Sony A7R IQ Comparison of Firmware

Previously I did a comparison of the Sony A7R firmware 1.01 vs 1.02, where there was an improvement in IQ with the update. Recently Sony released their firmware 1.10, touting improved image quality as a feature of this update. Read on to find out if there is an improvement. Click on the images to bring up the larger images to help you compare and decide for yourself.

All images were taken with the Sony A7R + FE 24-70mm F4 OSS at about 50mm F4. All are JPEG images cropped in to the area of interest.

These are the ISO 3200 images.

No noise reduction:

FW 1.01 ISO 3200 No NR
FW 1.01 ISO 3200 No NR
FW 1.02 ISO 3200 No NR
FW 1.02 ISO 3200 No NR
FW 1.10 ISO 3200 No NR
FW 1.10 ISO 3200 No NR

Low noise reduction:

FW 1.01 ISO 3200 Low NR
FW 1.01 ISO 3200 Low NR
FW 1.02 ISO 3200 Low NR
FW 1.02 ISO 3200 Low NR
FW 1.10 ISO 3200 Low NR
FW 1.10 ISO 3200 Low NR

Normal noise reduction:

FW 1.01 ISO 3200 Normal NR
FW 1.01 ISO 3200 Normal NR
FW 1.02 ISO 3200 Normal NR
FW 1.02 ISO 3200 Normal NR
FW 1.10 ISO 3200 Normal NR
FW 1.10 ISO 3200 Normal NR

If you think improving the startup speed of the Sony A7R is the only benefit of this update, think again. I do think there is a significant improvement in IQ at ISO 3200 with the latest firmware. The question is how much of an improvement do we get at even higher ISOs?

Page 2 ISO 6400, Page 3 ISO 8000-25600