Sony A7r III Fast Start

Lesson 13/26 - Back Side Controls: Playback Mode


Sony A7r III Fast Start


Lesson Info

Back Side Controls: Playback Mode

On the bottom is the play button and this is one of the few buttons that cannot be reprogrammed 'cause that always goes into the playback mode. It really changes the nature of what we're doing on the camera. Let's talk a little bit more closely about the playback options. First off, we have a multitude of controls for changing from one image to the next. You can use the dial or the joystick or just the back dial on the back of the camera. The AF on button becomes the zoom in button and the AEL button becomes the zoom out button. If you wanna playback an image, this is the best way to check to see if you've got sharp focus on it. If you wanna do that, you can zoom in and then you can start to navigate around. And if you wanna delete that image you can go ahead and delete it. Then of course we have our send to smartphone option. Let's go ahead and take a look on the back of my camera real quickly. I think we've taken some photos that are hopefully in focus. Let's go ahead and playback. A...

nd this, we are definitely playing back here. If we wanna zoom in we can press that top button to zoom in and then we can navigate around. I'm kind of lost. I don't know where we are. There we are. We're looking at some lenses there. Here's some cameras and let's see. We can zoom in. As we turn this back dial, you can see us zooming in even closer. If we wanna back off, we got our thumbnails down here. It's the best way for checking to make sure that you have absolute perfect focus. If you wanna back off, you can back off here. If we want, we can also hit- pay attention to these instructions down here. If you wanna exit really quickly, you can hit the menu button and that goes back to live view. Let me go back into playback mode and let's go back here so we can go back to nine images and we can even go back to dates on the calendar. If you wanted to, you could even go back through dates. I only have pictures for today on here. But you could choose different types of images to look for on the left. I'm not gonna go through all of this but you can specifically look for certain types of movies or still images or images from a particular month. Be aware that there's a lot of ways to go in and out for checking and looking at those different images that you've shot already. Over on the left, we mentioned this before, is a protect key. If you wanna lock in image and from getting deleted, prevent it from getting deleted, just hit that. Now the display button which we just talked about also works a little bit differently when you're in the playback mode. You can see more or less information. If you wanna see the histogram you're gonna have to hit that display button twice and then you'll see exposure information, display information, image number, and a few other settings by going in and doing that. I'm doing it all the time 'cause usually I just wanna look at the image but sometimes I need to look at the data for it. If you wanna customize the playback buttons, there are a few buttons, not all of the buttons, but these buttons that I have listed up on the screen right now can be customized to do something in particular. For instance, you might want it to zoom in or you prefer it to zoom out with a different button. You can go into the custom keys and you can take a look at some of the options and reprogram it so playback is a little bit simpler and easier for what you do. When it gets to video playback, it's a little bit different once again. You hit the center button to play the video and then you're gonna hit down to get your control features and then you're gonna end up with the rest of your control features. You'll be able to go back to the first frame, zoom to the next frame, you can go and fast forward and so forth, you can change the sound levels and then you have to exit. It's a little bit cumbersome when you're getting in here on the playback portions 'cause there's a lot of little controls and things that you can do. One of the things that's kind of interesting is you can do a photo capture. If you are shooting video, this is where it really helps to shoot 4K video 'cause you get a little bit more resolution to work with, is you can play a video back, you can pause it, and you can capture that one frame and it saves it as a jpeg right next to that movie frame. If you do wanna pull a frame from a video, you can do it right in camera. Now it's not the same resolution as shooting a regular still image but if you do need to do that, it is possible right in camera. When you're storing images to the camera, when you turn it on and off you might see the card access lamp turn on. That basically means that the camera is working. You don't wanna pull the battery out of the camera. It's just doing its job. Let it do its job.

Class Description

Get the most out of your new Sony A7r III with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. You'll learn why this camera is highly sought after by enthusiasts and professional photographers alike. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand the camera's buttons, menus, and functions.

In this Fast Start class John will discuss:

  • Improved performance at 10fps for shooting action shots
  • High speed continuous shooting
  • Improved 5 axis image stabilization
  • Faster, lower-noise image processing
  • High quality 4K video

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. With over 50 Fast Start classes in the CreativeLive catalog, he will discuss the complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Sony A7r III settings to work for your style of photography.


Angela Sanchez

Super great clearly explained guide for the Sony a7r III. John is always a fantastic knowledgeable instructor who knows how to teach all about cameras in a super clear organized way. I love John Geengo classes!

Craig Markham

As always, John shines as a teacher extraordinaire! His visuals, pacing of presentation, clarity, and and adherence to the class objectives are all spot-on. As a devoted A7r II user for the past 2 years, this was a great review of the shared features, and gave me the best information for evaluating the cost/benefit of an upgrade to the A7r III now.


John Greengo is the man. I've been watching CreativeLive classes for years and there is no better instructor than him. I recently upgraded from the A7r II to the III and had been waiting for this course to be offered. John is incredibly knowledgeable and, with great dedication, provides all pertinent information related to operating and knowing your new camera. If it weren't for John, I wouldn't know the ins and outs of my new camera and would struggle with optimal settings which would decrease the best output possible. You rock, John. Thanks again!