Sony has released a new Version 1.3 firmware update for its flagship Sony Alpha A1 mirrorless camera. The new update brings 8K 4:2:2 10-bit video recording capabilities from 8.6K oversampling. While the Sony A1 did already have 10-bit recording capabilities, it was only 4:2:0, so the new update offers a lot more latitude in post for colour correction and grading as well as for tools like chroma-keying.
The Sony A1 also receives lossless compressed raw format still files, although the A1 isn’t the only camera to see a new firmware update. The Sony A7S III also sees a new Version 2.1 firmware which adds proxy footage recording while operating the camera remotely via computer as well as Eye AF performance improvements.
New Alpha 1 Firmware Update Enables 8K 4:2:2 10bit Recording and Lossless RAW File Options
SAN DIEGO, CA – June 13, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the v1.3 firmware update for the flagship Alpha 1 full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, adding 8K 4:2:2 10bit recording and Lossless Compressed RAW for still images.
Using newly added 8K 4:2:2 10-bit capabilities, filmmakers and cinematographers can more precisely customize the vibrancy and color grading of their recordings. Combined with the Alpha 1’s 8.6K oversampling for extraordinary 8K resolution, the new addition of 4:2:2 10-bit recording lets filmmakers and content creators realize their creative vision with incredible realism and color.
The update also adds Lossless Compressed RAW files in S, M, and L (small, medium, or large) file sizes. Selecting L size preserves the same image quality as an uncompressed RAW format while significantly reducing the file size. The M and S sizes record fewer pixels than the L size, providing more manageable RAW files. With Alpha 1 v1.3, users can freely combine JPEG and their choice of Lossless Compressed RAW sizes based on their use case. This is especially beneficial with a user needs to deliver JPEG files immediately, but also needs RAW files for in-depth editing.
Updates to the Alpha 7S III
A new v2.1 firmware update for Sony’s acclaimed Alpha 7S III full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is also available for immediate download. Most notably, this latest update includes the introduction of proxy recording during remote computer connect and improvements to Eye AF (autofocus) performance.
Alpha 1 v1.3 is available now and can be downloaded below:
Alpha 7S III v2.1 is available now and can be downloaded below:
Sony didn’t go into any specifics on the Eye AF improvements on the A7S III except to say that the performance has been increased but the new firmware update for both the Sony A1 and Sony A7SIII are available to download now at the links above.