Sony will release a firmware update to correct several bugs in the A77 camera this summer, with the changelog including the new Honami JPEG engine.
Sony has introduced the Alpha 77 back in August 2011 and the camera continues to receive support from the Japanese company. According to the latest rumor, the manufacturer will release another firmware update for the Alpha 77, in order to add multiple new features and fix some bugs.
Multiple Sony SLT cameras to get Honami JPEG engine support this summer
Just like other Sony cameras, the A77 is not a DSLR. It is a digital single-lens translucent camera, since it is based on the translucent mirror technology. It features a 24.3-megapixel image sensor and it can be used for capturing amazing photos. However, one of its biggest drawbacks is the JPEG engine, which does not take high-quality JPEG images, like its Nikon and Canon counterparts.
The rumor mill has recently revealed that Sony is developing a new engine, which is codenamed Honami. The same name is used for an upcoming Xperia smartphone, which will feature the same JPEG engine like the next-generation SLT cameras.
Anyway, upcoming Sony cameras will not be the only ones with support for Honami, as high-quality JPEG photos will also be captured by older cameras, like the A77. Inside sources have revealed the fact that the A77, A65, A58, A57, and the A37 will all be compatible with Honami.
Sony A77 firmware update changelog detailed ahead of release
The upcoming Sony A77 firmware update has been detailed by sources familiar with the matter. It appears that the SLT camera will get lens correction support as well as multiple revisions to the menu and video capture technique.
The Honami JPEG engine will be present, too, but it is not specified whether or not it will provide a significant upgrade in quality. Either way, this is just a rumor and we will have to wait and see if the firmware update becomes available this summer or not.
Sony SLT-A77 can be bought at Amazon for a price of $898, which represents a $500 discount compared to the original price. It is worth noting that although some people are waiting for its successor, Sony is still supporting the older version.