Sony Announces Improved Autofocus Speed for the A7r/A7 in New Firmware Update

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Sony’s A7 and A7r are both two of the hottest cameras currently available on the market. But they just got even better. Sony’a A7 is already the better focusing camera of the two, but now it’s become even better. In the new firmware announced today, both cameras get boosts in AF speed performance but the A7 can use Fast Hybrid AF–which makes the focusing on Sony’s cameras even faster–or at least with certain lenses.

They’re also stating that the image quality has improved, though they’re not clear on exactly how that has changed. Additionally, the NEX 6 and many of the 5 models are enjoying updates.

Full links and information are after the jump. But also consider our reviews of the Sony A7 and A7r.

This utility updates for the ILCE-7R and ILCE-7 camera firmware to version 1.02 and provides the following benefits:

  • Provides support for the SEL70200G lens
    – Improves auto focus speed
    – Supports the “Fast Hybrid AF” function (ILCE-7 ONLY)
    – Supports future compatible E mount lenses
    – Adds the “Focus hold button” function
  • Reduces start-up time when the camera is switched on immediately after being switched off
  • Improves image quality
  • Provides support for additional PlayMemories Camera Apps and adds additional features
    – Supports the “Liveview Grading” and “Smooth Reflection” applications
    – Supports the smooth automatic exposure feature in the “Time-lapse” application ver. 2.00 and later

Sony A7R Camera Firmware Update

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Windows – Sony US

Sony A7 Camera Firmware Update

Mac – Sony US
Windows – Sony US

Sony also released firmware updates for the NEX-6, NEX-5T and NEX-5R cameras:

Sony NEX-6 Camera Firmware Update

Mac – Sony US
Windows – Sony US

Sony NEX-5T Camera Firmware Update

Mac – Sony US
Windows – Sony US

Sony NEX-5R Camera Firmware Update

Mac – Sony US
Windows – Sony US

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Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.