Back in in November 2013 when reviewing the Sony RX 10, one of its major drawback was its AVCHD codec.
This morning we have a sweet surprise! Sony just published a new RX10 firmware update which now allows the camera to record in the XAVC S codec!!!. (Its bringing me to think, will more popular Sony cameras can get the same treatment? Up until now I was assuming we are talking partly about a hardware limitation for implementing the modern codec but now the proof is, it is doable)…
According to Sony, those are the benefits of installing the new release:
Enables shooting 60p/30p/24p/120p movies in the XAVC S format that supports high bit rates
(1920×1080) 50p/25,(1280×720) 100p, (1920×1080) 60p/30p/24p,(1280×720) 120p
Note: When shooting a movie in the XAVC S format, ensure that an SDXC card of Class 10 or faster is used.
As we can see, Sony is listening and I am sure those who are using the RX10 in a professional way can greatly benefit from such an update.
On a side news, the Sony RX100M3 also got a firmware update which according to Sony does the following:
This update improves stability in rare cases where the unit does not turn due to low remaining life of the internal back-up battery (used to maintain the date and time)
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