Sony A7 and A7R get speed and image quality boosts with new firmware
By Simon Crisp
March 23, 2014
Sony has released firmware updates for its flagship A7 and A7R mirrorless cameras, improving the performance of the already very capable duo. The main benefits of the update include faster start-up times, improved image quality and quicker autofocus with some lenses.
The Sony Alpha 7 and 7R, which pack full frame sensors into surprisingly small bodies, are already some of the best cameras on the market. But, that hasn't stopped Sony from improving them with firmware update version 1.02 – which can be downloaded from the Sony eSupport site to a PC or Mac and installed via USB.
Once loaded with the firmware update, the cameras will power up with new-found skills. These include faster start-up times when the cameras are switched on immediately after being switched off. There's also the promise of improved image quality, with color noise being reduced in speed priority continuous shooting mode, and reduced color artifacts at object edges in very bright scenes in movie recording.
Other updates include added support for the soon-to-be-released Sony FE 70-200-mm F4 G lens. These allow the use of the "Focus hold button" function, and see improvements to the autofocus speed performance from both cameras. The update means the A7, with its phase and contrast focusing, will get the best out of the new SEL70200G and future Fast Hybrid AF compatible E mount lenses.
The full frame duo also gain support for additional PlayMemories Camera Apps, or additional features from already supported apps. As such, A7 and A7R shooters will now be able to use the "Liveview Grading" and "Smooth Reflection" applications, and benefit from the smooth automatic exposure feature in the "Time-lapse" application.
The firmware updates are available now from the Sony eSupport site.