The TP (theoretically perfect) or PoP (perfect on paper) Sony A7III arrived last evening!
This is petty—I'm griping, and I admit that—but here are the first two things I noticed.
- No charger. It's one of those deals where you get a cable and a USB adapter for charging the battery in-camera. Granted, Sony's pricing on this model is aggressive, and maybe this is a smart way of cutting costs. But it's faintly annoying that I had to wait for this box to arrive for three weeks and the very first thing I discover is that I'm going to have to order a charger and an extra battery and wait for those things too. (Or that's what I would have to do, if I were keeping the camera.) To add insult to injury, the bleedin' BC-QZ1 charger is corded (I hate that—I much prefer chargers that plug right into the wall), and it costs EIGHTY-EIGHT dollars. Really? That's [x]% of the value of the whole camera, where x is a number Ctein could figure out but I can't. [UPDATE: Frank Gorga says it's 4.4%. Thanks Frank.] And the extra NP-FZ100 battery is another $78. The aggressive pricing just got a little less attractive.
- The engineering of the box. Yeah, this is probably because I have to repack this and send it back to B&H a month from now, and also because I've unpacked and repacked way too many cameras in the last 30 years or so. But all the little cardboard puzzle-pieces fell to bits when I was removing the stuff from the box, and I already know I'm going to be irritated trying to get it all back together. I always am, but I'm going to be again. With all the talented engineers the camera companies have at their disposal, can no one come up with a competently engineered box that's logical and easy to repack? It's not asking the moon.
I know I'm sounding like a grouchy graybeard, but that's only because I'm a grouchy graybeard. (Only sometimes grouchy. Mostly pretty dang cheerful, to be honest. Once you're past that pesky midlife crisis, it's really pretty great to be alive.)
Anyway I'm waiting for the battery to charge, and then I get to try the TPoP A7III! Which is a good thing, and I'm not losing sight of that. Also on the good side is the fact that the Sony A7III's battery life is claimed to be the best of any mirrorless camera.
And away we go!
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01af: "Oh dear...so from now on, four weeks of frowning skies and downpours in upstate New York."
Mike replies: EXACTLY. You understand! :-)
Earl Dunbar: "Sony should have Apple make their packaging."
Joe Boris: "To put one of your curmudgeon-ings to rest, if you've ever owned an Apple laptop or other device that came with one of the (I can't find a way to attach the pic I just shot of it to this post) small, white, 'folding 2-pronged outlet adapters' [called a 'duckhead' —Ed.], they will insert perfectly into the cord port of this Sony charger, the Fuji X charger, and most other similar devices. This tiny thing replaces the long cord entirely. It is only 1x1.5x.75", so it almost fits in a pill bottle. I bought five of them on eBay several years ago for a few dollars, and now every charger I use that came with a cord, now wears one of these."
Fred: "Thank you Joe Boris for that very useful tip about the Apple charger outlet adapter [duckhead]. I've had a handful of these laying around from my Apple purchases over the years and now they have a use, a very good use at that."
robert e: "Hi Mike! Great to see you back in full stride. Interesting that Richard Butler of DPReview awarded the NP-FZ100 battery a 'Gear of the Year' award last year, for its role in sufficiently eliminating the usability gap between mirrorless and mirrored ILCs. Could it be that its value is actually greater than the 4.4% of cost? There seem to be plenty of off-brand chargers, not so much batteries—yet. Looking forward to the review!"