Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Sony Alpha dSLR / Konica Minolta dSLR, Sony SLT

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Oct 28, 2007, 7:57 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 323
Default

For those of you who had not noticed there is a firmware update (version 1.04) for the A100. There are some details here.

There are some discussions around that suggest that there are some improvements in AF performance, CF write speed and exposure accuracy. These are subjective opinions - no attempt at benchmark testing.

Has anyone here installed the update and noticed any improvements?
FrankD is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Oct 31, 2007, 3:34 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 167
Default

FrankD wrote:
Quote:
For those of you who had not noticed there is a firmware update (version 1.04) for the A100.* There are some details here.

There are some discussions around that suggest that there are some improvements in AF performance, CF write speed and exposure accuracy.* These are subjective opinions - no attempt at benchmark testing.

Has anyone here installed the update and noticed any improvements?
How are you Frank?

Here's the link and full discussion:
http://flickr.com/groups/sony_alpha/...7602600575331/

I have noticed faster AF, and lower noise for ISO800. For 1600 it is not really improved...but the big one is ISO800. Clean-up with NR is better, and the NR using the sony software is very good too.

I am happy
cgl88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 31, 2007, 5:43 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 323
Default

Hey cgl - good to se that you are still around.

Thanks for the flickr link. I hadn't seen that one. The discussions I've seenare on Dyxum and DPreview.

I updated my A100 a few days ago. I can't say that the AF is noticeably faster but there is now very little hunting in low light. I've been playing with ISO800 and ISO1600 - obviously nowhere near the A700 but some of the results are quite acceptable.
FrankD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 2, 2007, 9:55 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 86
Default

How do you know you've downloaded a legal version? Sony Canada has no record of a firmware update 1.04 for either Canada or the USA.

Dano
Dano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 3, 2007, 7:09 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 323
Default

Dano wrote:
Quote:
How do you know you've downloaded a legal version? Sony Canada has no record of a firmware update 1.04 for either Canada or the USA.

Dano
Good question and I don't know the answer. Version 1.04 is certainly available on the Sony Europe site. I don't know why it has not made it to the North American sites yet.

As I recall, the Version 1.02 update went through a similar delay where it was available in Europe weeks before it was available in North America.

I have updated mine with the (unofficial?) Version 1.04 and the camera is certainly working well. The AF does seem to behave well in low light.

Obviously the safest thing to do is wait for the official version. As they say, "If it's not broken don't fix it"!

FrankD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 12, 2007, 1:03 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1
Default

http://esupport.sony.com/CA/perl/new...mp;news_id=150

I haven't tried it myself yet, but the 1.04 update seems to be suppored in Canada as well.


pulsar929 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 3, 2008, 7:49 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 477
Default

I am thinking about getting my father-in-law a Sony A100 for his birthday, as he has two older Minolta AF lenses. I'm currently located in Japan, and the A100 is cheap here(my father-in-law is in Australia, where I am from).

The main problem is that the menus on the A100 are all in Japanese (I've tried it and you can't update the language to English on the Japanese domestic model). If I upgraded to a US or European firmware V1.04, would that change it to English(or the ability to change to English)? Or will I be unable to do this?
dnas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 3, 2008, 11:06 PM   #8
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Savannah, GA (USA)
Posts: 22,378
Default

I do not know.

JimC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 4, 2008, 6:50 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 477
Default

Hmmmm...... I suppose it would be the same story if I got the A700, and tried to upgrade to V3 firmware?


JimC wrote:
Quote:
I do not know.
dnas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 4, 2008, 7:19 PM   #10
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Savannah, GA (USA)
Posts: 22,378
Default

I don't know. I'm surprised to hear that the A100 intended for the Japanese market doesn't allow for language selection, and I don't know if the same thing would apply to the A700 or not.

Sometimes firmware files are identical between regions and sometimes, they're not, depending on the model. You'd probably need to download them and compare them to find out using a utility like WinDiff designed for that purpose.

JimC is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:52 PM.