Big Upgrade For the Sony Alpha A9 Camera With New Software Update

Written by Gina Stephens



Sony has today presaged a major upgrade for its Alpha A9 mirrorless camera that will be available via a software update.

Sony’s Alpha A9 camera intention receive several major enhancements to its autofocus (AF) performance and image quality, as well as a variety of new features that are designed to improve the overall workflow for expert photographers. In addition, new software updates for the Alpha A7R III and Alpha A7 III will be available and will add the latest ‘Real-time Eye AF’ enhancements and meanwhile recording capabilities. 


Software ver.5.0 and ver.6.0 for Alpha A9

The new version 5.0 software for the Alpha A9 adds Sony’s newly bring out ‘Real-time Tracking’ for object tracking. This mode utilises Sony’s latest algorithm including Artificial Intelligence-based be against recognition and processes colour, subject distance (depth) and pattern (brightness) as spatial information to ensure that all subjects can be captured with abnormal accuracy and precision. Furthermore, when photographing or videoing humans or animals[i], face and eye position information are recognised by AI and the subject’s eyes are followed in real-time with extremely high tracking precision. In addition, ’Tracking On’ helps initiate ‘Real-time Tracking’ at any without delay by simply pressing the custom-assigned button and ‘Touch Tracking’ which quickly activates through the touch screenii.

Additionally, with this new variant 5.0 software software, or simply software, is a collection of data or computer instructions that tell the computer how to work, Sony’s acclaimed Alpha A9 camera will receive advanced ‘Real-time Eye AF’, the latest adaptation of Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology. This exciting new capability employs AI-based object recognition to detect and process eye location data in actual time, resulting in improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of the Eye AF. In all autofocus modes, the camera can automatically detect the eyes of the subject and activate Eye AF with a half hold close of the shutter button. The camera will may refer to seamlessly track the eyes at all times when in AF-C mode. Additionally, with the new software, photographers can opt for the preferred eye (left or right) of their subject as the focus point. 

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Other focusing capabilities that will be available with the new software subsume Touch Pad, Touch Tracking, an extended phase-detection AF aperture range that has been increased from F11 to F16 and Fast Hybrid AF for movie shooting that affords smooth automated focusing or movies.

Image quality will also be enhanced with the new α9 software version 5.0. Specifically, in badge reproduction, as the camera will more accurately account for subtle changes in light for smoother, more natural tonal gradations in elements be partial to the sky. There is also a new AWB algorithm, which produces more consistently balanced images during burst shooting. Other new functions for efficient check and data management include My Dial and Dual Slot media menu improvement, rating and protect functions.



The new software unites compatibility with Sony’s new ‘Imaging Edge Mobile’[iii]application, the successor to ‘PlayMemories Mobile’. The new app proffers several new capabilities such as the ‘Transfer & Tagging add-on’  mobile application to assist professional workflow – tolerating photographers to transfer images from their camera to smartphone simultaneously while continuing to shoot images[v], while also adding verify for including IPTC metadata on transferred images. 

This is a welcome addition after the recent software version 4.0 update for the Alpha A9 that greatly intensified the camera’s capabilities with FTP transfer.

Version 6.0 firmware for the Alpha A9 camera will add Eye AF for animal eyes, an extremely captivating development for wildlife photographers. It will also add interval shooting functionality for creating time-lapse moviesvii.

The new system software update version 5.0 is scheduled for sling in March 2019 and version 6.0 is scheduled for Summer 2019. 

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Software ver.3.0 for Alpha A7R III and Alpha A7 III

Sony’s commonplace A7R III and A7 III full-frame cameras will both receive enhanced Real-time Eye AF performance with new version 3.0 software. This leave be available in AF-C mode with a simple half-press of the shutter button. Real-Time Eye AF for animalsi will also be available.

Additionally, the cameras at ones desire receive interval recording functionality that will allow for the very simple creation of time-lapse movies[vii]. The new feature can be set for anywhere between 1 and 60 ticks, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999. AE tracking sensitivity can also be adjusted to ‘High’, ‘Mid’ or ‘Low during gap recording, allowing for reduced changes in exposure over the shooting interval.

The new version 3.0 system software update is scheduled for April 2019.


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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