Sony Alpha Cameras

a.k.a. Sony a7 III, Sony Alpha 7 III, Sony α7III, Sony a7M3, Model No: ILCE-7M3

The information on this page may also apply to the other Sony Alpha cameras, like the a7R III, a9, a6400, a7R IV, a7 SIII, etc.

Firmware Updates

Make sure that you update to the latest firmware on your cameras, lenses, and other hardware.

Menu Navigation

The front scroll wheel moves the selection up and down.

  • Move up to the icon row, then use the rear scroll wheel to move through the menu icons.
  • The Fn key moves forward through the menu icons.

The rear scroll wheel moves forward and back through the pages of each menu.

Eye Auto Focus (Eye AF), Auto Focus

How to use “Eye AF” (Eye Auto Focus) on the Sony a7 III

  1. Use the Fn (Function) [14] button to set the “Focus Mode” to AF-C (Auto Focus –  Continuous).
  2. Use the Fn (Function) [14] button to set the “Focus Area” to Lock-On AF: Expanded Flexible Spot
  3. As of Firmware v3.00, Eye AF activates with a half-press of the shutter release button.
    • With Firmware lower than v3.00, Press & hold the “select button” in the center of the Control Wheel [15] to enable Eye AF.
    • Alternatively, you can program Eye AF to the AF-ON or AEL button to make it easier to engage Eye AF, when using firmware prior to v3.00.

Auto Focus Modes

Prioritize Focusing While Using Continuous Auto focus and High fps

  • Set: Menu > (Camera Settings 1) AF1: 5/14 > [Priority Set in AF-C] = AF
    • [Priority Set in AF-C] Sets whether to release the shutter even if the subject is not in focus when the continuous AF is activated and the subject is in motion.
      AF: Prioritizes focusing. The shutter will not be released until the subject is in focus.
  • This allows the camera to reduce the # of frames/second, if it needs to, in order to make sure the auto focus is correct.

Using Zebra for Photography Sony a7 III by Aron J Anderson

  • Use Zebra Level set to 100+ IRE to maximize exposure without clipping.
  • Adjust the exposure (open the aperture) till you see zebra stripes, then back it down till the zebra stripes disappear.
  • Check out the Histogram Chart at 2:00.

Metering Modes

Setup Guides

Setup Guides for Video

Sony a7 III Tracker at NowInStock.net

Sony a7 III In Stock / Availability Tracker

Tips

General Notes

Shutter Count / Shutter Activations

  • You can read the “Image Count,” a.k.a. shutter activation/count, using the ExifTool by Phil Harvey. Silent/quiet shutter activations are not counted.
  • SONY Alpha shutter control tool: This tool will provide the number of shutter actuations that the camera has made up to the file in question.

Sony A7 III, how to manually control A, S and ISO?

  • After switching the camera to A, S, or P, modes, you can use the front wheel to change the parameters.

Overheating

While shooting 4K video, the camera may overheat and shutdown. There are some things you can do to increase the time before the camera overheats.

  • Change the automatic temperature overheating shutoff: Set “Auto Pwr OFF Temp.” to “High” (Setup Menu, Page 2of7)
  • Pull the LCD panel away from the body.
  • The battery is a source of heat. Leaving the battery door open my help the heat from the battery to escape the camera.
  • Do not leave your camera in a hot car or unprotected from direct sunlight.

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