Sony to release A77 and A65 firmware update on March 29 0

With last week’s somewhat sad news that the Sony A35 is being discontinued, here’s some good news to brighten up Sony Alpha fans–especially the Sony A65/A77 owners! Sony is expected to announced firmware version 1.05 for SLT-A65 and SLT-A77 on March 29th, 2012.

Sony A77/A65 firmware info (Click image to enlarge)

Here are the features of the updated firmware:

1. Expanded the number of automatic compensation compliant lenses (6 lens)

  • 24/2 ZA
  • 85/1.4 ZA
  • 135/1.8 ZA
  • 70-300/4.5-5.6 G
  • DT35/1.8
  • DT50/1.8

2. Improvement of response

  • Improvement of response for Auto review
    • (Display of [Processing] will not appear)
  • Shorten time lag between power SW operation and power off
  • Improvement of response for front/rear dial and mode dial
  • Improvement of response in play back mode

3. Improve AF response with 500mmF4 lens

4. Improvement of AF accuracy for low contrast objects

5. Improvement of compatibility of Minolta lens

[Konica Minolta] 1.4X TELE CONVERTER APO X [Konica Minolta] AF APO 300/2.8
[Konica Minolta] 2.0X TELE CONVERTER APO X [Konica Minolta] AF APO 300/2.8
[Konica Minolta] 1.4X TELE CONVERTER APO X [Konica Minolta] AF APO 600/4

The response improvements are very good updates to note, but details regarding improved JPEG quality are not yet known.

[Sonyalpharumors via Photorumors]