Sony A7r III Fast Start

Lesson 7/26 - Multi Interface Shoe, Audio, Focal Plane


Sony A7r III Fast Start


Lesson Info

Multi Interface Shoe, Audio, Focal Plane

Next up we got the top of the camera, which has the well we used to call this the Hot Shoe, but now they've installed special electronics in here, and it's the Multi Interface Shoe, so yes you can mount flashes on there. Let's talk about that first. The camera does not have a built in flash, if you do wanna add a flash. We're not gonna go through all the different flash units available from Sony, but here is a little secret about photography that a lot of people don't know, is that Sony along with Canon and some other manufacturers, they name the flash by the power rating of the flash, and so the number is a direct relationship to the power of the flash. And so you can see how powerful that flash is by that number. Now Nikon doesn't use this so don't apply this to all the manufacturers. But it does apply here in their guide number of the flash in many cases. So there's lots of different flashes available, if you do need to add light to it. But because of the extra electronics in there,...

we can also use that for other reasons to power other devices. And so as we all know, Sony is also big into video cameras. All which means they need to be into audio. So if you wanna hook up a dedicated mic onto the top of the camera, you're gonna have electronics in there, so you're using the camera's battery power, not necessarily batteries in the mic itself. We do have stereo microphones, which are better than nothing when it comes to recording movies and sound on your camera. So you do get stereo sound but you are limited any time you have it built into the device itself like this without any shock absorbers. It's also not so good in wind, but we do also have a speaker on the top of the camera, so that when you play your movies back, that's where that sound is coming from. And finally on the top we have our focal plane, if you wanna know where the sensor is in the camera, if you were ever to need to measure this for exact focusing reasons whether it be with a Sony lens or a Macro lens. That's where you measure it to. Most people will never need it, but that's what it's there for.

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!