Today Sony has released a version 2.00 firmware update for its a9 mirrorless cameras. The enhancements and added functions include changes to the continuous autofocus system as well as metadata input and image protection.
The continuous autofocusing system gains a performance increase in following moving subjects and also stability while zooming.
The 2.00 update offers the ability to assign a custom key for protecting images. Once protected in version 2.00 (or higher in the future), the user can now transfer all these protected files at once via FTP.
The new firmware can now input IPTC metadata to image files when created beforehand with the IPTC Metadata Preset software. Another helpful change for multi-camera event coverage is the a9’s serial number will now be written to the metadata.
Below is a list of all the improvements made in firmware update 2.00. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any sign of video improvements yet in the form of added picture profiles, something that outraged many potential buyers around the time of the a9’s announcement.
Continuous AF Enhancements:
- Enhanced performance of continuous autofocus on moving subjects
- Enhanced stability of the AF-C when zooming
- Adds the function to assign Protecting images to custom Key
- Adds the function to transfer (FTP) protected files at once (Note: Only for images protected using version 2.00 or higher.)
- Displays wired LAN MAC address
- Inputs IPTC metadata to files (Note: IPTC information must be created beforehand using the IPTC Metadata Preset software.)
- Inputs camera serial number to metadata
- Improves operational stability
- Improves accuracy of the overheating warning function