Sony Alpha Cameras Win 3 Awards

Shooting with the a7 III in the desert.

Seems a bit early (it’s not even May), but TIPA announced their annual imaging product awards and Sony won 3 awards for mirrorless full-frame, high-res, and and high speed compact system cameras (CSC).

TIPA is the Technical Image Press Association and our friends at Shutterbug are members along with over two dozen other magazines that vote on the best products. See the full list of awards here, including the DJI Mavic Air, lenses, and luggage like the Vanguard Alta Fly 55T.

The awards and text below are from TIPA.

Best Mirrorless CSC Expert Full Frame

The Sony a7 III combines a “hybrid” full-frame mirrorless with a 24MP BSI CMOS sensor capable of recording hi-res images at a fast 10 fps shooting rate and 4K with “video AF” and you get an idea of the capabilities of this impressive and versatile camera. The a7 III offers 5-axis image stabilization rated at up to 5 stops and a sharp, bright 2.59M dot OLED finder and twin SD card slots with a fast, low-noise processor that handles true 14-bit uncompressed Raw even in continuous drive mode and 4K footage taken from the full-frame sensor and oversampled from 6K capture. Handling is enhanced with touchscreen, a deep grip and long battery life. The a7 III costs $1998 on Amazon.

Best Mirrorless CSC Professional High Res

The Sony a7R III combines high resolution with a full frame sensor and add a 10 fps shooting rate with full-res burst rate of 76 JPEG/Raw files and you’ll get an idea of what the Sony α7R III offers. Thanks to the 42.4MP BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor with a Bionz X processor, which uses a gapless on-chip lens and anti-reflective coating that improves light collection, the camera affords excellent high sensitivity, low noise performance and a wide dynamic range of an incredible 15 stops at lower ISO settings. To further aid in low light shooting, the 5-axis stabilization system provides a 5.5 EV shutter speed advantage. The a7r III costs $3198 on Amazon.

Best Mirrorless CSC Professional High Speed

The Sony a9 is a camera for pro wedding, action and sports photographers that delivers ultra fast framing rates and very good resolution. The 24MP α9 delivers on all counts with a 20 fps rate with full AF and a buffer that can handle an incredible 241 (compressed) RAW or 362 JPEG frames, all with no viewfinder blackout during continuous shooting. The camera incorporates 5EV, 5-axis image stabilization plus 693 phase detection AF points with 93% coverage, meaning no action shall escape unrecorded, even when capture is commenced with a subject already in motion. To handle power needs the α9 has a higher capacity battery that can deliver thousands of burst-shooting shots per charge. The a9 costs $4198 on Amazon.