Sony has released a new firmware upgrade for its full-frame, mirrorless flagship camera, the α9 (model ILCE-9). The Version 2.00 update adds IPTC metadata functionality, new image protection features, delivers enhanced auto-focus performance and general operational improvements.
The update now allows photographers to apply IPTC metadata to all files using Sony’s IPTC Metadata Preset software[i] This allows users to embed information within the images regarding image settings, title and description as well as photographer’s information and copyright restrictions and more.
In addition, the update adds additional features, vital for wedding, portrait sports, news and a variety of other photographers by enhancing its image protection functions. As seen in the recently launched α7R III, α9 users are now able to assign the “protect image” function to a custom key.
With the new upgrade, wired LAN MAC addresses are now also displayed within the image information, and serial numbers can be inserted into its metadata, providing more information on the technical source of the image.
Furthermore, the software upgrade also provides improved auto-focus performance by enhancing the continuous auto-focus function on moving subjects. It also promises better AF-C stability when zooming in on subjects and is applicable when paired with any Sony E-mount lens. This increases the overall usability of the α9 and enhances its performance for shooting fast-moving and non-stationary subjects like sports or wildlife.
Lastly, the upgrade also delivers general operational stability improvement and provides a solution to an existing issue where the software occasionally flags overheating warnings, when the camera is not actually overheated.
The Ver.2.00 firmware upgrade is downloadable for free on the Sony Support site[ii]
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