Sony Alpha Cameras

The focus of this page is the Sony Alpha 7 III, Model No: ILCE-7M3, a.k.a. a7 III, α7 III, a7M3.

The information here may also apply to the other Sony Alpha cameras, like the a7R III, a9, a9 II, a6400, a7R IV, a7S III, a7 IV, a1, Alpha 1, etc.

Firmware Updates

Make sure that you update to the latest firmware on your cameras, lenses, and other hardware.

Where are Photos and Videos on the SD Card?

  • Photos are located in: DCIM \ 100MSDCF
  • Videos are located in: PRIVATE \ M4ROOT \ CLIP

Menu Navigation

The [ front scroll wheel ] moves the selection up and down.

  • Move up to the icon row, then use the rear scroll wheel to move through the menu icons.
  • The Fn key moves forward through the menu icons.

The [ rear scroll wheel ] moves forward and back through the pages of each menu.

Eye Auto Focus (Eye AF), Auto Focus

Activating Real Time Eye AF

  • Menu > Camera Settings 1 > AF2 > Face/Eye AF Settings > Face/Eye Priority in AF = On

How to use “Eye AF” (Eye Auto Focus) on the Sony a7 III

  1. Use the Fn (Function) [14] button to set the “Focus Mode” to AF-C (Auto Focus –  Continuous).
  2. Use the Fn (Function) [14] button to set the “Focus Area” to Flexible Spot: L.
    Note: Lock-On AF: Expanded Flexible is not compatible with Real Time Eye AF
  3. As of Firmware v3.00, by default, Eye AF activates with a half-press of the shutter release button.
    • With Firmware lower than v3.00, Press & hold the “select button” in the center of the Control Wheel [15] to enable Eye AF.
    • Alternatively, you can program Eye AF to the AF-ON or AEL button to make it easier to engage Eye AF, when using firmware prior to v3.00.

How Real Time Eye AF works with Different Focus Areas

  • [Wide] Real Time Eye AF will search & track an eye within the entire frame
  • [Zone] Real Time Eye AF will search & track an eye within the selected Zone
  • [Center] Real Time Eye AF will search & track an eye within the center of the frame. (Not recommended)
  • [Flexible Spot: L,M,S] Real Time Eye AF will search & track an eye within the selected Flexible Spot. (Large works best for this setting)
  • [Expand Flexible Spot] Real Time Eye AF will search & track an eye within the area or surrounding the Flexible Spot
  • [Lock-on AF: Expand Flexible Spot] *Not compatible with Real Time Eye AF


Auto Focus Modes

Prioritize Focusing While Using Continuous Auto focus and High fps

  • Set: Menu > Camera Settings 1 > AF1: 5/14 > [Priority Set in AF-C] = AF
    • [Priority Set in AF-C] The shutter will release, even if the subject is not in focus, when the continuous AF is activated and the subject is in motion.
    • AF-S: Prioritizes focusing. The shutter will not release until the subject is in focus.
  • This allows the camera to reduce the # of frames/second, if it needs to, in order to make sure the auto focus is correct.

Manual Focus

DMF (Direct Manual Focus) with Focus Peaking

Metering Modes


Enable Zebras to show overexposed highlights. a.k.a. Expose to the Right (ETTR)

ISO and Dynamic Range

Setup Guides

Setup Guides for Video

Sony a7 III Tracker at

Sony a7 III In Stock / Availability Tracker


General Notes

Shutter Count / Shutter Activations

  • You can read the “Image Count,” a.k.a. shutter activation/count, using the ExifTool by Phil Harvey. Silent/quiet shutter activations are not counted.
  • SONY Alpha shutter control tool: This tool will provide the number of shutter actuations that the camera has made up to the file in question.

Sony A7 III, how to manually control A, S and ISO?

  • After switching the camera to A, S, or P, modes, you can use the front wheel to change the parameters.

Preventing Overheating

While shooting 4K video, the camera may overheat and shutdown. There are some things you can do to increase the time before the camera overheats.

  • Change the automatic temperature overheating shutoff: Set “Auto Pwr OFF Temp.” to “High” (Setup Menu, Page 2of7)
  • Pull the LCD panel away from the body.
  • The battery is a source of heat. Leaving the battery door open my help the heat from the battery to escape the camera.
  • Do not leave your camera in a hot car or unprotected from direct sunlight.

Replacement Parts

News, Discussion, Issues, Fixes

User Experiences with Sony Alpha Cameras

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