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Sony firmware for E-mount lenses, NEX-7, SLT-A37, A57, A65 and A77

By dpreview staff on Oct 18, 2012 at 04:00 GMT

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)

Comments

Total comments: 95
Lupti
By Lupti (Oct 30, 2012)

I rather had wished the possibility to adjust mic sensitivity on the NEX-7. But ok Sony, I understand you don´t want to cannibalise the NEX-7 the sales of your VG camcorders, eh?

0 upvotes
zoozig
By zoozig (Oct 30, 2012)

Dont you miss the good old days when disposable cameras cost $18 not $700? But lets face it it is our fault for buying a new camera every year. I got the Sony5N and later that year the NEX7 and was exited to see the NEX6 being released. How stupid! I am determined to keep my gear as is, master it and not "upgrade" any more! And if I hit the movie button by mistake its mostly my fault not necessarely Sony's.

0 upvotes
Lng0004
By Lng0004 (Dec 4, 2012)

How are any of these cameras disposable? With the same logic, all smartphones are disposable? No. Annual and incremental "refreshes" are the norm now. You don't have to buy a new camera. If you chase after every piece of new equipment, then yup "how stupid".

0 upvotes
Fred3542012
By Fred3542012 (Oct 23, 2012)

I have always liked Sony products.As far as cameras are concerned, I already own Sony DSC-HX7v & 9v ( bought them for my kids ) and NEX-5N and A37. Now , I am very disappointed that Sony DID NOT TRY TO FIX NEX-5N VIDEO BUTTON ISSUE AS THEY DID FOR NEX-7. I am very pleased with NEX-5N except for video button placement which has bothered me ever since I bought it 6 months ago and is still under Sony's warranty.The camera is about a year old and by any standard is almost a new camera model.If sony is in the business of keeping customers , I strongly recommend they extend their firmware update to NEX-5n and any other model that has the same issue.Customers are not responsible for MISTAKES THAT SONY ENGINEERS HAVE COMMITTED. I hope Sony listens and don't loose their faithful customers which is hard to come by nowadays.

1 upvote
alphasm
By alphasm (Oct 26, 2012)

But when NEX5N upgrade firmware ??

1 upvote
gvnkamera
By gvnkamera (Oct 23, 2012)

NEX-5N good

1 upvote
edbowman
By edbowman (Oct 23, 2012)

Latest Firmware for NEx-7 does not recognise the latest mac 10.81.2 which is quite disgraceful as there are many Apple workers who use the latest software

0 upvotes
Lng0004
By Lng0004 (Dec 4, 2012)

Just run the Windows version in Wine or something.

0 upvotes
tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Oct 22, 2012)

NEX-5N doesn't need that update.

0 upvotes
LANDSHOTS2
By LANDSHOTS2 (Oct 20, 2012)

SUCH IS LIFE. OTHER COMPANYS DUE THE SAME. THE OLD IS OUT AND THE NEW IS IN. OLYMPUS IS ONE AND THE OTHER IS PANASONIC BOTH DROP OLD MODELS. (TOOBAD IF MY CAPS STAY ONE , THE DON'T COME OF FOR ANYONE. SO THERE!

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0 upvotes
Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Oct 19, 2012)

Sadly, the NEX-5N has been neglected - not that a big surprise, as it has been superseeded by later models, but still ...

Things being what they are, I've just sold the Sony lenses, as I now use mine mostly for panoramas, even if I have two really nice lenses for it (the Zeiss 1.8/24 and the Sigma 19 + adapters for Nikon and Pentax lenses).

For the rest of my shooting I have turned to Nikon - the D600 is a really a nice video camera ;-)!

0 upvotes
obeythebeagle
By obeythebeagle (Oct 19, 2012)

Jeez, I got an A33 and Nex-3 when they first came out. Now they are discontinued and they don't even rate the software update! Maybe I'll duct tape a piece of plastic over the movie record buttons.

0 upvotes
sgoldswo
By sgoldswo (Oct 19, 2012)

Some experience of shooting with a NEX-7 and FW 1.01 here: http://wp.me/p2wMAg-fE

Summary - reduction/improvement in colourcast using the SEL16F2.8 and UWA converter.

