Posts by: Evelyn Drake

Sony a7R III and a7 III Firmware Update Version 3.0 Released

 By Evelyn Drake

New Firmware Update for Sony a7 III and Sony a7R III Boosts Eye AF Capabilities and Adds Interval Shooting for Time Lapse

Sony’s acclaimed a7 III and a7R III mirrorless cameras have received an exciting firmware update—Software Version 3.0— that enhances Real-time Eye AF performance and adds Real-time Animal Eye AF and interval shooting for time lapse.

Click here to access the new firmware. 

Real-time Eye AF
Software Version 3.0 brings Real-time Eye-AF to the a7R III and a7 III, an AI-driven, enhanced eye detection system that’s based on the results of machine learning. Through machine learning, Sony has created a system that can detect—and focus on—the human eye even if the subject is looking down, partially blocked in the frame, turning or backlit. This feature is available in AF-C mode with a simple half-press of the shutter button.

Real-time Animal Eye AF
As with human eye recognition, Software Version 3.0 brings AI-driven animal eye detection to Sony cameras for the first time. Advanced subject recognition allows the a7 III and a7R III to detect and track animal eyes, and is the first step in a robust animal-tracking AF system.

The development of Animal Eye AF performance will continue, increasing the range of animals recognized by the system as well the system’s ability to track their movement.

Interval Shooting
This new software adds a built-in interval timer that can be set for anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999.  AE tracking sensitivity is available to be adjusted to “High”, “Mid” or “Low” in order to reduce changes in exposure.

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Win Great Prizes from the Eye for the Wild Photo Contest

 By Evelyn Drake

The Camera Store is proud to support the Eye for the Wild fundraising photography contest by providing the first place prize. This photography contest not only encourages our community of photography enthusiasts to capture Southern Albertan wildlife in their natural habitats, but it also supports the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.

The link to all the details is

This is Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society’s second annual Eye for the Wild photography contest in which photography enthusiasts are encouraged to submit their best-untouched photos of native Southern Albertan wildlife in their native habitat. With over 400 species of wildlife that call Calgary home, natural habitats include yards, parks and other city spaces!

Contest Details

The contest will accept online photo submissions from February 1 – March 31, 2019 for a small submission fee of $10 per entry. Photos must be in digital form and of Southern Alberta wildlife in their native habitat. CWRS has assembled a judging panel comprised of Ann Mansolino (Photographer & Associate Professor in Photography at ACAD), Darryl MacDonald (Professional Photographer at Clear Blue Photo), Evan Buchanan (Photojournalism student at SAIT), Kris Brown-Schoepp (Owner of the Wild Bird Store) and Andrea Hunt (Executive Director at CWRS). Photographs will be judged on technical skill, content, overall aesthetic, and ability to capture the essence of the animal. Winners will be announced on April 19. For more information and to enter please visit:

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

 By Evelyn Drake


Looking for some fun affordable last minute Christmas gift ideas for the photographer on your list?

Here are 10 unique ideas for some last-minute Christmas gifts:  

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Is the Waterproof Panasonic TS7 the Perfect Family Camera

 By Evelyn Drake

Tough, waterproof cameras are not just for hardcore adventure seekers or snorkelers. They make excellent worry-free family friendly cameras too since they can be thrown in a diaper bag, purse, or even a cooler. Best of all, it can come to the beach with you and if it gets in the sand, no problem. Just rinse it off.

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