Sony A7r III Fast Start

Lesson 14/26 - Left Side Controls


Sony A7r III Fast Start


Lesson Info

Left Side Controls

We're gonna work our way over to the left side of the camera now. We have a lot of doors, so in door number one, we have our microphone jack, so if you're recording video and you want better quality sound, you can plug a generic or general mic in here. It's a standard 3.5 jack. We have a flash sync, so if you're working in the studios, and you are plugging your devices in, or even on camera, there are some on-camera devices that use a traditional PC socket on that. The max sync is 1/250th of a second. If you do work with studio strobes, you may have to set a slower shutter speed, because your flashes are very powerful and they have a longer duration, something you'll have to test with on different shutter speeds. In door number two, we have our headphone jacks for monitoring sound when shooting video. We also have an HDMI jack, and so if you are going to be sending the video signal out of this camera to a monitor, a TV, just for viewing what you're shooting or what you have shot, you c...

an do that. You can send it into an external device for recording if you want, so that's where you're gonna be plugging in any sort of video recording device. In door number three, we have a USB-C terminal, which is a newer, faster protocol system than we've had over the last few years. And so that'll be a little bit quicker if you are connecting up to your computer. I still don't recommend it, but it is faster, which does make it a little bit better. And then we have our multi-micro USB, which is a little bit different type of socket here. This is mainly where you're gonna plug in one of their wired remotes, like the RM-VPR1 here. That's gonna sell for around, if I recall correctly, somewhere around $50 or so, and one of the options is that you can charge the camera's battery while it's plugged into a computer, which can be really handy for photographers who travel a lot. You're sitting in the airport, you wanna top off the battery of your camera, you can do that from your computer battery by plugging into the USB socket here. And there's a little charge lamp that'll let you know if you're charging the battery. You can also power the camera if you want. And so you need to use the supplied cable that comes with the camera, and you can either charge or power the camera with it, as I say. Now if you do wanna charge it from a device that doesn't have a USB outlet, you wanna just plug it into the wall, there are wall adapters that you can get. There's a lot of generic ones that'll work totally fine. Sony does make their own, but there's as I say, a lot of generic ones that you'll be able to use as well. If you are using this in the studio, if you are hooking up a lot of cables, the camera does come with a cable protector that you can connect into the little side of the camera, and that'll prevent the cables from getting pulled out. Just be really careful, 'cause when the cable gets yanked, it's gonna be pulling the whole camera, it's not just gonna be pulling the cable out. So a more secure connection can be good or be bad depending on how the setup is.

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!