In response to customer requests, Sony is adding a 14-Bit Uncompressed RAW option to its full-frame a7 II camera via a free firmware update on November 18. Like the a7R II, a7S II and RX1R II, this new option will be selectable in the menu system.
Additionally, a7 II users will benefit from the option to choose faster, Phase Detect AF with non-E mount lenses such as Sony A-mount lenses when attached with the LA-EA3 mount adapter. This allows the camera to take full advantage of the camera’s 117-point focal plane phase detection sensor for speedier autofocus.
At the same time, a7 II users who update their cameras can assign a custom function to the movie button.
Beginning November 18, 2015, you can download the new version 2.0 firmware at Sony’s e-support site www.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 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.