Sony a7iii for Wedding Videographers- Does it live up to the HYPE?

today we’re talking about the new Sony
a7iii wedding videographers this camera gives several reasons to consider
upgrading or adding it as a B camera and at the end of this video I’ll share the
picture profile settings I use to film beautiful cinematic video with the Sony
a7 3 hi my name is Luke creator of wedding
film wedding film coaches all about helping beginners get started with
video focusing on three key areas philosophy craft and business if you’d
like to learn more go to wedding film coach com what makes the Sony a7 3 a
great option for wedding videographers let’s talk about it anytime a new camera
is is announced you know what’s the first thing everybody gets excited about
the specs right we we check out the specs on the Internet we comb through
all the websites watch videos of people at the release event getting hands-on
with the camera and we sit here you know on our end of things just drooling
thinking wow wouldn’t that be great and then sometimes once we get it in our
hands and we shoot around with it a little bit you know we’re not to impress
and we kind of have this buyer’s remorse kind of feeling and think well it’s not
that great well so far I’ve continued to be impressed with this camera the specs
are amazing and Sony did a fantastic job with the marketing and release of this
camera the functionality of this camera is definitely an improvement over past
models specifically the a7s2 and the image quality honestly is just
delightful especially considering it’s a mere few hundred dollars more over its
smaller brother this sony a 65 hundred as a wedding videographer any time I’m
considering buying a new camera I ask mostly three questions one how does this
fit into my budget and enable me to generate more revenue to how will this
make my job easier and my workflow more efficient and then finally will this
produce an end product that meets or exceeds my current standards of quality
so all of that said here are three reasons to consider adding the a7 3 to
your gear bag price functionality and image quality let’s start with price at
the time of this recording this camera is listed at 1998 US dollars 20 198 if
you get the kit lens which honestly is a great lens to start with if your budget
is tight so where does that place this camera for wedding videographers in the
context of price for the sake of brevity we’ll compare it to its major
competitors and Sony’s closest price options Nikon offers their entry
full-frame camera the Nikon d610 at a mere $14.99 they also are offering their
next step up did the d750 for 1499 interesting Canon comes to the party
with a sixty and sixty mark to which sit at $9.99 and $15.99 respectively
compared to its Sony counterparts other options include the Sony a7 2 at 1098
the sony a7s 2 at 21 98 and I have a feeling that price will come down soon
and then finally the a7 r2 at 1998 as far as bang for buck goes and all around
scores and image quality and functionality the new a7 3 it wins the
match so let’s move on to functionality so what do I mean by functionality I
mean how easy is it to use the ergonomics the button layout menu
settings does the autofocus work quickly and accurately now Sony usually gets a
bad rap for its ergonomics and menu settings however I think it’s one of
those things that you can either complain about and struggle with or you
can simply work with what you’ve got and figure out how to use it and just work
within those limitations and you know every camera has those that said I do
think the a7 3 has improved their ergonomics the grip on the right side of
the camera body offers a bit more to hold on to the button layout offers a
huge improvement over the sony a7s 2 namely there’s two new customizable
buttons on the back and a dedicated record button in a much more manageable
location and not right there on the corner don’t know what they were
thinking the menu still maintains that characteristically cumbersome and not
quite logical sony pattern however this again is something that you can spend a
little time with and find a way to work around specifically sony offers a new my
menu that lets you customize your own menu screen to add the most used menu
options to one place so you don’t have to trudge through the entire menu system
on a shoot day and of course once you map out all the customizable buttons
plus the ever so helpful function menu all of a sudden the menu system leaves
very little to complain about additionally the autofocus on the a7 3
is a breath of fresh air especially paired with the very
effective touch panel I found that these two features together considering the
manageable low-light performance and more on that later has made this camera
one of the best entry-level full-frame options on the market next image quality
the Sony a7 three offers astounding image quality for the price when
compared to other cameras of similar price points the image quality stands on
its own and most often comes out ahead of the
competition the 1080 and 24 30 and 60 frames per second is quite competitive
and offers a nice improvement over the a 6500 crop sensor which many people are
considering switching from though I wouldn’t put it above the sony a7s – the
4k image quality again beats out the 6500 but the sony a7 – keeps the edge
especially in low light speaking of low-light the a7 3 handles it with much
grace and ability while it doesn’t offer the performance of the a7 s – at higher
ISOs the quality holds together and would maintain the subjective tag of
usable up to about twelve thousand eight hundred and maybe maybe sixteen thousand
if you had to get the shot the slow-motion quality and 60 frames per
second is about what we’re used to seeing with the a7 s 2 and 6500 the 120
frames per second however has taken a huge leap forward there’s no longer a
crop factor on 120 frames per second as opposed to the a7 s – and the low-light
capability holds up quite well and still provides a nice sharp image in well-lit
scenarios overall the image quality in this camera is a huge selling point at
the a7 threes 1998 price tag a quick aside it’s common in filmmaking and
photography to hear successful industry leaders say the phrase it’s not about
the gear as they show you how they work with equipment that cost as much as your
annual salary while I agree that this the sentiment behind that is correct
I take a more balanced approach I believe that a better more experienced
more educated craftsmen can work with any tool however I also believe that a
better tool can make any craftsman better so with that said I do suggest
investing in yourself as a creative and a craftsman as you continue to invest in
tools that will help you do better work and remove more limitations from your
quality and workflow one of my goals for this channel is to create a very
positive and helpful community part of building that community is making sure
you all feel empowered to ask questions and give feedback to me and at one
another in the comments section and so if you have a question about wedding
filmmaking video gear or how to grow a thriving business I love for you to let
me know in the comments section I respond to every single comment and your
question might even be featured in the next video with that said it’s now time
for our question of the day and today’s question is when I see asked in every
single forum in every Facebook group and asked at every seminar like ever how do
