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Sony Firmware Update for A7, A7R (ILCE)

Sony A7R with FE 55/1.8 Sonnar

Sony has released a firmware update for the ILCE series (A7 and A7R).

Sony A7 firmware, Sony A7R firmware.

ILCE-7R Camera Firmware Update

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

Provides support for the SEL70200G lens: Improves auto focus speed and adds the "Focus hold button" function

Reduces start-up time: The start-up time has been reduced in cases when the camera is switched on immediately after being switched off

Improves image quality

Provides support for additional PlayMemories Camera Apps™ and additional features for previously supported apps:
- Supports the "Liveview Grading" and "Smooth Reflection" applications
- Supports the smooth automatic exposure feature in the "Time-lapse" application ver. 2.00 and later

What “improves image quality” means is about as vague as it gets.

See also Update on Sony A7R Shutter Vibration and Photographers Ask Sony to Address the A7R Shutter Vibration Issue. There is no mention of any action to address the Sony A7R shutter vibration issue.

The license agreement is poorly written and seemingly has little relevance to the firmware. Note that by using Sony software, you have to in theory defend Sony in court. That’s rather unusual as far as I can recall. It isn’t a laughing matter; patent trolls have gone after end users of manufactured products in addition to the manufacturer. While presumably consumers have little to fear, this clause seems outrageous to me.

You will defend and hold SONY and Licensor harmless from against all liabilities, demands, damages, costs, expense and losses arising out of the use of the SONY SOFTWARE and/or breach of any of the provisions of this Agreement by you.

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