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Applicable Models

This information is for the following models:
  • ILCE-7SM2

About this download

  • Name:System software Ver.2.20 for ILCE-7SM2 (Windows)
  • Release date:23/09/2016
  • Benefits and improvements:
    • Support Radio-controlled Lighting System.

Confirm the system software version of your camera

Follow the instructions below to check the system software version of your camera.
If the system software version is Ver.2.20 or later, the update is not required.

  1. SelectMenu-->Setup subpage 6-->Versionon the camera.
  2. The system software version is displayed as illustrated below.

System Requirements

Operating Systems

The latest version of the system software update iscompatible with most commonly used versions of Microsoft Windows:
  • Windows® 10
  • Windows® 8.1
  • Windows® 7 SP1
  • Windows® Vista* SP2
    *Starter edition is not supported.

Computer hardware

The latest version of the system software update iscompatible with the following hardware:
  • Hard disk space: 300MB or more
  • RAM: 512MB or more
    Note:Please close all other application software before updating the system software.
  • Power source for the camera
    • Fully charged rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50 or AC adapter AC-PW20 (sold separately)
      Note: The update can be performed only when the remaining battery level is (three marks) or more. We recommend that you use a fully charged battery or the AC adapter AC-PW20 (sold separately). Detach the vertical grip before updating lens system software.
  • USB cable supplied with the camera
    Note: Update functionality is not guaranteed with any other USB cable.


  • When performing the system software update,please use a fully charged rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50 or the AC adapter AC-PW20 (sold separately).
  • Do not remove the battery or AC adapter during the update;otherwise, the camera may become inoperable due to the sudden power shutdown.
  • Remove the memory cardfrom the camera beforehand.
  • Prevent your computer from sleeping beforehand.
  • Do not be connected to other apparatuses except your computer.

Download the System Software Updater

  1. Make sure that you are logged on as a user with administrative rights.
  2. After reading the disclaimer, click the[Download]button below.
  3. The download of the [Update_ILCE7SM2V220.exe] file will start.
  4. Save the file on your computer.

  5. Note for Windows 8.1 / 10 users:
    Under the initial settings of Internet Explorer, the update file will be saved in the [Downloads] folder. Click the [Desktop] tile from the Start screen and find the downloaded file in the [Downloads] folder by using Explorer.


  1. Close all currently running programs on your computer.
  2. Double-click the [Update_ILCE7SM2V220.exe] file you downloaded to start up the System Software Updater. The System Software Updater window will appear.

  3. According to the instruction on the System Software Updater window, selectMenu-->Setup Subpage 4-->USB Connectionon the camera, and check ifMass Storageis selected.
    If another mode thanMass Storageis selected, please selectMass Storage.

  4. Connect the camera to the computer with the supplied USB cable. "USB Mode" appears on the LCD screen of the camera.
    Note:If the computer cannot find the camera, the message "Could not find the camera for this update." appears on the computer screen. Please try the following:
    • Disconnect the USB cable from the camera, then reconnect the USB cable.
    • If there is another free USB terminal on the computer, reconnect the USB cable to this terminal.
    Sometimes when the camera is connected to the computer with the USB cable, the message to encourage rebooting the computer may appear on the computer display. In this case, remove the battery pack or AC adaptor from the camera, reboot the computer, and follow the procedures from "2. Start up System Software Updater".
  5. ClickNexton the System Software Updater window. The current version and the version after the update appear on the lower left part of the screen. If the current system software version is 2.20 or later, the update is not required. In this case stop the USB connection and click Finish, turn off the camera, remove the battery pack and/or the AC adapter, reinsert the battery or reconnect the AC adapter and turn on the camera.

    Update is required

    Update is not required

  6. After confirming [Current version] is "Ver.2.10 or earlier", click Next. The following screen appears.

  7. After automatically resetting, the update will start. The progress bar appears while updating (this will take approximately 15 minutes).
    Note:Never turn off the camera nor disconnect the USB cable while updating.

  8. When the update is completed, the camera will automatically restart. Make sure the camera is turned on and wait until the LCD screen appears again. ClickFinishwhen the LCD screen apears and disconnect the USB cable.

    Note:If recovering data caution is displayed after restarting, please wait until this caution goes out. There are no abnormalities.

Confirm the system software version of your camera is Ver 2.20.

  1. On the camera selectMenu-->Setup subpage 6-->Version.
  2. The system software version is displayed as illustrated below.

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