Sony Adds Uncompressed RAW and Phase Detect AF for Faster and More Precise Autofocus to a7 II Full Frame Camera

New Features to be enabled via firmware update available November 18th

Nov 04, 2015, 12:34 ET from Sony Electronics

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world's largest image sensor manufacturer, has announced plans to release a free firmware update for a7 II cameras on November 18th that will add uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture and activates phase detection AF for faster and more precise autofocus with lenses designed for interchangeable-lens cameras including Sony's a mount system.

The a7 II becomes the latest Sony full-frame camera, along with a7S II, a7R II and RX1R II to offer uncompressed RAW capture, which becomes a selectable feature (uncompressed/compressed RAW) within the menu system.

Additionally, it becomes the second Sony camera, along with the flagship a7R II, to offer fully-functional phase detection AF to A-mount lenses in addition to E-mount lenses. The firmware update activates the 117-point focal plane phase detection AF sensor on the a7 II for lenses beyond just the native Sony FE lenses. This includes Sony's extensive collection of A-mount lenses, which can be utilized along with the LA-EA3 mount adapter.

"We're continuing to innovate, with a clear focus to ensure we are meeting the needs and demands of Sony a customers," said Neal Manowitz, Vice President for Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics.  "The addition of Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW processing and the activation of phase detection AF brings a level of performance and versatility to the a7 II that is well beyond any camera in its class."

In addition to these feature upgrades, the MOVIE button can now be assigned to a custom button.

The new firmware, version 2.0, will be available for download at no cost through Sony's e-support site http://esupport.sony.com on the product page for model "ILCE-7M2". 

The a7 II is compatible with Sony's growing lineup of a -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 lineup to over 20 different models.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new a7R II cameras plus other Sony a products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony's new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of Sony a brand. 

Please follow #SonyAlpha on twitter and visit @SonyAlpha on Instagram for all of the latest a camera news and content direct from Sony.

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