In a move that’s destined to please a lot of fans, Sony has released a firmware update that allows you to close the shutter of the new Sony a9 II while changing lenses. Will the update roll out to other cameras, and is Sony about to kill off its Imaging Edge Remote mobile app?
Firmware Version 2.0 was released this week, bringing a few other tweaks to the Sony flagship. These include a High Frequency flicker function which will reduce the flicker of artificial light sources by adjusting the shutter speed; the option to toggle Face/Eye Priority Autofocus using a custom key; some minor changes to FTP functionality; and overall improvements to the camera’s stability. A full list can be found here.
For many Sony users, the option to close the shutter when changing lenses will be a welcome update. It’s been a subject of much debate, with an argument over whether it’s better to have dust land on your sensor (which can be cleaned) rather than the wafer-thin, rapidly moving shutter blades. Plus, any accidental contact with the delicate shutter blades could be far more damaging than to the sensor itself. This argument has not stopped other manufacturers from closing shutters while changing lenses and it seems that Sony a9 II shooters might now at least have the choice.
It’s seems logical to assume that this change will be rolled out across other Sony models.
One of the details included in this announcement has drawn a few raised eyebrows: “NOTE: The Imaging Edge Remote, Imaging Edge Mobile, and Remote Camera Tool software will not be supported after April 9th, 2020.” Camera manufacturers have a terrible reputation for producing smartphone and tablet software, and Sony has been no exception: its app currently scores just 1.6 stars on the Apple App Store. At this stage, it’s not entirely clear what this announcement means. Is Sony planning a replacement to its replacement of the much derided PlayMemories app?
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