Sony has announced a series of firmware updates for its cameras and lenses, including the addition of Hybrid-AF compatibility for key E-mount lenses and the option to disable the movie record button on cameras including the NEX-7. The NEX-7 also gets an increase in the range over which you can set exposure bracketing - the ±3EV range it now offers is something a users have been calling for. Firmware v1.01 also promises to improve the responsiveness of post-shot image review. Further updates for the SLT-A37, A57, A65 and A77 also offer the option to disable the movie button and provide lens correction for a broader range of lenses.


Press Release:

NEX-7  Firmware v1.01
Available 9 PM Pacific Time Oct. 17

  • Ability to disable Movie Record button (to avoid inadvertently starting movie recording)
  • Expansion of EV Bracketing to include 3 frame 1EV, 2EV and 3EV increments)
  • Improvement of auto playback review responsiveness
  • Improvement of image quality when using a wide angle lens
  • Improvement of indication when setting “Flexible Spot” AF mode

E-mount Lens Firmware v.01
Available 9 PM Pacific Time Oct. 17

  • For use w/Hybrid AF E-mount NEX-5R/NEX-6.  Applies to  SEL1855, SEL55210, SEL18200 and SEL24F18Z
  • Note this is for the LENS, not the CAMERA, and can be performed only with these lenses attached to Hybrid AF capable cameras.
  • Since these lenses were designed before the introduction of Hybrid AF, their firmware needs to be updated for Hybrid AF to work.  Without this firmware update, only Contrast AF operates.

SLT-a65V/SLT-a77V firmware v1.06
Available 9 PM Pacific Time Oct. 17

  • Ability to enable/disable Movie Record button
  • Lens compensation (Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Corner shading) for SAL30M28, SAL50F14, SAL2875, SAL1635Z, SAL2470Z, SAL35F14G, SAL70200G, SAL70400G

SLT-a37/SLT-a57 firmware v1.03
Available 9 PM Pacific Time Oct. 17

  • Ability to enable/disable Movie Record button
  • Lens compensation (Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Corner shading) for SAL30M28, SAL50F14, SAL2875, SAL1635Z, SAL2470Z, SAL35F14G, SAL70200G, SAL70400G (which were not included in the firmware v1.05 and earlier)