Sony Confirms A7S III Is in the Works

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According to a recent interview with DPReview, Sony has confirmed that development on the a7S III is being planned. The upcoming camera will serve as a successor to the current a7S II, which was first released back in 2015.  

The news comes from Kenji Tanaka, VP and Senior General Manager of Sony's Business Unit 1, who offered a few potential details on the model while stressing that the camera's release "will take time." Possible new features mentioned for the unit include 4K/60p video, 4:2:2 10-bit support, more battery power, and increased AF accuracy.

Likewise, beyond typical improvements in performance, Tanaka also stated that the company wants the a7S III to not only meet customers' demands but also "be more than they expect." Meanwhile, when asked if he thinks the new model needs to be a hybrid camera or if it could be a dedicated video camera, Tanaka shared his belief that there remains demand for still camera features. Finally, Sony also hinted at potential AI features for its new camera models, including tech related to autofocus applications.

For now, however, it looks like we'll have to continue waiting for more concrete specs and details on the a7S III. A release window has not been announced yet and planning for the camera appears to still be in the early stages. Meanwhile, the a7S II is currently available for $2,198. This model features a 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor, BIONZ X Image Processor, and internal UHD 4K/30 & 1080p/120 recording support.