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Free Update Adds Real-Time Animal Eye AF to the Sony RX10 IV

The Sony RX10 IV is one of (if not the) most popular bridge/superzoom cameras on the market, and it just got better. As promised in an earlier announcement, Sony has released a free firmware update that improves the RX10’s autofocus by adding Real-Time Animal Eye AF.

Real-Time Animal Eye AF first debuted in Sony’s E-Mount ILCs, but the feature—which will no-doubt be extremely appealing to amateur shutterbugs—is making its way into the RX series with Firmware Version 2.0 for the RX10 IV.

The update is available to download now, and according to the release notes it:

  • Adds Real-Time Eye AF for animals
  • Enables the possibility to operate the Real-Time Eye AF by half-pressing the shutter button
  • Improves the overall stability of the camera

The release notes also list two caveats: You can’t detect human and animal eyes simultaneously, and Animal Eye AF may not work in every situation depending on the “environment, animal type or the movement of the animal.”

Here’s a quick demo of the feature in action on Sony’s more expensive a7 series cameras:

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