Being compact and offering a large sensor, bright wide lens and full manual control, Sony’s Cyber-Shot RX100 range of cameras has proved popular with underwater photographers.
Specifically with underwater shooting in mind, Sony has released a firmware update for three of its Cyber-shot models, the DSC-RX100M3, DSC-RX100M4 and DSC-RX100M5.
The Ver.2.00 upgrade enhances usability of the cameras when used with underwater housing such as Sony’s MPK-URX100A and dedicated flash systems.
Firmware updates may not grab the headlines in the photo press, but updates are usually based on user experience and feedback and can make existing cameras inherently more useful.
Key user issues that have been addressed through this firmware update are white balance selection and flash operation.
Previously, when using Sony’s MPK-URX100A underwater housing, photographers had to manually adjust their white balance settings for their preferred underwater shooting conditions. The updated firmware adds an “Underwater Auto” setting, enabling the camera to automatically detect the corresponding underwater White Balance setting.
With the introduction of a “Flash-off” option, flash operation has also been improved when using the camera with the underwater unit. Flash-off reduces the chances of the flash unit unintentionally popping up inside the underwater housing when both are used.
These added improvements should ensure a much smoother user experience and help photographers get the most out of their underwater photography.
The Ver.2.00 firmware upgrade is a free download available on the Sony Support site.