Sony has released a firmware update for its a7 III and a7R III cameras. Software Version 3.0 introduces improvements to Real-time Eye AF and adds a new Real-time Animal Eye AF capability. It also adds an interval shooting option.
Real-time Eye AF allows the camera to track focus on a human subject’s eye, while Real-time Animal Eye AF provides this functionality with animal subjects. Currently, Real-time Animal Eye AF supports domestic animals—dogs and cats—but Sony is committed to continued development of the system to eventually work with a broad range of animal subjects, including wildlife.
As for interval shooting, the firmware update enables the a7 II and a7R III to set an interval from 1 to 60 seconds and capture up to 9,999 shots.
For additional details, see the press release below. To get the firmware update, visit:
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New Firmware Update for Sony a7 III and Sony a7R III Boosts Eye AF Capabilities and Adds Interval Shooting for Time Lapse
Sony’s acclaimed a7 III and a7R III mirrorless cameras have received an exciting firmware update—Software Version 3.0— that enhances Real-time Eye AF performance and adds Real-time Animal Eye AF and interval shooting for time lapse.
Real-time Eye AF
Software Version 3.0 brings Real-time Eye-AF to the a7R III and a7 III, an AI-driven, enhanced eye detection system that’s based on the results of machine learning. Through machine learning, Sony has created a system that can detect—and focus on—the human eye even if the subject is looking down, partially blocked in the frame, turning or backlit. This feature is available in AF-C mode with a simple half-press of the shutter button.
Real-time Animal Eye AF
As with human eye recognition, Software Version 3.0 brings AI-driven animal eye detection to Sony cameras for the first time. Advanced subject recognition allows the a7 III and a7R III to detect and track animal eyes, and is the first step in a robust animal-tracking AF system.
The development of Animal Eye AF performance will continue, increasing the range of animals recognized by the system as well the system’s ability to track their movement.
This new software adds a built-in interval timer that can be set for anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999. AE tracking sensitivity is available to be adjusted to “High”, “Mid” or “Low” in order to reduce changes in exposure.