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Kyngfish

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Right so years ago - I bought an NEX - 6. It’s totally fine. I have a Zeiss Touit 32 / 1.8 and again, it works reasonably well. I took it to Machu Picchu and got some nice shots, but I always thought the APS-C sort of held the lens back. I’ve always wanted a full frame. I like to travel and I usually take my drone, a DJI Air 2s, and my GoPro, and at the end of the trip I mix videos and still shots together into a mix, and I find that I actually look at my travels vs. leaving them on a hard drive.

Last year I went to the Caribbean and it was great. I got some really cool pictures and footage but I had one big regret. My son and I went out at night and shot these rocket copters into the air with bright LED lights and he had the most amazing time, and I couldn’t get a shot on my GoPro or Camera that didn’t look like total hell. Also, my evening shots in the GoPro (even when the sun was still out) looked super grainy and sub-par.

I’ve been reading back and forth, and I understand that the A7S is really the best for low light settings. But I’ve been leaning toward the better overall detail of the A7R series. Enter the A7IV. The A7IV is in the same price range as the A7RIII. And I’m just wondering, for low light, is the A7S really all that much better? Is it the way to go? Will it give me what I want for landscapes and portraits as well? On the other end, is the pixel shift feature in the A7R going to trump the updated A7IV? Do I want to hang on a few more months and spend the A7RIV to get the latest?

I imagine any of the choices above (and actually the A7RIII can be had for a reasonable price used) are a huge upgrade from what I have, but since I want to hang on to this, I’d rather make less of the compromise that I had to make with the NEX-6, and get something that will last for some time. Looking for a good all-rounder, but realistically also something that balances or fills the gaps that the super wide aerial landscapes the drone gives me, and the sort of - in-the-water and compact steadiness of the GoPro.
 
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First, Welcome to the forum!
I believe the A7SIII is probably the best low-light performer, even though it has the lowest megapixel count it can still make great prints. Bonus, its a great 4k video machine as well. Paired with the right lens, that might be the perfect camera for you.

Oh and yeah, I hear you on the poor performance of GoPros in low-light. For many years I carried a gopro when kayak fishing and I couldn't start recording until the sun had risen clear of the horizon a few hours after I had already left shore!
 
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Kyngfish

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First, Welcome to the forum!
I believe the A7SIII is probably the best low-light performer, even though it has the lowest megapixel count it can still make great prints. Bonus, its a great 4k video machine as well. Paired with the right lens, that might be the perfect camera for you.

Oh and yeah, I hear you on the poor performance of GoPros in low-light. For many years I carried a gopro when kayak fishing and I couldn't start recording until the sun had risen clear of the horizon a few hours after I had already left shore!
Is the low light performance linked to video or stills or both?
 

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