Sony lines up two major firmware updates for the Sony A9

It’s almost two years since the launch of the Sony A9, and these updates will supercharge the AF performance and add new functionality to Sony’s flagship full-frame mirrorless camera for pro sports and action photography.

These free firmware updates represent substantial improvements to the camera’s capabilities and they’re all the more remarkable for arriving as software updates rather than hardware changes. Modern digital camera firmware is more than an image processing system, it represents the camera’s entire operating system.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at