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Here’s what the Sony A9 will be able to do with the latest firmware

By Marcus Wong - on 22 Jan 2019, 11:36am

Here’s what the Sony A9 will be able to do with the latest firmware

Also announced along the new A6400 camera are two new sets of firmware for the professional level A9 camera. The first to come is firmware ver5.0. That’s scheduled for launch in March 2019 and brings “Real-time Tracking” mode for object tracking as well as “Real-time Eye AF” to a camera that was already amongst the leaders in autofocus technology.

As we mentioned in our coverage here, Real-time Eye AF uses AI-based object recognition to detect and process where eyes are in real-time for extreme precision. As with the A6400, Touch Pad, Touch Tracking and Fast Hybrid AF for movie shooting will also be implemented.

The first half of the clip above shows off Real-time Eye AF in action at full speed, and it certainly seems impressive, staying on the left eye of the subject for most of the clip. The second half is shown at 45% speed so you can better see follow the camera.

Firmware ver 6.0 will add Eye AF for animal eyes for the A9, and that will allow wildlife photographs to do timelapse movies with great focus on animal subjects too. This is scheduled for Q2 of this year, so A9 photographers will have plenty to look forward to.

Sources: SonyAlphaRumors, Patrick Murphy-Racey