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I have discovered a weird issue regarding the Memory Recalls on the A7R II, which I did not find anywhere else. So I could not check for a solution or what it’s all about in the first place. I have tested it on two different cams, resulting in the same issue.
In most Sony cameras you can save a few presets to quickly switch between settings. They are called Memory Recalls (MR1, Mr2, etc…).
I have programmed four MR’s into my a7R II. When I took out my SD card, the screen showed:
All the MR’s were gone. When I inserted an other SD card than the previous one, this screen showed up:
When I put back in the first SD card, the MR’s were back, like on the picture below:
I have then tested if other cams would do it and they did not. I have tested an a6000 and an a7 and the MRs were still in the cam even with the SD cards taken out.
I have even checked in the official a7R2 manual online and nothing hints at the fact that presets are saved on an SD card.
This is very impractical. Photogs change SD cards very often and they would lose the presets like that. Or they would have to make ALL those settings again and again, on each and every SD card. I personally have about 10 cards now, and this would be simply ridiculous, wouldn’t it now…
What are your thoughts about this?
I have checked with the Sony Alpha Camera Talk Facebook group if some users knew that issue. After having talked about it we found out that:
1. M1 and M2 are saved internally. Even though M1-4 are grayed out without the SD card. You have to be on 1 or 2 on the mode dial to get to the presets. 1 is one 1. 2 is on 2. You cannot switch between them like you normally could (like switching software wise to 2 while being physically on 1 on the mode dial).
2. M3-4 are saved on an SD card. Which I am very disappointed of. It is very impractical and to me, and many others, has no sense.
3. Be aware of your photo editing software formatting your SD card after import. It will erase your presets.
3. The a6000 can save 3 MRs internally. The a7R II flagship only 2.
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