Sony A7s III setup guide with tips and tricks

Introduction

The Sony A7s III has a new 12.1MP back-illuminated sensor with up to 15 stops of dynamic range with S-Log. It shoots 4K video at up to 120p S-log color profiles and offers up to 15 stops of dynamic range. It has an expandable sensitivity range of ISO 40409,600.

As with the entire Sony mirrorless S range, its  made to perform very well in low light.

The A7S III can receive an analogue and digital input from its hot-shoe mount, capture 16-bit raw over HDMI when recording at 4K/60p, and it features a 9.44MP viewfinder.

If you’re worried about cooling, according to Sony, the a7S III uses a new passive cooling system, and they claim that it won’t overheat.

According to Sony, the a7S III uses a new passive cooling system, and they claim that it won’t overheat.

The entire menu system also received a major overhaul. So even if you’re used to working with Sony, you’ll need some time to get acquainted. There are also some different settings available depending on whether you’re in stills mode or movie mode. Let’s have a look.

 Sony A7s III Movie mode Menu

MENU – My menu (page 1, 2 and 3 of 51)

This menu allows you to build a custom menu. Say you often change Raw file type from compressed to uncompressed, or maybe you don’t want to spend your time scrolling through the entire menu system looking for the SteadyShot settings. Well, now you can build your own Menu here with your most often used settings. This used to be the last page in the menu system. Sony has moved it forward so you can build your own customized menu more quickly.

Add Item

You’ll see a list of all Menu options here, and you can select your desired options and add them to your custom-built menu page.

Sort Item

This setting changes the order of your ‘My Menu’ selected function.

Delete Item

Deletes functions in your ‘My Menu’.

Delete Page

Deletes entire pages of your ‘My Menu’ selection.

Delete All

Deletes all previously added functions of your ‘My Menu’.

Display from My Menu

This will allow you to access the ‘My Menu’ pages directly when you press the Menu button.

MENU –  Shooting menu (video)

The first settings tab is the shooting tab. You’ll find a lot of the camera settings here.

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You’ll find all settings related to image quality in this tab. The menus differ slightly for video and stills. These are the settings for movie mode.

File Format

You can choose between these video formats.

In 4K:

  • XAVC HS 4K
  • XAVC H 4K
  • XAVC S HD
  • XAVC S-I 4K
  • XAVC S-I HD
Movie Settings

Rec frame rate:

  • 60p
  • 30p
  • 24p
  • 120p

Records setting:

  • 100M 4:2:2 10bit
  • 100M 4:2:0 8bit
  • 60M 4:2:0 8bit
S&Q settings

You can do slow-motion recording or record quick-motion recording. The sound will not be recorded. In a slow-motion recording, the shutter speed becomes faster and you may not be able to obtain the proper exposure. If this happens, decrease the aperture value or adjust the ISO sensitivity to a higher value.

How to record slow-motion movie on the Sony A7s III:

  1. Set the mode dial to (Movie/S&Q Motion).
  2. Select MENU- (Camera Settings2)-[Movie/S&Q Motion]- and select the desired setting of slow-motion/quick-motion (S&Q) ( Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual Exposure).
  3. Select MENU- (Camera Settings2)-[ S&Q Settings] and select the desired settings for [ Record Setting] and [ Frame Rate].
  4. Press the MOVIE (movie) button to start recording. Press the MOVIE button again to stop recording.

Record Setting: Selects the frame rate of the movie.

Frame Rate: Selects the shooting frame rate.

Playback speed: The playback speed will vary as below depending on the assigned [ Record Setting] and [Frame Rate].

Proxy Settings

This function allows you to simultaneously record a low bitrate proxy file at the same time as recording the high bitrate original file movie.

APS-C S35 shooting

This setting tells the camera what to do when you’ve attached an APS-C lens to this full-frame camera. An APS-C lens won’t cover the full surface of the sensor, or you’ll notice heavy vignetting towards the edges of the frame. When recording movies, this crop is called Super 35mm. The principle here is that you use any part of the surface of the sensor.

  • On: Records in either APS-C-equivalent size or Super 35mm-equivalent size.
  • Auto: Automatically sets the capture range depending on the lens.
  • Off: Always captures 35mm full-size image sensor pictures.
Lens Compensation

The Sony A7s III allows you to select whether you would like to apply various lens compensations (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion) even when shooting in RAW. I leave this ON, but you might get a conflict with RAW files and using a lens profile in programs like Lightroom where you’ll see a reverse vignette for instance.

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Format

When you use a memory card with this camera for the first time, we recommend that you format the card using the Sony A7s III for stable performance of the memory card. Note that formatting permanently erases all data on the memory card, and is unrecoverable.

Rec. Media Settings

Selects the memory card slot on which to record. Slot 1 is the default setting. If you do not intend to change the settings and will only use one memory card, use the slot 1. To record the same image to two memory cards at the same time or to sort recorded images onto two memory card slots by the image type (still image/movie), use Recording Mode.

Recover Image DB

If you have a storage card error, you can try to rebuild the database to retrieve lost images possibly.

Display Media Info

You can check how much space is left on your SD card (have pictures in your desired quality and how many minutes of video)

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File/Folder Settings

All settings for file and folder naming, sequence, etc.

Select REC Folder

Selects where (to what folder) the camera will store newly captured movies.

Create New Folder

Make a new folder for quickly organizing events and locations.

IPTC Information

You can write IPTC information when recording still images. Create and edit IPTC information using the dedicated IPTC software and write the information to a memory card beforehand.

Copyright Info

Writes copyright information onto the still images like your name or business.

Write Serial Number

Writes the camera’s serial number to the Exif data when shooting still images.

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Exposure Mode

You can select the exposure mode for movie shooting here.

  • Program Auto / Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
  • Aperture Priority / Aperture Priority: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually.
  • Shutter Priority / Shutter Priority: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually.
  • Manual Exposure / Manual Exposure: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (both the shutter speed and the aperture value) manually.
S&Q Exposure Mode

You can select the exposure mode for slow-motion/quick-motion shooting. You can change the setting and playback speed for slow-motion/quick-motion shooting with S&Q Settings later.

  • Program Auto / Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
  • Aperture Priority / Aperture Priority: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually.
  • Shutter Priority / Shutter Priority: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually.
  • Manual Exposure / Manual Exposure: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (both the shutter speed and the aperture value) manually.
Exposure Ctrl Type

This will turn two of the custom function keys into AV auto & TV Auto. This essentially turns these buttons into auto shutter and auto iris buttons which could be handy if you’re familiar shooting with cameras like the FS series or Sony camcorders.

MR Recall Camera Setting

This functionality allows you to shoot an image after recalling often-used modes or camera settings registered with the Mode Dial memory positions in advance. It is now also possible to save your camera settings to a memory card and recall them later (or on a different camera). This is done by using the ‘select Rec. media’ function inside this menu.

