On April 10 Sony released firmware version 3.0 for the Sony α7R III and α7 III. The update gives α7R III and α7 III users new AF capabilities as well as an advanced built-in intervalometer for time lapse.
This new software adds a built-in interval timer, enabling photographers to easily capture and create time-lapse movies. The new feature can be set for anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999. AE tracking sensitivity is available to be adjusted to “High”, “Mid” or “Low” in order to reduce changes in exposure. Sony also added a playback function that allows you to actually get an in-camera playback of the time lapse instantly.
On December 7, 2018 Sony released a notification about the latest software update (ver.2.00) for their A7III and A7RIII cameras. The software was released about two months ago but Sony discovered some issues, and removed it from their website. In the notifications they apologize for any inconvenience Sony Firmware Delay may cause, and assure their customers that a solution will be published around mid-December.
The following issues may occur with our α7R III and α7 III interchangeable lens digital cameras:
This week, Apple named Aurora HDR as the Best Mac App of 2017. Aurora HDR was recently released for Windows as well. It is one of the most powerful and successful HDR software in the world. I have compared it with Nik HDR Pro, and I find Aurora to be more precise and accurate in blending images. It allows better and smooth transitions to HDR, and more saddle corrections, so the image does not look too exaggerated. Here is a part of the official press release:
“Apple unveiled its charts and trends, celebrating the most popular apps of 2017, and named Aurora HDR 2018 as the Best Mac App of 2017. This recognition celebrates both the quality of the software for photographers and photo enthusiasts as well as how customers have responded to it with purchases and reviews. In other words, of all the apps Apple sells in their store, Aurora HDR stood out for its quality and customer response.
Adobe’s announcement that they split Lightroom to two versions – Lightroom Classic CC (the old Lightroom) and the Lightroom CC – which will be cloud based version with mobile interface made lots of noise in the photography community. People have different concerns and some of them are not without reasons. At the same time DxO announced that they acquired Nik’s plugins from Google, and will soon offer a new version with lots of new features (the current one will stay free). Another announcement, may be even more intriguing, is the one coming from Macphun – the announcement of Luminair 2018. This version will finally work on both PC and Mac, will offer RAW editor, new filters powered by artificial intelligence, digital asset management platform, and many more.