0 upvotes
riknash
By riknash (Oct 19, 2012)

The update just barely begins to address all the user interface idiosyncrasies that the Nex7 has. The update IS appreciated but gosh, a few more tweaks to the use interface could have been implemented in this firmware release. It will be nice not to always discover that the camera is in video record mode.

0 upvotes
jcminnesota
By jcminnesota (Oct 19, 2012)

What about my A55? Its not listed for the update!!! It seems like Sony just abandoned it once it became known that it overheats in video mode. There was no attempt to fix that problem with a firmware update.....or a recall! The A55 has better low light performance than even the newer models and the smaller body is appealing to many. Does anyone know if the firmware update will work on the A55?

1 upvote
davids8560
By davids8560 (Oct 19, 2012)

Night has fallen again. It's been 16 hours since I upgraded my NEX-7's firmware. I'm holed up in a cheap motel near the border. The door is barricaded. The shades are drawn. All the lights are off. The room is illuminated only by the fluckering of the tv set. I've been chain smoking and drinking all day. On the table before me is a fifth of gin, my Glock, my NEX-7, and a laptop. The phone rang for awhile a little earlier. I didn't pick it up. I was afraid it was somebody from the press - or worse. I haven't been able to sleep at all. Can't really say why. The upgrade went smoothly. But something still doesn't feel right. People want to know what I think. To me, at face value, it seems kind of incidental. Somebody said NEX-7 owners are rejoicing today. But I don't know about that. I just don't know.

12 upvotes
Babka08
By Babka08 (Oct 19, 2012)

I'm waiting for more. This is just starting to get interesting. Not switching the channel...

1 upvote
Fraxinus excelsior
By Fraxinus excelsior (Oct 19, 2012)

You should write a novel ;-)

1 upvote
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Oct 19, 2012)

Hahaha Love it

1 upvote
gustabod
By gustabod (Oct 20, 2012)

you hotel's wi-fi is working, can we get the name of it?

0 upvotes
Jim Evidon
By Jim Evidon (Oct 18, 2012)

Why don't they put the movie disable feature on the NEX5N as an update?

2 upvotes
MaxiMax
By MaxiMax (Oct 20, 2012)

As long as it only disables the function by choice so the movie button is not activated accidentally. One of the reasons that I bought the NEX-5N is that it records high-quality videos, much better than many camcorders out there. Hybrid cameras, like the NEX-5N, are extremely useful.

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1 upvote
Zavix
By Zavix (Oct 18, 2012)

Nex-7 owner: I'm a programmer myself and I know that changes to the user interface are the simplest thing to do when it comes to software development. This is not about creating new functionality for the camera, it's about proper options for existing features and access to them!

I understand that Sony sees features that would make Nex-7 shooting experience just a bit closer to "professional grade" as a threat to it's SLT market. There are no technical difficulties with implementing software ergonomics in the product. It's a pure policy issue of the company: we will not upgrade the product so we can sell the next one and we will on purpose strip down the features of a really expensive camera just so (we think) we have better sales of the big SLT brothers.

After all those sour words I would also like to thank Sony for the update because I already thought that it's a lost cause. Please let cameras with great potential be as they should and stop limiting them (and the successors)!

4 upvotes
rishi o'
By rishi o' (Oct 18, 2012)

poor update on the nex for manual focus shooters. Still randomly moves center focus point off center when going into video mode. No spot focus on video mode. Spot focus on camera mode has no indication of where center focus point is when camera is set with af/mf on hold mode. Histogram does not accurately represent metering when in spot metering mode. Lots of bugs that haven't been fixed. But, never-the-less, I still love my nex 7. Just wish they had better photographers working at the company that would fix these functions.

1 upvote
Jr
By Jr (Oct 18, 2012)

Is there a physical reason the Sony 50mm e-mount can't use the hybrid focusing? Does anyone know if the 35mm coming out will work with it??

0 upvotes
Carsten Riis
By Carsten Riis (Oct 18, 2012)

I also miss an Timelapsefunktion for a65 and hx9v

0 upvotes
rinkos
By rinkos (Oct 18, 2012)

as usual Sony left the traditional guys with something something in their hands hanging :(
what about the A580 ?!!!!! what about it?!!