Camera Set. Memory

This setting allows you to register up to 3 often-used modes or product settings to the product and up to 4 (M1 through M4) to the memory card. You can recall the settings using just the mode dial. You can register various functions for shooting. The items that you can register are displayed on the menu of the camera. Aperture and Shutter speed are always available. You’ll need to select your SD card first using the ‘select Rec. media’ function inside the prior menu.

Memory/Recall Media

Selects which of the two SD cards will be used to store your personal custom MR settings.

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Silent Mode Settings

Selects whether the A7s III produces a sound or not in silent mode with the electronic shutter.

Release w/o Lens

Turning this on makes it possible to capture images even if a lens is not supported by the camera. (Like when using an adapter with vintage lenses)

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Audio Recording

You can switch off audio recording in movie mode. When you record audio movies with loud volumes, set Audio Rec Level to a lower sound level. Doing so enables you to record more realistic audio. When you record audio movies with lower volumes, set Audio Rec Level to a higher sound level to make the sound easier to hear. Regardless of the Audio Rec Level settings, the limiter always operates.

Audio Rec Level

You can adjust the audio recording level while checking the level meter.

Audio Out Timing

You can set echo cancellation during audio monitoring and prevent undesirable deviations between video and audio during HDMI output.

  • Live (default setting): Outputs audio without delay. Select this setting when audio deviation is a problem during audio monitoring.
  • Lip Sync: Outputs audio and video in sync. Select this setting to prevent undesirable deviations between video and audio.
Wind Noise Reduct.

This helps reduce noise from the wind during video recording.

MI Shoe Audio Set.

The A7S III supports 4 channel monitoring. Inputs 1 and 2 on the hot-shoe mountable ECM-XM1or mono and the line input is stereo.

  • 48kHz/24bit 4 channels
  • 48kHz/24bit 2 channels
  • 48kHz/16 bit 2channels
Audio Level Display

Sets whether to display the audio level on the screen.

Don’t see the audio level display?

  • Check if Audio Recording]is set to Off.
  • Check if DISP (Display Setting) is set to No Disp. Info.

During slow-motion/quick-motion shooting, audio is automatically turned OFF.

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Timecode (TC) and the user bit (UB) information can be recorded as data attached to movies. This is used for synchronization of video in post production. The time code can be set between the following range: 00:00:00:00 to 23:59:59:29.

Time Code Preset

Sets the time code.

User Bit Preset

Sets the user bit.

Time Code Format

 Sets the recording method for the time code. (Only when [NTSC/PAL Selector] is set to NTSC.)

Time Code Run

Sets the count up format for the time code.

Time Code Make

Sets the recording format for the time code on the recording medium.

User Bit Time Rec

Sets whether or not to record the time as a user bit.

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Steadyshot

Sets whether or not to use the SteadyShot (sensor stabilization) function. For optimal sharpness, turn it off when using a tripod.

Steadyshot Adjust.

If your lens does not relay focal length information to the A7s III body, you can still use the Ibis stabilization by dialing in the focal length manually.

Focal Length

Auto: Performs the SteadyShot function automatically according to the information obtained from the attached lens.

Manual: Performs the SteadyShot function according to the focal length set using [SteadyS. Focal Len.]. (8mm-1000mm)

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Zoom

Turn the digital zoom function on or off.

Zoom settings

Set to Optical zoom only (using the optical zoom capabilities of your lens

Two other settings are available which use digital zoom (cropping of the original image):

Digital zoom:

Pictures captured by the image sensor of the camera are enlarged using digital signal processing. As the magnification level increases, it can reduce the picture quality.

Clear Image Zoom:

Zoomed images are captured close to the original quality when shooting a still picture. The camera first zooms to the maximum optical magnification, then uses Clear Image Zoom technology to enlarge the image an additional 2x, producing clear, sharp images despite the increased zoom ratio. If you don’t have a zoom lens, this might be an option as the camera uses the RAW file to zoom; although still some image quality will be lost.

Zoom ring rotate

Assigns zoom in (T) or zoom out (W) functions to the zoom ring rotation direction. Available only with power zoom lenses that support this function.

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Focus Magnifier

When focusing manually or in DMF mode, you can set the Sony A7s IIII to magnify a part of the screen so you can check focus. This sub-menu allows you to select the part of the image that will be magnified during shooting.

Focus Magnif Time

You can set how long to hold the magnified area during MF assist. 2 sec, 5 seconds or no limit. 2 seconds is how I have it set up.

AF in Focus Mag.

You can focus on the subject more accurately using auto-focus by magnifying the area where you want to focus. While the magnified image is displayed, you can focus on a smaller area than the flexible spot.

Magnify the image by pressing the center of the control wheel, and then adjust the position using top/bottom/right/left of the control wheel.

Press the shutter button halfway down to focus.

Press the shutter button all the way down to shoot.

MF assist

This works in conjunction with the Focus Magnifier found on this page too You might remember that you can select the area to magnify there when using manual focus (MF). MF assist will need to be turned on if you want to use this feature.

Peaking Setting
Peaking Level

Peaking Level is a manual focusing aid that works when you have your Sony A7s IIII set to MF or DMF.

Peaking Color

You can choose the color of this Peaking between Red, white and yellow. I have it set to red, as this contrasts nicely with most scenes you capture

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Select if you want guidelines (a grid) in movie mode. The markers are displayed on the monitor or viewfinder

Marker Settings (movie)

Sets the markers to be displayed while shooting movies. You can display several markers at the same time.

  • Center: Sets whether or not to display the center marker in the center of the shooting screen. [Off]/[On]
  • Aspect: Sets the aspect marker display. [Off]/[4:3]/[13:9]/[14:9]/[15:9]/[1.66:1]/[1.85:1]/[2.35:1]
  • Safety Zone: Sets the safety zone display. This becomes the standard range that can be received by a general household TV. [Off]/[80%]/[90%]
  • Guideframe: Sets whether or not to display the guide frame. You can verify whether the subject is level or perpendicular to the ground.

MENU –  Shooting menu (stills)

As I explained earlier, the menu when the mode dial is set to stills photography is a bit different. The idea is that it should be more intuitive to change settings depending on your mode.

I’ll attempt to give an explanation side by side. If I would split photography and videography explanations entirely, this post would be double as long and full of duplicates.

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JPEG/HEIF Switch

You can now use HEIF instead of jpeg. HEIF uses 10 bits, where jpeg is only 8 bits. This allows HEIF to store more data in a file.

File Format

Do you edit your pictures on your desktop? If so, set to RAW or RAW+jpeg. A RAW file saves all information the Sony 7s III pixels register during shooting and will make for better quality images if you want to edit in something like Adobe Lightroom.

