20 reasons why I pre-ordered the Sony A7siii


Hey guys, Sagi here and welcome to another Tech Gear Talk. Today I am going to give you the top 20 reasons why I pre-ordered the Sony A7Siii – and we’ll also see how it compares to my C200 – Let’s go! Quick Note: One Reason – What was so obvious to me that I forgot to include it is incredible low-light performance. The a7siii will be absolutely magical in low light. Now let’s get going!

⭐️ Reserve the A7Siii:

My best Sony A7siii lenses:
⭐️ Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM:
⭐️ Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM:
⭐️ Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM:
⭐️ Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 DG DN:
⭐️ Sigma 14-24 f/2.8 DG DN:

1. A7Siii Fully Articulating Touch Screen

Number 1 is the new fully articulating touch screen. Technically this could be two features because it’s a fully articulating screen and a full touch screen, but I’m combining them into one reason. For the kind of hybrid work I do, I always prefer the fully articulated implementation – It’s invaluable for video work when I’m using a gimbal, slider, or when I’m in front of the camera. For photography, I like that I can always position the screen so I can see if it’s on a tripod for product shots, close to the ground, or even if I’m taking low-angle shots in portrait mode.

As for a full touch screen – Sony updated its previous displays, which were just touch screens for AF point selection and subject tracking. Now you can change settings, use the function menu and the main menu, which is something you’ve probably heard me complain about in some of my Sony reviews.

I love the fact that Sony listens to feedback and focuses on improving ergonomics and the user experience.

2. New menu system A7Siii

This brings us directly to number 2, which is the new menu system. This has been another – I don’t want to call it a pain point – but it certainly hasn’t been a strength for Sony in the past. I never felt like the menu system was optimally organized and the features weren’t really arranged in a place or order that I thought made the most sense.

The a7siii has a completely redesigned cascading menu system. It’s much better designed and should make for a steeper learning curve and again – with full touch screen functionality – a better overall user experience.

3. A7Siii Better ergonomics

In my number 3 reason to book the a7siii – better ergonomics. I already love the grip on my a7iii so I know the a7siii will be comfortable to hold. But there are a few things that frustrate me when using my a7iii. First, these cheap hanging little plastic doors that always get in the way or get tangled up. The new a7siii has much better hinged doors that should stay open and out of the way.

Then,I like that the microphone jack has its own little door and that it doesn’t interfere with the functionality of the fully articulating display. So you can rotate the screen and position it any way you can without bumping into the microphone jack or obstructing your view of the screen.

This is a problem I have with some of my current cameras (show m50) – It’s not the end of the world because I can still pull the screen back and then rotate it, but again it’s nice to see Sony put some thought into this new design.

4. A7Siii Better autofocus settings and performance

Alright, next is reason number 4, which is better autofocus settings and performance. Sony AF has been great for me with the last batch of models I’ve tried. Even entry level cameras like the a6100 have incredibly reliable and accurate autofocus. But what I’ve always wanted is the ability to have a bit more control over AF tracking sensitivity and drive speed. Essentially, these two settings determine how quickly the camera will decide that it needs to refocus, and then how quickly to focus.

This is important when you’re tracking a subject or when something might come between the camera and the subject for a split second and you don’t want the camera to quickly focus on the foreground subject and then back on the main subject. . We also don’t want the camera to focus too abruptly when it shifts focus from one subject to the next. So on my a7iii I have 2 options to track sensitivity – Standard and responsive. And I have 3 options for AF Drive Speed ​​– Fast, Normal and Slow. And there have been times when I wanted more control over this, so I was happy to see that the a7siii has 7-step transition speed settings and 5-step subject change sensitivity control.

Sony also gave us better autofocus performance in low light or when we’re intentionally overexposing our LOG footage.

5. A7Siii No recording limit

Ok, number 5 – no recording limit. Probably my biggest issue with my a7iii is the 30 minute recording limit. My videos are usually long – and i usually record for about an hour followed by video. That’s something I don’t have to deal with on my a6400 and it was one of the reasons I got it. I could also use my ATOMOS Ninja V with the a7iii and get around that limit – but I prefer to use ATOMOS because I choose to use it for reasons like having easier to edit files and additional exposure features and better quality footage at a higher bit depth – instead of being forced to use it just to remove a recording limit.

The a7siii essentially solves all of those problems. First, there is no recording limit and second, you can record internally at the same quality that you can send to the Ninja V – but more on this later.

6. A7Siii No overheating problem

We are now at reason number 6 – without overheating. Some of the older Sony cameras had overheating issues –I have never had a problem with the a6400 or my a7iii – of course I don’t really use the a7iii for long recordings, but regardless of – It’s great to see no overheating issues with the a7siii even when shooting at 4k60 with IBIS and AF. It’s great to know that I can get that higher resolution footage, and just like with my film cameras, I don’t have to worry about a recording limit or overheating.

