Sony 14-bit RAW firmware for α7R II coming in a week, new Imaging PRO support launched in Austria and Switzerland

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In addition to the new RX1R II camera, Sony also made two other announcements today:

  • Sony to release α7R II firmware adding uncompressed 14-bit RAW on October 19th
  • Sony Imaging PRO support launches in Austria and Switzerland

The full  press releases are available after the break:

Sony to Release α7R II Firmware Adding Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW on October 19th

Sony will release a firmware update on October 19th, 2015 that adds uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture to the acclaimed α7R II full frame interchangeable lens camera.

The new firmware, version 2.0, will be available for download through Sony’s e-support site http://www.esupport.sony.com on the product page for model “ILCE-7RM2”.

In addition to uncompressed RAW capture, which will become a selectable feature (uncompressed/compressed RAW) within the menu system for updated cameras, the firmware also adds the ability for the α7R II to output video via HDMI during use of the Remote Camera Control software, that enables remote capture from a connected computer.

The α7R II is compatible with Sony’s growing line-up of α-mount lenses, which now totals 64 different models including 13 native ‘FE’ full frame lenses. In 2016, Sony aims to build the native FE lens line-up to over 20 different models.

Sony Imaging PRO Support launches in Austria & Switzerland

Sony is expanding its Imaging PRO Support programme in Europe which launched in Germany in March 2015. The programme will now cover Austria and Switzerland and offers professional photographers valuable help and specialist care for their Sony products. Both the programme and applications will be live on5th January, 2016. All information regarding the scope of the service is accessible on the Imaging PRO Support website.

There’s no membership fee for the service that’s offered to professional photographers[i]who own at least two Sony α camera bodies and three Sony α lenses from the qualifying list detailed beneath.

Benefits of the programme include a dedicated telephone help desk offering professional photographers support using their α camera equipment. There’s a free collection and return service for units requiring repairs, plus a free back-up loan unit to keep professional photographers up and running.

In addition, enrolled Sony Imaging PRO Support customers can benefit from a free twice-yearly image sensor cleaning service with filter glass replacement if necessary and firmware check-up to keep their cameras in top condition.

The Sony Imaging PRO support programme is now live in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany and the United States. Rollout in other European countries is currently under consideration.

Qualifying Camera’s and Lenses:

Camera Bodies Group ‘A’

  • SLT-A99(V)
  • SLT-A77(V)
  • ILCA-77M2
  • ILCE-7R
  • ILCE-7RM2
  • ILCE-7S
  • ILCE-7SM2
  • DSC-RX1
  • DSC-RX1R

Camera Bodies Group ‘B’

  • ILCE-7
  • ILCE-7M2
  • NEX-7

Lenses:

  • SAL100M28
  • SAL135F18Z
  • SAL135F28
  • SAL1635Z
  • SAL1635Z2
  • SAL1680Z
  • SAL16F28
  • SAL2470Z
  • SAL2470Z2
  • SAL24F20Z
  • SAL300F28G
  • SAL300F28G2
  • SAL35F14G
  • SAL500F40G
  • SAL50F14Z
  • SAL70200G
  • SAL70200G2
  • SAL70300G
  • SAL70300G2
  • SAL70400G
  • SAL70400G2
  • SAL85F14Z
  • SEL1670Z
  • SEL2470Z
  • SEL24F18Z
  • SEL35F28Z
  • SEL55F18Z
  • SEL70200G
  • SELP18105G
  • SEL1635Z
  • SELP28135G
  • SEL35F14Z
  • SEL90F28G

Photo credit: ZoetMB

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