The Fizz ISO1600 1/20 f4
Red Rocket ISO3200 1/80 f2.8 +0.3
Dolph ISO3200 1/200 f2.8
Alphie II (Gugie Girl)ISO3200 1/80 f2.8 +0.3
Bobbie Girl ISO3200 1/80 f2.8 +0.3
Red Rocket ISO3200 f2.8 1/320 f2.8 +0.3
The Sony A700 V4 firmware upgrade puts the Sony a700 high ISO quality on par with the Nikon D300! These were the first few from my first 30 minutes of shooting with V4, and needless to say, the a700 is a whole new camera with V4 installed. To be quite honest, I could not be more pleased with the results as compared with V3 shots. MUCH more fine detail is preserved, and almost all traces of bogus watercolor smearing are gone. NR was set to off, no external noise reduction done other than ACR 4.5 default or less, and very minor other PP done. We now get very nice sharpness and sweet detail at 3200, 1600 is excellent, and now 6400 is usable in a pinch. I would have paid a good sum of money for this upgrade...thank you Sony for doing the right thing by releasing V4! SSS was also working well during this test as all of the shots you see above were made with the Minolta 135 2.8 in window light only. Finally we have a camera that gives D300 IQ all the way to the top of the ISO range! Very nice!