1 upvote
jadgl968
By jadgl968 (Oct 18, 2012)

the sony a580, along with all other ovf dslr cameras sony used to make are discontinued... http://store.sony.com/p/DSLR-A580-DSLR-Camera-Body/en/p/DSLRA580

0 upvotes
Rmano
By Rmano (Oct 18, 2012)

Maybe they are discontinued, like my A55... But I think that a serious provider should support the old models a bit more. Heck, my A55 is still in guarantee period, and I would even pay for the extended bracketing (and focus peaking, and an indication of the ISO chosen when in auto-ISO modes).

1 upvote
Fraxinus excelsior
By Fraxinus excelsior (Oct 19, 2012)

Well I don't expect Sony to update my a900 because its discontinued. But It would be nice if they would ;-)

0 upvotes
DLutzer
By DLutzer (Oct 18, 2012)

Dang it where is the Nex-7 Timelapse function everyone asked for???? How can you have a high end camera with no time lapse function or way to enable it remotely?? Bulb ramping please!

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3 upvotes
Bexter
By Bexter (Oct 18, 2012)

Glad they now let me disable that Movie record button on my A77. I never use it and often hit it by mistake.

2 upvotes
a10001
By a10001 (Oct 18, 2012)

BTW, that prior message all referred to the NEX-7.

0 upvotes
a10001
By a10001 (Oct 18, 2012)

Let me be among the first to look a gift horse in the mouth.

1. If you're going to increase bracketing flexibility, why not use all 1/3 or 1/2 stops? (But I can live with the improvement)

2. I still need to dismiss the "Movie button is disabled" message to shoot. This is/was an extremely responsive camera. Why slow it down? (I know, too many customers would complain that their movie button wasn't working). This is a high end camera, and Sony's customers should know how to use it.

So, I ordered this camera 1 year ago, finally received it 6 months ago, and this is the piddling software update they cobble together in that time...?

3 upvotes
pmoo
By pmoo (Oct 18, 2012)

May be I'm not so sure, but after update the NEX-7 firmware, I've noticed that there is AF-C (AF-Continuous) mode appeared which previously was available only with LAEA-2 lens adapter. Can anyone confirm about it?

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0 upvotes
raoulvanhorn
By raoulvanhorn (Oct 25, 2012)

It was there with v1.0 as well. In fact, there were always only two modes, so if it didn't have AF-C it wouldn't need an AF mode menu at all.

0 upvotes
pruus
By pruus (Oct 18, 2012)

I hope someone of Sony read these messages. Here are guys who like Sony verry much and have al lot of ideas to do it better! This is pure marketing!

4 upvotes
Canadapt
By Canadapt (Oct 18, 2012)

Cheers Sony, please don't stop with one firmware update ... keep them coming like Canon does for their cameras!

4 upvotes
thisisjh
By thisisjh (Oct 18, 2012)

"Improvement of image quality when using a wide angle lens"????

So easy to say...

0 upvotes
tinypepito
By tinypepito (Oct 18, 2012)

"(which were not included in the firmware v1.05 and earlier)" for A57? FW v1.0 v1.5 upgrade (downgrade) to v.1.03? hahaha funny!

0 upvotes
jorg14
By jorg14 (Oct 18, 2012)

For the Nex 7, Sony states: " Improvement of image quality when using a wide angle lens". It would be nice to get more information on that, or an example shot.

4 upvotes
Paul_B Midlands UK
By Paul_B Midlands UK (Oct 18, 2012)

I am mortified the NEX5N is just trampled over and doesnt get a freshen up. Almost a great camera with some duff firmware that could easily be fixed and should have been ages ago . ESPECIALLY the stupid avoid inadvertently starting movie recording button, better exposure control settings, some tidier menu logic between screens. But now the new NEXs' are out I suppose the 5N will be consigned to the no support bin - a disgrace and probably a reason for me NOT to buy another of their camera products.

8 upvotes
Kuturgan
By Kuturgan (Oct 18, 2012)

For sure Samsung NX are far ahead in terms of Ergonomics, Menu and serious photographic tool like wide Exposure Bracketing control in RAW.

