Sony’s Real-Time Animal Eye Autofocus is coming to the RX10 IV

Oct 29, 2019

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Sony’s Real-Time Animal Eye Autofocus is coming to the RX10 IV

Oct 29, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Released in 2017, Sony’s RX10 IV has become a pretty popular all-in-one camera. It features a built-in Zeiss 24-600mm equivalent field of view lens with an f/2.4-4 aperture and a 20.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that lets you shoot stills at up to 24 frames per second. Now, that two-year-old camera is seeing something of an upgrade.

A post on the Sony Japan website states that real-time Eye Autofocus support for animals is coming to the RX10 IV. It’ll only be available for stills, and not video, but it’s on the way in an upcoming firmware update.

[Target product / Software update contents / Date of release]
Target product: “DSC-RX10M4”

Software update contents:

  1. Real-time pupil AF support for animals (still images only)
  2. Real-time pupil AF operability improvement
    – Support for half-pressing the shutter button
  3. Improved operational stability

Scheduled release date for software updates:
Scheduled for 2019

* Information will be announced on Sony product information site as soon as details are determined

Many Sony users will be familiar with the Animal Eye AF by now, but for those who aren’t, Sony posted a couple of videos earlier in the year.

YouTube video
YouTube video

It’s nice to see that camera companies aren’t giving up on their older cameras and are bringing new features from their higher-end bodies to them rather than simply replacing them with a newer model with minimal differences for a premium price.

There’s no word on an exact date for the firmware release just yet, except that it’ll probably come at some point before 2019 ends. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

[via DPReview]

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4 responses to “Sony’s Real-Time Animal Eye Autofocus is coming to the RX10 IV”

  1. Tudor Pantelimonescu Avatar
    Tudor Pantelimonescu

    Meanwhile Canon…..

  2. Justin Barr Avatar
    Justin Barr

    Old camera?? What about the A99ii??? Thanks Sony

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      As opposed to just putting the firmware in a Mark V for an increased price, and forcing a paid upgrade if you want it, yeah. :)

    2. Greg Silver Avatar
      Greg Silver

      Old camera but even by today’s standards an outstanding one. Great update.