When you resolve to spend over 2 lakh on a digital camera, then it’s got to be the best camera you can get on the market. Most premium camera brands sell their high-end film cameras in this price range. At the Gadgets Shiksha, we have covered dozens of these types of cameras, but to the best of my knowledge, this is by far the most relevant and helpful review for anyone who wants to spend that kind of money on a worthy piece of photography equipment. Over the last 5 years, the DSLR market has evolved along the interchangeable lens camera route instead of the traditional one-camera-one lens model.
What this means is that today’s DSLR’s allow you to change lenses to suit different photo shooting modes. This interchangeable lens design has led to yet another improved version of the DSLR camera called the Mirrorless camera. Unlike conventional DSLRs, Mirrorless cameras lack an optical viewfinder and instead expose the imaging sensor to light at all times. This means that you get a better Autofocus performance not to mention a smaller and lighter camera body.
Most premium compact cameras launched this year have mirrorless functionality. Remember, this design also allows you to pack up more lenses on these kinds of cameras than in a typical SLR, hence better performance. In this article, we cover some of the best premium cameras for professional photography. Pay attention!
► Sony Alpha a7R III – Next Generation Super-Fast Camera
Sony is currently in the lead when it comes to both mirrorless cameras for beginners and for Professionals. Yes, Sony is leading in both categories although there are still a number of threatening challengers from Nikon and Canon. In truth, Sony intends to make mirrorless cameras an industry standard for professional photography.
The Sony Alpha a7R III is one of the flagship products that Sony intends to use in order to achieve this milestone. We were privileged to review this gadget hands-on in a local Camera store in Chennai, India and I must admit that using this gadget for the first time as a photographer is like a rebirth. Here is what impressed us in this mirrorless camera:
→ Optimized for Movie Shooting
As we all know, shooting HD 4K movies requires high-quality and reliable cameras. Usually, most traditional movie cameras are heavy and bulky. Then came DSLRs which revolutionized how movies are shot with lightweight equipment. The Alpha a7R III fore-runs the next generation of movie cameras. Some of the movie cameras used in Hollywood are no match for this gadget.
To start with, Sony integrated a 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization system into this camera. What this system does is that it provides exceptional image stabilization even when shooting objects in motion. This is actually one of the few mirrorless cameras that run gyro sensors in their stabilization mechanism.
Apart from this, the A7R III can shoot in full 4K resolution, enhanced with HDR functionality. If you are looking for a good mirrorless camera that can make lifelike movies, then this is one of the best 4K cameras for movie shooting.
→ Intuitive Dashboard
Basically, if you have ever used a typical SLR camera, the A7R won’t be any difficult to use. Despite being a professional camera, this device is quite easy to use. My previous personal camera was a Nikon L840 and to be honest I think it took me longer to understand it than it took me to understand this one. In under two hours, I was able to take a professional-grade photo of our host’s store.
Talk about mirrorless cameras from Nikon, well I have not laid my hands on any of theirs in this price range just yet. Nonetheless, if all goes well, I might review the Nikon D800 which coincidentally falls in this price category. Unfortunately, the D800 is not a mirrorless camera but a DSLR. All the same, I will let you know what I think about the user experience between the two cameras. However, I am made to understand that the later version of the D800, the D810 is equally easy to operate. You can read more about it here.
→ Enhanced Autofocus for better Precision
One major area that movie making cameras struggle with is Autofocus. Although DSLR cameras significantly showed improvement in this area compared to old film cameras, they too had issues with getting accurate images. Surprisingly, the a7R happens to have solved this menace permanently.
Its Double AF tracking system keeps every shot clear and precise even in continuous shooting. You probably have noticed the blurriness that comes with DSLRs when shooting moving objects in continuous mode. Well, this scenario is not replicated in Sony’s Alpha a7R premium camera. Even at 10-fps, every frame is as clear as it would be in a still shot.
→ Low noise output
In addition, being a mirrorless camera, this device enjoys the perks of non-mirrored SLRs which include low noise output. Conventional DSLR cameras produce a lot of noise which may come from the shutter, mirror system, image stabilizer or Aperture adjustment system. This Sony Camera has completely fixed the noisy areas and replaced them with a much reliable and quitter imaging and lens system.
|Features||Sony E-Mount Lenses | Updated BIONZ X processing-engine | Advanced Hybrid AF system | Eye AF with Double Tracking Performance | Up to 10 fps with AF/AE Tracking | Focal-plane phase-detection AF supports A-mount lenses | Up to 76 images in continuous shooting | AF-ON button and multi-selector | Pixel Shift Multi Shooting | In-body 5-axis image stabilization with up to 5.5-stop shutter speed advantage | Dual slots with UHS-II compatibility | high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with 3.69-million-dot | Enhanced flash compatibility | Location Information Link via Bluetooth | Shoot Natural 4K movie | Fast Hybrid AF for movie recording | New Imaging Edge software suite | One-touch remote and One-touch sharing|
|Image Sensor||Aspect Ratio – 3:2 | Sensor Type: 35-mm Full Frame Exmor R CMOS Sensor | Number of Pixels: 42.4 Pixels | Anti-Dust System: Charge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism|
|Image Shooting||Format: JPEG, RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 Format) | Image Aspect Ratio: 3:2, 16:9 | Set Picture Effect | Adjust Dynamic Range Functions | Set Creative Style|
|Recording||4K @ 30 fps and Full HD @ 120 fps | Set Movie Effect | Set Creative Style|
|Enhancement||Noise Reduction [ Long exposure NR: On/Off | Available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec | High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off] | White Balance|
|Storage||Dual SD Media Card Slot|
|Focus||35-mm AF system with 399 phase-detection AF points cover 68% of the image Plane and 425 contrast AF points covering 47% of the image area|
|Exposure||Metering Type: 1200 Zone evaluating metering | Metering Sensor Exmore R CMOS Sensor | Anti-Flicker Shooting|
|ISO||Images [ Range 100 – 32000, expandable up to 102400 | Auto: 100 – 12800] Movies [ Range: 100 – 32000 | Auto: 100 – 12800 | Selectable upper and lower of ISO in auto mode|
|Viewfinder||1.3 cm electronic viewfinder (color) | Quad-VGA OLED|
|LCD Screen||7.5 cm TFT | Quick Navi | Touch Panel|
|Shutter||Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type | Shutter Speed [ Still images:1/8000 to 30 seconds | Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) | up to 1/60 in AUTO mode | (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)]|
|Image stabilization||Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation|
|Power||NP-FZ100 Battery | Battery Charging: Micro USB or USB Type-C Terminal|
|Weight||657 Grams | Dimensions (W x H x D): 126.9 mm x 95.6 mm x 73.7 mm|
|Sales Box||Sony Alpha a7R III Camera | Power cord | Rechargeable Battery NP-FZ100 | Cable Protector | BC-QZ1 Battery Charger | Shoulder strap | Body cap | Accessory shoe cap | Eyepiece cup | USB Type-C cable|
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