1 upvote
John Romas
By John Romas (Oct 18, 2012)

I also have a NEX-5N and I am very disappointed that Sony didn't release a firmware update for all the older NEX cameras. Since the original NEX3 & 5 were launched, the crippled auto-braketing option was one of the major problems reported by users and reviewers.
So it's unfair to the rest of us to give this option only to the NEX-7 cameras. I really hope Sony will make a firmware update for us too.

3 upvotes
chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Oct 18, 2012)

Well I hope they bring out a bracketing update for all models; just because I chose a NEX-C3 over the 5, doesn't mean I should loose out should it ... for what is simply a software update and my biggest bugbear with the NEX range (and the reason why I still keep my Samsung NX11 as its bracketing function is damned good!)

3 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 18, 2012)

I'd uncross your fingers and keep your samsung.

0 upvotes
fenceSitter
By fenceSitter (Oct 18, 2012)

I guess we have to be grateful that Sony pretends to be listening at last, but this update for the NEX-7 is disappointing nonetheless.

The bracketing is still useless because you can't combine it with delayed shutter or remote, so you can't use it with long exposure times on a tripod. Have these people never taken pictures themselves?

And why they didn't take the opportunity to let the user re-assign the movie button instead of merely disabling it?

I guess it would have been hard work. This update looks like a cheap and half-assed quick fix, the sort of thing that I'd come up with after one afternoon to pacify the customer "until the real thing comes along."

Having had to wait almost one year for this "update" doesn't elevate my opinion of Sony very much.

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 18, 2012)

We are to believe, then, that when you take long exposure photos the little wheel that you put your finger on to change shutter speeds suddenly stops working?

I'll agree though: reassigning the video button would have been tops.

0 upvotes
wictred
By wictred (Oct 18, 2012)

please read carefully. it's not about shutter speed as such but about delayed shutter or remote shutter release. both help a lot when it comes to long time exposures and those modes are not possible on nex cameras together with bracketing.

it is either remote OR delay OR bracketing.

0 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 18, 2012)

I did read carefully.

*You* can bracket all that you want using those crazy things at the ends of your arms, meaning that the options really are: remote OR delay OR camera bracketing OR remote with operator bracketing OR delay with operator bracketing OR operator bracketing with remote delay. All equally feasible, particularly with bracketed long exposures.

0 upvotes
Klipsen
By Klipsen (Oct 18, 2012)

I'm sure you can combine bracketing with remote shutter release, just not with the supplied infrared remote. The old-fashioned cable release works independently of other settings.

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balios
By balios (Oct 18, 2012)

He's talking about AUTO bracketing. He's NOT saying bracketing can't be done. Its no longer auto bracketing if you do it manually. So for him, the feature (*auto* bracketing) is useless for how he is using his camera. Giving him a lecture on how to bracket manually is kind of pointless since I assume he's doing that right now...

If he's using a remote then its for a reason: it means he doesn't want or can't touch his camera in that situation. I assume its because he wants to eliminate the chance of shifting the camera slightly. Using auto bracketing means your frames are closer together, which reduces the chance of something changing in the scene. Being able to combine those two elements is very useful to many people.

8 upvotes
jsis
By jsis (Oct 18, 2012)

complain complain complain

1 upvote
davids8560
By davids8560 (Oct 18, 2012)

It's six in the morning. Just got through installing the new firmware. I was a little worried, because I live in rural area, but the operation went smoothly enough. Think I'm gonna have some breakfast pizza now, and then maybe go out and do some exposure bracketing.

1 upvote
jeep
By jeep (Oct 18, 2012)

Improvement of wide angle edges - does this mean the magenta fringing has been reduced or eliminated?

1 upvote
jschweigl
By jschweigl (Oct 18, 2012)

Where is the update for the 5N?

5 upvotes
409novaman
By 409novaman (Oct 18, 2012)

I'm glad to see that people are never happy.

17 upvotes
jsis
By jsis (Oct 18, 2012)

everything is back to normal again... in dpreview

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1 upvote
ak1981
By ak1981 (Oct 18, 2012)

Is that A-57 firmware work on A-55??

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Oct 18, 2012)

No.