RAW images recorded with this camera have a resolution of 14 bits per pixel. However, the resolution is limited to 12 bits in the following shooting modes:

  • Long Exposure NR
  • Bulb
  • Cont. Shooting (including continuous shooting in Superior Auto)
  • Silent Shooting
RAW File Type

You can choose between compressed and uncompressed RAW files here. The compressed option is lossy, meaning that some data is actually lost. The difference between compressed and uncompressed RAW files is actually notricable in some cases, but you might want to opt for the smaller files if you shoot lots of RAW at sporting events

HEIF Quality

A HEIF is a compressed image which takes up less space on your SD card but is less suited for editing afterward. HEIF images will also have in-camera noise reduction applied, something you might or might not want to take care of yourself later, depending on your style and preference.

HEIF Image Size

Large, medium or small is selectable. Set it to large for optimal quality, if SD card space is an issue, you can set it to Small.

Knowing the pixel size can tell you how large you can print your images without quality degradation. There are techniques nowadays to print larger, but this information might be interesting to some.

Aspect Ratio

You can choose 3:2 (which uses the full sensor surface), 4:3, 16:9 (crop but a more broad view) or 1:1 for Instagram. Leave as is at 2;3, you can always crop your pictures later when you shoot RAW.

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Format

When you use a memory card with this camera for the first time, we recommend that you format the card using the Sony A7s III for stable performance of the memory card. Note that formatting permanently erases all data on the memory card, and is unrecoverable.

Rec. Media Settings

Selects the memory card slot on which to record. Slot 1 is the default setting. If you do not intend to change the settings and will only use one memory card, use the slot 1. To record the same image to two memory cards at the same time or to sort recorded images onto two memory card slots by the image type (still image/movie), use Recording Mode.

Recover Image DB

If you have a storage card error, you can try to rebuild the database to retrieve lost images possibly.

Display Media Info

You can check how much space is left on your SD card (have pictures in your desired quality and how many shots you have left.

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File/Folder Settings

All settings for file and folder naming, sequence, etc.

Select REC Folder

Selects where (to what folder) the camera will store newly captured movies.

Create New Folder

Make a new folder for quickly organizing events and locations.

IPTC Information

You can write IPTC information when recording still images. Create and edit IPTC information using the dedicated IPTC software and write the information to a memory card beforehand.

Copyright Info

Writes copyright information onto the still images like your name or business.

Write Serial Number

Writes the camera’s serial number to the Exif data when shooting still images.

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Exposure Mode

You can select the exposure mode for movie shooting here.

Program Auto / Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).

Aperture Priority / Aperture Priority: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually.

Shutter Priority / Shutter Priority: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually.

Manual Exposure / Manual Exposure: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (both the shutter speed and the aperture value) manually.

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Drive Mode

As usual, Single and Continuous shooting modes are available. Single will take one exposure when you press the shutter, continuous will continue taking exposures until the buffer fills up. If you want to take advantage of the buffer, you should set your A7s III to continuous. If not, the camera will write every exposure separately to your SD card.

Bracket Settings

You can set the self-timer in bracket shooting mode, and the shooting order for exposure bracketing and white balance bracketing.

  • Self-timer during Brkt: Sets whether to use the self-timer during bracket shooting. Also, sets the number of seconds until the shutter is released if using the self-timer. (OFF/2 Sec/5 Sec/10 Sec)
  • Bracket Order: Sets the order of exposure bracketing and white balance bracketing.
Interval Shooting Func.

You can automatically shoot a series of still images for a time-lapse with the shooting interval and number of shots that you set in advance. You can then create a movie from the still images produced by interval shooting using the computer software Imaging Edge.

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Silent Shooting

Select here if you want to use the Electronic or Mechanical shutter. There is also an auto option that switches from mechanical to electronic shutter if a flash is detected.

e-Front Curtain Shut.

This shortens the time lag between shutter releases. When you shoot at high shutter speeds with a large diameter lens attached, the ghosting of a blurred area may occur, depending on the subject or shooting conditions. When a lens made by another manufacturer (including a Minolta/Konica-Minolta lens) is used, set this function to [Off]. If you set this function to [On], the correct exposure will not be set or the image brightness will be uneven.

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Steadyshot

Sets whether or not to use the SteadyShot function.

Steadyshot settings

Auto: Performs the SteadyShot function automatically according to the information obtained from the attached lens.

Manual: Performs the SteadyShot function according to the focal-length set.

SteadyS. Focal Len.

Set the focal length of your lens manually if it has no EXIF contacts.

MENU – Exposure/Color Menu

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Auto Slow Shutter

Sets whether or not to adjust the shutter speed automatically when recording dark scenes.

  • On: Uses Auto Slow Shutter. The shutter speed automatically slows when recording in dark locations. You can reduce noise in the movie by using a slow shutter speed when recording in dark locations.
  • Off: Does not use Auto Slow Shut. The recorded movie will be darker than when On is selected, but you can record movies with smoother motion and less object blur.
ISO

Sensitivity to light is expressed by the ISO number (recommended exposure index). The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity.

Multi Frame NR: Combines continuous shots to create an image with less noise. Press the right side to display the setting screen, then select a desired value using the top/bottom sides of the control wheel. Select the desired ISO number from ISO AUTO or ISO 100 – ISO 102400.

ISO AUTO: Sets the ISO sensitivity automatically.

ISO 50 – ISO 102400: Sets the ISO sensitivity manually. Selecting a larger number increases the ISO sensitivity.

ISO range Limit

You can limit the range of ISO sensitivity when the ISO sensitivity is set manually.

Auto/Manual Swt.Set.

You can set whether to switch the [Focus Area] and the position of the focusing frame according to the orientation of the camera (horizontal/vertical). This function is useful when shooting scenes for which you have to change the camera position frequently, such as portraits or sports scenes.

Off: Does not switch the [Focus Area] and the position of the focusing frame according to the orientation of the camera (horizontal/vertical).

AF Point Only: Switches the position of the focusing frame according to the orientation of the camera (horizontal/vertical). The [Focus Area] is fixed.

AF Point + AF Area: Switches both the [Focus Area] and the position of the focusing frame according to the orientation of the camera (horizontal/vertical).

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Exposure Comp.

If you find that your image is overexposed (for instance when you are shooting at large apertures for a shallow depth-of-field in bright daylight), you can tweak the exposure compensation here in a plus or minus 5 (exact EV dependent on next step) range.

Reset EV. Comp.

Sets whether to maintain the exposure value set using Custom Settings when you turn off the power when the exposure compensation dial position is set to 0.

Exposure step

You can set the setting range for the shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation values either .3 or .5 EV steps.

