Sony updates firmware for A7, A7R, A7S and A6000

June 17, 2015

The update, which is free to download, is designed to boost start-up speed by 30% and enable high bit-rate movie recording. The update applies to qualifying cameras that have software version 1.21 or earlier. All newly shipped models will include the updated firmware. Visit


June 17, 2015 10:04 BST

Sony releases firmware update for selected E-mount interchangeable-lens cameras increasing start-up speed and enabling high bit-rate movie recording.
• Firmware update for α7, α7R, α7S and α6000
• Update delivers 30% increase in start-up speed
• Enables high bit-rate movie shooting at 50p/25p (PAL mode), 60p/30p/24p (NTSC mode) in XAVC S[i]

Sony today released a firmware update for the α7, α7R, α7S and α6000 interchangeable-lens cameras.

Available now as free download from the Sony website, the firmware update reduces the time between switching on the camera to viewing a picture on the LCD screen or OLED viewfinder by 30%[ii].

The update also enables high bit-rate movie recording at 50p/25p in PAL and 60p/30p/24p in NTSC[iii] in the highly efficient XAVC S format[iv].
It is applicable for all qualifying models that have software version 1.21 or earlier and all new models will now ship with the updated firmware.

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[i] α6000 only
[ii] Measurements taken with a SEL2870 attached to α7, α7R and α7S, and SELP1650 attached to α6000
[iii] PAL/NTSC is switchable in the menu system
[iv] An SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording