Initial thoughts on the Sony a7RIII

This weekend I shot a wedding with my new camera – the Sony a7RIII. After using DSLRs for almost 10 years, I’ve finally made the switch to mirrorless cameras.

Watch this short video to find out what I liked and disliked about this amazing little camera.

If you want to find out more, check out the full Sony a7RIII review and the best Sony lenses. For a more affordable mirrorless camera, check out the Sony a6000 review and my selection of the best Sony a6000 lenses.




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  1. Phil Edwards on March 22, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Good and honest review as already mentioned, so for the time being I’ll be sticking with my Nikons!

    • Mark on March 23, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Glad I could save you some time + money Phil!!

  2. Geoff on March 17, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Great honest review Mark thanks for this.
    I’ve been shooting Nikon for over 20 years and I’ve not taken much interest in the mirrorless cameras until this camera came out so it’s great to know all the little annoying things about it.
    I’m beginning to think about switching just for the focusing alone but it won’t be this year and it would cost me about £10k.
    Do you think Nikon will ever bring out a focusing system like this?
    I shoot weddings on a d4 and a d750 and I find I miss shots with the d750.

    • Mark on March 18, 2018 at 6:56 am

      Hey Geoff, I used to miss shots on the d750 too – not many, but enough to annoy me. I think this year will be a big one for Nikon and Canon re. mirrorless. The AF technology (eye tracking) on the Sonys is sensor based (as opposed to camera hardware), so it’s something that the other manufacturers will replicate in due course. Let’s just say I’m keeping all my Nikon lenses… ;-)

  3. Simon on March 16, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for taking the time to share your views as a working professional on the Sony camera. Reading through the comments I bet you wish you wrote it instead. Again I enjoyed the video and the info you shared. Keep up the good work. Simon

    • Mark on March 18, 2018 at 6:58 am

      haha I wish I had the time to write it! Cheers Simon. Mark

  4. Sanumi on March 13, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Hi, Mark. Well done on your decision to switch. The audio in this video is awful though. It was quite painful listening to it. I will appreciate if you could write a review or redo this video. Thank you.

    • Mark on March 14, 2018 at 5:28 am

      I won’t be writing a review or redoing the video, but I’ll try and find a solution for the audio for next time!

  5. Warren Hoo on March 13, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Mark, Thanks for our honest comments. Glad you took time to point out the little things, because they can be a source of irritation. I do like a bigger grip myself because it’s easier to hold onto the camera and makes it less apt to be dropped.

    Myself, I decided not to get a Sony because I don’t do photography professionally anymore Though I like the camera’s features as much as I do, buying one makes this an expensive I can’t justify with infrequent use. I can’t justify it, not yet.

    FYI, this video was a bit dark.

    • Mark on March 14, 2018 at 5:29 am

      Thanks Warren. Yes I need to work on the quality of my videos!

  6. Matte Hanna on March 13, 2018 at 7:11 am

    HI Mark! Thanks for the video review. Very helpful… I just got the D850 on Thursday, mainly for my landscape shooting. So far the D850 is nothing short of incredible. All cameras are just the tools we use to build what we are working on. however I am considering the Sony A7 III to replace my D750 in my back up bag just for weddings… WE shall see. I’ll give the Sony A7 III a good old rental before I make any switches. The main reason I would switch from the D750 is the focus points on the Sony, but honestly I really don’t miss to many shots with the D750. I love the competitiveness that Sony is forcing other companies to keep up new tech with. I’m not a fan boy preaching Nikon or Sony, but whatever toll gets the job done the best is the one I would like to have in my bag. :)) PS I also have the Fujifilms X100F in my bag at all times. And I love it. Keep up the great reviews!!

    • Mark on March 14, 2018 at 5:30 am

      Thanks Matte! Sounds like you’re going through the same conundrum as I was!! Definitely rent before you buy ;-)

  7. Rich on March 13, 2018 at 7:10 am

    A great and honest review. I had Sony a9, shot it a bunch, used it for two weddings and then went back to my trusty D750’s, for many of the reasons you mentioned. Price, ergonomics, complicated menus, not the best flash system was the main reasons for me not switching.
    Also the fact that I can buy three D750’s bodies for the price of one a9 body made me think is this really worth it?
    I did love the silent shooting and auto focus, but it wasn’t enough for me. The dynamic range on the D750’s also takes some beating and the Sony didn’t quite make it. Other photogs think I’m crazy, but I’m happy with my D750’s for now, because it just does what I need it to do!

    • Mark on March 14, 2018 at 5:31 am

      Hey Rich, yeah I can see where you’re coming from. The DR on the a7RIII files seems pretty good to me so far. The D750 is hard to beat, but it was mainly the AF that was letting me down and my desire to have an EVF. I found myself shooting in Live View a lot, which is painful on DSLRs!

  8. Mamad M on March 13, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Been excited about this camera for a while. Still not sure if I should make the switch from my D750’s.

  9. Frank on March 13, 2018 at 2:21 am

    no offense Mark, but you are a camera guy. I like you and your site, but I can’t stand videos in such a bad quality and most important bad sound! I was really curious what you will say about switching from N to S but watched only 10 second of the video because of the bad quality. It hard for me as English is not my mother language to understand you.
    Just my thoughts. Think about it. Thank
    Best regards

    • Mark on March 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Frank – sorry you couldn’t catch what I was saying! I’m more concerned in delivery informative content than perfecting my video recordings at the moment, but I agree with you in that the quality needs to improve! Will see what I can do….

  10. Volen on March 12, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Seems like it is a long way to go for the mirrorless to get to the point of ergonomics of the DSLR. Thanks Mark.

  11. Jen on March 12, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Good, honest review with some gentle comedy, cheers! Look forward to seeing the results and how you go with it in future.

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