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New Sony Firmware & Fuji Organic Sensor Rumors [Daily Roundup]

By Anthony Thurston on March 14th 2016

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Sony Drops New Firmware For Several E-Mount Cameras

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Sony mirrorless owners got a little surprise this morning with the announcement of a series of new firmware updates for most of the last couple generation E-mount cameras including the a7R II, A6000, A7R, A7s and so on.

The main purpose of the new firmware is to bring support the latest crop of Sony lenses, including the 85mm F/1.4 G-Master lens. You can see all of the published changes below:

a7RIIA7II-A7r-A7s Improvements over version 3.00:

  • New lenses are supported.
  • Phase-detection AF is supported
  • The AF can be used in movie recording mode with the SEL85F14GM

A6000-A7 Improvements over version 2.00:

  • New lenses are supported.
  • Phase-detection AF is supported
  • The lens name will be correctly recorded in the EXIF
  • The AF can be used in movie recording mode with the SEL85F14GM

Those of you who own one of these cameras can find more information about the specific updates to your camera and download the firmware update over on the Sony website here.

Rumors Say Global Shutter, Possibly Organic Sensor, Coming From Fuji In 2018

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Information on the Fuji/Panasonic organic sensor partnership has been few and far between. Beyond a new release from Panasonic in February, there were no updates in the entire calendar year of 2015. But a new rumor suggests that we may finally see a camera featuring this new tech from Fuji in 2018.

According to a new report over on Fuji Rumors, a trusted source has indicated that Fuji‘s current plans are for a global shutter-based camera to come out in 2018. The connection to the organic sensor being made is that in their February press release, Panasonic indicated that their latest version of the organic sensor features a global shutter.

Now, obviously, this is a bit of a stretch to say that because Fuji plans on releasing a global shutter-based camera in 2018 that it is the organic sensor. But it’s not that much of a stretch considering Panasonic’s release.

This is a pretty long term rumor, though, so things can and likely will change between now and then. But for those of you wondering when we might finally see the fruition of this partnership in the form of a DSLR/mirrorless camera, at this point, it’s looking like 2018.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Peter McWade

    No go for the A7R. These are not the first generation cameras. This sucks. Im not ready to upgrade my camera. I want them to update my A7R with some goodies. Its a great camera and should not be left in the dark.

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  2. Dan Boey

    I don’t think the A7S ii received an update… am I wrong?

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