Crack open some of today’s best compact cameras and you’ll find Sony sensors embedded in their guts. However, the Japanese giant hoards its best work for its own Alpha line of mirrorless cameras. The latest, Sony’s A7 III, has a 24-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor that’s the stuff of a silicon junkie’s dreams. Its 693 phase-detection points and 425 contrast points boost autofocus speed, giving you sharp, finely detailed shots of moving subjects. While Sony’s pro-grade A9, with its superfast electronic shutter, costs more than twice as much, the A7 III gets you almost all of the way there, blending performance and value into a supremely easy-to-handle machine. That’s good—you’ll need the extra dough for an epic piece of glass like Sony’s exemplary $799 35-mm f/2.8 prime lens.
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