Sony Updates the A7 Mark II with New Firmware

Sony_A77II_front_nolens_1000.jpgSony has just released firmware version 2.0 for their popular full frame ILC, the A7 Mark II. This new firmware adds several appealing improvements to the aging A7 II, with the concentration being on autofocus enhancements.

Firmware Version 2.0 brings the following updates:
  • Ability to choose Phase or Contrast AF modes when using non Sony E-mount lenses
  • Faster AF speed thanks to the ability of the 117-point phase-detection AF to operate independently from the Contrast AF system
  • Allows you to choose from compressed or uncompressed RAW formats
  • Option to assign Movie record function to one of four custom keys

This new update will be available for download starting on November 18th, 2015. See Sony's official press release below for more details.    


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Sony Adds Uncompressed RAW and Phase Detect AF for Faster and More Precise Autofocus to α7 II Full Frame Camera

New Features to be enabled via firmware update available November 18th

 

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 4, 2015 - Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world's largest image sensor manufacturer, has announced plans to release a free firmware update for α7 II cameras on November 18th that will add uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture and activates phase detection AF for faster and more precise autofocus with lenses designed for interchangeable-lens cameras including Sony's α mount system.

The α7 II becomes the latest Sony full-frame camera, along with α7S II, α7R II and RX1R II to offer uncompressed RAW capture, which becomes a selectable feature (uncompressed/compressed RAW) within the menu system.

Additionally, it becomes the second Sony camera, along with the flagship α7R II, to offer fully-functional phase detection AF to A-mount lenses in addition to E-mount lenses.  The firmware update activates the 117-point focal plane phase detection AF sensor on the α7 II for lenses beyond just the native Sony FE lenses.  This includes Sony's extensive collection of A-mount lenses, which can be utilized along with the LA-EA3 mount adapter.

"We're continuing to innovate, with a clear focus to ensure we are meeting the needs and demands of Sony α customers," said Neal Manowitz, Vice President for Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics.  "The addition of Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW processing and the activation of phase detection AF brings a level of performance and versatility to the α7 II that is well beyond any camera in its class."

In addition to these feature upgrades, the MOVIE button can now be assigned to a custom button.

The new firmware, version 2.0, will be available for download at no cost through Sony's e-support site www.esupport.sony.com on the product page for model "ILCE-7M2". 

The α7 II is compatible with Sony's growing lineup of α -mount lenses, which now totals 64 different models including 13 native 'FE' full frame lenses.  In 2016, Sony aims to build the native FE lens lineup to over 20 different models.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new a7R II cameras plus other Sony α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony's new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of Sony α brand.