Sony is heeding the call from many of its advanced users and will add support for user-selectable uncompressed and compressed 14-bit RAW files in its forthcoming a7S II camera.
Existing models in the line, starting with the a7R II, will get the new RAW option via a firmware upgrade. Sony didn’t immediately disclose when the a7R II would get the new firmware but the a7S II will ship with it when it hits stores in October.
Sony’s approach to its RAW file has come in for criticism
as the company’s ambitions in the professional market have grown. Sony’s Deptuy VP for digital imaging Neal Manowitz acknowledged the feedback in a statement announcing the release of the new RAW format.
“The voice of our α community remains the most important guiding force of our product development plans,” Manowitz said. “The addition of Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW processing is a direct result of customer feedback. Widely requested by photo and video enthusiasts, we believe the choice of RAW processing types will further elevate the performance of these extraordinary cameras.”