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Sony Announces Firmware Update Coming For A7/A7R in Coming Weeks

By Anthony Thurston on March 7th 2014

Nothing has quite captured the imagination of mirrorless and DSLR enthusiasts as much as Sony’s A7 and A7R since their announcement. Being the first full frame mirrorless camera to truly compete with DSLRs puts the A7 and A7r in a class of their own, but that does not mean they do not have their flaws.

Sony a7

Luckily for A7/A7R owners, it seems Sony is keen to fix these through firmware updates where possible. It was announced today through Sony Japan that a new firmware will be released for the A7 and A7R, and that it will start to be available on March 19th.

[REWIND: Read Our In Depth Sony A7 Review]

Sony A7 & A7R Firmware Updates

  • Support for the focus hold button of the new SEL 70-200G lens
  • Start-up time reduction
  • Image quality improvements
  • Adds Live View grading and smooth reflection application.
  • Improves Time Lapse App.

It looks to be a decent update to address some issues, and no doubt, more details about specific fixes will come to light closer to the release time. Still though, several of the biggest complaints I have personally heard against the A7 and A7R have been hardware related (shutter causing IQ issues, etc) so sadly, fixes to those will need to come in the form of the A7 mk II.

What are your thoughts on this firmware update for the A7 and A7R? Are there any issues that can be address via a firmware update that you feel Sony did not address? Share your opinion in a comment below to join the discussion.

[via Sony]

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. Gary

    One of the most important updates would be to include an uncompressed RAW option. Also the option to extend exposure times beyond the 30 second limit. Mirror lock up too.

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    • DK

      Mirror lock up- isn’t that a redundant feature on a mirrorless body.

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  2. Chris

    Great news but I was really hoping for them to add a shutter lockup, to eliminate the shutter vibration problem.

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  3. William Chan

    Despite how i do like the a7 and a7r there is still the light leak flaw that needs to be addressed

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