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Sony A7R III is the new king of full-frame photography  

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There was a time pro-photographers had to wait up to five years for an update to their pro digital camera of choice. But Sony is changing the landscape with a new every-two-year release cycle.

Its latest installment is the A7R III, the third iteration of its bestselling full-frame mirrorless camera launched in the US last October and today in Asia at Singapore’s National Gallery.


I spent the afternoon using the A7R III, and was blown away by its speed, which is almost reminiscent of Sony’s insanely fast flagship the A9 which can shoot RAW images at a ground-breaking 20 frames per second.

Michael Josh takes the A7R III for a spin in Singapore. Photo by BJ Pascual

Sony believes the A7R III is a good choice for those who want both high-resolution imagery and speed. This 42.4-megapixel camera can shoot at an impressive 10 frames per second. That coupled with its improved Eye AF technology, makes shooting moving subjects a breeze.

These photos of a model who was constantly in motion were taken using an 55mm f/1.8 lens.

On the outside, this new camera looks just like its predecessor with a slightly larger battery grip and with a bit more heft. The only way to truly tell old and new models apart is the A7R III branding above the LCD.

But while aesthetic changes may be few to none, the A7R III also comes with plenty of under-the-hood improvements first seen on the top-of-the-line A9, like a newer higher capacity battery that lasts about two times longer (about 650 still frames on a single charge).

Of course, if you’re upgrading from the previous model, this means a new set of chargers and extra batteries.  

There are now two SD card slots instead of one, a USB Type-C charging port for faster data transfers, and the same fantastic 3.69 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder that we loved on the A9.

While it’s got the same resolution as last year’s model, the A7R will perform better in handheld low-light shooting scenarios thanks to new 5-axis image stabilization and a higher max ISO of 32000 (from 25600).  

Also impressive is its 399 phase detection autofocus points that cover about 68 percent of the image area, and its ability to shoot 4K video at 24 or 30 frames per second.  

Here are more unedited sample shots:

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Baguio with the Sony A9

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DJI launches the ultra-portable Osmo Mobile 3

It’s now foldable!

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DJI Osmo Mobile 3 | Image credit: DJI

DJI has been a quintessential part for most people — drones, portable cameras, action cameras, you name it, they have it. With the existence of advanced smartphone cameras, there’s no doubt that mobile cinematography is also getting better. DJI continues to prove that they are the world’s leader in creative camera technology with the Osmo Mobile 3.

The third iteration of the Osmo Mobile is the first folding stabilizer made by DJI. They have specifically thought of its new folding design to make it more portable for everyone. The redesign also paves way for clutter-free operation, even when you are using charging cables and external mics.


It doesn’t stop there as they also included efficient and convenient buttons so you’re ready to shoot whenever, wherever. You can access Quick Roll by pressing the Mode (M) button twice 🤟🏼. That feature automatically rotates the phone’s orientation from landscape to portrait (and vice versa).

ActiveTrack 3.0

ActiveTrack 3.0 also helps in re-centering the subject being tracked. A trigger exists for locking orientation and rotating the gimbal for selfies. There’s also a dedicated zoom slider on the stabilizer’s side for hassle-free operation. In addition, users can control the zoom speed based on their preference.

DJI Mimo App and Story Mode

With the DJI Mimo App, you can access its pre-programmed modes during and after shooting. Story Mode lets you edit videos right away with preset music, transitions, and filters. There are also 13 templates you can choose from.

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 with Sport Mode

Several modes to play with

The Sport Mode increases the stabilizer’s responsiveness in shooting subjects that are fast-paced. There’s also the Gesture Control which automatically snaps a selfie once you pose for the camera — a peace sign, perhaps?. Panorama mode is also included with 3×3 or 180º options when shooting. Don’t worry, the Slow Motion Mode is also present with 4X or 8X speed options.

Get more creative with TimeLapse, MotionLapse, and HyperLapse. They all sound similar but they are different in their own ways.

TimeLapse lets you shoot longer videos in a shorter playback duration. MotionLapse combines the function of TimeLapse, but with the addition of the movement of a dynamic element you selected in the frame. Lastly, HyperLapse works just like TimeLapse but adds more movement by moving the stabilizer along with you. It works best not just because of EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization), but also with DJI’s ActiveTrack 3.0.

