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Sony a7: Firmware update

I would like to install the time-lapse application from Sony app-store and occasionally found that my firmware obsolete, so that would be a good time to update it also.

Here is my experience of update from 3.10 to 3.20.

General recommendations

First above some general recommendations which applies for firmware updates, please, read them carefully.

  • Download firmware only from the producer’s web site!
  • You have to select exact firmware for you device, select it carefully!
  • It is recommended to use power safety devices like UPS for desktop or Laptop with fully charged battery.
  • Battery of your camera must be fully charged or you can use external power supplies (AC PW-20).
  • Close all application so update software wouldn’t have any occasional interruptions. Don’t try assemble time-lapse during the update or export images from Lightroom. 🙂
  • It is also recommended to disconnect all other USB devices. (Very strange requirements, I have USB keyboard and mouse for example  🙂
  • Use approved USB cable.
  • Don’t use USB hubs.
  • Remove flash card from the camera body.
  • Be patient!Update takes around 15 min, screen of the camera can stay blank or blink during this period, don’t switch off camera till the moment it is directed. (It was very disappointing when update software shows finishing installation and camera screed still dark. “…Don’t worry – be happy…”  🙂

Checking current firmware version

  1. Switch on camera.
  2. Enter to the Menu (Menu button)
  3. Open section (tab) “Setup”, the last one.
  4. Look for “Version” ()  st the “Setup” screen and press enter button (central button of the Joystick wheel).

Downloading camera firmware

I am downloading required firmware from the following web site: Sony support.

  1. Select your camera.
  2.  Select your operating system.

sony_a7_firmware_3.203. Download the firmware update.

Preparing camera for update

  1. Switch on camera.
  2. Enter to the Menu (Menu button)
  3. Open section “Setup”, the last one.
  4. At the “Setup” screen, looking for “USB Connection” (page 4) and select “Mass Storage” options.

Camera is ready for update! Let’s begin!

Updating firmware

Note: Software provides very accurate instructions what to do during the update read them carefully, they might be different in your case.

  1. Start downloaded software. It will automatically unpack and start.sony_a7_software_update_start
  2.  When the following window appears connect camera to the PC and press Next. 02_sony_a7_update_start
  3. Application will check connection to the camera. During the connection screen of the camera will became blank. If connection is not established probably you would like to reboot your camera or connect it to another USB port.03_sony_a7_update_connecting
  4. Next window prefaces version checking, so simply  pressing Next button.04_sony_a7_update_version_checking
  5. Next window will offer you to verify currently installed version and version which will be installed. If they are correct press “Next” and go further.05_sony_a7_update_version_displayed
  6. Sorry I lost somewhere screen for camera reset. Shortly:
    • Don’t remove USB cable!
    • Safely remove USB device through icon in task bar.
    • On camera: Press central button of wheel/joystic
    • Press Next button in the update application.
  7. 07_sony_a7_run_the_update
  8. Update running08_sony_a7_update_in_progressPlease, for your and camera safety don’t switch off anything! 🙂
  9. Finishing the update08_sony_a7_finish the updateBe patient, first wait till the camera screen will show invitation to use www.sony.net/pm URL.
    • First screen blinks.
    • Then the following message appears: “Recovering data, please wait.”
    • Then a screen appears notifying us that USB Mas storage device connected
    • And finally invitation to visit www.sony.net/pm.
    • Now you can press Finish button.

10. Disconnect USB cable.

11. Do a hard reset (remove battery or external power source).

12. Check if version was update correctly.

Installing the same firmware

Attempt to install the same firmware will cause the following window appear: 10_sony_a7_update_isn't_required


P.S. This article represents personal experience and doesn’t replace official firmware update guidance from Sony. Author succeed in this procedure and can not be blamed for a break bodies. 🙂

Sony RX10 III: Lightening photography

During my stay in Salzburg I was lucky to witness remote storm whit light strikes. I was testing Sony RX10 III camera that day, so I am happy to offer you test shot which was made.

Salzburg thunderbolt with Sony RX10 III
Salzburg thunderbolt with Sony RX10 III

To be frank it wasn’t a pure luck, the weather forecast was predicting some rain over night so I knew that something interesting  might happen on sunset. The sunset itself was amazing, sun pierced clouds just before the sunset and highlighted roofs of the city, but this is a topic for another post.

I was using manual approach to photograph thunderbolt in the meaning that I haven’t used any special device to register lightening. I have defined exposure which I would like to use and was firing exposures in a row. Some some of the frames got thunderbolts exposed. I am quite satisfied with the result taking in to account sensor size of the Sony RX10 III.