The Sony firmware 3.0 update brings Real-time Eye-AF, Real-time Animal Eye AF and built-in interval time
The Sony firmware 3.0 update brings Real-time Eye-AF, Real-time Animal Eye AF and built-in interval timer. Image courtesy Sony.

The Sony firmware 3.0 update for the a7 III and a7R III is out. The update brings interval shooting function for time-lapse and improves the cameras’ autofocus.

The a7 III’s autofocus system already worked pretty well before this update. Now the firmware version 3.0 brings Real-time Eye-AF to the a7 III and a7R III. But that isn’t it. Sony also bringing Real-time Animal Eye AF and a built-in interval timer.

Real-time Eye-AF

The new Real-time Eye-AF feature is an AI-driven enhanced eye detection system. It improves its performance with machine learning. The new AF system from Sony can detect and focus on human eyes. It can focus even if the person is looking down or if there’s something blocking the frame.

You’ll be able to access this feature in AF_C mode with a half-press of the shutter button.

Real-time Animal Eye AF

The Real-time Animal Eye AF uses AI-driven technology to track cats and dogs
The Real-time Animal Eye AF uses AI-driven technology to track cats and dogs. Image courtesy Sony.

We’re sure wildlife filmmakers and photographers will be super excited for this feature. The 3.0 firmware update will bring Real-time Animal Eye AF. The system is AI-driven and allows the camera to detect and track animal eyes. Sony claims this is the first extensive animal-tracking AF system. They aren’t the first camera company to have the ability to track animal eyes, but Sony claims to have a more robust system.

Currently, cats and dogs are the only animals that are supported by the system. More animals will be supported in future updates.

Built-in interval timer

The cameras' tracking sensitivity can be adjusted, which should keep the exposure consistent
The cameras’ tracking sensitivity can be adjusted, which should keep the exposure consistent. Image courtesy Sony.

The update also brings in a built-in interval timer. This feature can be set to anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds. That is with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999. The tracking sensitivity can be adjusted to “High”, “Mid” or “Low.” That should help keep the exposure consistent, which is essential with time-lapses. Natural light is always changing, after all.

Other improvements

Sony’s also adding support for its wireless remote control RMT-P1BT, the ability to assign the “Menu” button to a custom key and stability improvements.

Availability

The Sony firmware 3.0 update is out now and is free. You can get the a7 III update here and the a7R III update here.

Image courtesy Sony

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