Pricing and availability

The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is currently available in DJI’s flagship stores and select Apple Stores in the United States. It’s currently sold in two packages: The standard package with the wrist strap, storage pouch, and anti-slip pads retails for US$ 105. Meanwhile, there’s a US$ 125 package that includes everything in the standard version, plus the Osmo Grip Tripod and Osmo Carrying Case.

Global availability and local pricing has yet to be announced.

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Sony RX100 VII: full-frame features on a compact camera

Best compact camera today?

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Sony’s compact camera just leveled up. Just months removed from the announcement of its predecessor, we now have the Sony RX100 VII and it’s the company’s most powerful camera to date.

The headline feature is the Sony A9 level speed performance with up to 60 AF/AE calculations per second and 20fps blackout-free shooting with AF/AE tracking. Speaking of tracking, the Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting introduced on the Sony A7R IV is also making its way to the RX100 VII.


It comes with a ZEISS 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens to give you flexibility when shooting. Other improvements include a new drive mode, Single Burst Shooting, for capturing high-speed shots at up to 90FPS.

More options for movie recording

Those looking to shoot plenty of videos will love the 4K Active SteadyShot that Sony says is eight times more effective than 4K Standard SteadyShot. Interval Shooting(19) For stunning time-lapse videos, there’s Interval Shooting. And there’s also slow-mo recording at up to 960FPS for that cinematic flair.

There’s also an option for vertical movie recording if you want to record for IGTV. Vloggers were kept in mind with the 3.5mm mic input and a 180-degree flip screen.

Package for vloggers

If you want to kick it up a notch there’s also a Shooting Grip Kit package. It includes an RX100 VII and Shooting Grip  that allows for easy recording and zooming. The kit also comes with a bracket with accessory shoe and two rechargeable battery packs.

Sold separately, but recommended by Sony, is the Sony Stereo Microphone (ECM-XYST1M). It mounts on the brack’s accessory for simple vlogging setup.

Pricing and availability

The RX100 VII  will ship in August 2019 for around US$ 1,200 while The RX100 VII Shooting Grip Kit will be available later in 2019 for around US$ 1,300. In Singapore, the RX100 VII will be available end of August starting at SG$ 1,649. The RX100 VII Kit will retail for SG$ 1,799.

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Sony’s A7R IV has a massive 61MP sensor

Still king of full-frame mirrorless cameras

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After hearing of a Sony Alpha event, we at GadgetMatch crossed our fingers hoping for the A7S III. That’s a much-awaited update on their S-series full-frame mirrorless cameras specifically made for taking videos. The event though, was for the Sony A7R IV. And while it’s not what we were waiting for, it still has so much going for it.

For one, it’s world’s first 61-megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor. That’s a huge step-up from its predecessor’s 42.4-megapixel sensor. Sony’s samples during the presentation showcases how you don’t lose detail even when you zoom in on the images thanks to its massive sensor.


You don’t lose detail even after zooming in

It also has a 15-stop dynamic range, five-axis optical in-body image stabilization, as well as 10FPS shooting with continuous autofocus as well as real-time eye-tracking for every shot. Something new that video-makers might find really useful is the addition of the real-time eye AF to video recording.

Speaking of video, the A7R IV is capable of 4K recording with S-Log 2/3, HDR for professional editing. Still with video-makers in mind, the A7R IV comes with a new system that captures digital audio signal. With this, Sony introduced two accessories to take advantage of this new tech — a digital audio shotgun mic and an XLR mic adapter kit. The accessories cost US$ 350 and $600 respectively.

As for the camera itself, the A7R IV will retail for US$ 3,500 body-only and will be available in September 2019. In Singapore, the it will be available starting August 24, 2019 with a retail price of SG$ 4,999.

With Canon and Nikon launching their own full-frame mirrorless cameras namely the EOS R and the Z6 and Z7, this was a serious flex on Sony’s part. The company is letting the world know that they continue to hold the crown as king of full-frame mirrorless shooters.

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