Exposure Std Adjust

Adjusts this camera’s standard for the correct exposure value for each metering mode. You can set a value from -1 EV to 1 EV in 1/6 EV increments

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Metering Mode

Metering mode refers to the way the Sony A7s III reads the light and sets the exposure.

In multi, it considers the whole frame and sets exposure according to internal algorithms programmed in camera.

In spot or center, the camera only considers what is in that spot or the center (per example, if your subject is completely black, the Sony A7s III will try to compensate by overexposing the image).

  • Multi: Measures light on each area after dividing the total area into multiple areas and determines the proper exposure of the entire screen (Multi-pattern metering).
  • Center: Measures the average brightness of the entire screen, while emphasizing the central area of the screen (Center-weighted metering).
  • Spot: Measures only the central area (Spot metering). This mode is suitable for measuring light on a specified part of the entire screen. The size of the metering circle can be selected from Spot: Standard and Spot: Large. The position of the metering circle depends on the setting for [Spot Metering Point].
  • Entire Screen Avg.: Measures the average brightness of the entire screen. The exposure will be stable even if the composition or the position of the subject changes.
  • Highlight: Measures the brightness while emphasizing the highlighted area on the screen. This mode is suitable for shooting the subject while avoiding overexposure.

Tip: When Spot is selected and Focus Area is set to either Flexible Spot or Expand Flexible Spot while Spot Metering Point is set to [ocus Point Link, the spot metering point can be coordinated with the focus area.

Face Priority in Multi

When turned on, this setting will give priority to detected faces in regards to the light metering of the camera. Turn On for perfectly exposed faces in your image. This will override the other selected metering mode.

Spot Metering Point

Sets whether to coordinate the spot metering position with the focus area when Focus Area is set to Flexible Spot or Expand Flexible Spot.

Center: The spot metering position does not coordinate with the focus area, but always meters brightness at the center.

Focus Point Link: The spot metering position coordinates with the focus area.

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White Balance

You can either set the white balance to Auto, where the Sony A7s III tries to guess what the neutral grey value is, or use one of the preset white balance settings for different lighting conditions or customize the white balance according to your preference or using a grey card.

Priority Set in WB

Selects which tone to prioritize when shooting under lighting conditions such as incandescent light when White Balance is set to Auto.

  • Standard: Shoots with standard auto white balance. The Sony A7s III automatically adjusts the color tones.
  • Ambience: Prioritizes the color tone of the light source. This is suitable when you want to produce a warm atmosphere.
  • White: Prioritizes a reproduction of white color when the color temperature of the light source is low.
Shockless WB

This setting enables smooth transitions between sudden white balance changes.

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D-Range Optimizer

By dividing the image into small areas, the product analyzes the contrast of light and shadow between the subject and the background, and creates an image with the optimal brightness and gradation.

  • D-Range Optimizer: Auto: Corrects the brightness automatically.
  • D-Range Optimizer: Lv1 ― D-Range Optimizer: Lv5: Optimizes the gradation of a recorded image for each divided area. Select the optimization level from Lv1 (weak) to Lv5 (strong).
Creative Look

The Sony creative looks can best be explained as being film emulations (the same way as some other camera manufacturers implement this). There is a range of styles available from vivid color to black and white. If you’re shooting RAW, these styles are embedded, but can always be zeroed after importing them to your RAW editor of choice. Jpegs are saved with this styling applied. It is always useful to try some of these and can be a real boost for your creativity, as you will notice that you make different images in say black-and-white as opposed to color.

  • Standard: For shooting various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful colors.
  • Vivid: The saturation and contrast are heightened for shooting striking images of colorful scenes and subjects such as flowers, spring greenery, blue sky, or ocean views.
  • Neutral: The saturation and sharpness are lowered for shooting images in subdued tones. This is also suitable for capturing image material to be modified with a computer.
  • Clear: For shooting images in clear tones with limpid colors in highlight, suitable for capturing radiant light.
  • Deep: For shooting images with deep and dense colors, suitable for capturing the solid presence of the subject.
  • Light: For shooting images with bright and simple colors, suitable for capturing a refreshingly light ambience.
  • Portrait: For capturing skin in a soft tone, ideally suited for shooting portraits.
  • Landscape: The saturation, contrast, and sharpness are heightened for shooting vivid and crisp scenery. Distant landscapes also stand out more. Sunset: For shooting the beautiful red of the setting sun.
  • Night Scene: The contrast is lowered for reproducing night scenes.
  • Autumn leaves: For shooting autumn scenes, vividly highlighting the reds and yellows of changing leaves.
  • Black & White: For shooting images in black and white monotone.
  • Sepia: For shooting images in sepia monotone.

You can edit these different styles and save your own creative style if you want.

This functionality can be changed:

  • Contrast: The higher the value selected, the more the difference of light and shadow is accentuated, and the bigger the effect on the image.
  • Saturation: The higher the value selected, the more vivid the color. When a lower value is selected, the color of the image is restrained and subdued.
  • Sharpness: Adjusts the sharpness. The higher the value selected, the more the contours are accentuated, and the lower the value selected, the more the contours are softened.
Picture Profile

You can customize the picture settings by adjusting picture profile items such as Gamma and Detail. These settings apply to both RAW files and video, so you’ll need to change them back, or select the appropriate setting when switching between still shooting and video.

When setting this up, connect the camera to a TV or monitor, and adjust them while checking the picture on the screen.

Move to the item index screen by pressing the right side of the control wheel.

Select the item to change using the up/down sides of the control wheel.

Select the desired value using the up/down sides of the control wheel and press the button in the center.

The default settings PP1 through PP7 for movies have been set in advance in the camera based on various shooting conditions.

  • PP1: Example setting using a standard Movie gamma.
  • PP2: Example setting using the standard Sony Still gamma.
  • PP3: Example setting of natural color tone using the ITU709 gamma.
  • PP4: Example setting of a color tone faithful to the ITU709 standard.
  • PP5: Example setting using Cine 1 gamma.
  • PP6: Example setting using Cine2 gamma.
  • PP7: Example setting using  S-Log2 gamma.

It’s possible to adjust settings and create your own picture profile.

