Sony Releases Animal Eye AF Firmware Update for a9 Camera

Sony has announced the release of firmware version 6.00 for its a9 Mirrorless Camera. The update adds support for Animal Eye AF, interval shooting, and more.

The Animal Eye AF feature -- which we reviewed in full right HERE -- enables AI-driven animal eye detection via advanced subject recognition, allowing the camera to detect and track animal eyes. Dogs and cats are currently supported, but Sony plans to optimize the feature for more animals and add improvements to the mode's tracking performance in future updates. Animal Eye AF was also recently added to the company's a6400, a7 III, and a7R III mirrorless cameras.

Here's a full rundown of features and releases notes related to the new firmware update per Sony:

  • Adds real-time Eye AF for animals.
  • Eye AF for animals can be used simultaneously with tracking.
  • Eye detection may not be possible, depending on the environment, animal type or the movement of the animal.
  • It is not possible to simultaneously detect human and animal eyes.
  • Addition of the interval shooting function.
  • Allows the operation with the wireless remote commander RMT-P1BT (sold separately).
  • [Focus Frame Color] can be selected.
  • "My Menu" can be assigned to appear first when you press the MENU button.
  • Improves the overall stability of the camera.

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The Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera is now available for $3,498. Here's a rundown of key specs per Sony and B&H Photo-Video:

  • 24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 693-Point AF System & 20 fps Shooting
  • Blackout-Free Quad-VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF

Source: Sony via DPReview