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Botched Sony A7R V, Reader Comment: “unprofessional to sell a pro camera for $3800 that can’t magnify a recorded image”

re: botched design

An incompetence crisis plagues the world in every domain, including cameras.

Don’t get me started on “design is destiny” and how so many of our systems, particularly social systems, are designed to produce poor results. Cameras too!

Fujifilm has been incompetent for five years running, even when I publish the no-risk idiot-proof firmware fix. Damn their insolent incompetence—they cause me unending and considerable make-work problems both in the field and in post.

Sony is worse: incompetent at focus bracketing, and cannot reliably play back an image, all while botching various other features.

UPDATE: Sony fixed this bug in October 2023, which many of us did not realize, including James K 3 months later! The 10 month delay in fixing such a serious problem is unacceptable, but at least it is finally fixed.

Sony A7R V: “Unable to magnify.”
STILL BROKEN Jan 1 2024

Pro photographer James K writes:

I just bought a new Sony A7R V. The camera has exactly the same “magnify” problems you found. I could not magnify a recorded image or magnify an image to help with focusing manual focus lens.

Going back to B&H tomorrow.

Absolutely unprofessional to sell a pro camera for $3800 that can’t magnify a recorded image. No such problem with my Nikon Z 9. Nikon knows professionals Sony does not.

DIGLLOYD: I reported the playback issue and others to Sony as best I could in Dec 2022, and wrote it up as well and got disgusted and reported it here in March.

Regarding Sony and Fujifilm: I generally get radio silence, nothing is ever done.

The only workaround, which degrades the quality of playback (which for me is the whole f*cking point), is to shoot RAW only. Using RAW+JPEG leads to this issue and then you are hosed.

There are other Sony bugs too, as well as a botched focus stacking and pixel shift design. Outrageous sloppy irresponsible behavior with ZERO fixes for these issues for over a year now.

How many coin-operated reviewers out there ever report such issues? Most are smart enough never to do so, since the next camera to review won’t be so forthcoming. That’s why you come here and subscribe. You do, right?


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