Sony FS7 Firmware 3.0 is Here: Focus Magnification Improved, 2K Crop Modes Added, RAW Fixed

Sony's newest firmware has arrived for the FS7, and with it comes a bunch of new features and support for additional functions.

As part of the 3.0 firmware, Sony has improved focus magnification by giving you more options for positioning, and they've also added a 2K crop mode for shooting with Super 16mm or other broadcast lenses that don't cover the full Super 35mm frame. One of the big changes is that they've fixed some issues with RAW recording that cinema5D helped find. Here they are on this problem:

The issues we saw prior to today’s firmware update were:
Frame drops when shooting at 200fps (PAL) and lower than expected bit depth, affecting the dynamic range of external recordings. Read all about these issues HERE.

We had a chance to test a version of the firmware in early January, and we can confirm that the issues are no longer present. The frame drops are fixed, and processing has been improved so the RAW images look more natural and we could see a higher bit depth.

However, we also found that the bit depth is still lower at high frame rates (e.g.: 240fps RAW). This is due to the limited data rate that can be put through a single 3G-SDI cable. Thus dynamic range on internal recordings (XAVC) remains slightly higher.

As for the other features, they've also added some noise reduction options for the Cine EI mode, and have added interval recording to the camera. Here's a look at everything in this update:

  • 1.) Focus Magnification function is improved.
    • Support for magnification area position adjustment
    • Magnification resolution improvement
  • 2.) Support for “2K Full”, “2K Center” setting in Image Scan Mode
  • 3.) Support for Interval Recording function
  • 4.) Expand lowest value of Zebra level to 0%
  • 5.) Support for Noise Suppression setting in Cine EI mode
  • 6.) Video Signal Monitor usability is improved.
  • 7.) The operability of “Iris setting” using the “Iris dial” and the “assignable dial” is improved.
  • 8.) FS-RAW image quality and operation stability improvement
  • 9.) Overall stability and operability of the camera is improved

To download the update for your camera, head on over to the links below.     

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Great news! Excited about the new options and the alleged faster menu's. Couldn't wait to play with this new firmware,....and then the cam bricked :P
Oh well, ill get it back in a week or so, and it appears its an isolated issue, but dammit I want to test it now! :P

January 29, 2016 at 8:39AM, Edited January 29, 8:39AM

Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking

Bricked how? Not enough battery? You became impatient? I read that phase 2 could take up to 15 minutes to complete.

January 30, 2016 at 12:10AM

Torben Greve

No, actually the camera is stuck in a update-loop now. I let the update run for 2 hours before pulling the plug (as it says in the update manual). It completed Phase one, but on phase 2 it got stuck. Now everytime we boot the camera it starts updating in phase II, but gets stuck at 18%. We have sent the cam back to sony, but sadly they take no responsibility at all for software released on their website. Repairing the camera therefore is gonna cost money, besides missing the camera for a week already now. We havent even gotten an estimate on the costs of the repair yet, although we have asked for that daaays ago.
I'm severely let down by the customer support of Sony at this point...

February 4, 2016 at 3:35AM, Edited February 4, 3:35AM

Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking

Here is a great look at the new noise reduction in the FS7 and how it compares to the plugins that are available-

February 3, 2016 at 7:21PM

Scott Selman
Content Creator | Filmmaker | Producer