New firmware for Sony Alpha 850/900: Tomorrow Now confirmed

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Update: This is now confirmed and the firmware can be downloaded freely.

According to, Sony will present tomorrow a new version of the firmware for the Sony Alpha 850 and 900 SLR Full Frame photo cameras. It should bring:

  • Faster Autofocus
  • Maximum exposure compensation range: Increased from ±3EV to ±5EV
  • Increased exposure bracketing range for HDR: from a maximum of 4.0EV (three shots at -2EV, 0EV, +2EV) to a maximum of 6.0EV (-3EV, 0EV, +3EV).
  • Shutter release, even when the camera body doesn’t detect an attached lens.

Download the new (free) firmware from Sony. As soon as it is available. Right now!

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2 responses to “New firmware for Sony Alpha 850/900: Tomorrow Now confirmed”

  1. Alb59 Avatar

    Nothing against digital noise?

  2. Yves Roumazeilles Avatar

    No, this firmware version does not include any digital noise improvement (at least nothing published). However, my recommendation here would be to rely heavily on the PC-based software RAW developers (Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, DxO Labs, etc.) If you have the RAW file format, they can work wonders on them. And remember that it is always possible to re-work the old RAW files with the newest software. This may give a new life to some files that you previously considered as too noisy to be used (if you kept them, of course).