How to update the Sony A7iii – Firmware 3.0

How to update the Sony A7iii – Firmware 3.0


so finally their firmware 3.0 for the
Sony a7 3 is here I’m gonna quickly show you how to upload it onto your camera
and then I’m going to show you what we’ve got in this new firmware I’ve put
a link in the description below that’ll take you to the firmware update page
make sure you download the correct one for the operating system that you’re
using I know with a last firmware update there are a few problems with different
operating systems so make sure you have access to different computers and
different operating systems just in case they should be ok but I’m just saying
that because I know there were a few issues with different operating systems
especially on the Mac you’ll also need your multi port cable that came with the
camera I think this is the one that came with mine but I’m gonna try it anyway
first things first make sure your battery is fully charged I use the Sony
one that came with a camera remove the SD card if there’s one in your camera if
you use third-party batteries I’ve heard that there’s not too much of a problem
with those it just flashes up the warning when you put the battery in the
camera and turn it on i’ve got links in the description to each operating system
so if you’re using windows go to the windows link if you’re using a Mac click
on the Mac link I’m using the 10.14 operating system on a Mac you need 600
megabytes of space on your hard drive and 512 megabytes of RAM these specs are
pretty low so most computers will work with your camera make sure the USB
connection on setup page 4 of 7 is on mass storage so I’m using a Mac so I’m
gonna click on this one that says version 3 Mac on this page it gives you
the benefits and improvements in this list down here and also it has a written
out way to upload the firmware to your camera so click on the download button
scroll to the bottom of this and then click on download so it looks like they
have an additional stage to download the new firmware I haven’t got an account
with Sony so I’m gonna create account for download now if you already have an
account on the Sony pay sign in and then it’ll let you download
the new firmware once you’ve created an account and verified it with an email
it’ll start to download the firmware all you need to do is wait for this to
download now once the file is downloaded find out where it’s gone and then
double-click on the dmg file so I’m going to double click on this and expand
it if you’re on a PC you might have to extract it next thing we’re going to do
is click on this update setting tool sometimes your Mac will give you this
warning yeah I know who I’ve downloaded it from a reputable source so I’m gonna
open and put in your password then it asked you to connect the device to the
computer with the USB cable you need to make sure you’re using the micro USB
port not the USB C port on your camera if it doesn’t show up try disconnecting
and reconnecting or use a different USB port if this still doesn’t work try a
different USB cable I’ve got a Mac with USB C ports so I have to use one of
these annoying adapters I then use the cable that came with a camera and plug
it into this adapter now it’s plugged in I’ll click on OK if that doesn’t do
anything then click on resources and then click on system software updater
then click on open and this will open the updater program so in this program
it goes through the stages again I’ve done all this so I’m gonna click on next
next it’s kind of try and find the camera as you can see my current version
is 2.0 I didn’t actually update the firmware to the 2.1 one last thing i
need to do before uploading is make sure that the sleek mode is turned off on my
computer so i’m going to go into system preferences energy saver and it’s
already there so i’m never going to let my display go to sleep and i’m going to
keep it there so I’m gonna click on next you’ll see on your camera it says follow
computer instructions then the screen will go blank now I’m running the update
this will take around about 10 minute so all you need to do is wait until this
process is done it’s really important to leave everything alone at this point I
always make sure my laptop is plugged in and that nothing can knock any of the
cables out once it’s completed it’ll put this message up on the screen and it
will say finish the update so I’ll just click on finish and I’m done the camera
will switch off at the end of the process and switch back on and then it
will just have the USB mode mass-storage on the back of the camera so now it’s
safe to unplug so I’m going to unplug it and there we go as instructed I don’t
have a memory card inserted now I’ll just check the version so I’ll go to
setup page seven and click on version as you can see here it says version 3.0
hell ok that and come out so now I’m just going to have a quick flick through
the menus just to see what’s different that looks all the same there we go so
in tab one page four or 14 you have interval shoot function in here you got
interval shooting should start time the interval number of shots auto exposure
tracking sensitivity which is interesting
silent shoot in interval mode then shoot interval priority the next one that’s
new is this face I oughta focus set here you can change between human and animal
I’m going to keep it on human for now face detect frame display animal eye
display on face eye priority in autofocus I’m guessing this is where you
switch it on and off so when you press your shutter button it automatically
tries to detect eyes in the shot or maybe a face in the shot as well this
week I’m gonna test for stability in the firmware update and I’m also going to
have a play around with the intervalometer so hopefully next week
we’ll have a video on this built-in intervalometer I’m gonna try it in a few
different situations and see how well it works one thing I want to know is
whether I can leave my intervalometer at home now with this update whether I
still have to bring it along that’s about it firmware 3.0 does have
quite a few changes let’s just hope it’s more stable than the firmware 2.0 that
was released last year but only time will tell
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