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New firmware V4 for Sony a700

Discussion in 'Sony Chat' started by Roger_Provins, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    V4 firmware.

    I've installed and tested ... all okay on mine.

    Not fully gone through the menu but I there is now an OFF setting for the high ISO NR - the lack of which has caused a lot of controversy :)
     
  2. Gordon_McGeachie

    Gordon_McGeachie In the Stop Bath


    Are there any serious issues from v3 that have been fixed in v4 Rog?

    Do you have a link?
     
  3. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Click on V4 (above) for the download. Yes there are quite dramatic improvements to high ISO rendition and also 2EV bracketing ... and other stuff not yet quantified. On other forums some are calling it an upgrade rather than an update :)

    I don't know about that - but anyway it seems quite a big step forwards.
     
  4. fabs

    fabs Well-Known Member

    Excuse my ignorance Rog, but what was the controversy?
     
  5. Gordon_McGeachie

    Gordon_McGeachie In the Stop Bath

    Cheers Rog.................. :cool:

    Downloading now :cool:

    Please remind this thicky how to upgrade :eek:
     
  6. fabs

    fabs Well-Known Member

    Was about to say the same! :D
     
  7. Gordon_McGeachie

    Gordon_McGeachie In the Stop Bath

    heres how.

    http://tinyurl.com/A700-Firmware-v4

    I know it says version 3 in the text but it is the same for v4 :D
     
  8. fabs

    fabs Well-Known Member

    Cheers Gordon
     
  9. Gordon_McGeachie

    Gordon_McGeachie In the Stop Bath

    Your welcome................. :cool:


    See..............I do have my uses :rolleyes:
     
  10. fabs

    fabs Well-Known Member

    And I would never say anything to the contrary. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Smearing and water-colour effects caused by high ISO noise suppression. Plus some just didn't like the fact that the NR couldn't be turned OFF only to LOW.
     
  12. fabs

    fabs Well-Known Member

    Thanks Rog. :)
     
  13. Gordon_McGeachie

    Gordon_McGeachie In the Stop Bath

    I came to update my firmware by copying the (DSCA700.APP) file across the the root directory of my CF card, but all there is is one file called SONYCF.IND which is 0kb.

    Can anyone help?
     
  14. Gordon_McGeachie

    Gordon_McGeachie In the Stop Bath

    Got it sorted.........I ran the prog first then copied the file across to the cf card, instead of doing it the correct way..............DOH :eek:
     
  15. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Glad you're up and running with V4 now. :)

    I've had a chance now to test it out and quite frankly its more of a make-over than a simple version upgrade. So much has been improved not just high ISO noise - but across the board of image quality. Just one example is the noise at lower ISO - 800 is now very nearly as clean as 400 was!
     
  16. fabs

    fabs Well-Known Member

    Just one more question Rog. Where did you get the update from as I can't seem to find it on the Sony site?
     
  17. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    It seems they took it down!

    .... but you can get it from PhotoClubAlpha :) .. this is the zipped file.
     
  18. fabs

    fabs Well-Known Member

    Thanks again Rog. the mods should change your title to Sony Guru! :D
     
  19. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

  20. fabs

    fabs Well-Known Member

    A700 is now updated to v4 and I am seriously impressed. Now I can shoot higher ISOs and use Noise Ninja properly. I seriously thought that the effect caused by the camera's noise reduction system was caused by the noise itself!

    It was definitely a case of the cure being worse than the disease. I am now a very happy camper! [​IMG]
     

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