Sony has issued a firmware upgrade for its α7R II camera, which offers support for the company’s radio-controlled lighting system and improved overall stability.

The stability improvements apply specifically to the picture shooting mode by optimising temperature control (effects vary according to temperature) as well as to general overall stability and operability of the camera. Other improvements provided from previous updates include:

  1. In addition to SDXC card, the camera records XAVCS format video with SDHC card.
  • When shooting movies in XAVC S format, it requires SD Speed Class10, or UHS Speed Class U1 or faster. (When recording in 100 Mbps or more, UHS Speed Class U3 is required.)
  • When an SDHC memory card is used to record XAVC S movies over extended periods of time, the recorded movies will be divided into files of 4 GB. The divided files can be integrated into a single file using  PlayMemories Home.
  1. The system software update for optimizing the new lenses performance.
    (Applied to the lenses releasing after 2016 March)
  2. Improvement of 4K movie recording time when the vertical grip (VG-C2EM) is being used or when APS-C/Super35mm mode is being activated. (Improvement by approx. 20%) The maximum continuous recording time is approximately 29 minutes.
  3. Picture quality improvement.
  4. Uncompressed RAW format is available. Applications of PlayMemories Camera Apps do not support uncompressed RAW as of March, 2016.
  5. HDMI output is possible when using Remote Camera Control. (Only Still Mode)
  6. Improved a symptom to rarely become front focus depend on shooting scene.
  7. Decreased chroma noise when long exposure NR is set off.
  8. Improved Hi continuous shooting speed when using with the flash.

The new firmware is available for downloading now at