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.
Earlier this year, firmware update brought Sony-like Eye AF to Canon EOS R. But is it really harder, better, faster, stronger than before? Well, Manny Ortiz got to test it out in some tricky lighting conditions, and it turns out Canon nailed it! In the fun video below, Manny demonstrates Canon R’s improved Eye AF in action and shares some of his impressions.
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.
Way back when, before DSLRs, Canon had the EOS 5 (that’s the A2E to those in the USA). It was a pretty decent camera. My dad owned one. But one of the things it did which no other camera on the market could do, was eye-controlled autofocus. This wasn’t like the Eye AF we get today where the camera focuses on your subject’s eye. No, this was where the photographer used their eye to look at what they wanted the camera to focus on.
It was only ever used in a small handful of Canon’s 35mm SLRs before the idea seemed to be abandoned. But now, it looks like Canon might be reintroducing the system. Canon recently filed a patent (Japanese patent #2019-129461) for a very similar system so the folks at DPReview decided to do a little look back on the system and what it might mean for the future.
Canon has shown off a pretty major upcoming firmware update for the Canon EOS R and EOS RP cameras to enhance their autofocus capabilities. Specifically, the update seems to deal with the speed and accuracy of Eye AF and object tracking.
A video demo posted to YouTube by Canon shows side-by-side comparisons of the current firmware vs the new one, which should be arriving in September.
Earlier this year, Nikon announced that its new Z6 and Z7 firmware update will include Eye AF among other features. There was no word on the exact release date, but now it has been officially revealed. You won’t have to wait much longer, as the Eye Detection AF is coming to the Z series on 16 May 2019. And what’s more, Nikon has shared a video to demonstrate how it performs.
I guess Eye-AF is the future. Following Sony’s and Nikon’s Eye-AF releases, Canon could not afford to be left behind. So, Canon is releasing their own firmware for the Canon EOS-R which mainly includes a new eye-AF functionality.
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.
Announced in January, the first of two new firmware updates for the Sony A9 is now available. Sony A9 firmware v5.0 adds real-time Eye AF as well as specific eye preference detection, better low light autofocus performance, increased AF accuracy, and a whole host of other new and updated features.