3 upvotes
Eric Hensel
By Eric Hensel (Oct 18, 2012)

The 5n has the same video button issue, and the bracketing improvement would be nice as well

7 upvotes
Slynky
By Slynky (Oct 18, 2012)

I'm guessing Sony has decided 5N users are more amateurish in practice and don't care about such things as better auto-bracketing.

1 upvote
CARREGAL70
By CARREGAL70 (Oct 18, 2012)

Agree. Spent all this money and cannot get an update on these two important features (for me that is). Must I buy another Nex so I can have these? I am a pensioner and cannot keep buying cameras!

2 upvotes
damirb
By damirb (Oct 18, 2012)

I have a NEX-5N and if Sony decided not to release a new firmware I think it is very irresponsible to users and for me it is by by sony forever

3 upvotes
Kuturgan
By Kuturgan (Oct 18, 2012)

If Sony wont fix useless exposure Bracketing mode, than most probably I will abandon the system and go to Samsung NX which has excellent lenses and serious photographic cameras.

2 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Oct 18, 2012)

Samsung makes serious cameras OMG...LOLOLOLOL Galaxy camera and a few NX cameras, Yes dream on my friend, No full frame camera to talk about or descent Raw conversion, seriously what are you smoking.
Not to mention that the NEX cameras outsell Samsung NX in about every country including Korea

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What do I know
By What do I know (Oct 18, 2012)

Who even know where Samsung sit on the ladder of photography maybe dead last?
Last I had a look I think their market share was about 1% only like 120 000 NX cameras sold, weak just like their cameras.

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JesperMP
By JesperMP (Oct 18, 2012)

"Sony firmware for E-mount lenses, NEX-7, SLT-A36, A57, A65 and A77"

Ah, the elusive A36. Now confirmed by DPR.

;)

0 upvotes
Kuturgan
By Kuturgan (Oct 18, 2012)

WHEN Bracketing - the ±3EV UPDATE FOR NEX-5N??? WE ALSO NEED IT SO MUCH!!! THE CAMERA IS JUST AN EXPENSIVE TOY WITHOUT THIS USEFUL FEATURE.

6 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 18, 2012)

So... you're telling us you bought an expensive toy.

I just have trouble understanding what some people are thinking when they buy things. You bought a camera with ±1EV bracketing right? Do you go to a car lot and pick up a Dodge pickup figuring the manufacturer will install extra cup holders later? Because without extra cup holders, the truck is obviously just an expensive toy.

Also: Your caps lock is stuck on. Just FYI

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CFynn
By CFynn (Oct 19, 2012)

@Kuturgan Why did you buy that "expensive toy" then if it didn't have the ±3EV bracketing you apparently need?

I expect manufacturers to fix real faults or bugs - but not to add or extend features that weren't there when I bought the camera. If they do, it's a bonus, but not something we should expect.

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jj74e
By jj74e (Oct 18, 2012)

Nice, but if they were going to add functionality to the movie record button, why didn't they just let you map out another function to the button.

5 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (Oct 19, 2012)

Maybe it is hard wired to the movie record and can't be re-mapped, only disabled.

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Oct 18, 2012)

My A35 feels unloved by Sony.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Oct 18, 2012)

Because it's old model that was released only in a few countries? Besides - never expect a FW update for cheapest, low-end cameras. A37 is just an exception from generic rule.

1 upvote
meanwhile
By meanwhile (Oct 18, 2012)

It's not that old. And I don't expect it, but thanks for talking down to me anyway.

3 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 18, 2012)

As a third party observer, I don't see any evidence of him "talking down" to you.

Your comment is easily taken as "why no love for the a35?", which he answered in full.

0 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Oct 18, 2012)

Try the a900 it was unloved by Sony the day it was made, only one firmware update for it ever put out by Sony.

0 upvotes
meanwhile
By meanwhile (Oct 19, 2012)

Making an excuse for Sony is not answering an unasked question. It'd just be nice to see them support all of the DSLT cameras they release, rather than pick and choose. And it's not a cheap, low-end camera, just at the lower end of their premium range of interchangeable lens cameras. I'm not talking about a DSC-T5 released in 2005, the A35 was only released in mid-2011.

