Sony users frustrated over company's outdated firmware strategy

Sony A1
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Professional Sony users are calling for Sony to improve its firmware update strategy as it's high-end products are missing important features. While Nikon and Canon ensure the longevity of a camera by constantly upgrading their firmware, Sony is not so quick to ensure the Sony A1, the Sony FX3 and the Sony A7S III are bang up-to-date with software upgrades. If the two leading camera brands can do it, surely Sony should follow suit…

When Nikon first launched the Nikon Z9 it came with a bunch of desirable features that would become available at a later date through a firmware update. These included things like internal 8K 60p video capture, increased buffer size for JPEG and RAW photos, High-Res Zoom and introducing a C60 mode so users can shoot 19-megapixel stills at 60fps. Annoying as it was that the Z9 didn't come with it from the get-go, it goes to show how many things can be upgraded just with a firmware update and how far Nikon is willing to go to keep their customers loyal. 

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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.