Available beginning November 18, a7 II users will have the option of selecting 14-Bit Uncompressed RAW capture via the camera menu. Given the potential for increased dynamic range, fewer artifacts along high contrast edges, less posterization among other benefits, photographers—particularly astrophotographers, who rely on intensive post-processing—will make good use of this additional feature, which is already available in the a7R II, a7S II and the new RX!R II.
Along with the 14-Bit Uncompressed RAW update, users have the option to select the a7 II’s 117-point focal plane phase detection AF when using non-native E-mount lenses. Users will experience faster autofocus with lenses such as Sony A-mount optics, which can be mounted on the camera with the Sony LA-EA3 adapter, as well as other brand lenses.
The ability to customize the movie button will also be possible thanks to the firmware update.
Available on November 18, 2015 you can download the new version 2.0 firmware, by visiting Sony’s e-support site esupport.sony.com on the product page for model “ILCE-7M2”.
For more information, read the full press release below:
Sony Adds Uncompressed RAW and Phase Detect AF for Faster and More Precise Autofocus to α7 II Full Frame Camera
New Features to be enabled via firmware update available November 18th
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 4, 2015 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has announced plans to release a free firmware update for α7 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 α mount system.
The α7 II becomes the latest Sony full-frame camera, along with α7S II, α7R 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 α7R 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 α7 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 α 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 α7 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 esupport.sony.com on the product page for model “ILCE-7M2”.
The α7 II is compatible with Sony’s growing lineup of α -mount lenses, which now totals 64 different models including 13 native ‘FE’ full frame lenses. In 2016, Sony aims to build the native FE lens lineup to over 20 different models.
A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new a7R II cameras plus other Sony α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony’s new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of Sony α brand.