Black Level: Sets the black level. (–15 to +15)
Gamma: Selects a gamma curve. These are the curves available:
  • Movie: Standard gamma curve for movies
  • Still: Standard gamma curve for still images
  • Cine1: Softens the contrast in dark parts and emphasizes gradation in bright parts to produce a relaxed color movie. (equivalent to HG4609G33)
  • Cine2: Similar to [Cine1] but optimized for editing with up to 100% video signal. (equivalent to HG4600G30)
  • Cine3: Intensifies the contrast in light and shade more than [Cine1] and [Cine2] and strengthens gradation in black.
  • Cine4: Strengthens the contrast in dark parts more than [Cine3]. The contrast in dark parts is lower and the contrast in bright parts is higher than for Movie.
  • ITU709: Gamma curve that corresponds to ITU-709.ITU709(800%): Gamma curve for confirming scenes on the assumption of shooting using [S-Log2].
  • S-Log2: Gamma curve for [S-Log2]. This setting is based on the assumption that the picture will be processed after shooting.
Black Gamma: Corrects gamma in low-intensity areas.
  • Range: Selects the correcting range. (Wide / Middle / Narrow)
  • Level: Sets the correcting level. (-7 (maximum black compression) to +7 (maximum black stretch))
Knee: Sets knee point and slope for video signal compression to prevent over-exposure by limiting signals in high-intensity areas of the subject to the dynamic range of your camera.
Mode: Selects auto/manual settings.
  • Auto: The knee point and slope are set automatically.
  • Manual: The knee point and slope are set manually.
Auto Set: Settings when Auto is selected.
  • Max Point: Sets the maximum point of the knee point. (90% to 100%)
  • Sensitivity: Sets the sensitivity. (High / Mid / Low)
  • Manual Set: Settings when [Manual] is selected.
  • Point: Sets the knee point. (75% to 105%)Slope: Sets the knee slope. (-5 (gentle) to +5 (steep))
Color Mode: Sets type and level of colors.
  • Movie: Suitable colors when [Gamma] is set to [Movie].
  • Still: Suitable colors when [Gamma] is set to [Still].
  • Cinema: Suitable colors when [Gamma] is set to [Cine1].
  • Pro: Similar color tones to the standard image quality of Sony professional cameras (when combined with ITU-709 gamma)ITU709
  • Matrix: Colors corresponding to ITU-709 standard (when combined with ITU-709 gamma)
  • Black & White: Sets the saturation to zero for shooting in black and white.
  • S-Gamut: Setting based on the assumption that the pictures will be processed after shooting. Used when [Gamma] is set to [S-Log2].
Saturation: Sets the color saturation. (-32 to +32)
Color Phase: Sets the color phase. (-7 to +7)
Color Depth: Sets the color depth for each color phase. This function is more effective for chromatic colors and less effective for achromatic colors. The color looks deeper as you increase the setting value towards the positive side and lighter as you decrease the value towards the negative side. This function is effective even if you set Color Mode to Black & White.
  • [R] -7 (light red) to +7 (deep red)
  • [G] -7 (light green) to +7 (deep green)
  • [B] -7 (light blue) to +7 (deep blue)
  • [C] -7 (light cyan) to +7 (deep cyan)
  • [M] -7 (light magenta) to +7 (deep magenta)
  • [Y] -7 (light yellow) to +7 (deep yellow)
Detail: Add detail.

Level: Sets the [Detail] level. (-7 to +7)

Adjust: The following parameters can be selected manually.

  • Mode: Selects auto/manual setting. (Auto (automatic optimization) / Manual (The details are set manually.))
  • V/H Balance: Sets the vertical (V) and horizontal (H) balance of DETAIL. (-2 (off to the vertical (V) side) to +2 (off to the horizontal (H) side))
  • B/W Balance: Selects the balance of the lower DETAIL (B) and the upper DETAIL (W). (Type1 (off to the lower DETAIL (B) side) to Type5 (off to the upper DETAIL (W) side))
  • Limit: Sets the limit level of [Detail]. (0 (Low limit level: likely to be limited) to 7 (High limit level: unlikely to be limited))
  • Crispning: Sets the crispening level. (0 (shallow crispening level) to 7 (deep crispening level))
  • Hi-Light Detail: Sets the [Detail] level in the high intensity areas. (0 to 4)
Copy: Copies the settings of the picture profile to another picture profile number.
Reset: Resets the picture profile to the default setting. You cannot reset all picture profile settings at once.
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The zebra function shows a zebra pattern on the screen while shooting in any area that is in danger of highlight clipping. You can switch this OFF or anywhere in a range between 70 and 100. The Zebra Pattern is a highlight warning indicator that is common in video cameras. It does not control exposure but just warns you that your highlights are blown out. It is not recorded in the resulting image. I have it set halfway at around 75, and it is a very useful indication of correct exposure of the entire scene.

Grid Line (movie mode)

Sets whether the grid line is displayed or not. The grid line will help you to adjust the composition of images.

  • Rule of 3rds Grid: Place main subjects close to one of the grid lines that divide the image into thirds for a well-balanced composition.
  • Square Grid: Square grids make it easier to confirm the horizontal level of your composition. This is suitable to determine the quality of the composition when shooting landscape, close-up, or duplicated images.
  • Diag. Square Grid: Place a subject on the diagonal line to express an uplifting and powerful feeling.
  • Off: Does not display the grid line.

MENU – Focus Menu

Page 21/51: AF/MF
Focus Mode

Selects the focus method to suit the movement of the subject.

AF-S (Single-shot AF): : The A7s III locks the focus once focusing is complete. Use this when the subject is motionless.

AF-C (Continuous AF): The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down. Use this when the subject is in motion. In [Continuous AF] mode, there is no beep when the camera focuses.

DMF (DMF):  You can make fine adjustments manually after performing auto focusing, letting you focus on a subject more quickly than when using the manual focus from the beginning. This is convenient in situations such as macro shooting.

MF (Manual Focus):  Adjusts the focus manually. If you cannot focus on the intended subject using auto focus, use manual focus.

AF transition Speed

You can adjust the AF transition speed here for smoother autofocus in video.

AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity

You can determine how fast your Sony A7s III will shift between subjects in movie mode.

Page 22/51: Focus Area

The Sony A7s IOO  has an advanced autofocus system. This makes it one of the fastest and most reliable AF systems in the world. You might think it is best to leave it on the wide factory setting (as this uses all AF points), but for certain scenes, it is often better to use a zone or flexible spot to get it to focus on what you want.

  • Wide: Wide focus area uses all focus points on the sensor. Ideal for action scenes where there is a lot of movement going on in your frame.
  • Zone: Zone allows you to select one of 9 predefined areas where autofocus will be active. These zones each cover about 25% of the screen, with a slight overlap. You can quickly change the area by pressing the multi-controller button and navigating to any of the other areas.
  • Center: Focusses on whatever is centered in your images. A fail-proof way of getting the camera to focus on what you want. If you have any problems using the autofocus and are in a situation where you don’t want to miss any shots, revert to Center and just make sure you have your subject centered.
  • Flexible spot: Flexible spot area selects a place anywhere on the screen where the camera should focus. (similar to Center spot, except not.. in the center)  You can set it to small, medium or large. If you want to use this focus area, set it to medium or large, as the camera will struggle to find focus when setting to small (except perhaps for close-up portraits where you’d want to focus on the iris of the eye)
  • Expand Flexible Spot: If the camera can’t focus on a single selected point, it uses focus points around the flexible spot as a secondary priority area for focusing.
  • Lock-on AF: When the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down, the camera tracks the subject within the selected autofocus area. This setting is available only when the focus mode is set to Continuous AF. Point the cursor to ‘Lock-on AF’ on the Focus Area setting screen, and then adjust the desired area to start tracking by pressing the multi-selector left/right. You can also move the tracking start area to the desired point by designating the area as a flexible spot or expand flexible spot. If you’re coming from a DSLR, try to use this setting.

