Good news for Sony mirrorless fans. Both the a7 III and a7r III received firmware updates bringing both cameras up to version 3.0. The new software isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill firmware patch. It enables a wide range of new features including real-time AF, real-time animal AF, and interval shooting.

Finally, Sony is bringing back an easy button for timelapses.

Let’s break down the new features hitting the a7 III and a7r III this morning.

Real-time Eye AF

Software Version 3.0 brings Real-time Eye-AF to the α7r III and α7 III, an AI-driven enhanced eye detection system that’s based on the results of machine learning. Through machine learning, Sony has created a system that can detect—and focus on—the human eye even if the subject is looking down, partially blocked in the frame, turning or backlit. This feature is available in AF-C mode with a simple half-press of the shutter button.

Real-time Animal Eye AF

As with human eye recognition, Software Version 3.0 brings AI-driven animal eye detection to Sony cameras for the first time. Advanced subject recognition allows the α7 III and α7R III to detect and track animal eyes, and is the first step in a robust animal-tracking AF system.

The development of Animal Eye AF performance will continue, increasing the range of animals recognized by the system as well as the system’s ability to track their movement.

Interval Shooting

This new software adds a built-in interval timer, enabling photographers to capture and create time-lapse movies quickly. The new feature can be set for anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999. AE tracking sensitivity is available to be adjusted to “High,” “Mid” or “Low” to reduce changes in exposure.

Both updates can be downloaded via Sony’s website for either the a7 III or a7r III.

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