Some two weeks ago, Sony announced a firmware update for the RX10 IV which would add real-time Animal Eye AF. We didn’t know the release date back then, but now it’s officially out. Sony RX10 IV can now have the Animal Eye AF in their camera and nail focus when photographing their four-legged friends.
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.
Sony has released Software Version 3.0 which brings a few interesting features to the a7R III and the a7 III. First, the previously announced real-time Animal Eye AF is now available. Next, Sony added the interval shooting for timelapse. And last but not least, the Real-time eye AF performance has been enhanced in the latest firmware update.
It looks like Sony are taking a leaf out of the Fuji playbook by introducing new substantial features through firmware updates rather than entirely new bodies. The Sony A9, A7RIII and A7III are about to get quite a significant feature upgrade with new firmware updates coming out over the next few months.
The first firmware update for the Sony A9 is due in March bringing the realtime Eye AF performance expected in the newly announced Sony A6400. The Sony A9 will see Animal Eye AF added in a second update coming in summer. The A7RIII and A7III will also receive these updates in a single firmware in April.
If you were hoping for an A7SIII or A7000 announcement, then you’re out of luck. There were no new gear announcements from Sony during their press event at Photokina yesterday. Apparently, though, they plan to bring Animal Eye AF to their cameras.