Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV to get real-time animal eye AF via firmware update

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It's not just human eye autofocus (AF) and tracking that Sony's superb mirrorless cameras excel in – even animal eye AF is on offer to those who love to capture the antics of their pets.

So it's great news to know that Sony isn't keeping this technology to the Alpha range of mirrorless cameras, but is now bringing it to its best superzoom bridge camera.

Sony Japan has announced (opens in new tab) that a new firmware update has been "scheduled" that will add real-time animal eye AF for stills to the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

According to a translation of the announcement, the update will not only allow the camera to lock onto an animal's pupil, but also improve the existing eye AF function on the camera. With the new firmware, the RX10 IV should be able to focus on a person's eye when the shutter button is half-pressed.

In addition to improvements to autofocus functionality, the update will also improve "operational stability" but no specifics have been listed.

Sony hasn't announced a date for the firmware update rollout except to say it's been "scheduled for 2019", meaning it should be available to download before the year is out.

The RX10 IV was launched in October 2017, quickly becoming our favorite superzoom. After two years, the camera remains in top spot, thanks to its fast 24-600mm lens, brilliant noise performance at high ISO settings and it's advanced autofocus system. 

It even has a superb electronic viewfinder, and stills and video quality are impressive. It's not quite a traveling companion due its size and remains one of the more expensive bridge cameras available today. That said, its well worth every penny if you're after an all-in-one powerhouse.

Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (yes, she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing cameras and lenses, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She also contributes to Digital Camera World and T3, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines in Australia.