Sony to Add Uncompressed RAW and Enhance Phase Detect AF on the A7 II

Sony A7 II

After Sony’s recent firmware update to the A7R II, which added uncompressed RAW capture, Sony is also bringing the feature to the A7 II.¬†Additionally, Sony will add on-sensor phase detection AF operation to the A7 II for faster and more precise autofocus on Sony A-mount system and other lenses using an adapter.

The uncompressed RAW capture will be a new menu options (just like it is on the A7R II after its most recent update) and compressed RAW will still be an option for those who want to save a little storage space.

This new firmware version 2.0 will be available for download on November 18 from Sony’s support site.

Deal: Sony FS100 for $1599

Sony FS100

Adorama has the Sony FS100 cinema camera for $1599 (was $2499) through Nov. 30. I suspect this may a final clearance of stock on this camera.

While there are loads of options out there now, this is still a solid deal on a Sony E-mount camera that offers built-in XLR mic inputs with phantom power. It also offers clean HDMI output for recording to something like the Atomos Ninja 2, which would make a heckuva camera combo and still be under $2k. I have used one of these for years and it is well worth the $1599 asking price. Check it out here at Adorama.

Deal: Sony 128GB SDXC U3 Memory Card for $54

Sony 128GB SDXC Speed Class 3 Memory Card

B&H has several Sony SD cards on sale right now, including the Sony 128GB UHS-I U3 SDXC card for $54.95 (reg. $76.95).

The U3 rating (also known as a Speed Class rating) is important for capturing high data rate video like compressed 4K or a high speed frames found in cameras like the Sony RX100 IV and Panasonic GH4. For a better understanding of memory card specifications, see my earlier article Demystifying SD Cards.

You can also pick up a 256GB U3 card for $128.95 and a 32GB U3 card for $14.95. These deals are good through October 20. Check them all out here at B&H Photo.

Sony A7R II Firmware Ver. 2.0 Update Now Available

Sony A7R II

Sony has released firmware version 2.0 for the A7R II. The firmware update adds the following improvements over version 1.10:

  • Adds the selectable feature for uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture
  • Adds support to output video via HDMI during use of the Remote Camera Control software (still mode only)

This is a free firmware update of a highly-requested feature (uncompressed 14-bit RAW). You can download it here on Sony’s website.