I decide how much to charge for a wedding video and so this is one of
those questions where of course there’s no one answer there are you have to take
into account your market your skill level your your ambition your your
margins you have to take into account all of that that’s why wedding film
coach focuses on a holistic approach with philosophy craft and business
because you’re going to need all three of those to develop into a successful
wedding filmmaking business all that aside I would suggest if you are just
starting out if you haven’t even filmed your first wedding I would suggest
considering doing your first one for free because the thing that you need
most right now it’s not exposure it’s not marketing it’s not whatever else
it’s work you need work you need examples of your work you need the
experience of work you need to get in there and make mistakes and miss a
moment and figure out how to do this now of course with wedding film coach comm
and several other YouTube channels and some great resources online you can you
can plan and you can prep but the the thing that you need most right now
is work and experience so I’m gonna say if you’re just starting out consider
doing it for free now I wouldn’t advertise freely that you’re doing it
for free I would seek out a few close friends and
let them know you’re looking to get into this industry you’re looking to start
this business and just say hey do you know anybody getting married that’s on a
budget that means they probably won’t already have a wedding videographer or
they would be thrilled to go a cheaper route freeze cheap and just let them
know to get the word out there for you probably a more effective approach might
be if you know a wedding photographer and they are everywhere if you know
wedding photographer then touch base with them let them know if you’re a
friend with them that’s great if you’re just an acquaintance be professional
about it but let them know that you are interested in and getting into this side
of things with wedding video and let them know you would like to work with
them on a wedding and that you’ll be out of their way you won’t ruin their shots
and they will probably put a good word in for you with their clients and I
found that that’s the most effective means of getting bookings quickly when
you’re just starting out and so you could offer to do it for free you could
offer to do it for very cheap five hundred dollars seems to be a good
starting point in most markets if you’re in a very rural setting where cost of
living is low people don’t spend as much on on weddings then you may even bring
that down to three hundred dollars and don’t give them the farm either do a
very basic set up so I am I’m gonna make you a highlight film and you know three
to four minutes one song cut it to one song and then
give them just you know very thinly produced moments of videos of those
special moments in the day so if they have a first look give them a video that
their first dance parent dances cake-cutting speeches all of that they
don’t have to be as produced and as as fine-tuned as the highlight film but go
ahead give them that as well but don’t give them a
a you know highlight film plus a documentary edit plus a same day edit
plus a teaser plus a trailer plus a pre-wedding video you don’t have to give
away the farm it’s gonna drive you crazy doing all that work for free and you’ll
get bitter and you just don’t want to go that route so I just make it very
minimal they will love it because they didn’t invest anything in it but you
gave them a huge amount of value they will spread your praises to the stars
and everybody in their community is going to know about you soon and in my
opinion that’s the best way to get started that’s the best way to start
pricing your work is either that free or 300 or 500 depending on your area now if
you’ve been doing wedding films for a while and people know about this you
have some marketing set up then take a look at your competition take a look at
your market if people that are making comparable films income that if people
are making films that are comparable in quality to what you are making then find
out what they’re selling it for if they have it on their website just go look at
their website if they don’t just call them most people in our industry are
really happy to help out people who are in it it’s not it’s not like this huge
secret thing where we don’t want anybody else to succeed the wedding industry is
very big it’s very wide it’s very deep there’s room for everybody who wants to
be in this and everybody who’s going to try to get better I promise and so I
hope that helps you out if you have any specific questions feel free to comment
in the discussion in the comment section below and I promise I’ll reply to your
comment and we’ll see if we can help you out okay so time to show you my picture
profile settings to capture beautiful cinematic footage for your wedding if you found this video helpful here’s a
place to check out my video about why I think the Sony a7 3 could be the perfect
camera for beginners you could also click on the playlist at the end of this
video to see our whole series on the Sony a7 3 let me know in the comments
what kind of content you think would be helpful to you other people might want
to know the same thing and so it’s helpful just to voice that out loud in
the comments section and lastly yes subscribe to the channel if I’ve helped
you in some way and be sure to turn on the notifications by clicking or tapping
on that bell and right now I’m producing some content specifically comparing the
Sony a7 3 to the a7 s 2 to the 6500 and if you own either those or you were
thinking about purchasing either those cameras you’ll definitely want to check
out those videos I’m Luke from wedding film coach comm thanks for watching and
I’ll see you in the next video

Comments 7

  • Thanks for being clear & simple in your descriptions and reviews. Very helpful.

  • Does it Overheat. How about 2 hours of recording with 30 mins each time with a very short break between each take?

  • I have that same shirt!!

  • Is sony a7iii a good photography camera?
    Which is good for photography?
    Sony a7iii or nikkon d750?

  • Is it possible to record video for as long as an hour in length or more?

  • I’m very new to videography and film making. I’d love to shoot some clips of a wedding. I can’t afford the A7iii. What would be a good alternative?

  • Hello Wedding Film Coach
    I am in the process of doing a ton of research into purchasing my first camera for wedding videography. I have next to no experience with cameras and the tech surrounding them. I have narrowed my decision for body down to the a7iii, but I am unsure which lenses I should be looking to purchase to get started. I have read that prime lenses are the way to go, and much of my research has left me thinking I should get a 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, and a 70-200mm. Could you weigh in on this for me? Are these all the necessary lenses I would need to produce a quality film? I had thought perhaps I could get away with a couple zoom lenses for the time being, but I don't want to bother throwing money at them if prime lenses are going to be what I want in the long run anyways. Thanks for the video, and any advice you can offer regarding lenses!

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