Firmware Friday: New features for Canon EOS R and RP, Fuji GFX100 and Sony A9, plus a Fuji X-A7 bugfix


posted Friday, September 27, 2019 at 9:53 PM EDT


This week's Firmware Friday roundup is rather bigger than they've been of late, bringing with it news of some interesting feature-enhancing updates for several mirrorless cameras from Canon, Fujifilm and Sony, as well as a bug fix for another Fuji camera. The models receiving new features span a gamut from the entry-level Canon EOS RP and mid-range EOS R to flagships like the Sony A9 and Fuji GFX100, while it's the Fuji X-A7 which is focused on bug fixes.

Let's get right down to what's new!

Canon EOS R and EOS RP

Kicking things off with Canon, the conpany's EOS R and RP largely share the same changes for both models, although each does get one bug fix which its sibling doesn't require. In all, the list of changes shared by both models is as follows:

  1. Enhances eye detection Auto Focus (AF) for improved face and eye recognition at greater distances.

  2. Improved Auto Focus (AF) performance helps the camera to focus on and track smaller subjects.

  3. Reduces lag time between the actual Auto Focus (AF) and the AF frame display for images in the viewfinder or on the LCD.

  4. Fixes PTP communication vulnerability.

In addition, the Canon EOS R firmware version 1.4.0 update (download here) adds the following bug fix to the list:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF frame size cannot be changed in the Servo AF setting.

The EOS RP firmware version 1.3.0 update (download here), meanwhile, adds the following bug fix instead:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which Main dial icon may not appear when magnify/reduce button is pressed during the image playback.

Fuji GFX100 and X-A7

Moving along to Fujifilm, firmware version 1.02 for the Fuji GFX100 (download here) brings with it one new feature and some bug fixes, as follows:

  1. OFF setting is added to the switching function by pressing the DISP/BACK button of information display on the EVF.

  2. The phenomenon is fixed that in the interval shooting, exposure mode (P/A/S/M) changes after the first frame.

  3. The phenomenon is fixed that with the shooting conditions below, RAW images developed by application software become black.

    • ISO: 100 or less

    • Shutter speed: 50 min. or longer

    • Noise reduction: OFF

  4. Fix of slight defects.

And firmware version 1.01 for the Fuji X-A7 (download here) has just the one change:

  1. The phenomenon is fixed that the exposure compensation is not reflected to the brightness of the LCD while a face is detected.

Sony A9

Finally for this week, we turn to Sony's flagship A9 mirrorless camera, now receiving firmware version 6.00. (Download here for Windows, or here for Mac OS.) Changes are as follows:

  1. Adds real-time Eye AF for animals

    This function can be used simultaneously with tracking.
    Eye detection may not be possible, depending on the environment, animal type or the movement of the animal.
    It is not possible to simultaneously detect human and animal eyes.

  2. Addition of the interval shooting function

  3. Allows the operation with the wireless remote commander RMT-P1BT [sold separately]

  4. [Focus Frame Color] can be selected.

  5. "My Menu" can be assigned to appear first when you press the MENU button.

  6. Improves the overall stability of the camera

And that's all for this week's roundup. Be sure to check back next time for more firmware news!

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