Sony has announced several new firmware updates over the past few months and I wanted to make sure you all had the latest information and links on the matter 😉 First we have the New 14-Bit uncompressed Raw File support for both the Sony A7r Mark II and Sony A7 Mark II full frame mirrorless cameras. Many hardcore editors wanted this option really bad. slightly more dynamic range is possible and no more compression artifacts which were being reported. This effected astro photography and other really high contrast situations combined with the raw compression with resulted in a artifacts when viewing at 100% and beyond…
Another release came out for the Sony A7s Mark II that fixes a dark spot issue caused by the sun I guess, but more info on that below.
The Sony A6000 also has an update that is a little older, but still relevant for those that did not know and adds XAVC S format for video!
You can check your current Sony camera firmware version by navigating in the menu to the toolbox icon, which is located on the right side. Then under the last number, which in my case is 6, we have the Version. Select Version to see what you camera is currently running on. Once you determine that, you can see if a update is available for you 🙂
Sony A7 Series Firmware Links:
– Sony US link path requires you select the computer operating system first:
Sony A7S Mark II
Sony A7s Mark II Firmware Update (Click Here) Release Date 11/20/2015 – Version 1.20 File Description This utility updates the ILCE-7SM2 camera firmware to version 1.10 to address a condition where a black spot may occur in a high intensity lighting part of a shooting scene. Note: This condition is especially seen in PAL 25p, it rarely happens in NTSC 30p or 60p. [divider]
Adds support for recording movies in the XAVC S format that supports high bit rates (NTSC: 60p/30p/24p PAL: 50p/25p) Notes:
When recording a movie in the XAVC S format, you must use a Class 10 or faster SDXC card.
If you format the memory card, all of the data will be erased. Please make sure that the data on the card is backed up before formatting the card.
Benefits provided by previous updates and included in version 2.00:
Improves camera function and provides picture improvement for the new lenses (SEL35F14Z, SEL24240, SEL28F20, SEL90M28G)
Improves the power-on time after downloading the Smart Remote Control application of the PlayMemories Camera Apps™.
Sony RX10 Mark II
Sony RX10 Mark II Latest Firmware (Click Here) Release Date 10/27/2015 Version 1.20 File Description This utility updates the camera firmware to version 1.20 to improve a focus shift condition with HFR (High Frame Rate) recording.
Here is an excellent video tutorial on How-to update the firmware using the Sony A6000 camera body courtesy of Robert Wilson All the latest Sony cameras work the same way as far as updating, so just keep that in mind even though this is for the A6000.
Having the latest firmware installed on your Sony camera will insure you are getting the most performance and I recommend updated if applicable 😉 Thanks for checking in, Jay
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