Focus Settings

Focus setting allows you to use the wheel, joystick or touch screen to move your focus point to any of the 567 on-sensor phase-detection points.

Focus area limit

It’s now possible to limit the choice of focus areas you have to cycle through to find the one you want. For instance, many photographers tend to use the Expand Flexible Spot in preference to the Small, Medium and Large Flexible Spots and the Center Area. You can now easily select and deselect these here.

Page 23/51: Face/Eye AF
Face/eye Prty in AF

This will turn on the continuous face and eye detection. As opposed to the previous firmware update, it’s now not necessary to assign and press a custom button to engage eye autofocus. The camera will do this automatically and autonomously from now on.

Tip: it might however still be a good idea to assign this ON/Off menu item to your old custom button when shooting a variety of scenes (as opposed to only portraits). This means you’ll be able to switch between the camera constantly looking for eyes to lock on too and any other ‘normal’ autofocus mode. It’s also of course still possible to use Eye AF as before, where it will override your selected focus area and the A7 IV will focus on the eye as long as your custom button of choice is pressed.

Real-time Eye AF works differently with Different focus areas:

  • WIDE: Eye AF will search & track an eye in the entire frame.
  • ZONE: Eye AF will search & track an eye in the within the selected Zone.
  • CENTER: Eye AF will search & track an eye in the center of the frame (Not recommended)
  • FLEXIBLE SPOT: L,M,S: Eye AF will search & track an eye within the selected Flexible Spot (Large works best for this setting).
  • If you want to focus on a specific animal’s eye when the displayed face of that animal is very small, or two or more animals are displayed on the screen, set the focus area to Flexible Spot and then focus on the subject so that it is easier for the camera to detect the eye.
  • EXPAND FLEXIBLE SPOT: Eye AF will search & track an eye in the area within or surrounding the Flexible Spot
  • LOCK-ON AF: EXPAND FLEXIBLE SPOT: Not compatible with Real-Time Eye AF
Subject Detection

Choose between either human or animal subjects for Eye AF. Animal Eye AF works well with cats and dogs for the moment, Sony has promised to further develop this functionality to add other animals too.

Right/Left eye Select

Tell the camera to select only the left or right eye. I find this very handy when shooting shallow depth-of-field portraits and getting the dominant eye totally in focus.

Face Dtct Frame Disp

Sets whether or not to display the face detection frame when a human face is detected. Turn On.

(Animal) Eye Display

When On is set, the white eye detection frame appears over the eye. Should be turned on in order to see where the camera is focussing.

Page 24/51: Focus Assistant
Focus Magnifier

When focussing manually or in DMF mode, you can set the camera to magnify a part of the screen so you can check focus. This sub-menu allows you to select the part of the image that will be magnified during shooting.

Focus Magnif. Time

You can set how long to hold the magnified area during MF assist. 2 sec, 5 seconds or no limit. 2 seconds is how I have it set up.

Initial Focus Mag.

Sets the initial magnification scale when using [Focus Magnifier]. Select a setting that will help you frame your shot.

Full-frame shooting:

  • x1.0: Displays the image with the same magnification as the shooting screen.
  • x7.8: Displays a 7.8-times enlarged image.

APS-C/Super 35mm size shooting:

  • x1.0: Displays the image with the same magnification as the shooting screen.
  • x5.1: Displays a 5.1-times enlarged image.
Page 25/51: Peaking Display
Peaking Level

Peaking Level is a manual focusing aid that works when you have your camera set to MF or DMF.

You’ll see a type of noise outlining the parts of your image where the focus lies, and you can adjust the sensitivity to high, mid or low.

Which setting is best depends on what lens you use, as with a sharper lens it can be configured to low, while more soft lenses benefit from a medium or high setting to clearly visualize what you’re focusing on.

Peaking Color

You can choose the color of this Peaking between Red, white and yellow. I have it set to red, as this contrasts nicely with most scenes you capture.

MENU – Playback Menu

Page 26/51: Playback Target 
Select Playback Media

Select what card slot will be used when you press playback.

View Mode

select how the camera will arrange captured pictures in the viewing browser.

Page 27/51: Magnification
Enlarge Image

Sets the initial magnification scale for the Focus Magnifier function in the movie shooting mode. (x1 or x4)

Enlarge Initial Mag

Sets the initial magnification scale when playing back enlarged images.

Standard. Mag.: Displays an image with the standard magnification.

Previous Mag.: Displays an image with the previous magnification. The previous magnification is stored even after exiting the playback zoom mode.

Enlarge Initial Position

Sets the initial position when enlarging an image in playback.

Focused Position: Enlarges the image from the point of focus during shooting.

Center: Enlarges the image from the center of the screen.

Page 28/51: Selection/Memo
Protect

Set your camera to not shoot images without inserting a memory card.

Rating

Rate your images in-camera for easy culling in Lightroom afterward.

Rating Set (Custom Key)

Set a custom key for easy rating.

Page 29/51: Delete
Delete Confirm

You can set whether Delete or Cancel is selected as the default setting on the delete confirmation screen.

Page 30/51: Edit

In progress

Page 31/51: Viewing
Cont. PB for Interval

Continuously plays back images shot using interval shooting.

You can create movies from still images produced by interval shooting using the computer software Imaging Edge (Viewer). You cannot create movies from the still images on the camera.

Play Speed For Interval

ets the playback speed for still images during Cont. PB for Interval.

Slide Show: Automatically plays back images continuously.

Repeat: Select On, in which images are played back in a continuous loop, or Off, in which the product exits the slideshow when all the images are played back once.

Interval: Select the display interval for images from among 1 Sec, 3 Sec, 5 Sec, 10 Sec or 30 Sec.

Focus Frame Display

You can select whether the camera will show a green focus frame over your focus point or not.

Select Image Jump Dial

Selects the dial or wheel to use for jumping between images.

Image Jump Method

Sets the method for playing back with Image Jump.

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Switching between still images and movies

Sets the View Mode (image display method).

Display As Group

Sets whether or not to display continuously shot images or images shot using interval shooting as a group.

Display Rotation

Selects the orientation when playing back recorded images.

Focus Frame Display

Display on on-screen focus frame.

Select Image Jump Dial

Selects the dial or wheel to use for jumping between images.

Image Jump Method

Sets the method for playing back with Image Jump.

