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Sony firmware for NEX-7, NEX-6, NEX-5R,NEX-5N and E-mount lenses

By dpreview staff on Feb 5, 2013 at 20:53 GMT

Sony has announced a series of firmware updates for its NEX-7, NEX-6, NEX-5R, NEX-5N mirrorless APS-C cameras and two E-mount lenses. Version 1.02 for both NEX-7 and 5N adds automatic lens correction with the 16-50mm E mount lens, as well as a number of other improvements and bugs fixes. Firmware v1.01 for NEX-6 and 5R provides Fast Hybrid AF support with multiple E-mount lenses. Owners of NEX-6 and 5R cameras who use the 50mm f/1.8 or 30mm f/3.5 E mount lenses must first update the latest lens firmware that adds the Fast Hybrid AF capability.

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Total comments: 50
prabhuns
By prabhuns (10 months ago)

Hi all. I am using Sony NEX-5K. Can I update this firmware for my camera..? Pls let me know..!

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butchnews
By butchnews (Apr 1, 2013)

I recently upgraded the firmware of my Nex-5 from the original 02 to version 05 and it has RUINED MY CAMERA. Don't do it. The still images are now dull and flesh tones are reddish while the overall image has a blue/cyan cast to it. No amount of photo shop will restore the rich coloured images I used to get before the "upgrade". My camera is no longer useful to me for stills. The video image is also degraded. Sony ruined my Nex-5 and I'm shopping for a new Nikon now.

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bmoose
By bmoose (Mar 22, 2013)

firmware 1.02: the update on AF bug:
I pursued the tests and noticed that the problem only occurs in the AF-C mode. And also when AF area is Multi or Center. Not when AF area is Spot.
Single shot AF-S is fine.
So actually it may not be a bug. It may just be the AF system trying to find the right focus spot and pulsating around it.

By the way I wrote Sony Support, and they wrote back on the same day. Impressed!

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bmoose
By bmoose (Mar 21, 2013)

NEX7 firmware v1.02 creates an AF bug.
I just updated the firmware from v1.0. Tested using the 18-55 Emount lens.
When the AF function is engaged, the lens oscillates rapidly around the focus position, going in/out of focus. When released, it is not in focus. I just did many tests in different light conditions. All the photos taken are slightly out of focus.
Tested with the Sony 55-210 Emount lens, the problem does not occur.
With v1.0, AF was very precise. Manual focus works as before.
Sony please correct this!

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Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (Feb 10, 2013)

Improvements always welcome. I don't understand why they insist on tethered updated when almost everyone else allows using the memory card for getting the update onto the camera.

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kvols
By kvols (Apr 2, 2013)

Did you report this to SONY? I'm really annoyed by this as well, but SONY will only do something if you let them know...

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Sergey Kostrov
By Sergey Kostrov (Feb 10, 2013)

After a successful firmware update from v1.01 to v1.02 of Sony NEX-5N camera I detected a software problem with Image Data Converter SR v3.2.00.19080 ( this is a version that comes with a CD for the camera ). All pictures taken in Raw-format ( extension Arw ) can't be open and error message: 'An Unknown Error Occured' is displayed. The same pictures could be open (!) with Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2.00.19080.

The problem happens on Windows XP SP3 32-bit and Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit ( all updates for both OSs are installed ).

I will try to upgrade Image Data Converter SR to v4.2.02 and report if the problem is fixed.

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Sergey Kostrov
By Sergey Kostrov (Feb 10, 2013)

Everything is good with Image Data Converter v4.2.02.10112. Note: There is a new feature 'Inclination Correction'.

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samihaha
By samihaha (Feb 8, 2013)

Anyone knows if where I can find a complete list of lenses compatible with Hybrid Fast AF technology for NEX 6 (and 5R)?

Thanks, Sam

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kevindar
By kevindar (Feb 8, 2013)

I am very happy about bracketting in NEX 5N, increased to up to 3 stops. the thing missing for me is auto iso in M mode. other than that, its a great camera.

