Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sony Alpha a7S III is THE Camera for Night Photography

High Sensitivity: "Bigger pixels are better" has long been the motto of the a7S series. The original Sony a7S, which was first introduced in April 2014, has always been Sony's "High Sensitivity" digital camera, with native ISO up to 102,400 and expanded ISO up to 409,600. This camera can literally see in the dark, which also makes live-view focusing much easier than any other camera!

The a7S has been highly regarded in professional video production work as the low-light leader, where it has been used in many famous movies and documentary films that required high quality (low noise) night scenes.
Bigger Pixels mean better nightscapes: Except for knowledgeable "nightscape" photographers, only a limited number of still photographers use the a7S series because its full-frame sensor has a modest resolution of only 12.2 megapixels (4240x2832). Those that use this camera for their astro-landscape images claimed that those large pixels are so clean and free of noise that their 12MP images often looked better than other cameras with twice the resolution, when both cameras were shot at the same high ISO's needed for starry night photography.

Most Anticipated Upgrade: The a7S Mark II followed less than 18 months later (Sept 2015) with only a few improvements, i.e. better autofocus and a larger LCD monitor, but the main upgrade was from 1080p to 4K video, which had just become the industry standard. Almost 5 years later, the Mark III is the Sony a7S series' most anticipated upgrade, and most experts feel it was well worth the wait.

Articulating Touchscreen
Optimized for Video — amazing still camera performance, too
: Although the new Sony Alpha a7S III is truly optimized for video, which is its primary application; the still photographer should consider its super fast autofocus performance, sharper viewfinder, articulating Touchscreen, improved noise reduction, wider dynamic range and better image stabilization — especially since the vast majority of still image uses today are for electronic media, not print.

Consider the new Mark III's fast 10 fps continuous shooting for up to 1000 consecutive raw frames and its 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift image stabilization, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake by up to 5.5 stops. Combined with its increased low-noise sensitivity, and this new camera is capable of hand-held Milky Way photography! Imagine all the low-light night photography possibilities!

Watch this "Behind-The-Scenes" ~ Shot on a7S III

(Expected availability is Sept 24 at $3,498.00)

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