MENU – Network Settings

Page 33/51: Transfer/Remote
Control w/ Smartphone

Sets whether to connect the camera and a smartphone using Wi-Fi.

Send to Smartphone

You can transfer still images, movies, slow-motion movies, or quick-motion movies to a smartphone and view them. The application Imaging Edge Mobile must be installed on your smartphone.

Sending Target

When transferring XAVC S video to a smartphone with Send to Smartphone, you can set whether to transfer the low-bit-rate proxy movie or the high-bit-rate original movie.

Proxy Only: Transfers only proxy movies.

Original Only: Transfers only original movies.

Proxy & Original: Transfers both proxy and original movies.

Cnct during Power OFF

Sets whether the Sony A7s II  will stay connected when you power off the camera or not.

FTP transfer Func.

You can set up image transferring using an FTP server or transfer images to the FTP server. Basic knowledge of FTP servers is required.

PC remote Function

You can remotely control the camera with a high degree of freedom suited to professional sites via the PC app “Remote Camera Tool”. You can also remotely control an Ethernet-connected camera or multiple cameras from this application. In addition, a remote control is possible even during FTP transfer, which achieves even higher shooting efficiency.

Bluetooth Rmt Ctrl

You can easily use the camera using a Bluetooth remote commander from Sony called the RMT-P1BT.

Page 34/51: Location Information
Location Info Link

Sets whether to automatically correct the area setting of the camera using information from a linked smartphone.

Auto Time Correction

Sets whether to automatically correct the date setting of the Sony A7s III using information from a linked smartphone.

Auto Area Adjustment

Sets whether to automatically correct the area setting of the camera using information from a linked smartphone.

Page 35/51: Wifi
WPS Push

If your access point has the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button, you can register the access point to this product easily by pushing the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button.

Access Point Set

You can register your access point manually. Before starting the procedure, check the SSID name of the access point, security system, and password. The password may be preset on some devices. For details, see the access point operating instructions, or consult the access point administrator.

Wi-Fi frequency Band

Select either 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz bands.

Display Wi-Fi Info.

Display the name of the Wifi device.

SSID/PW Reset

Reset the SSID and password of the camera.

Page 36/51: Bluetooth
Bluetooth Function

Sets whether to activate or not the Bluetooth function of the camera.

Pairing:
Displays the screen for pairing the camera and smartphone or Bluetooth remote commander.
Disp Device Address

Displays the BD address of the camera.

Page 37/51: Wired Lan 

You can set your IP Adress to either Auto or manual.

Edit Device name

If you wish, you can change the name of the Device Access point) perhaps to make it easier to identify which A7s III is yours in particular situations.

Imp Root Certificate

Import a root certificate from your memory card here.

Security(IPsec)

Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) is a secure network protocol suite that authenticates and encrypts the packets of data sent over an Internet Protocol network.

Reset Network set

Resets all network settings.

If something does not function properly, and you want to start from scratch, can be useful.

Page 38/51: Network Option
Airplane Mode

Disables all wireless functionality, just like airplane mode does on your phone.

nt to change the device that is permitted to connect, reset the connection information.

MENU – Setup Menu

Page 39/51: Area/Date
Language

Selects the language to be used in the menu items, warnings, and messages.

Area/Date/Time Setting

The Clock Set screen is displayed automatically when you turn on your A7s III for the first time.

NTSC/PAL Selector

Plays back movies recorded with the product on an NTSC/PAL system TV.

Page 41/51: Reset/Save Settings
Setting Reset

Fully resets the Sony A7s III to factory settings.

Save/Load Settings    

Save or load settings from an SD Card.

Page 41/51: Operation Customize
Custom Key Setting (stills)

You can register shooting settings (such as exposure, focus setting, drive mode, etc.) to a custom key in advance and temporarily recall them while holding down the key. Simply press the custom key to switch the settings quickly and release the key to go back to the original settings. This function is useful when recording active scenes such as sports.

You can save the following settings:

  • Shoot Mode (Like program Auto)
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • Drive Mode
  • Exposure compensation
  • ISO (like Auto or a single ISO value)
  • Metering Mode
  • Focus Mode
  • Focus Area
  • AF On
Custom Key Settings (movie mode)

Same functionality for movies.

Custom Key Setting (Playback)

Same functionality for playback.

Fn Menu Settings

You can assign the functions to be called up when you press the Fn (Function) button.

Different Set for Still/Mv
You can set different settings for still image mode and movie mode.
DISP (Screen Disp) Set

Selects the functionality (what is shown) on the screen when you press the DISP button (on the control wheel). You can choose Graphic Display, all info, no disp info, and histogram.

REC w/Shutter

Use the shutter button to start recording movies instead of the Movie REC button.

Page 43/51: Dial Customize
My Dial Settings

You can switch the functions of the front/rear dial between shutter speed and aperture.

Dial Setup

You can switch the functions of the control dial and the control wheel.

AV/Tv Rotate

Sets the direction of rotation for the front dial, rear dial, or control wheel when changing the aperture value or shutter speed. Normal or reverse.

Dial Ev Comp

You can compensate the exposure using the front or rear dial. You can adjust the exposure in a range of -5.0 EV to 5.0 EV.

Function Ring (lens)

Change the assigned function of the lens ring.

Lock Operation Parts

You can set whether the dials and wheels will be locked by pressing and holding the Fn (Function) button. You can release the lock by holding the Fn (Function) button down again.

  • Lock: Locks the front and rear dials when you press and hold the Fn button.
  • Unlock: The front or rear dials are not locked, even if you press and hold the Fn (Function) button.
Page 44/51: Touch Operation
Touch Operation

Sets whether or not to activate touch operations on the monitor. Touch operations when shooting with the monitor are referred to as “touch panel operations,” and touch operations when shooting with the viewfinder are referred to as “touch pad operations.”

  • Touch Panel Pad: Activates both the touch panel operations when shooting with the monitor and touchpad operations when shooting with the viewfinder.
  • Touch Panel Only: Activates only the touch panel operations when shooting with the monitor.
  • Touch Pad Only: Activates only the touch pad operations when shooting with the viewfinder. Off: Deactivates all touch operations.
  • Off: Deactivates all touch operations.
Touch Sensitivity

You can set how sensitive the touch panel is to touch.

Touch Panel/Pad

Selects whether to activate touch panel operation when shooting with the monitor, or touch pad operation when shooting with the viewfinder.

  • Touch Panel+Pad: Activates both the touch panel operations when shooting with the monitor and touch pad operations when shooting with the viewfinder.
  • Touch Panel Only: Activates only the touch panel operations when shooting with the monitor.
  • Touch Pad Only: Activates only the touch pad operations when shooting with the viewfinder.
Touch Pad Settings

Sets the area to be used for touchpad operations when shooting with the viewfinder. You can prevent unintentional operations caused by your nose, etc. touching the monitor.

