Sony Details Upcoming a9, a7R III, and a7 III Firmware Updates

Sony has revealed several upcoming upgrades and features for its a9, a7R III, and a7 III cameras. The enhancements will be made available via firmware updates set for release later this year.

"These new firmware upgrades demonstrate the strong commitment that Sony has to our customers," said Neal Manowitz, vice president of Imaging Solutions at Sony Electronics. "Their voice is critical to everything we do, and being able to provide our customers with new capabilities is a source of great pride for Sony."

Here's a rundown of some key upgrades and features set to be included in the updates per Sony:

Firmware Ver. 5.0 for a9 Camera (Coming March 2019)
  • Real-time Tracking mode for object tracking with Sony's latest algorithm and Artificial Intelligence-based object recognition.
  • Advanced Real-time Eye AF with AI-based object recognition.

  • Touch Pad and Touch Tracking focusing capabilities, along with an extended phase-detection AF aperture range (increased from F11 to F16), and Fast Hybrid AF for movie shooting.
  • Image quality enhancements for color reproduction for smoother tonal gradations in subjects like the sky.

  • New auto white balance algorithm for more consistently balanced images while burst shooting.
  • My Dial and Dual Slot media menu improvements, along with rating and protect functions.

  • Compatibility with Sony's new Imaging Edge Mobile application.
Firmware Ver. 6.0 for a9 Camera (Coming Summer 2019)
  • Eye AF for animal eyes with interval shooting functionality for creating time-lapse movies.
Firmware Ver. 3.0 for a7R III and a7 III Cameras (Coming April 2019)
  • Enhanced Real-time Eye AF performance and Real-Time Eye AF for animals.
  • Interval recording functionality, enabling simple creation of time-lapse movies with support for between 1 and 60 seconds and a total number of shots from 1 to 9999.
The Sony a9 is currently available for $4,498. Meanwhile, the a7R III is available for $3,198 and the a7 III is available for $1,998.