Canon and Nikon have delivered eye-detect and 8K over firmware. Sony? Almost nothing...

Sony A7 III
(Image credit: Future)

It’s hard to get excited over firmware – especially when all it seems to offer is big fixes. However, Canon and Nikon have completely revolutionized the way we think about firmware since they started releasing updates that added exciting new features to pre-existing models such as eye-detect and 8K video (which to be fair was promised in the Z9 from the very start). So here is my question to Sony, why are you not doing more to keep up with the other two leading big brands?

Sometimes I regret buying my Sony A7 III - not because it isn’t a great camera (although the IBIS on the Panasonic Lumix S5 is far superior) but because I feel let down by Sony's support. In all honesty, I’ve stopped bothering to update the firmware now because it never seemed to do much anyway. I’ve never had any real issues with my camera so there’s been nothing to fix. But it is now five years old and since the camera world advances so quickly, it’s starting to fall behind. I personally don’t need it to be any faster or have any of the bells and whistles you find in more recent releases - but if it’s a possibility, it would be nice. 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.