More than a year ago I posted the many ways of shooting time lapse using the Sony A7RIII. It seems like the folks at Sony heard my pleas as well as those of a million or more A7RIII users - the need for a built-in time lapse, interval shooting capability.
Well, today, Sony released the latest firmware 3.0 and I spent no time in updating from my old firmware 2.1. And lo and behold, I can now get rid of all the pesky intervalometers for good. The new Interval Shooting Function can be accessed from the Camera 1 menu, page 4/14 (see below).
Upon clicking into that menu item, you see two sets of settings:
Interval Shooting: On/Off (I assign this to a custom button to quickly turn on or off).
Shooting Start Time: From 1 second to 99 minutes 59 seconds
Shooting Interval: From 1 second to 60 seconds
Number of shots: From 1 to 9999 shots
AE (Auto Exposure) Tracking Sensitivity: High/Mid/Low
Silent Shooting in Interval mode: On/Off
Shooting Interval Priority: On/Off
A nice feature, is the Shooting Time calculation at the bottom to show the actual total time it will take to complete your shoot.
Here is the first test done using the new Interval Shooting function:
- Shooting Interval: 5 seconds
- Number of Shots: 360
Shooting Time: 30 minutes.
The images were then put into the new Imaging Edge software. There is even an option to add a musical track to the final rendered video.
Finally, you can save the file in the top 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) at 25 frames per second, creating a stream of 60Mbps.
I downloaded the video into YouTube, but unfortunately, a lot of resolution is lost. Here is the link to the file:
For now, I am fully satisfied with this new firmware feature and will test it further in the days and months ahead.