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New Firmware for Sony A7R II Adds Camera Stability & Support For New Wireless Radio Triggers

By Justin Heyes on August 21st 2016

In a recent podcast from B&H they debated the topic that Sony was for professionals and Fuji is for artists. The panel consisted of photographers who shot both Sony and Fuji cameras, so there was no strong bias for either brand. One topic that stood out was that Fuji, in essence, makes the same camera with different add-ons depending the model, while Sony makes several different cameras that are specialized for low light like the Sony a7S II, the everyday man with the a7 II, and the megapixel monster the a7R II. Sony is an electronics company that makes their cameras like their VAIO series of laptops, and Fuji is a camera and film company.

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Either way you look at the brands, they do take care of the user base with regular updates to existing cameras. Sony just released its firmware update 3.30 for the a7R II which brings some minor and welcome improvements.

The official list of improvements with the new update include:

  • Support for their new Radio Controlled Lighting System
  • Improved stability in picture shooting mode (by optimizing temperature control)
  • Allows for HDMI output while using Remote Camera Control software
  • Improves overall stability and operability of the camera

The new Sony Wireless Radio flash trigger system hasn’t started shipping yet, with a release of early September, but Sony is getting its flagship camera ready with the new firmware update. Even if you won’t use the new Flash system, it is a good idea to keep you cameras up to date with the latest firmware.

To download the new Firmware for the Sony a7R II click here.

To pre-order the Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander click here.

About

Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. adam sanford

    I appreciate Sony’s ongoing support of its products, but the 4th bullet point on that list seems a bit cringeworthy.

    How big of a ‘stability and operability’ problem did the A7R II actually have? Does this fix just address some odd/rare glitch, or did Sony actually take 12 months on the market to fix a serious usability problem?

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    • Black Z Eddie

      Don’t read into it too much. The last bullet point is a stock standard statement they always say. And, not just Sony.

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  2. Austin Swenson

    I totally got the point about Sony, just wanted to point out that Sony actually discontinued making computers… wasn’t making them very much money.

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