<body><p>I just hope this function will be added someday. I will wait for another month before I purchase. <img src="https://imagicon.info/cat/12-13/vbulletin-cool.gif">
Rumors say (and life shows) - Sony slowed down (stopped?) updates to their firmware for cameras. Seems like the Sony camera department is sinking slowly into oblivion with disrespect to their customer....
I agree about the speed of firmware development.
Here's a radical idea: open source the firmware if Sony doesn't have the developer resources or interest in improving it.
Sony's in the hardware business and releasing the firmware source into the developer community would disrupt the market place (e.g. Canon and Nikon). The Sony A77/A99 line would become the hottest thing out there if they did.
I suppose Sony is worried about competition stealing your features / source. One solution is to release sensitive parts of it as binary libraries and the camera controling source as Non-commercial reuse only. If a competing company steals any code, then they have to release their firmware as well.
I can't imagine Sony's company culture ever accepting this radical approach, and that is unfortunate. I've worked with Japanese tech companies developing software before and they are just way too conservative. More worried about failure than wild success.
Theres been alot of back and forth on the tethering discussion. Wheter the Update is coming or not. In my opinion I think Sony should give way for popular demand. Infact the discussion has been ongoing since the release, so why hasn't Sony tried the official PR approach, and talked directly to their consumers and given them a fair and straight answer. Sony claims that we have all bought a semipro camera, as to that, they should have expected, that some of us would have the need of tethered shooting. In my opinion this is sending a somewhat arrogant message to the users, that... "no we don't think there is any of our consumers that have that kind of need" hence thinking that the user is not qualified and would probably buy a diffenrent brand of camera to shoot tethered. Or it might be the otherway around of Sony thinking... "no we're not good enough as a brand" going in to the proffesional area... I as a user choose to believe that this is the reason...
Don't get me wrong. I love my A77. In so many ways they have given the cameraworld a new way of approach to taking pictures, but the lack of thinking of such a small, yet crucial part of picturetaking... Well it makes me wonder about the selfconfidence in the Sony brand as new and innovative...
In short... PLEASE GIVE US THE TETHERING FIRMWARE UPDATE!!!! Even if there is nothing else in the update, this would be the best firmware release yet.
Ok, emailed Sony re tethering in future firmware update, here's the cut and paste of their reply:
"Thank you for contacting Sony Support.
I understand that you are inquiring about the addition of the tethering function on the SLT-A77 camera. As of this moment we do not have information if and when a firmware update will be released to add this feature to the camera.
It is appreciated you've taken the time to share your comments with us. It is important to receive feedback so we may consider the needs of our customers. Moreover, I have taken the initiative to forward your concern to Sony engineering for consideration and future reference.
You may regularly check http://esupport.sony.com for product news and update releases.
Thank you for understanding."
If everyone can email them regarding adding tethering to a future firmware update, it will make it more Likely to happen. Their email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come on people, let's make this happen!!
I would like tethering feathure added also. Also would like compatibility with windows 7 64bit. Even if using a bridge.
Ps Great Camera though!