Sony announcement

Sony introduces 3D update for NEX-5NEX-3 cameras

Free firmware allows 3D Sweep Panorama shooting

Sony has introduced a firmware update, allowing consumers to shoot in 3D on the a NEX-5/NEX-3 interchangeable lens cameras. 

Unique to Sony, the free download from the Sony Europe support site ( ) adds several performance enhancements including 3D Sweep Panorama. This exciting new technology means it is now possible for consumers to capture dramatic panoramic images in 3D, all with an extra-wide field of view.

3D Sweep Panorama is simple to use; activated simply by pressing the shutter button and sweeping the camera from one side to the other. The NEX-5 and NEX-3 shoot a high-speed burst of frames that are automatically combined inside the camera to create a seamless panoramic still image containing depth information. Sweep Panoramas can be enjoyed in 3D when the camera is connected to a 3D BRAVIA or any standards-compatible 3D TV.

The update also offers other enhancements for the NEX-5/NEX-3.

These include:


Improvement of ‘normal’ 2D Sweep Panorama shooting    

Decreased power drain when the camera is switched off       

Quicker start-up in low-light conditions

The update is only needed for NEX-5/NEX-3 cameras with Version 01 firmware currently installed. Cameras shipped with Version 02 firmware or higher are already updated with the new features. Owners can find out what firmware version they’re currently running by selecting [MENU]/[SETUP]/[VERSION]. NEX-5/NEX-3 owners who have registered their product with Sony will be advised of the update via email.

*System requirements [PC]: Windows XP SP3 (64-bit and Starter editions not supported); Windows Vista SP2 (Starter edition not supported); Windows 7

[PC/Mac] Hard disk space: min. 200MB / RAM: min. 512MB.

Upgrade requires USB cable connection between computer and NEX-5/NEX-3.

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