7. Weather Sealed A7Siii

Alright, my number 7 reason to reserve the a7siii is the weather sealing. This is more of a benefit to me than a requirement because I still try not to wear my gear where it could really get wet, but I would always prefer to have this extra protection.

8. FZ-100 Battery

Moving on to number 8 – Battery. I love the battery life I get with the a7iii – It lasts so long that the biggest problem is that I forget to charge it because I have to do it infrequently compared to my other cameras. I bought 2 extra Batteries when I got this camera – which is something I always do – and have literally never used them. The a7siii uses the same FZ-100 battery as the a7iii, so I know it will last for at least a couple of hours.

9. A7Siii USB-C Charging

Another reason related to power – number 9 – it’s USB-C charging. One of the things I love about all my Sony cameras is that I can charge them while I’m recording. This is a great feature for Live Streaming and long recording sessions. I’ve basically created a way to do this with every camera I use, but it usually requires a dedicated AC adapter or coupler like I have with my film cameras.

At Sony, I really like that all I need is a USB camera and a power bank, but one problem I’ve run into is that the battery still drains while using a micro USB cable to power my a6400. So, for example, I was using the camera for a Live Stream and forgot to charge the battery, so I think I started with something like 20% – well it lasted way longer than it normally would 10% but the battery died. Of course it was my fault for not charging the battery, but with the a7siii, using USB-C with a charger or power bank with power delivery capability, you shouldn’t have this problem.

10. A7Siii Enhanced IBIS

Now the next reason is one that contributed to my originally getting the a7iii – in body image stabilization or IBIS. The a7siii has an improved IBIS system over what I currently have with the a7iii where instead of just having on/off we now have the option of normal and active – and i can’t wait to test them against the a7iii.

As for video, I personally don’t overrate body image stabilization because when I want stable camera movement, I use a slider or gimbal. But, there are times when I don’t have a gimbal with me and I’m forced to shoot handheld or I’d miss the shot, and in those cases it’s a great feature to have.

The other use case – for me – it would be if i used it to vlog. I don’t know if this would be the camera I would choosea for vlogging, but on the other hand, it could create a situation where I only need to carry one camera for all my needs, unless I really need higher resolution photos. . I will contact you in this case.

11. Dual Card Slots A7Siii

Ok, at number 11 we have the dual SD card slots. This is something I live without when I have to, but it’s nice to have. And Sony did a lot here – First of all, we have 2 UHS-II card slots vs. 1 UHS-I and 1 UHS-II on my a7iii. Basically you can use all codecs with SD cards – as long as they are fast enough – and for when you need additional write speed capabilities – Sony made each card slot accept type a cfexpress cards as well.

This means that I can always have an immediate second copy of every clip and image. So when I’m done shooting and driving home while backing up to my Gnarbox, I’m now making a third copy of the data. When I used to shoot weddings, we would immediately divide the cards at the end of the day so that two of the cards were not all in the same place and two separate people would have to remove and create a backup.

12. Rolling shutter A7Siii

The next reason I’m upgrading to the a7siii from the a7iii – number 12 – It is an improved roller blind. This is a fairly common complaint about the a7iii and it’s great to see that Sony has made some significant improvements with the a7siii. The roller blind is one of those things that really depends on how you use your equipment. If you’re doing something like what I’m doing now, where it’s basically a talking head with some slow moving broll shots,… roller shutter is not really a problem. Again, for most of what I do, I don’t move the camera as seen in many of the roller blind examples.

But that’s not to say it doesn’t matter – it just doesn’t matter for most of what I do. If, on the other hand, you do things like shoot from moving vehicles, shoot fast action or sports where you have to move quickly or follow a subject, and a few other situations – so this is more important.

Another example is when you are vlogging – and this goes hand in hand with image stabilization. Much of the reason handheld images look bad when you’re vlogging is not just because they’re shaky, but also because the shutter adds to the effect by creating a whiplash effect when the camera pans to the side. to another.

I’m also very excited to see if this will have any impact on the footage I get with the a7siii on a gimbal.

13. A7Siii Buttons and Dials Custom Buttons

Ok, let’s go to reason number 13, which is the configuration of new buttons and dials. First, and this is not new because I have it with the a7iii – I always like having dedicated dials for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. But there is something that I find very frustrating about the a7iii: the design of the exposure compensation dial. Because this dial does not lock, I always find that I am on +3 or -3 though I didn’t intentionally change it. I don’t know if it happens when I put my camera in and out of my bag, but it happens all the time. It’s also not very loose, so I’m not sure how it happens, but it does happen. I like that on the a7siii there is a lock on the exposure compensation dial. There’s also one on the mode dial, but that doesn’t seem to happen to me. I like the fact that Sony moved Manual photo mode to where it is right next to Movie mode and S&Q because those are the modes I use most often.

