Sony A57 firmware update improves autofocus


posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM EST

Sony's Alpha SLT-A57 Translucent Mirror camera. Click here for our Sony A57 preview!A tipoff from IR reader 'Home' alerted us to a new firmware update for Sony's recently-announced Alpha SLT-A57 digital camera.

A followup to the A55, the Sony A57 couples the company's Translucent Mirror technology with the same image sensor featured in the NEX-5N compact system camera. While its Continuous Advance Priority AE burst shooting performance is unchanged from its predecessor at 10fps, it now sports a new JPEG-only Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode that allows burst shooting to 12 fps with an 8.4 megapixel cropped image, pretty impressive performance for a camera listing for around US$800.

The Sony Alpha A57 firmware version 1.02 release improves autofocus performance in certain shooting conditions, for both of the Continuous Advance Priority modes. No other changes are noted.

The firmware update is available immediately on both the Windows and Macintosh platforms. Download links for various regions are as follows:

Customers in other regions can find their local download site on the Sony Electronics Support index.