Although Sony did not introduce any major products during NAB 2019 (which had just ended although a lot more videos will be coming from the show in the next few days), however, it did announce a new and important firmware update for the A7III and A7RIII.
The new firmware promised to us earlier this year (and already delivered for the A9 a few weeks ago) is now available for the popular A7RIII and A7III cameras and it brings 3 important changes:
- Enhanced Real-time Eye AF – Sony improved the AF function of both cameras with new algorithms. We have seen what the A6400 and A9 (with the latest firmware) can do in terms of continuous AF and eye tracking and some of these capabilities are now in the A7RIII and A7III (you can set the eye AF in the menus in such a way that you will not need to push any button to make them work all the time).
- Real-time Animal Eye AF – The first generation of animal eye AF is here and you can now track the eyes of dogs and cats (some people reported a few other similar animals but not birds for example which might come in a future update).
- Interval Shooting mode – this feature which existed in other Sony cameras as an app is now built into the camera and makes it easier to shoot timelapse videos.
Several photographers and vloggers already had a chance to play with the new firmware and share their impressions (including Tony Northrup above which had some comments on the new release).
PhotoRec TV on the new firmware
Dan Watson’s though on the firmware
We shall continue with our NAB 2019 coverage in the next few days so stay tuned!