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October 18, 2012

Sony Camera Firmware Updates!! A77 Firmware, Nex-7 Firmware, Lens Firmware – Hybrid AF Support for Nex Lenses

Nex-7

Sony just release an monster firmware update for the A77, A65, A57, A37, and Nex-7. Sony also released a bunch of Lens Firmware updates for the Nex-6, and Nex-5R Hybrid AF function to work properly.

The New Sony Nex-7 firmware update is the most robust including more Bracketing Support for you HDR Lovers (up to 3EV), Disable/ Enable the movie button, better image quality when using wide angle lenses, improvement of indication when setting “Flexible Spot” AF mode, and Auto playback responsiveness has been improved. Pretty much everything that needed a tune up was taken care of here. What else does the Nex-7 need besides the Illustration Mode feature which is on the RX100??

Also, be sure to check out my Nex-7 Hands on Review if you have no had a chance ;)

The Alpha series cameras Firmware Update was less robust, but did get the movie Enable/Disable feature as well as more lens profile support!!

My Sony A57 Review is over Here >>, and My Sony A77 Review is over Here >> if your interested ;)

 

Sony Alpha and Nex Firmware Update

Coutesy of Sony

Sony Releases New Camera Firmware Updates; NEX-7 Fans Rejoice

By: | Posted: 10/18/2012 |

Today we released updated firmware for our NEX -7, some which relate directly back to input from our owners so as always thanks for speaking up and keep it up. We also have newly released firmware updates for E-mount lenses and select Sony Alpha cameras. So let’s dive right into the details shall we?

First up are details about NEX-7 Firmware v1.01. This update will realize two community requests as well as three detail improvements. This update will enable the ability to disable Movie Record button (which will be helpful in avoiding inadvertently starting movie recording) along with the expansion of EV Bracketing to include 3 frame 1EV, 2EV and 3EV increments. NEX-7 Firmware v1.01 also improves auto playback responsiveness along with improving  image quality when using a wide angle lens. Last item to note with this firmware update is the improvement of indication when setting “Flexible Spot” AF mode.

Next is E-mount lens firmware v.2,  for use with Hybrid AF E-mount on the NEX-5R/NEX-6. This specifically applies to the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Standard Zoom Lens ( SEL1855), the 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 Telephoto Lens (SEL55210), the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Telephoto Lens (SEL18200) and the 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Lens (SEL24F18Z) to enable Hybrid AF function with NEX-5R and NEX-6. It’s important to note that our E-mount lens firmware v2 is for the lens not the camera so it can be performed only with these lenses attached to Hybrid AF capable cameras (NEX-5R/NEX-6). Since these lenses were designed before the introduction of Hybrid AF, their firmware needed to be updated for Hybrid AF to function.

There is a v1.06 firmware update for SLT-65V and SLT-a77V that includes the ability to enable/disable movie record button along with lens compensation (Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Corner shading) for SAL30M28, SAL50F14, SAL2875, SAL1635Z, SAL2470Z, SAL35F14G, SAL70200G and SAL70400G lens models.

And lastly there is a v1.03 firmware update for the a37 (SLT-a37) and a57 (SLT-a57) that also includes the ability to enable/disable movie record button along with lens compensation (Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Corner shading) for SAL30M28, SAL50F14, SAL2875, SAL1635Z, SAL2470Z, SAL35F14G, SAL70200G and SAL70400G models.

So for camera owners, get your gear in hand for your firmware update since below are some quick links to get you started and of course should you need any help on your gear , be sure to head to our support website.  You’ll need to have a computer to download the firmware and perform the update. Be sure to select the version that matches your OS.

Firmware Downloads

NEX-7 Firmware v1.01

Windows OS  Download 

Mac OS  Download

SLT-a77V Firmware v1.06

Windows OS Download

Mac OS Download

SLT-a65V Firmware v1.06

Windows OS Download

Mac OS Download

ST-a57 Firmware v1.03

Windows OS Download

Mac OS Download

SLT-a37 Firmware v1.03

Windows OS Download

Mac OS Download

NEX-5R/NEX-6 (lens firmware for SEL24F18Z)

Windows OS Download

Mac OS Download

NEX-5R/NEX-6 (lens firmware for SEL1855)

Windows OS Download

 Mac OS Download

NEX-5R/NEX-6 (lens firmware for SEL18200)

Windows OS Download

Mac OS Download

NEX-5R/NEX-6 (lens firmware for SEL55210)

Windows OS Download

Mac OS Download

 

Other Sony News

Nex-5R In Stock at Adorama

The Sony NEX-5R is In Stock at Adorama >>

Mean while the Sony Nex-5n is dominating the mirrorless camera sales at Amazon.com Best Sellers >>

Pretty spirited discussion going on in the Sony Nex area of the New Sony Forum: Confused over Nex Concept >>

A99 Manual Now Available

English: http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/4438654111.pdf
Spanish: http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/4436247311.pdf
German: http://www.sony.de/support/de/product/SLT-A99

 

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Jay

 

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2 Comments


  1. treehugger

    Thanks for the update Sony. However, I think it sucks that they included expanded exposure bracketing on the Nex7 but not the a57. Would it have been that hard to include it? Do they care at all what their customers want? I think not.


    • Jay

      Thanks for the comments,

      Yeah, it is a shame they did not include the bracketing for the A57. They want to keep that option on the so-called Pro level cameras. A77, Nex-7, A99 and so on. I don’t agree with it, but marketing is what it is. Sony cameras tend to have more features than the competition, so it’s a strange decision on their part.

      Jay



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