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by E.J. Peiker on Thu Mar 28, 2024 8:44 am
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Sony just released a fairly major firmware update for the A1. It changes the way the menus work to the newer system and also adds numerous features, none of which I think are very useful for nature photographers but you can be the judge of that. 

Warning! Updating the firmware is a complete redo of how the camera User interface works and as such you lose all of your settings and button assignments as well as any menu customization that you may have done. Note that you cannot just save your settings to an SD card prior to this update and then reload them after the update. You will have to completely set-up up your camera again so you will need to be the judge on whether you think the update is worth going through that. 

New features:

Relay playback of images in multiple media
Select copy between memory cards
EVF ON regardless of LCD angle
Enhanced image stabilization (allows certain OSS Sony lenses to be paired with IBIS for increased stabilization)
Marker display for stills
Focus frame display
Custom Grid Line License
4K 30P support for UVC streaming
Breathing compensation
Subject recognition frame display for movies
Time Code sync
Creator's App support
Cloud upload (camera direct) function
C2PA Compliant

I'm not even sure what some of these actually are yet but here is much more detail from Sony:
https://alphauniverse.com/stories/sony- ... of-images/
 

by mikeojohnson on Fri Mar 29, 2024 4:08 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote: Sony just released a fairly major firmware update for the A1. It changes the way the menus work to the newer system and also adds numerous features, none of which I think are very useful for nature photographers but you can be the judge of that. 

Warning! Updating the firmware is a complete redo of how the camera User interface works and as such you lose all of your settings and button assignments as well as any menu customization that you may have done. Note that you cannot just save your settings to an SD card prior to this update and then reload them after the update. You will have to completely set-up up your camera again so you will need to be the judge on whether you think the update is worth going through that. 

New features:

Relay playback of images in multiple media
Select copy between memory cards
EVF ON regardless of LCD angle
Enhanced image stabilization (allows certain OSS Sony lenses to be paired with IBIS for increased stabilization)
Marker display for stills
Focus frame display
Custom Grid Line License
4K 30P support for UVC streaming
Breathing compensation
Subject recognition frame display for movies
Time Code sync
Creator's App support
Cloud upload (camera direct) function
C2PA Compliant

I'm not even sure what some of these actually are yet but here is much more detail from Sony:
https://alphauniverse.com/stories/sony- ... of-images/
Note:  they suspended the firmware update sometime yesterday.  Some gibberish about network conflicts.  I did the update and other than taking some time, it seemed to work.  Not sure if there are any real values for stills photographers.  And, the hoped for features like focus stacking and precapture did not occur.
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by Phil Shaw on Mon Apr 01, 2024 12:17 pm
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I have decided to pass on this update. As you both say, nothing very useful for stills and nature shooters.
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