New NEX-7 Firmware Released
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michaelwatkins
Registered: Oct 08, 2011
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Country: Canada

Showing up on German Sony site first:

http://www.sony.de/support/de/product/NEX-7/downloads/FW_NEX7_V101_WIN

This utility upgrades the NEX-7 firmware to version 1.01, and provides the following benefits:


  1. Addition of capability to enable or disable the MOVIE button
  2. Addition of exposure settings of bracket shooting (three frames /1.0EV,2.0EV, 3.0EV)
  3. Improvement of response for showing auto review image.
  4. Improvement of image quality when using a wide angle lens
  5. Improvement of indication when setting “Flexible Spot”.


Some long outstanding gripes resolved. How nice!


michaelwatkins
Registered: Oct 08, 2011
Total Posts: 1688
Country: Canada

Here it is on the UK site, Firmware update 17/10/2012:

http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/NEX-7/updates



michaelwatkins
Registered: Oct 08, 2011
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I'd expect video guard collar sales to drop off now.

Seems like Sony grew up as a camera manufacturer quite a bit this last year. Good!



Phillip Reeve
Registered: Sep 17, 2011
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What exactly means 4.? Some kind of colorshift-correction? Will it work with any lens or only electronically coupled lenses?



Taylor Sherman
Registered: Mar 26, 2012
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Wow! Interesting. Phillip, I'm guessing it only means with E-mount lenses. I don't know how they could correct for non-native lenses. I mean it'd be awesome if you could take a calibration shot then say "apply this to the following pictures until I say stop". But, I doubt that's the way it works :-)

At least on cameras with "Apps" you could potentially download/buy something that does that.



LightShow
Registered: Aug 03, 2009
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OMG! Downloading now!



michaelwatkins
Registered: Oct 08, 2011
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Country: Canada

I noted the German link as it was just posted up on DPR; went hunting for an update link at the UK site next; perhaps other European Sony support sites have it up too. The America's Sony support site still has no mention of this release.

One DPR user reports purple fringing showing up with a Samyang wide angle lens has been removed by the new firmware.



Lotusm50
Registered: Sep 26, 2005
Total Posts: 6228
Country: United States

michaelwatkins wrote:
Showing up on German Sony site first:

http://www.sony.de/support/de/product/NEX-7/downloads/FW_NEX7_V101_WIN

This utility upgrades the NEX-7 firmware to version 1.01, and provides the following benefits:


  1. Addition of capability to enable or disable the MOVIE button
  2. Addition of exposure settings of bracket shooting (three frames /1.0EV,2.0EV, 3.0EV)
  3. Improvement of response for showing auto review image.
  4. Improvement of image quality when using a wide angle lens
  5. Improvement of indication when setting “Flexible Spot”.


Some long outstanding gripes resolved. How nice!


Hmmm. Maybe they listened about the exposure bracketing range. Will the 5N get a similar firmware update?




FlyPenFly
Registered: Feb 14, 2011
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Woud love to hear how this is working out for WA RF lenses...

Maybe this will solve some of the terrible 10-18 performance



ken.vs.ryu
Registered: Apr 24, 2005
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can't wait to try it.



hiepphotog
Registered: Aug 19, 2009
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WOW, this makes me swoon. Didn't expect this at all...



michaelwatkins
Registered: Oct 08, 2011
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This update, however tardy, does make me feel much more positive about Sony as a provider of higher end equipment.



freaklikeme
Registered: Apr 08, 2005
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michaelwatkins wrote:


  1. Addition of capability to enable or disable the MOVIE button
  2. Addition of exposure settings of bracket shooting (three frames /1.0EV,2.0EV, 3.0EV)




Hooray! To the rest... eh. Whatever.


Jim Schemel
Registered: Oct 18, 2006
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Can someone walk me through how to get this on to my Nex 7.Thanks
-Jim



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
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Country: Germany

Just save it to your hard drive, get the hard drive out of the computer, drill a little hole in the corner, open the SD-Card door on the camera, and shake the firmware from the hard drive into the camera. I am pretty sure that is how it goes. YMMV.

But seriously, usually it is a question of copying it to a freshly formatted SD card, putting it in the camera, and finding the right menu option to start the update, unless the camera detects the firmware on there by itself, like the Leica M8 and I presume M9.

However, the NEX-7 seems to require the following process:

http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/NEX-7/downloads/FW_NEX7_V101_MAC



convert
Registered: Jul 29, 2008
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Country: Germany

Just for your information.
I use the new firmware in my Nex 7 today; the issue colorshift remains with Contax G biogon 21mm.
May be it just me ?



daleaherman
Registered: Feb 16, 2006
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Convert, I think the correction is only for the E-Mount lens such as the new 10-18, the 16mm (w/wo) wideangle, and the kits at the wide end. It will not be able to help much with corner smearing... That is my complaint with the G21 (even on the 5N)...



convert
Registered: Jul 29, 2008
Total Posts: 80
Country: Germany

Thanks for your input.
It means "Improvement of image quality when using a wide angle lens " with their product only , WOW , really a clever strategy !



hiepphotog
Registered: Aug 19, 2009
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They can't fix the problem with every legacy lens out there. Corner smearing is a hardware problem, while colorshift can be fixed with a firmware, but I don't see Sony would spend time and money to do.



sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
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Country: United States

hiepphotog wrote:
They can't fix the problem with every legacy lens out there. Corner smearing is a hardware problem, while colorshift can be fixed with a firmware, but I don't see Sony would spend time and money to do.


also, how would they know which lens you have mounted on the camera to correct for?

i'm pretty excited about the bracketing increase, i thought they'd never do it. still no auto iso in manual mode though. :/



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