Sony Rolls Out New Firmware For Alpha 9 III and Alpha 1

Sony has released firmware updates for several Alpha Mirrorless cameras, including Alpha 9 III and Alpha 1. The updates include over 45 new features, tools, and fixes.

Firmware Version 2.0 for Sony a9III (ILCE-9M3) can add Shot Marks automatically to movie frames after recording. There’s also a remote triggering function and support for the relay playback function.

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Sony is adding support for their Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) format, which will protect against images being used in generative AI without permission or compensation.

Sony’s Custom Grid Line display feature is now available for license. Users can now prioritize their favorite images and movies to be downloaded first and schedule file transfer of movies and still images, as well as encrypt them during Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).

A9III also receives several new fixes that stabilize the camera, especially during continuous shooting and FTP file transfers. The camera is more reliable when connected to a WiFi network, and the time code is retained after a power restart.

Sony is adding a signal strength icon to the camera’s display to show the wireless connection between a WiFi portal and the camera itself.

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The Sony a1 (ILCE-1) Mirrorless Camera has received an update to Version 2.01. This update includes added support for breathing compensation with compatible lenses and image stabilization using Body-Lens Coordinated Control with compatible lenses.

Additionally, the update includes a new function that allows users to narrow down images to be played back during file transfer protocols, using multiple filtering conditions.

TimeCode input is now supported with the use of the camera’s multi/micro USB terminal and a source time code module. Users must use a dedicated adapter cable to connect the time code source equipment.

The Sony Creators’ App Vs. 2.3.1 has replaced the Imaging Edge Mobile App. The new app supports remote camera operations, wireless file transfer, and several other functions.

Users can also automatically schedule protected movies and still images via FTP using WPA3-SAE. There is also support for live streaming through a USB-C connection.

The Sony Monitor and Control App can connect the camera wirelessly and enable video monitoring and remote camera operation using a smartphone or tablet. The Remote Camera Tool can also be used when the monitor and viewfinder are turned off.

Other updates include an increase in the maximum number of images that can be recorded into a folder to 9,999, and the ability to use multiple filtering conditions during FTP file transfer. Sony will also add support for its Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) protocols to the camera at a later date.

The update also includes bug fixes, such as greater reliability during file transfer, retaining time code after a power restart, and improved exposure stability using extended ISO during video recording.


The firmware updates for both the Sony a9III/ILCE-9M3 and Sony a1 (ILCE-1) are available now from the Sony Support website, with direct download links here and here respectively. Some features may require a separate license purchase to enable.

[source: SONY]

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