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p.1 #1 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th
Sony Japan announced a firmware update for the Sony A7 and A7R to be available on March 19th, 2014.

The new firmware will improve image quality, add support for the focus hold button on the new FE 70-200mm f/4 OSS lens and reduce start-up time.

Update: Download Firmware v1.02

Sony A7R: Mac | PC

Sony A7: Mac | PC

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Improvements for 1.02 firmware upgrade
  1. Provides support for SEL70200G
    - Improves auto focus speed
    - Adds functions including the "Focus hold button"

  2. Reduces start-up time
    - The start-up time has been reduced in cases when the camera is switched on immediately after being switched off.

  3. Improves image quality

  4. Provides support for additional ”Play Memories Camera Apps” and additional features for previously supported apps.
    -Provides support for "Liveview Grading" and "Smooth Reflection" applications.
    -Provides support for the smooth automatic exposure feature in the "Time-lapse" application ver. 2.00 and later.

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Mar 07, 2014 at 07:28 PM
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p.1 #2 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


With improved image quality?

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/great-news-sony-a7-and-a7r-firmware-update-coming-on-march-19/



Mar 07, 2014 at 03:30 PM
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p.1 #3 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


Start up time is VERY slow,so need for shortening obvious.Improved IQ?Why not,but what does it mean exactly?What I really like them to do is to allow other than C2 buttons to magnify recored pictures.I hate it's placement.So inconvenient.


Mar 07, 2014 at 03:42 PM
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p.1 #4 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


There's a long list we all want to see for the firmware update . . . vibration issue, light leak, better auto ISO options, better bracketing options, etc.

We'll see if this is actually true and if so, we don't have long to find out.



Mar 07, 2014 at 03:56 PM
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p.1 #5 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


This is an official announcement from Sony. They list the enhancements for the A7 and A7r separately, and the list is identical for both. For me this implies the image quality improvement probably doesn't mean a shutter delay function on the A7r, since the A7 doesn't need it. I'm guessing it's for the JPEG engine. But maybe by chance it's an option for uncompressed raw.


Mar 07, 2014 at 04:03 PM
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p.1 #6 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


+1 for uncompressed raw!


Mar 07, 2014 at 04:06 PM
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p.1 #7 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


+2 for uncompressed raw


Mar 07, 2014 at 04:15 PM
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p.1 #8 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


I kind of doubt we will see uncompressed raw with the firmware update but given the growing awareness, who knows.

Now, you can even see the areas affected by compression via RawDigger. You can open the Sony raw and still use this feature without buying the software btw.

http://www.rawdigger.com/howtouse/sony-craw-arw2-posterization-detection



Mar 07, 2014 at 04:24 PM
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p.1 #9 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


Uncompressed raw please. This should be standard on all high end cameras.

Maybe "improved image quality" means uncompressed raw? I sure hope so. If not, then Sony didn't listen to the feedback.



Mar 07, 2014 at 04:26 PM
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p.1 #10 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


Tariq Gibran wrote:
Now, you can even see the areas affected by compression via RawDigger. You can open the Sony raw and still use this feature without buying the software btw.

http://www.rawdigger.com/howtouse/sony-craw-arw2-posterization-detection


Or use my utility here.



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p.1 #11 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


snapsy wrote:
Or use my utility here.


Yes. Is it one, quick/ easy install now or do you have to install other stuff to get it to work? Seems like it was complicated previously.

Is RawDigger making use of the work you did?



Mar 07, 2014 at 04:35 PM
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p.1 #12 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


how about a setting where I use the VF for shooting/composing but access the menu/picture review on the monitor.



Mar 07, 2014 at 05:05 PM
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p.1 #13 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


+3 on uncompressed or lossless RAW.


Mar 07, 2014 at 06:01 PM
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p.1 #14 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


+4 for lossless raw. I would think they wouldn't do that, but maybe.


Sony doesn't have a good history of listening to customers, but then again, they are fixing the start up time and did admit the the light leak issue before getting sued (take note Nikon). So hopefully--I guess could have an improved jpg engine (also complaints) or turning off NR entirely (Sony does this on many models) when we select "NR off"



Mar 07, 2014 at 06:33 PM
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p.1 #15 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


Interesting I'm certainly looking forward to improved start up times. For the improved image quality I wonder if they're talking about JPG, RAW or Video? It seems like there are a few things they could tweak with there JPGs or Video to improve things, but like the rest of you I'd would like improved RAWs. I guess they could potentially be tweaking things a little with regards to Noise, or reduce the degree of compression they use in there "lossless" RAWs, or as alot of people wish offer a true 14bit lossless raw.


Mar 07, 2014 at 06:38 PM
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p.1 #16 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


+5 for lossless raw!


Mar 07, 2014 at 06:55 PM
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p.1 #17 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


After reading the comments here and on Sonyalpharumors, I think it is safe to say that the most wanted / requested feature is lossless RAW.

I hope Sony has taken notice.

How hard can it be? Just add a feature that stops the compression?



Mar 07, 2014 at 07:11 PM
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p.1 #18 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


"How hard can it be". In my day job (software development) that phrase is notorious

Not saying it won't happen, it's what I'd like to see too. I think what we actually want here is lossless compression, as opposed to the alternative of no compression at all.

Edited on Mar 07, 2014 at 07:22 PM · View previous versions



Mar 07, 2014 at 07:18 PM
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p.1 #19 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


^ lol!

Well, I'm thinking that making a new feature that "kills an old feature" (the compression), should be like a walk in the park.

The D800 and D800E has uncompressed RAW.. Same sensor.

Edited on Mar 07, 2014 at 07:22 PM · View previous versions



Mar 07, 2014 at 07:21 PM
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p.1 #20 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th


+1 for raw lawlessness


Mar 07, 2014 at 07:22 PM
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