R II
42MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
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Sony-Alpha-A7-II front thumbnailSony A7 II
A7S III vs A7 II
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7S front thumbnailSony A7S
A7S III vs A7S
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7R front thumbnailSony A7R
A7S III vs A7R
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7 front thumbnailSony A7
A7S III vs A7
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2014

Sony A7S III Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony A7S III based on criterias that are typically viewed as useful in a camera.

above average high ISO (102,400)
above average min ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
connects via bluetooth
good battery (600 per charge)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has HDMI socket
has headphone socket
has manual focus
has microphone socket
has phase detect autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes face detect autofocus
includes focus by touch
includes tracking focus
large sensor size (Full frame)
NFC connectivity
saves RAW formats
screen has good resolution (1,440 thousand dots)
screen is a good size (3")
selfie friendly screen
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
touch screen
two card slots
weather proofing
MP count low (12 megapixels)
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Sony A7S III Sensor details

The Sony A7S III is powered by the Bionz XR processor. The sensor size in the Sony A7S III is 35.6mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 847 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4240 x 2832 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 80 - 102400. This ISO can be extended digitally to 50 - 409600. RAW format is saved which means that you have wider margin for error.

The picture below shows the A7S III's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The A7S III sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is pointed out in green.

Sony Alpha A7S III sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A7S III dimensions

Sony A7S III is 1.54 pounds (699 grams / 24.66 oz) & the measurement of the camera is 129mm x 97mm x 81mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.2"). The weight of normal Pro Mirrorless camera is 724 grams so the Sony A7S III is on par in comparison with its rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Sony A7S III besides a soft drink to help you get a feel for its scale.

Sony Alpha A7S III dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button layout on the A7S III.

Sony Alpha A7S III topview buttons dials

Sony A7S III Lens specs

The A7S III works with the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses that you can buy. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the A7S III.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
7artisans-12mm-F2.8-Sony-E lens7artisans 12mm F2.812mmf/2.8295g
Sigma-18-50mm-F2.8-DC-DN-Contemporary-E-Mount lensSigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary18-50mmf/2.8 290g
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Sony-E-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-OSS-LE lensSony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS LE18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 460g
Sony-E-16mm-F2.8-Pancake lensSony E 16mm F2.8 Pancake16mmf/2.8 74g
Venus-Laowa-10-18mm-F4.5-5.6-FE-Zoom lensVenus Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 FE Zoom10-18mmf/4.5-5.6496g
Samyang-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS--Rokinon-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Sony-E lensSamyang 21mm F1.4 ED AS UMC CS21mmf/1.4275g
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Sony-12-24mm-F2.8-GM lensSony 12-24mm F2.8 GM12-24mmf/2.8 847g
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Sony A7S III Connectivity

The A7S III has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and in some cases change camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Certain applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Sony A7S III Video specs

The maximum video resolution in the Sony A7S III is 3840 x 2160 and you can shoot in MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-1, H.264 and H.265 format. 2160p gives an exceptional resolution for video. You can crop to Full HD in order to get cleaner video. Be mindful of the considerable file sizes and make sure you have got high quality SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does have both headphone and microphone socket making it extremely useful whilst capturing sound.

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Sony A7S III Weather Sealing

Sony A7S III has weather sealing making it a excellent pick for use for tough locations. This is particularly valuable if you are unsure about the elements you may face for outdoor photography.

Sony A7S III Display and Viewfinder

The Sony A7S III comes with a 3 inch fully articulated display supporting a resolution of 1,440 thousand dots.

It has a selfie friendly display to take self portraits and even group photos when needed. Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you can shift focus point as well as adjust settings using your fingers.

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The View Finder specs for Sony A7S III are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 9,440 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.91x

For bright outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are quite helpful.

Sony A7S III Shutter specs

Sony A7S III has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Sony A7S III Flash and Hot shoe specs

Sony A7S III features external flash ability but is lacking built-in flash.

Sony A7S III Autofocus specs

Sony A7S III features both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & precise when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which can be handy for portraits.

The Sensor comes with 759 focus points to select from. Sony A7S III has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to shift focus. It also has Tracking AF for subjects that move. Sony A7S III has the ability to use manual focusing when required for low light occasions or you want more precise control on focusing.

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Sony A7S III Battery life

The battery (NP-FZ100) for the Sony A7S III is fashioned to last for 600 images as per the CIPA benchmarks which is above standard in comparison to its category. The general Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 459. Olympus E-M1X has the highest possible (870) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Sony A7S III for different categories of photography

The following chart shows a summation of the Sony A7S III for different categories of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section below.

Sony A7S III as a Portrait photography camera

The Sony A7S III has a score of 71 which is above average, meaning that it is a good choice to use for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support and flexibility to utilize external lighting.

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has manual focus
great sensor size (Full frame)
has face detect focus
saves RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)

Sony A7S III as a Street photography camera

With a terrific points total of 76, the Sony A7S III is a outstanding choice to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files
features focus by touch
environment sealing
very good ISO range (102,400)

Sony A7S III Sports photography info

A great sports photography points tally of 76 suggests the Sony A7S III is a wonderful pick for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
good battery (600 per charge)
sensor has phase detect AF
low MP (12MP)

Sony A7S III Travel photography info

Portability is extremely crucial when choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Sony A7S III gets a nice 70 as a travel camera which is a fine option to purchase for your trips.

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better than average battery power (600 shots)
environment proofing
connects via bluetooth
provides focus by touch
selfie friendly screen
low resolution (12MP)

Sony A7S III Landscape photography factors

For anyone planning to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony A7S III and it's great rating of 77 as a landscape camera is a excellent option within the current market.

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you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
great ISO range (102,400)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
good battery (600 CIPA)
2 card slots
megapixel count low (12MP)

Sony A7S III Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging should really offer a moving display screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Sony A7S III is a fantastic choice for vlogging as it gets a tremendous rating of 77.

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selfie friendly screen
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes external microphone socket

Sony A7S III Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the A7S III, below is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the class of Pro Mirrorless.

The chart followed below offers you an overview of the A7S III vs it's highest scoring competitors suggested above.

These are various other cameras you may consider as alternatives. To look at a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sony Alpha A7S III
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Bionz XR
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4240 x 2832
RAW data
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Sony E
Available lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Fully articulated
Display sizing
Display resolution
1,440 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
9,440 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
no built-in flash
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-1, H.264, H.265
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
699 gr (1.54 lbs)
129 x 97 x 81mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.2")
Battery life
600 shots
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse recording
With downloadable app
Storage type
Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots
Card slots
Retail pricing