The Sony FS7 Firmware 3.0 was expected in December 2015 Finally it has been released, and it seems to be a popular one with FS7 owners.
Early updaters have reported that responsiveness of the menu has been improved but no assignable button for (center) scan mode and that servo speed for the standard kit-lens has not been increased.
Sony FS7 3.0 Features
Focus Magnification improved
Magnification resolution improvement.
Support for “2K Full”, “2K Center” setting in Image Scan Mode (centre crop)
Support for Interval Recording function
Expand lowest value of Zebra level to 0%.
Support for Noise Suppression setting in Cine EI
Video Signal Monitor usability improved
The operability of “Iris setting” using the “Iris dial” and the “assignable dial” is improved.
FS-RAW image quality and operation stability improvement
Overall stability and operability of the camera is improved
As mentioned previously, the firmware is only available for download on the Sony Japan website. It is recommended that you wait until it’s available from a source in your language.
Download 3.0 here
Firmware Version 7.01 – New Features and Functionality for Sony F5/F55
Quick Menu in the high-resolution sub-display on the operator side. – The three silver keys above the display and three keys below are context sensitive and give users direct access to often used, powerful features without needing to navigate the menu system. Each key will call up a special sub-menu page –Project, Monitoring, MLUT, Media, Viewfinder and Others – for fast, efficient navigation.
ITU-R BT. 2020 in Custom Mode (F55 Only) – adds ITU-R BT. 2020 (Rec. 2020) colour space standard, which is future native colour space for 4K Ultra HD broadcast content. The recording will bake the Rec. 2020 colour space into the XAVC file. Sadly for F5 owners, BT.2020 support is only available on the F55.
Expanded options for simultaneous recording – Due to increasing demand from documentary productions needing to shoot HD and 4K of 50i with 50p or 59.94i with 59.94p for a more flexible workflow, Sony is implementing simultaneous recording to the same SxS Pro+ card of MPEG2 50Mbps 4:2:2 and 10 bit 4:2:2 4K XAVC in either 3840 x 2160 or 4096 x 2160 in version 7.01.
The range of “Zebra1 Level” in the VF menu is extended from “50% to 107%” to “0% to 107%” and that of “Zebra2 Level” is extended from “52% to 109%” to “0% to 109%.” F55 and F5 can show 18% Gray and 90% White output IRE level by zebra pattern on S-Log2 and S-Log3 operations.
S-Log3 18% Gray output IRE level: 41%, S-Log3 90% White output IRE level: 61%
S-Log2 18% Gray output IRE level: 32%, S-Log2 90% White output IRE level: 59%
When users apply the User Gamma created for the HDC series to F55 and F5, picture quality has been improved by adjusting the pedestal level.
How are you finding the updates so far…
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