Over the last few months, we’ve had a chance to test two of the world’s most popular professional camera bodies, the Sony a7R III and the Nikon D850, to gauge their strengths and weaknesses shooting underwater. Backscatter CEO Jim Decker and media producer Robin Dodd sat down to discuss camera features, lenses, and a few of the drawbacks of each. Check out the video below or scroll further and read on.
We’re trying out a bit of a new format with this video. It’s a long format but the discussion is filled with the kinds of details that us underwater photographers need to know. We hope you enjoy and please leave us some feedback letting us know whether you’d like to see more content like this!
Topic Time Codes
0:30 - Why are we looking at these two cameras?
0:50 - What makes them cool?
1:40 - Dynamic Range
2:42 - Autofocus (Wide-Angle)
5:46 - Autofocus (Macro)
8:07 - Manual Focus and Focus Peaking
10:43 - Shooting Speed
14:39 - Lens Choices
17:20 - Metabones Performance
22:17 - Field Test Report
23:59 - Field Test Report: Roatan
30:15 - Field Test Report: Little Cayman
34:26 - Video Performance
42:24 - Sony a7R III video examples and discussion.
46:20 - Favorite things and weak points.
49:01 - Which one is for you? (conclusion)