November 20, 2015

Firmware 1.10 for Sony a7S II Fixes Black Sunspot Issue

Sony a7S II Front
Though Sony's newest a7 series cameras pack a ton of features, including 4K, they aren't without their faults.

Many have had issues with overheating on both of the internal 4K models (a7S II and a7R II), but while those may not be fixable via firmware update, another simple issue is: the dreaded black sunspot, which can occur when shooting with the sun in the background, or when shooting with extremely bright/blown out specular highlights in the frame. It's worth noting that a number of cameras have had this issue, so the a7S II certainly isn't alone.

In the newest 1.1 firmware, Sony has fixed this problem:

This utility updates the ILCE-7SM2 camera firmware to version 1.10 to address a condition where a black spot may occur in a high intensity lighting part of a shooting scene.
Note: This condition is especially seen in PAL 25p, it rarely happens in NTSC 30p or 60p.

If you've just been shooting with the camera in the western hemisphere, it's possible you haven't run into this nearly as much, if at all, as those across the pond who shoot PAL natively. As proof of this fix, Wolfcrow posted this video that shows all different picture profiles shooting directly into the sun:

If you're in the US, you can head on over here to get the newest update, and if you're elsewhere in the world, be sure to visit the exact Sony site in your territory.      

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STILL waiting on BlackMagicDesign to fix the sunspot issue on the original Ursa sensor (the 4K model). It's been 14 months.

November 20, 2015 at 12:23PM

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Jon Wolding
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I'd say there'll be quite a wait still...

November 21, 2015 at 6:14PM

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Brandon Shafto
Cinematographer
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I was told at a Blackmagic seminar by one of the reps that there are no plans to have a firmware fix for that for the 4k ones. If he's right, this is really a let down.

November 27, 2015 at 11:29PM

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Joseph Andolina Jr.
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How about that banding in S-Log 3 Cine?

November 21, 2015 at 6:14PM, Edited November 21, 6:23PM

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Brandon Shafto
Cinematographer
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Yeah, recently shot an interview with awful banding. Sticking with slog2.

November 29, 2015 at 12:34PM

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Tyler Peck
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