Real-Time Animal Eye AF

As Sony promised, it has now upgraded its Eye AF technology to even include animal eyes. Animal Eye AF can detect and track animal eyes — cats and dogs for now, but more animals will be supported through future updates.

“Advanced subject recognition allows the α7 III and α7R III to detect and track animal eyes, and is the first step in a robust animal-tracking AF system,” Sony says. “The development of Animal Eye AF performance will continue, increasing the range of animals recognized by the system as well the system’s ability to track their movement.”

 

Interval Shooting for Timelapses

Finally, the firmware update adds a built-in interval timer in the two cameras, allowing the creation of time-lapse movies without a separate intervalometer.

Photos can be captured with an interval anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of photos anywhere between 1 to 9999. AE tracking sensitivity can be set to High/Mid/Low to help smooth out exposure changes between shots.

There’s also a playback feature that lets you view an in-camera playback of the timelapses you shoot.

Here’s a short sample timelapse shot by photographer Drew Geraci using the new feature:

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