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| p.8 #8 · p.8 #8 · Sony A7 and A7R: New Firmware update on March 19th || |
I'm glad to see a firmware update but one does not a trend make. When there is another, and then another, then I'll change my opinion about Sony in this regard.
It is surprising that you can't detect any change in operation. Without a doubt startup is faster, in three different conditions:
- off for many hours or days
- off for minutes
- off for but a second (i.e. oops, I need it on again right away)
In the first case, the old firmware would often take quite some time to restart (fi seconds plus). I believe it uses these opportunities to recalibrate its understanding of the battery charge. Since I haven't had the new firmware installed long enough to see the new behaviour.
In the second case start up is quicker, but it wasn't really that bad before.
In the third case start up is dramatically faster. With version 1.01 shutting off the camera and then turning it immediately back on would draw a start up time penalty of a number of seconds. Now the camera starts up in the same time as case number two.
This is only a minor improvement to be sure, in the grand scheme of things.
Others have noted their impression that the histogram appears to work better; that's my impression too but can't quantify it.
I'd love to see other issues addressed but at least this is point one on a possible new trend for Sony.