SAN DIEGO, CA -- Sony Electronics announces plans to release a free firmware update for a7 II cameras on November 18th that will add uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture and activates phase detection AF for faster and more precise autofocus with lenses designed for interchangeable-lens cameras including Sony's a mount system.
The a7 II becomes the latest Sony full-frame camera, along with a7S II, a7R II and RX1R II to offer uncompressed RAW capture, which becomes a selectable feature (uncompressed/compressed RAW) within the menu system.
Additionally, it becomes the second Sony camera, along with the flagship a7R II, to offer fully-functional phase detection AF to A-mount lenses in addition to E-mount lenses. The firmware update activates the 117-point focal plane phase detection AF sensor on the a7 II for lenses beyond just the native Sony FE lenses. This includes Sony's extensive collection of A-mount lenses, which can be utilized along with the LA-EA3 mount adapter.
"We're continuing to innovate, with a clear focus to ensure we are meeting the needs and demands of Sony a customers," said Neal Manowitz, Vice President for Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. "The addition of Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW processing and the activation of phase detection AF brings a level of performance and versatility to the a7 II that is well beyond any camera in its class."
In addition to these feature upgrades, the MOVIE button can now be assigned to a custom button.
The new firmware, version 2.0, will be available for download at no cost through Sony's e-support site on the product page for model "ILCE-7M2" at http://esupport.sony.com