What's with Sony and Firmware?

Started Jan 23, 2014 | Discussions thread
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zilver Contributing Member • Posts: 668
What's with Sony and Firmware?

People's comment of Dpreview's 'bias' aside, from the A7 cons list from the review of the camera:

  • JPEG quality disappointing compared to peers – crude sharpening, over-aggressive processing and occasional posterization
  • Autofocus can be hesitant, especially in low light; AF improves when assist lamp is turned off
  • Auto ISO tends to keep shutter speed at 1/60 sec, often resulting in blurry photos
  • Limited selection of FE lenses, which are expensive compared to competition
  • Tools for shooting with third party lenses need improvement
  • Longer-than-average startup times
  • Camera 'locks up' while buffer is clearing after continuous shooting
  • Overly sensitive eye sensor (also stays active when screen is tilted)
  • Lacks a built-in flash
  • Limited battery life
  • Exposure compensation and rear scroll wheel too easy to accidentally bumped
  • Menu arrangement poor and navigation a bit clunky (requires a lot of button-pressing)
  • No in-camera Raw conversion
  • No external charger included for rapid charging or keeping a spare battery topped-up
  • Included remote capture software lacks live preview

Most of these things are firmware related, and many should have been fixed since the Nex days, why don't they want to perfect the software to match great hardware? If they don't want to give updates so people want to buy cameras, that's fine, but then release the newer cameras with better firmware!

PS.  My biggest request from this list would be Auto ISO minimum shutter speed settings, what's yours?

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