0 upvotes
meanwhile
By meanwhile (Oct 19, 2012)

Just saying it'd be nice to have more extended support, rather than so much built-in obsolescence through not updating just released cameras with easily added features (sometimes they would be difficult to add, obviously, but often not). Not saying they *should*, or there's no cost to show loyalty to existing customers, just that it would be nice.

0 upvotes
digdub
By digdub (Oct 18, 2012)

the absence of 1/3 stop iso adjustment is disappointing for a flagship. auto iso should be up to 3200 instead of 1600.

7 upvotes
Digiman69
By Digiman69 (Oct 18, 2012)

same for the A65 would be very appreciated

1 upvote
TalkingTechy
By TalkingTechy (Oct 18, 2012)

I agree and disagree.
My A65 feels much noisier than my friend's Nikon d5100, so allowing 3200 as the max auto-ISO would be pretty noisy.

Lightroom does an excellent job at noise reduction, but I want to spend the most of my time shooting and not fixing photos after the fact.

0 upvotes
Rooru S
By Rooru S (Oct 18, 2012)

TalkingTechy,

but having the option to go up to 3200 in Auto ISO is needed by some people, and with cameras, is all about options. If you don't want to work more, you're talking about yourself, but some people want to use that option. Also, on some cameras there is a way to select the limits of AUTO ISO, so having the option to select that, is prefered instead of just limiting it to a certain amount of sensor sensibility just because you don't want to work more in PP.

2 upvotes
Zamac
By Zamac (Oct 18, 2012)

Happy about them movie button, however they could have assigned one of the unused buttons in playback mode to switch between still and video playback.

Don't know if it could be done on the NEX-7, but Sony MUST provide custom settings (not just custom button assignments) because they are REALLY NEEDED when shooting under rapidly changing conditions.

1 upvote
JamF
By JamF (Oct 18, 2012)

Things that still need fixing on NEX7, or this is more like my wish list:-
- wake up faster, especially when using legeacy lenses and third party lenses like Sigma.
- fix the sleep mode for EVF, ie. it doesn't go to sleep even if the camera has been idle for a long time.
- ability to load new applications onto the camera without using wifi, eg via SD card or USB
- ability to use soft key B (the bottom key) for the customised functions instead of soft key C, as people prefer to assign C to change the shooting mode instead
- customise one of the top navi dials into the shooting mode
- allow the setting to be changable on the LCD display page that shows all the camera settings.

2 upvotes
Alec
By Alec (Oct 18, 2012)

I'd love to have seen clean (uncompressed, 14-16 bit color) HDMI output enabled on NEX-7 to facilitate video recording on my Atomos Ninja II.

I have been a Minolta / SONY user for a long time, now operate a pair of A900s, but had to get a Nikon D800 and 3 lenses just for the video.

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ET2
By ET2 (Oct 18, 2012)

What the hell? Why would you get D800 just for video when there are much better video cameras? Even GH2 has better quality video than D800, but for less money (D800 + 3 new lenses), you could have bought FS100 and used your current e-mount and A-mount lenses with the adapter.

11 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Oct 18, 2012)

^ this. FS100 is most obvious choice. Even used one beats crap out of D800 in many aspects (including support for pro video accessories and decent screen instead of struggling with black viewfinder and horrible rear LCD live view mode).

3 upvotes
glacierpete
By glacierpete (Oct 18, 2012)

And the Nex 5n ???????

7 upvotes
MaxiMax
By MaxiMax (Oct 20, 2012)

Maybe it is so good that it doesn't need any f/w update.

0 upvotes
RossN
By RossN (Oct 18, 2012)

Excited to hear Sony is committed to doing what they can to keep lenses compatible with new bodies -- this speaks loudly for the company.

Think you may have meant v2, not v01 for the E-mount lens Firmware.

5 upvotes
mglowe
By mglowe (Oct 20, 2012)

I agree on the lens compatibility commitment. This was one of the reasons I jumped ship from Nikon. To have a great camera and new _incompatible_ lenses being released sucks.

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RGBCMYK
By RGBCMYK (Oct 18, 2012)

Now I love my NEX-7

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 18, 2012)

I loved mine yesterday.

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