Sony has released a new firmware update for its α9 full-frame mirrorless camera (model ILCE-9), delivering key functions such as Real-Time Eye AF for animals[i], Interval Shooting and compatibility with RMT-P1BT[ii].
The version 6.00 update enables Sony’s AI driven Real-Time Eye AF technology to now detect both animals and human subjects, with an option to select either animal or human Eye AF mode depending on the shooting situation. Time-lapse videos can also be created through use of the Interval Shooting function.
In addition to the new functionality, the update improves the overall stability of the camera and makes it more user-friendly, allowing photographers to assign ‘My Menu’ to appear when first selecting the menu button. It is now also possible to select the Focus Frame Colour allowing users to choose between red, grey or the standard green.
Lastly, the upgrade allows operation with the wireless remote commander RMT-P1BT providing a solution to remote shooting.
The Version 6.00 firmware upgrade is downloadable for free on the Sony Support site[iii].
[i] It is not possible to simultaneously detect human and animal eyes.Eye detection may not be possible depending on the environment, animal type or the movement of the animal.
[ii]Sold separately. Please update Remote Camera Tool to the latest version if you use Remote Camera Tool after this update.