NEX-5N/7 firmware decrypted!

Started Nov 14, 2012 | Discussions
Benarm
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NEX-5N/7 firmware decrypted!
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http://www.nex-hack.com/topic/1125-second-wave-firmware-decryption/

http://www.nex-hack.info/

The release of modded firmware is obviously still months away, and there is still plenty of work to do, but its nice to see some progress on this project. Even some basic mods like increasing the bracket range for HDR, video bitrate, RAW HDR, would all be amazing.

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adymitruk
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Re: NEX-5N/7 firmware decrypted!
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Very happy to hear this! Hope it comes together soon.

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What a fantastic news for today!!!

Hope this project will be as successful as fo GH2.

My NEX-5n can't wait to be upgraded.

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DtEW Senior Member • Posts: 2,447
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Woot!

My firmware wishlist is:

  • A wider bracketing range (at least a ±2 EV option), and...
  • The ability to use the remote with the other shooting modes, most notably the bracketing mode.

Both of these relatively simple functionalities are par for even bridge cameras like the Canon G11, so their omission from the second-gen NEXs were quite puzzling.

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straylightrun Senior Member • Posts: 1,440
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Wow. That's awesome news. I can't wait to see all the potential stuff they can do with a modded firmware for a NEX-7

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Re: NEX-5N/7 firmware decrypted!

straylightrun wrote:

Wow. That's awesome news. I can't wait to see all the potential stuff they can do with a modded firmware for a NEX-7

Is this going to happen for the two year old NEX-5 too? Hope so!

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  • Limit on Auto ISO in steps...ISO 400, 800, 1250, 1600, 2000...etc...
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boardsy Senior Member • Posts: 2,215
Re: NEX-5N/7 firmware decrypted!

npires wrote:

straylightrun wrote:

Wow. That's awesome news. I can't wait to see all the potential stuff they can do with a modded firmware for a NEX-7

Is this going to happen for the two year old NEX-5 too? Hope so!

The NEX-5 was the first to be decrypted a little while back, but my guess is that if they've cracked the superior 5n & 7 our old 5 will be forgotten! Still, we'll have to upgrade at some stage, and the prospect of an expanded functionality hacked 5N or 7 is very exciting!

Alan

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Re: NEX-5N/7 firmware decrypted!

boardsy wrote:

npires wrote:

straylightrun wrote:

Wow. That's awesome news. I can't wait to see all the potential stuff they can do with a modded firmware for a NEX-7

Is this going to happen for the two year old NEX-5 too? Hope so!

The NEX-5 was the first to be decrypted a little while back, but my guess is that if they've cracked the superior 5n & 7 our old 5 will be forgotten! Still, we'll have to upgrade at some stage, and the prospect of an expanded functionality hacked 5N or 7 is very exciting!

Alan

What I understood from the cracking process is that the focus was first on cracking the security. They talked about waves. They had to understand the 5 process to be able to crack the more difficult 2nd type of security on the 5n and 7.

Once the cracking is done, I'm not sure if the same developer will implement the changes, or if the community needs to come up with something. I believe the current developer only promised the actual cracking of the firmware.

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Peter Jonas Veteran Member • Posts: 3,291
Re: How did it go with the NEX-5

boardsy wrote:

The NEX-5 was the first to be decrypted a little while back ...

So what bugs were fixed or what additional functionality was developed for the Nex-5 by the hackers?

Was there ever any practical benefit to be had from having it cracked?

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boardsy Senior Member • Posts: 2,215
Re: How did it go with the NEX-5

Peter Jonas wrote:

boardsy wrote:

The NEX-5 was the first to be decrypted a little while back ...

So what bugs were fixed or what additional functionality was developed for the Nex-5 by the hackers?

Was there ever any practical benefit to be had from having it cracked?

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No, i think it was just a proof of concept that a new version number could be loaded and unloaded  without bricking the camera. No-ones going to "improve" the current firmware as far as i know, but presumably open the possibility of creating alternative firmware with more options and control, like rockbox for MP3 players.

Alan

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Re: How did it go with the NEX-5

boardsy wrote:

Peter Jonas wrote:

boardsy wrote:

The NEX-5 was the first to be decrypted a little while back ...

So what bugs were fixed or what additional functionality was developed for the Nex-5 by the hackers?

Was there ever any practical benefit to be had from having it cracked?

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No, i think it was just a proof of concept that a new version number could be loaded and unloaded without bricking the camera. No-ones going to "improve" the current firmware as far as i know, but presumably open the possibility of creating alternative firmware with more options and control, like rockbox for MP3 players.

Alan

So, if nothing ever happened to the NEX-5 in spite of having been cracked, what hope is there that any practical benefit will flow from hacking the 5N and the 7? It appears highly unlikely.

People are already posting their wish lists for now functions. I cannot understand the euphoria about it, but good luck to them anyway.

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Re: How did it go with the NEX-5

Peter Jonas wrote:

boardsy wrote:

Peter Jonas wrote:

boardsy wrote:

The NEX-5 was the first to be decrypted a little while back ...

So what bugs were fixed or what additional functionality was developed for the Nex-5 by the hackers?

Was there ever any practical benefit to be had from having it cracked?

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Cheers,
Peter Jonas

No, i think it was just a proof of concept that a new version number could be loaded and unloaded without bricking the camera. No-ones going to "improve" the current firmware as far as i know, but presumably open the possibility of creating alternative firmware with more options and control, like rockbox for MP3 players.

Alan

So, if nothing ever happened to the NEX-5 in spite of having been cracked, what hope is there that any practical benefit will flow from hacking the 5N and the 7? It appears highly unlikely.

People are already posting their wish lists for now functions. I cannot understand the euphoria about it, but good luck to them anyway.

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Peter Jonas

Check Canon's CHDK efforts, it started very similarly. Nowadays it is very feature rich, and it is kind of what gave us focus peaking (magic lantern). Add WiFi and interesting things can be done.

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boardsy Senior Member • Posts: 2,215
Re: How did it go with the NEX-5

blue_skies wrote:

Peter Jonas wrote:

boardsy wrote:

Peter Jonas wrote:

boardsy wrote:

The NEX-5 was the first to be decrypted a little while back ...

So what bugs were fixed or what additional functionality was developed for the Nex-5 by the hackers?

Was there ever any practical benefit to be had from having it cracked?

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Cheers,
Peter Jonas

No, i think it was just a proof of concept that a new version number could be loaded and unloaded without bricking the camera. No-ones going to "improve" the current firmware as far as i know, but presumably open the possibility of creating alternative firmware with more options and control, like rockbox for MP3 players.

Alan

So, if nothing ever happened to the NEX-5 in spite of having been cracked, what hope is there that any practical benefit will flow from hacking the 5N and the 7? It appears highly unlikely.

People are already posting their wish lists for now functions. I cannot understand the euphoria about it, but good luck to them anyway.

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Cheers,
Peter Jonas

Check Canon's CHDK efforts, it started very similarly. Nowadays it is very feature rich, and it is kind of what gave us focus peaking (magic lantern). Add WiFi and interesting things can be done.

Exactly - the "euphoria" is about the prospect of the camera hardware getting accessed by independent developers (or hackers, lol) to open up all of its power to the end user, rather than have a restricted set of features provided by the Sony firmware. It takes time, but is a very exciting prospect.  Yay! \0/ (< euphoria emoticon ;-))

Alan

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