Sony releases firmware updates for their Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R ILCs

Sony_a7R_wSEL35F28Z_470x405-21578.jpgSony has just announced firmware updates for their professional level ILCs, the Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R. They note improvements in areas of start-up speed, image quality, lens compatibility, and more.

See their official post below for more details.



Update Adds New Lens Compatibility (SEL70200G), Improved Image Quality, Faster Start-up Time and new PlayMemories™ Camera Apps  

SAN DIEGO, March. 19, 2014 - A new firmware update is now available for the acclaimed Sony α7 and α7R full-frame mirrorless cameras released this past fall.   Below is a detailed summary of the update and links to download:

For α7 and α7R users/owners, new firmware will:  

·         Add compatibility with new SEL70200G full-frame FE lens

o   Lens will be fully compatible with AF systems on both the A7 and A7R models and "Focus Hold" button enabled

·         Enable faster start-up time

o   Start-up time has been improved in cases where the camera is switched on immediately after being turned off.

·         Image quality improvement

o   Color noise has been reduced in speed priority continuous shooting mode

o   In movie recording, reduced color artifacts at object edges in very bright scenes

·         Play Memories Camera Apps 

o   Adds "Live-view grading" and "Smooth Reflection" applications

o   Enables better AE tracking in "Timelapse" application (version 2.0 and later)

Links to download the firmware for α7 and α7R users:

·         α7 users Windows: LINK

·         α7 users Mac: LINK

·         α7R users Windows: LINK

·         α7R users Mac: LINK

The α7 and α7R full-frame mirrorless cameras are compatible with Sony's ever-growing assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses, which now totals over 20 different models including several premium offerings from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses.  The cameras use the same Sony E-mount as the α3000, α5000 and newly launched α6000 model, as well as all the previous α 'NEX' cameras. 

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