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why 2 steadyshot controls on A99
« on: August 25, 2014, 12:17:06 PM »
I was using a tripod the other day and turned off steadyshot. I thought I could still hear the gyro operating so checked and it was off. I was just putting my memory cards back in the camera and notice another place in menu for controlling steadyshot and this one is on. One of course is for stills and the other for movies but I had never noticed this before. Personally I don't see the need for both controls and it is confusing if you don't know the camera well. I far preferred when steadyshot was controlled by a switch on the back of the body.
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Re: why 2 steadyshot controls on A99
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 07:09:38 PM »
Yeah.... Well; you know the engineers at Sony. :(

It's like the decision to take the focus assist lamp OFF the new A77II... just crazy. Or replacing the GPS module with NFC and WiFi instead of just ADDING THEM ON AND LEAVING THE GPS IN PLACE. Or NOT providing a headphone jack for monitoring audio... REAL head scratchers. ???
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Re: why 2 steadyshot controls on A99
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 07:52:20 PM »
Retoohs, that does seem strange. When you think about it, the gyro should be turned on or off by the switch so why have a separate menu control for movies? Is it possible that there are two gyros? Could it be that the sensor has to move in two directions for stills and only one direction for movies? Doesn't make sense, does it?

The A77 has no switch, just two in the menus which is annoying and raises the same question.

CHOLLY, removing the focus assist on the A77II is crazy, why would they do that? Save money? Wifi is the latest IN thing and in my opinion is useless. Do people really need to transfer photos to a smart phone? or one of those slow Wifi SD cards? My stupid smart-iphone has less memory free than the 16GB or 32GB card in my camera. Transferring 16GB or 32GB of photos to my android 10" pad would be just fine, but who wants to carry around a large pad, it doesn't fit in a pocket.

As you know, the A77 has GPS, however the assist data has to be loaded into the camera once a month. I never remember to do that :(  So for me it is next to useless.
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Re: why 2 steadyshot controls on A99
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2014, 09:13:42 PM »
The A99 has GPS, do I need to load assist data? I could use the wifi when in holiday. I have enough gear without taking my laptop and sometimes would like to send a photo to someone or as happened Saturday I needed to get a photo to a news room and had to stop at a country hotel and the lovely receptionist lest me use her pc. Wifi would have been great here. I love the GPS function for work, I use it all the time when location scouting for tv commercials. I have never heard about having to load data assist. Still miffed about the two steadyshot controls. I turned the wrong one off and presumably could have damaged the camera operating on a tripod with steadyshot on not that I've heard of anyone actually having problems. You are right, it does not make sense. The Sony engineers do make us scratch our heads at times.
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Re: why 2 steadyshot controls on A99
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2014, 10:35:26 PM »
Retoohs, I don't have the A99, however I think the GPS probably works the same as the A77. It is not absolutely necessary to download the GPS Assist Data, it should still work, however Sony advise it be installed as it is supposed to speed up considerably the acquisition and accuracy of a signal. On the A77 it is found in the Spanner menu 1/GPS Settings/Use GPS Assist. If you have not loaded the assist data or not reloaded it for over a month, it will be turned off. If it is on it will show 'Valid Period' followed by a start date to end date.
For the A77 you must install Sony's PMB or PlayMemories Home software which are pretty poor programs for editing. I only installed PlayMemories Home to get the GPS Assist Data, otherwise I use Photoshop. This software is free for owners of a Sony camera. You may have to register it first, I cannot remember.

From Sony Canada..

How to import GPS assist data to the SLT-A77 camera.

You can import GPS assist data using the Picture Motion Browser (PMB) or Play Memories Home™ software. To import, connect the camera to the computer connected to the Internet. The message GPS assist data will be updated appears and the data will be automatically imported. If the update does not start automatically, install the software and follow the procedure below.

When using the Picture Motion Browser (PMB) software:
1) Turn on the computer.
2) Turn on the camera.
3) Connect the camera to the computer using the supplied USB cable.

                 NOTES:

A. The camera LCD displays USB Mode and Mass Storage.
B. Any Removable Disk windows that open on the computer screen can be closed.
 
4) On the computer, start the PMB Launcher.
5) In the PMB Launcher window, click GPS.
6) Click GPS Support Tool.
7) In the GPS Support Tool dialogue box, click the Update Now button.
   
When using the PlayMemories Home software:
1) Click Install Expanded Features.

           NOTE: A message saying Downloading the Installer appears.
      The expanded features are downloaded and installed.

2) After the expanded features are installed, click Tools.
3) Click GPS Support Tool.

           NOTE: The GPS Support Tool cannot be used with the
      PlayMemories Home Lite version.

4) Click Update Now.

This may not apply to the A99.
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Re: why 2 steadyshot controls on A99
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2014, 03:51:24 AM »
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Re: why 2 steadyshot controls on A99
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2014, 04:57:32 PM »
Isn't the still SS the sensor moving and the movie SS electronic?

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Re: why 2 steadyshot controls on A99
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2014, 08:51:22 PM »
Could be, I have no idea. I was hoping someone knew for certain.
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Re: why 2 steadyshot controls on A99
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014, 10:51:32 PM »
Thanks AScot, as I use GPS a lot will be looking into it. I imagine the A99 is similar to the A77. It is a shame I have to upload any of Sony's software. I've managed to avoid it with my latest pc. OldClicker that would make sense. Thanks
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Re: why 2 steadyshot controls on A99
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 10:56:56 PM »
On the A77 it is found in the Spanner menu 1/GPS Settings/Use GPS Assist.


Found it, Spanner menu 2 on the A99. As I lent my USB cable to my flatmate I will have to wait to update
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