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micdair
By micdair (Feb 14, 2013)

Auto ISO in M mode does not make much sense to me... M is for Manual - what purpose would be setting both, apperture and shutter speed precisely yet leaving the ISO unpredictable...? I guess A or S mode should be probably used for that...

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kevindar
By kevindar (Feb 18, 2013)

M Stands for Manual? I guess I gotta read the manual. I was also surprised to discover that Tv mode on my other camera is not for shooting videos in Tv format.
Since you seem to know this stuff, I have two young kids, and a 50mm f 1.8 lens. I want to take pictures indoors at 1/125 sec, to minimize their motion blur, and f 1.8, or at times f2. I trust camera's metering, and this will be done in variable light, or I want to set it up so that my wife can take the pictures without having to fuss with much else. What mode should I shoot in to accomplish this?

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Kibo in SF
By Kibo in SF (Feb 7, 2013)

I'm a pro who usually shoots Nikon. The Nex 7 is awesome! But why Sony put the video on/off in a menu that you have to go find is beyond me.why not make it like the Function button and press it for three second or double tap it is beyond me, unless it a program issue and the press for four second holds was taken?

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Dark Mist
By Dark Mist (Feb 11, 2013)

It was to satisfy the hordes who were howling that they couldn't keep their right thumb still when shooting stills so they were accidentally activating the video function. Guess you can't please everyone.

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IsisPix
By IsisPix (Feb 6, 2013)

If you have a NEX7 you probably have already updated your firmware to take advantage of the much needed movie button disabling routine. But, they didn't go far enough with just providing the ability to disable the movie button. If you mistakenly touch the button while shooting stills, it pops up an annoying and time consuming message that tells you have disabled the movie function. Typically this happens at the exact same instant when you are releasing the shutter - damn, missed another one. An annoying little notification on the status screen would seem to be enough to alert you to the fact that you have disabled the function, instead of disrupting the whole capture sequence. A tiny bit of common sense would be helpful here Sony. Oh well, at least they are admitting that they screwed up when placing the button where they did in the first place.

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jorg14
By jorg14 (Feb 6, 2013)

I agree and just can't understand why all those blatant mistakes were allowed to happen in the first place. I know they have competent engineers, perhaps they need to add a competent photographer to the staff. For what it's worth, I still love the camera.

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Feb 6, 2013)

One of the amazing things about this discussion, and similar ones elsewhere is that two years ago, when the NEX-7 was first announced, it was universally deemed the best thing since sliced bread. Reviewers who had never even seen the actual camera fell over themselves finding appropriate superlatives. It took a year from the first announcement for Sony to actually produce the camera and in that time, the enthusiasm raged unabated.
And now ... it seems few people have much good to say about the poor NEX-7.
I did not have much faith in web-based reviews at the time this all happened, and I have even less now.
The whole thing, though, was a triumph for Sony marketing which correctly assessed the leming-like nature of both reviewers and consumers.

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cangi
By cangi (Feb 6, 2013)

one of the amazing things about this discussion is that people always want to critique equipment they haven't used based on some bias as to brand or some other nonsense. having actually used a nex-7 for the past 9 months with a variety of e-mount lenses in different shooting circumstances i can say that it is every bit the equal, if not better than, my canon gear. it handles beautifully and gives me gorgeous 12x18in. prints. my shoulder also appreciates that my bag now weighs half as much. i hope the rest of the lemmings are as happy as i am.

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Feb 6, 2013)

Actually, cangi, I own a NEX-7. It's not a bad camera but there is nothing about it that justifies the original hype. I own about 10 cameras, and the NEX-7 is one of my least used.
The moral of the story is that perhaps you should not make assumptions about the people you reply to based on comments they have made.

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Low Budget Dave
By Low Budget Dave (Feb 6, 2013)

Sam, The job of marketing people is to create hype. If they can do it for products that aren't invented yet, they will. Because of their size and history, Sony is a little better at it than most, but it is really just a matter of degree.

If Canon could start the hype for their 5Dmk5 right now, they would do it. Hard to judge camera companies for doing what their shareholders demand.

