Sony is still king.
Almost 2 years ago I made the switch from Canon DSLR’s (5D4) to Sony mirrorless (A7RIII) and I have some updated thoughts between the two systems. I did a post switch thought entry and my thoughts on certain things have definitely changed. I’ve battle tested pretty much every feature of the camera by shooting everything from landscapes in 0 degrees to weddings and street photos in 100 degree with 100% humidity. Since I switched I’ve had the A7R3 and A7R4 so this review will include a bit from both cameras.
What I’ve changed my mind on:
- Tilty Screen: I’ve actually used this to get the shot so many times, it hasn’t broke or had any problems on either camera. They even made it thicker on the A7R4 which is perfect.
- Video AF vs DPAF: Sony video AF is just as good if not better than DPAF, its honestly more accurate and has face and eye detect AF too. Overall the video features are amazing, still no complaints.
- Overall Video Functions: Originally I was on the fence about switching to Sony just for video but after shooting many videos I can honestly say I would make the switch just for video now. I’d probably choose HLG over C-LOG for most situations.
- Weather Sealing/Build Quality: I’ve been in the rain, snow, extreme cold, heat and never had any issues, same with the lenses. I wouldn’t hesitate using it in any situation. Build quality has held up great, no issues with any functions or operational parts on the camera. This goes for the A7R3 and A7R4.
- Battery Life: If you turn airplane mode on you’ll get just as many shots as a DSLR. Same goes for video, I shot a wedding for 10 hours and only switched the battery once. I never have to think about it.
- Interval Shooting: We finally have it! And we can play it back in camera, something I couldn’t do on the 5D4!
- Lens Selection: Since I last wrote about switching they’ve announced the 24mm f/1.4, 135mm f/1.8, 600mm f/4.0 and 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3. The gap is slowly closing between Sony and Canon/Nikon, they make every lens now I could ever need. If you compare it to Canon/Nikon’s mirrorless lineup, they’re playing catch up with Sony.
- Sony’s Color Science: Personally I think Sony’s colors are better than Canon’s. Especially when it comes to landscapes and portraits. Canon’s colors were always over saturated and clipped for me, Sony is perfect for my style, personally.
- Ergonomics: On the A7R4 they improved the ergonomics and buttons over the R3. It’s much more comfortable to hold and use now even without an L-bracket grip.
What still needs to be improved:
- Limited touch screen: It still only moves the focus point and that’s it. A fully functioning touch screen would be amazing. Maybe on the A7R5?
- On the EOS-R the shutter drops down protecting the sensor from dust, I’d like to see something like this on the A7 series.
- Cleaner high ISO: The A7R4’s high ISO actually looks cleaner overall compared to the R3 but could still use some improving in general. At least there’s no sensor lines and blotchy grain anymore.
- The menu system: After the first run through and everything is setup and you do your custom menu’s it’s really not that bad. They did consolidate a lot of things on the R4 but I still think they could simplify it still.
Still no regrets a year and a half later. Sony kind of reinvented photography for me by changing from a DSLR to mirrorless. Just from making the switch to the R4 from the R3 it was a solid quality bump. It’ll be interesting to see where camera technology will be in the coming years.
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