Sony a7 III: Extraordinary Shadow Detail

Sony’s a7 III has been widely praised for its good low light performance, but it’s seldom acknowledged how exceptionally clean the shadows are even at low ISOs. It might also be assumed that because we’re shooting 8-bit rec.709 video, that tonal transitions must necessarily suffer – but in actual practice, Sony’s are in fact superior to Panasonic’s 10-bit 4:2:2. Subscribers to my YouTube channel have also noted how pleasing Sony’s highlight roll off is. And quite frankly, I prefer Sony’s colors.

Below are a few outtakes from my latest video, where the subject is as much as a full stop underexposed, yet there is no ugly smudging of detail – in fact, the image quality is positively lovely. No color correction in post whatsoever.

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