  • Whole Screen: Uses the entire monitor as the touchpad.
  • Right 1/2 Area: Uses only the right half of the monitor as the touchpad.
  • Right 1/4 Area: Uses only the right quarter of the monitor as the touchpad.
Touch Func. in Shooting

Set the functionality of the touch pad during shooting.

Page 45/51: Finder/Monitor
Select Finder/Monitor

You can set the behavior of the EVF and screen here. Do you want your screen on all the time, switch between screen and EVF once your eye has been detected near the viewfinder?  Or turn the screen off and only use the EVF? It can all be selected here.

Monitor Brightness

Manually set the Monitor brightness (recommended leave to zero) or change to a brighter setting for Sunny Weather.

Viewfinder Bright.

Set to Auto, which adapts to the lighting circumstances or manually changes to your preferred setting.

Finder Color Temp.

Change the color temperature of the viewfinder (colder-warmer) to your liking. I don’t make any adjustments here.

Viewfinder Magnifi.
  • Standard
  • Zoom out
Display Quality

Set the quality of the display to high or low in order to save battery life.

Finder Frame Rate

FPS STD: to save battery, you can lower the EVF frame rate to standard.

FPS Hi: for optimal quality, set the EVF frame rate to high.

 

Page 46/51: Display Option
TC/ UB Disp. Setting

Timecode (TC) and the user bit (UB) information can be recorded as data attached to movies. This is used for synchronization of video in post production. The time code can be set between the following range: 00:00:00:00 to 23:59:59:29.

  • TC/UB Disp. Setting: Sets the display for the counter, time code, and user bit.
  • TC Preset: Sets the time code.
  • UB Preset: Sets the user bit.
  • TC Format: Sets the recording method for the time code. (Only when [NTSC/PAL Selector] is set to NTSC.)
  • TC Run: Sets the count up format for the time code.
  • TC Make: Sets the recording format for the time code on the recording medium.
  • UB Time Rec: Sets whether or not to record the time as a user bit.
Gamma Display Assist

Movies with S-Log gamma are assumed to be processed after shooting in order to make use of the wide dynamic range. Movies with the HLG gamma are assumed to be displayed on HDR-compatible monitors. They are therefore displayed in low contrast during shooting, and may be difficult to monitor. However, you can use the [Gamma Disp. Assist] function to reproduce contrast equivalent to that of normal gamma. In addition, [Gamma Disp. Assist] can also be applied when playing back movies on the camera’s monitor/viewfinder.

Gamma Disp. Assis Typ.

Select the Gamma Display Assist Type.

Remain Shoot Display

Display the remaining minutes of recording time.

Auto review

You can check your captured image on the screen directly after shooting.  You can select how long the image will stay on the screen (10, 5 or 2 seconds). I find this very annoying, so I turned it off. If you want to review your image, you can simply press play to do so.

Page 47/51: Power Setting Option
Power Save Start Time

Sets time intervals to automatically switch to power save mode when you are not performing operations to prevent wearing down the battery pack. To return to shooting mode, perform an operation such as pressing the shutter button halfway down. I have it set to 5 minutes, a good balance between usability and battery life.

Auto Power OFF Temp.

Sets the temperature of the camera at which the Sony A7s III turns off automatically during shooting. When it is set to High, you can continue shooting even when the temperature of the camera gets hotter than normal. Do not shoot while holding the camera in your hand as it can cause burns. Use a tripod. This will give you a 9-minute increase in movie recording at high ambient temperatures.

Page 48/51: Sound Option
Volume settings

Modify the playback volume for recorded video or demos.

4ch Audio Monitoring

Monitor the input of all 4 possible audio input channels.

Audio Signals

Selects whether the A7s III produces a sound or not in silent mode with the electronic shutter.

Page 49/51: USB
USB Connection

Selects what will happen when you connect your Sony A7s III to your PC or MAC.

  • Auto: Establishes a Mass Storage or MTP connection automatically, depending on the computer or other USB devices to be connected. Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers are connected in MTP, and their unique functions are enabled for use.
  • Mass Storage: Establishes a Mass Storage connection between this product, a computer, and other USB devices.
  • MTP: Establishes an MTP connection between this product, a computer, and other USB devices. Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers are connected in MTP, and their unique functions are enabled for use.
  • PC Remote: Uses “Remote Camera Control” to control this product from the computer, including such functions as shooting and storing images on the computer
USB LUN Setting

Improves compatibility with external devices by limiting the functions of the USB connection.

Older devices that are not able to connect to the Sony A7s III might work when set to single. Otherwise, use Multi.

USB Power Supply

You can extend battery life by providing a power supply over USB.

Page 50/51: External Output 
HDMI Resolution

Controls the output resolution size of the HDMI port on the A7s III/ You have four options:

  • Auto: automatically senses the max resolution of the output device.
  • 2160p: 4K
  • 1080p: HD
  • 1080i: HD
HDMI Output Settings

Sets whether or not to layer the TC (time code) information on the output signal via the HDMI terminal when outputting the signal to other professional-use devices.

This function layers the time code information on the HDMI output signal. The product sends the time code information as digital data, not as an image displayed on the screen. The connected device can then refer to the digital data to recognize the time data.

Rec. Media for HDMI Output  

Select a recording media for the HDMI output.  

Output Resolution
  • Auto: The product automatically recognizes an HD TV and sets the output resolution.
  • 2160p/1080p: Outputs signals in 2160p/1080p.
  • 1080p: Outputs signals in HD picture quality (1080p).
  • 1080i: Outputs signals in HD picture quality (1080i).
4K Output Set. 5HDMI Only)

Outputs video in 4K resolution to an HDMI-connected TV that supports 4K.

  • Memory Card HDMI: Simultaneously outputs to the external recording/playback device and records on the camera’s memory card.
  • HDMI Only(30p): Outputs a 4K movie in 30p to the external recording/playback device without recording on the camera’s memory card.
  • HDMI Only(24p): Outputs a 4K movie in 24p to the external recording/playback device without recording on the camera’s memory card.
  • HDMI Only(25p)* : Outputs a 4K movie in 25p to the external recording/playback device without recording on the camera’s memory card.
RAW Output

 when enabled, the A7s III will send the entire 4:3 sensor surface to the output (not just the 16:9 crop)

RAW Output Setting

Settings for RAW output signal.

Color Gamut for RAW Output

Select the color gamut for the RAW output signal/

Time Code Output

Select the Time Code to output.

HDMI Resolution

Select the HDMI resolution.

HDMI Output Settings

Choose your HDMI output settings.

HDMI Info. Display

Display the HDMI info on the output channel.

CTRL FOR HDMI

Select a control for the HDMI output.

51/51: Setup Option
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