This week, Sony released a firmware update for the Sony Alpha α9 II. Responding to the needs of news and sports photographers, Firmware 2.00 brings several new functions and enhancements including the ability to protect the sensor from dust and debris by closing the mechanical shutter when changing lenses, display the camera’s MAC address as a QR code, save custom camera settings on My MENU and Face/Eye Priority autofocus customization, among others. Here’s a quick rundown of Firmware 2.00 (also see our quick guide to Sony firmware updates).
Sony responds to the needs of news and sports photographers with Firmware 2.00 enhancements for the Sony Alpha α9 II.
- Adds the Hi Frequency flicker function - This function allows you to reduce the impact of flickering from artificial light sources (such as digital signage, electronic signboards, or LED lights) by setting the shutter speed more finely than usual
- Improves the Face/Eye Priority in the AF function - When set to a custom key, the Face/Eye Priority in the AF function can be turned on or off each time it is pressed. If it is already set to custom key, you can use it with the new method of operation
- Improves the Remote Camera Tool function - Adds support for displaying Focus Frame for almost all scenes including tracking AF. (Note: Version 2.00 (or later) of the Remote Camera Tool is required. Please update to the latest version.)
- Improves the FTP transfer function
- Adds a function to display the MAC address as a QR code
- Adds a function to close the shutter when you turn off the camera to prevent dust or debris from adhering to the image sensor when you change lenses
- Allows you to save or load the customized camera settings on My MENU
- Improves the overall stability of the camera
- The Hi Frequency flicker function cannot be accessed through The Imaging Edge Remote, Imaging Edge Mobile and Remote Camera Tool software (as of April 9th, 2020)
- For updated function usage and additional information, please refer to the ILCE-9 Help Guide.