Sony a7 III begins shipping April 10th (Pre-Order from B&H Photo | Amazon) and it’s loaded with tons of new menu settings since the Mark II. Here’s a list of settings you’ll want to change as soon as you get the camera.
MENU > Camera Settings 1 (5/14) > AF 1 > Swt. V/H AF Area > AF Point + AF Area
This setting links AF Point & AF Area to the same part of the screen when switching between vertical to horizontal shooting.
MENU > Camera Settings 1 (9/14) > Exposure 1 > ISO AUTO Min. SS > Fast
If you’re an a7/a7II users who complained that you wanted to control minimum shutter speed with Auto ISO, Sony Engineers listened. You’re welcome!
MENU > Camera Settings 1 (10/14) > Exposure 2 > Spot Metering Point > Focus Point Link
Awesome new feature that links Spot Metering Area to the focus point.
MENU > Camera Settings 1 (11/14) > Flash > Wireless Flash > On
This is a new setting starting with a9 that must be enabled to use Wireless Flash. Turn it on and leave it on.
MENU > Camera Settings 1 (12/14) > Color/WB/Img. Processing > DRO / Auto HDR > D-R Off
Unless you’re shooting quick & dirty Jpeg only, turn this off and adjust shadow detail in post.
MENU > Camera Settings 1 (13/14) > Focus Assist > Peaking Setting / Peaking Display > On
If you’re a manual focus lens user turn this on. If you only use both AF and manual focus lenses, you may prefer to assign this selection to a Custom Button.
MENU > Camera Settings 1 (13/14) > Focus Assist > Peaking Setting / Peaking Level > Low
It may sound counter-intuitive but you want the lowest sensitivity for the most accurate feedback
MENU > Camera Settings 1 (13/14) > Focus Assist > Peaking Setting / Peaking Color > Red or Yellow
By default Peaking Color is White but unless you’re shooting a school bus against a red wall, either yellow or red is a usually a better choice.
MENU > Camera Settings 2 (1/9) > Movie 1 > File Format > XAVC S 4K
Unless you want Standard 1080p HD set the camera to XAVC S 4K
MENU > Camera Settings 2 (1/9) > Movie 1 > Record Settings > 24p 100M
For the best recording codec, use a UHS Class 10 SDXC card (64GB or larger) and select this setting.
MENU > Camera Settings 2 (3/9) > Movie 3 > Movie w/shutter > On
Allows you to use the shutter button to start video recording
MENU > Camera Settings 2 (4/9) > Shutter/SteadyShot > Release w/o Card > Disable
Do you want to shoot images without recording them? NO!
MENU > Camera Settings 2 (7/9) > Display/Auto Review2 > Auto Review > 2 Sec
I prefer to see a 2 sec playback of the last image, but if you don’t – leave this off
MENU > Camera Settings 2 (8/9) > (Still Photo) Custom Key 3 > Focus Hold Button > AF2 > Eye AF
Best way to activate Eye AF is using Focus Hold Button when using lenses that have a Focus Hold Button.
MENU > Camera Settings 2 (9/9) > Custom Operation 2 > MOVIE Button > Movie Mode Only
This setting prevents unintentional movie recording
MENU > Camera Settings 2 (9/9) > Custom Operation 2 > Audio Signals > Off
Turn this off if you don’t want to hear the beep when you focus
MENU > Setup (1/7) > Setup 1 > Monitor Brightness > Manual > +1
Indoors bump up Monitor (LCD) brightness +1. Outdoors change from Manual to “Sunny Weather”
MENU > Setup (1/7) > Setup 1 > Delete confirm. > “Delete” first
What do you want delete to do? Delete. Make that the first option to save lots of presses of the button
MENU > Setup (2/7) > Setup 2 > Display Quality > High
While ‘Standard’ quality will save a bit of battery power, the new NP-FZ100 Lithium-Ion Battery is so good that it’s best to go for maximum display quality.
MENU > Setup (2/7) > Setup 2 > Touch Operation > On
This setting allows ‘Touch Focus’ which is a godsend for landscape, architectural & product photography and video.
MENU > Setup (5/7) > Setup 2 > Copyright Info > Write Copyright Info > On
Allows you to embed your copyright into the Metadata of all images.
MENU > Setup (5/7) > Setup 2 > Copyright Info > Set Copyright Info >
Press Center Button to Bring up Keypad then enter “copyright Your Name”