Having said that, I did go ahead and purchase a NEX6 when my old camera broke. Maybe I bought into the hype, or it was wishful thinking, but the end result is still a camera that was worth what I paid for it. It doesn't solve any problems for me, it just takes pictures.

The quality of the pictures still depends on me more than the camera. It has a few more missed-focus shots than average, and it takes me a little longer to change settings than I would like, but if I really wanted a D800, I would have had to buy a D800.

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Shengji
By Shengji (Feb 6, 2013)

I've had an NEX-7 for over a year now. I have very little bad to say about it, it's sensor doesn't perform well in the corners with a lot of legacy glass is my biggest complaint, but, honestly, no customers have noticed so it's fine really.

I do have a lot of positives to say about it but no more or less than any other camera on the market today, they all have their pro's and cons, and it's difficult to buy a camera which doesn't take really good photo's these days, it's more about how easy the camera makes life for you!

Anyway, the NEX has retired my Canon DLSR as it can perform almost as well, take all the big lenses while at other times slip in my pocket and perform as a point and shoot.

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cangi
By cangi (Feb 6, 2013)

@sam. if you say you own a nex-7 i'll have to take your word for it, but your post speaks of it in the third person and has no hint of personal usage or perspective in it. so where did the hype let you down? what don't you like about the camera? i find it to be odd that someone who is so jaded by online reviews would allow himself to become one of the lemmings.

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Feb 7, 2013)

I did not hate the camera, cangi, though I never did much like the interface nor the fact that Sony took forever to support it with a couple of decent lenses. I just didn't think it was worth all the raves it got from reviewers before it even existed.
And yes, I confess that when it comes to photography equipment, I am a world class lemming. BUT: experiences like this are helping me do better resisting.

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KodaChrome25
By KodaChrome25 (Feb 7, 2013)

@sam, What are the other 9 cameras?

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Dark Mist
By Dark Mist (Feb 11, 2013)

So let me get this straight ... it's ok for us to reply to you Sam, but we can't rely on what you actually said in your original comment.

I think the moral is who gets taken in by marketing hype: the person who likes the idea of a new product, tries it and finds they like it, maybe even sells off their older equipment to build a new system or someone who buys a new camera every couple of years just because it's the latest and 'greatest' even though they aren't getting the most out of the equipment they have?

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PalaHD
By PalaHD (Mar 29, 2013)

i own a nikon d3s a canon 5dmk2 and a Nex 7,at first it was hard for me to take the nex7 out instead of the 5d but now seriously the nex is all i take out,i just love the quality and size and ALL my glass fits the 7 with adaptors apart from my 40mm canon pancake with the new motor, another few months and i think i'll be brave enough to ebay my 5d

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Kuturgan
By Kuturgan (Feb 6, 2013)

Bracketing EV+/-3 option for NEX-5n !!!
It is a very useful FW update for Pro HDR photography.
Thank you very much Sony!!!

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Shamael
By Shamael (Feb 6, 2013)

when I see the NEX-7 update described at Sony, this update contains only a compatibility issue with the 16-50 lens. The other 4 points have been included in version 1.01. So, if you do not own the retractable lens, this update is obsolete. I doubt that Sony has made any further improvement to the 6 improvements that where included in 1.01. I wait with this until someone reports any improvement outside of the lens issue.

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jorg14
By jorg14 (Feb 6, 2013)

They say you get a choice to disable the movie button also.
I did the update but haven't tested that part yet. It also says it improves wide angle lens images. I did a before and after with my SEL1018 and took a quick look, but could see little difference.

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little al
By little al (Feb 6, 2013)

For the 5N, first we got "peaking", now extended bracketing!
***Thank you, Sony***

and thanks for the info, Dpreview.

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jeep
By jeep (Feb 6, 2013)

Yes I would like to be clear on what 'as well as a number of other improvements and bugs fixes' were, from the list most of the improvements were implemented in 1.01. Perhaps these have been further enhanced, no doubt we will never know. Still not having to wait an age for SEL1650 to retract is an instantly obvious improvement.