14. A7Siii Separate settings for photos and videos

Talking about different modes brings us to reason number 14, which is the separation of film and photo settings. This is something I noticed and immediately loved about the X-T4. I had a chance to test the pre-production model of the X-T4 and this separation of duties was really nice because I often switch modes. This is also a feature that is available on the Nikon Z50 and again – that was super helpful Because I can have one picture profile selected for video, but I want a different one for photos and I don’t always remember to change the settings. Having the settings separate means the camera will remember what I had selected while switching back and forth and never I will have problems.

15. Photography A7Siii

Speaking of photos, we come to reason number 15 – Photography. Wait to?! Look, if I want high-resolution images, if I need more megapixels, obviously this is not the camera I would choose. But for the most part, I rarely use any of my images at full resolution. I usually post them on social media, where I drastically resized them. Even when I use photos in my 4k videos that are 3840 x 2160 resolution, I would still need to resize the 12 MP a7siii files that are 4240 x 2832 resolution. So this will save me from having to bring two bodies to Unless I’m doing client work where I’d like to deliver higher resolution files.

I’m also very excited to test the a7siii’s performance in low light, or high ISO, for stills.

16. A7Siii Codecs and Recording Modes

Next we have the number 16 – and I’m very excited about this – Absolutely fantastic codecs and recording modes. I’ll talk about this in much more detail in my review, but the a7siii has h264 All-Intra, or all I do, which should give me beautiful images AND images that are easy to edit. I have an absolute beast for video editing, but I still prefer to work with files that are less difficult for the system to handle.

I want to mention one that I’m very excited to have 4K 120, 10 bit 4:2:2 in-camera for both SD cards from such a small form factor with autofocus – the only thing i’m not sure yet is if it has face detection in 4k 120 – I think so, but if you know, put it in the description.

17. A7Siii Internal and external recording

Continuing, number 17 – recording and external monitoring. Since the a7siii has no recording limit, has a fully articulating screen and can record internally in 10-bit 4:2:2 easy to handle,there’s less reason to use the ATOMOS Ninja V for external recording. I like having that flexibility and on top of that I like that I can now monitor externally and record internally with no issues. With my a7iii and a6400, if I wanted to monitor externally in 4K, I would lose face detection. It worked in 1080p but not 4k – so if you wanted to monitor 4k externally you had to disable internal recording and also record externally then face tracking would work.

With the a7siii, I won’t have that problem, and since I do, I can still use the Ninja V for monitoring on a bigger, brighter screen, and for the additional exposure assist features it offers.

18. A7Siii Full Size HDMI with Protective Cage

Speaking of recording and/or external monitoring – we’re at reason number 18, which is a full-size HDMI port. This may not seem like a big deal, but I always prefer a full-size HDMI port to a micro or mini. I always feel like the mic is going to break and break. It’s also a hassle to have to find the right cable every time, and it’s much easier to have full-size HDMI cables that work for streaming, monitoring, and external recording.

19. A7Siii Easy white balance

Alright, we have two more reasons on this list – The first one is nice to have, but I’m really excited for the second one. So at number 19, I have an easy white balance setting. I always try to use a custom white balance when possible. With some of my other cameras, I have to take a photo and then set a custom white balance, which is a pain. With the a7iii and a6400 I can do this in movie mode but the dot is in the center so if my subject is off center and I want to use a gray card I’ll have to recompose the shot and get the custom white . balance and then return to the actual framing. Unlikely to be a huge problem, but it’s nice that that WB capture point can be moved around on the a7siii.

20. Dynamic range A7Siii

Alright, now to number 20 and I think I saved one of the best ones for the last – I’m talking about dynamic range. From all my research and everything I’ve seen, the a7siii is an absolute beast when it comes to dynamic range – especially for something so small. But at this price, with this smaller form factor that I can take with me anywhere, put on a gimbal if I want, take photos – yes, at a lower resolution – record unlimited videos and… well, all the other things I mentioned in this video – Come on, this is going to be amazing!


Alright, these were my 20 reasons to pre-order the Sony a7siii. It should be at the top of the list, so hopefully it’s here in a couple of weeks. If you’d like to check out some of my in-depth reviews of other Sony cameras in the meantime, I’ll place a link to my Sony playlist in the corner and in the description.

If you’re as excited as I am to order this camera, I’ll put links in the description where you can pick up the body, like thislike some lenses that I think will blend well.

I really hope I was able to give you a good overview of why I think the a7siii is worth ordering. If I did, please let me know by liking this video, tweeting it, sharing it, and if you haven’t already, join the community by hitting the subscribe and notification buttons. You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @techgeartalk. You know what I always say, buy it nice or buy it twice! Good luck and see you soon.

⭐️ Reserve the A7Siii:

My best Sony A7siii lenses:
⭐️ Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM:
⭐️ Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM:
⭐️ Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM:
⭐️ Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 DG DN:
⭐️ Sigma 14-24 f/2.8 DG DN:

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