We test Sony’s firmware update for the Sony a9. Eye AF was excellent before, and it’s a little better now – though it still fails in heavily backlit situations. Lock-on AF tracks a subject as it moves across the frame. Before the firmware update, Lock-on AF was almost useless. Now, Lock-on AF is extremely useful for sports and even still subjects where focus-recompose is easier than manually changing focusing points. Finally, I discuss the importance of being able to delete a group of photos all at once.
After this Firmware 5.0 update, Sony makes a real step forward. Some websites even said the Sony a9 has better autofocus performance than Nikon D5 – “Mirrorless finally did beat DSLR in their last bastion”. But I don’t think so: Nikon D5 still has better ergonomics, battery life, start up time/response etc. What do you think?