Sony Corp. finally released the much awaited Firmware 3.0 for the PXW-FS7 camera.
The firmware was initially scheduled for release in December, however it was further delayed due to reported issues with the high frame rates while recording RAW.
The biggest addition to the camera is the of Centre Scan mode, a very popular feature already seen on the high end F5/55 and the smaller. In this mode (HD), the camera utilizes the central area of the sensor to, in effect give a super 16 size image circle. This helps as, when used with Super 35 lenses, it effectively lengthens the focal length of the lens in use, and most importantly it gives news, documentary and sports shooters the ability to use their existing B4 mount lenses with only the addition of a simple adaptor.
The firmware also adds noise suppression Cine EI mode. This is something many users have been asking for a long time. A common complain has been the apparent visible noise in S-Log3 and Cine EI mode. With this additions, you no longer need to use noise reduction software in post or force you to crush your black areas beyond a point to hide the noise while grading footage.
Interval time-lapse recording is also now activated in the camera as well as the ability to move the focus magnification check area around the screen.
Full Sony PXW FS-7 Firmware 3.0 features-
- Improved Focus Magnification function.
Support for magnification area position adjustment.
- Magnification resolution improved.
- Support for “2K Full”, “2K Centre Scan” setting in Image Scan Mode.
- Support for Interval Time Lapse Recording.
- Expand lowest value of Zebra level to 0%.
- Support for Noise Suppression setting in Cine EI mode.
- Video Signal Monitor usability is improved.
- The operability of “Iris setting” using the “Iris dial” and the “assignable dial” is improved.
- FS-RAW image quality and operation stability improvement.
- Overall stability and operability of the camera is improved.
Also, overall the responsiveness and the quickness of the camera has been improved. We have found that the “slow” or “sluggish” menu complain goes away if you switch off the WiFi and the GPS functions if you do not require them.
The firmware is available for download from the Sony Europe site in English(HERE) It is best to wait for the firmware to be available in your local region and language. Also, as the Downloadable manual of the same link suggests, the upgrade to the firmware will be in 2 phases, the first phase will take 5mins and the second will take 15 mins approx. so it is best not to do this when you are in a hurry. If you are in the middle of a project, it is always advisable to wait till the end. Most importantly, do not forget to backup your camera settings as they will be reset.
It is best to conduct Firmware updation while using a fully charged and reliable original Sony battery pack.
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