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EricoftheNorth
By EricoftheNorth (Feb 6, 2013)

I have a sneaking suspicion this will not fix the fact that the NEX-6/7 have unusably lame viewfinder optics and squish a 16:9 menu interface onto a 4:3 screen. They squished the original menus of the SLTs onto the current models LCDs, so I doubt they care about this either. Weak sauce lazy crap.

/troll

My work here is done.

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The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (Feb 6, 2013)

Real-world issue rating: 1 out of 10

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Feb 6, 2013)

Much ado about nothing.

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Guanglei Cui
By Guanglei Cui (Feb 6, 2013)

it looks like 16-50 correction is about the only thing matters for nex-7 users with firmware 1.01.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?upd_id=8479&os_id=99&mdl=NEX7

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Howard ret
By Howard ret (Feb 6, 2013)

For 5n- any improvement in autofocus? Are raw files still readable in camera raw?

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John_Y
By John_Y (Feb 6, 2013)

Does anyone know what "other improvements and bugs fixes " means...or is that a generic statement. I do not have the 16-50 lens and if there is no need to "wipeout" current settings (does firmware update do that?) then I won't update. Any suggestions.

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sjredo
By sjredo (Feb 6, 2013)

Updated SEL 50. It ain't noticeably faster... :( Couldn't even tell the difference at first.

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WT21
By WT21 (Feb 6, 2013)

Which body?

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xc1427
By xc1427 (Feb 5, 2013)

I am confused by the Hybrid AF ability of the 50 f1.8 and 30 f3.5 lenses. In the extended review of NEX6, which is just posted before, it is claimed that "Note that this hybrid AF technology is not compatible with any of the fixed focal length E-mount lenses except the high-end Sonnar T* 24mm F1.8 ZA. And existing E-mount zooms will require a firmware update.".

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tietheknot
By tietheknot (Feb 6, 2013)

I suppose it's because it wasn't supported by the firmware at that point in time, rather than a physical limitation per se. I don't know anything about optics and such, but that's how I interpret it

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MichiZ
By MichiZ (Feb 5, 2013)

Now the only thing missing is automatic lens correction for the 10-18mm on a 5N. Actually, I'd be happy if PTLens had a profile for it.

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Jr
By Jr (Feb 5, 2013)

Nothin' for the 35 1.8 Shame.

EDIT:
Oh, wasn't listed, it is included. Cool.

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yuvyuv
By yuvyuv (Feb 5, 2013)

finally the 5n will do proper bracketing... thank you Sony!

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Peksu
By Peksu (Feb 5, 2013)

Although it seems to be just updates for lenses I'm not interested in, the NEX-C3 (and F3, if it doesn't have the same support) better get the same update in time. It's the same generation as 5N.

Edit: Ok, if it's just lens corrections, I guess they don't have that. My bad. I heard someone say that it also gives 5N better bracketing, is that so? If so, that better be coming.

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windowsmaclinux
By windowsmaclinux (Feb 5, 2013)

I don't think that will ever happen. The C3 is 3 months older the 5N and not that well received. The 5N in contrast is very popular.

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Lee W
By Lee W (Feb 5, 2013)

If they were to offer the new firmware for the C3, I'm pretty sure it would have been released today with the others. I cannot see it happening tbh.

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Anfernee Cheang
By Anfernee Cheang (Feb 6, 2013)

I am the one that own C3 and 6. And I found the kit lens E1650 produces extremely heavy shading around the corners when using on C3.

It's too disappointed to me that C3 does not have new firmware update. Although it's 3 months older than 5N, obviously it's in the same generation of 5N and 7.

I am the fan of Minolta and Sony, who owned 3 DSLR/DSLT and 2 NEX bodies and more than 10 lenses. But this time I must say: "Shame Sony, shame shame Sony!"

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migus
By migus (Feb 7, 2013)

ditto: In stead of the 'popular' 5N (better UI), i bought the C3 for its size and arguably equal or better noise above ISO 200. Why would this lower ranking NEX model be abandoned by Sony?

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MedicineMan999
By MedicineMan999 (Apr 1, 2013)

Any clues on the 1.01 update for the Nex-6...I downloaded and it has aborted several times. Am I the only one? I'd just updated my Nex 7 without any problems.

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