I was wondering if/when the A7/A7R will receive the firmware update for XAVC-S and/or S-LOG 2 for video?
The RX10 has received the XAVC-S codec, and has the same BIONZ-X processor... I don't think it is a heat issue if it couldn't as the A7S is the same size body and can do even more (S-LOG2, 4k, higher bitrates...)
Right now, AVCHD just doesn't cut it, and an update wouldn't take any market away from the A7S (A7S has a better sensor, low light, etc) even just a higher bitrate at XAVC-S would mean the world.
PLEASE include Picture Profile (Slog) in your smart remote app. Cannot stress this enough. The smart remote app has potential to be amazing, but is vertially worthless to the many sony users who shoot in slog/picture profile. I honestly wish there was ANY OTHER OPTION for my a7s, but there isn't. Other cameras like Canon still rely on alternative apps like manfrotto Digital Director or DSLR Remote APP, etc for wireless monitoring, but with Sony Cameras there is absolutely NO alternative. This is a serious flaw that has been bothering me for YEARS. I literally check every few weeks to see if Sony has updated their firmware, but after waiting 2 years and nothing happening, I am very frustrated.
bydishe11-30-201511:52 AM - edited 12-10-201509:15 PM
Many of the modern Sony cameras, including the A7S, A5100 and A6000, include a "smooth skin" filter feature. I'm sure some end users out there like this, but in video it gets horribly annoying and fake looking, especially since it sort of turns on and off depending on whether or not the camera can detect a face, even in the middle of a clip. Thankfully the option is greyed out when the camera is in video mode, because this is obviously a feature that should stay disabled... but the problem is, some of these cameras automatically apply the effect in video mode, even when disabled or greyed out from the Sony menus! And when this happens, there is no way to disable it!
There are quite a few discussions across the internet about this problem- the solution proposed has been to turn off face detection entirely. But there are two problems with this. 1) We lose the other benefits of face detection, such as autofocus tracking. 2) When the camera isn't recording internally, the live HDMI out still does face detection / skin smoothing, even if face detection is disabled!
This means when sending the camera's feed out to an external recorder, TV, monitor, live internet streamer, etc, we get intermittent skin smoothing that sort of looks like the subject's skin has turned into wax. Then back into skin again if they move their head the right way, and repeat.
I can confirm I've seen this problem effects the A7S, A5100 and A6000. (EDIT: It seems a firmware update for the A7s has quietly fixed it. Thank you for that! It still very much effects the A6000 and A5100, however. Please help us fix those!) It likely also effects other cameras but I haven't seen them to confirm it. Please, please PLEASE correct this bug and let skin smoothing remain off on a global level if we turn it off in the camera menu. Or, just get rid of it entirely as it is a feature we can easily apply in post if desired. As it stands now, it is ruining our video footage!
The A5100 and A5000 have a few buttons including a dedicated "help" button that can be customized. Those few customizable buttons can only be assigned to single item settings options such as white balance, iso, drive mode, etc... However, unlike any other sony mirrorless camera, on the A5100 there is no quick "function menu" option that can be assigned to the customizable buttons and THIS IS A MAJOR FLAW.
All the other sony mirrorless camera have this quick "function menu" feature, including the Sony NEX-3, NEX-3N, NEX-5 , NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6, A3000, A6000, A7, etc... Some of these are much older and cheaper cameras that the A5100 should surpass in every way, especially when it comes to software!
This "quick menu" option is extremely important, it allows the user to access camera settings through one of the customizable button very efficiently without the need to navigate through countless pages in the cumbersome and annoying full menu. Furthermore this "Quick Menu" is customizable, allowing users to assign the settings they use the most to be available directly in this multi-item quick menu.
Sony can and should immediately add this feature back in the A5000 / A5100. Sony has previously shown this is something they can do. Back when the original NEX-5 was released, it did not have this "function menu" option, but it was later added through a firmware update, and it became a standard feature on all NEX cameras.
This feature isEXTREMELY important, without it the A5100 / A5000 are severely crippled cameras and become annoying to use.
Personally, as a past loyal Sony NEX customer I was excited when I bought the new A5100 but this excitement quickly turned into disappointment and utter shock... Now, I am just angry, I cannot believe Sony removed such a useful feature, especially on a camera where it is needed the most. We can only assume that Sony decided to remove this feature intentionally in an attempt to manipulate us into buying the more expensive A6000... Unfortunately, having been a NEX enthusiast user for years and having using that features for years, this is unacceptable, that such a basic feature gets intentionally removed, I feel betrayed and cheated, and I deeply regret my purchase. This is a direct slap in the face to all loyal nex customer who helped make the sony mirrorless camera such a succes.
IMPORTANT: Please share and support this idea by VOTING for it, post your comments too, together we can make a difference! Even if you dont own a A5000 or A5100, you still stand to gain from voting for this issue has it will clearly show Sony that we wont stand for this! Making their higher end models more attractive by adding new / improved features is OK, but purposedly completely crippling / removing basic and well established feature from lower-mid range model just to make the higher end models more attractive is not acceptable, especially when those features are found in much older / cheaper models. This tactic is unacceptable and Sony should never attempt anything like this on any of their product line.
Until this is fixed, I will not buy another Sony product.