NEX-3 Camera Firmware Update 

What Does This Do?
This utility updates the NEX-3 Camera Firmware to version 05 and provides the following benefits:

Improvements over version 04:

Benefits provided by previous updates and included in version 05:

  • Adds the function to use "Picture Effect" modes
  • Adds the function to use "Peaking Level" and to select the "Peaking Color" in manual focus mode
  • Adds "Soft key Settings" to the "Setup" menu to allow customization of the soft keys
  • Adds the "Menu start" function
  • Adds two more settings to the "MF Assist" function
  • Improves menu item selection using the Control Wheel
  • Changes the aperture setting function so the setting is maintained when using "Background Defocus Control" or "Aperture Priority" movie recording modes
  • Adds support for auto focus with Supported A-mount Lenses
    Note: Requires a firmware update for the LA-EA1 Mount Adapter (Mount Adapter sold separately).
  • Adds a function to enlarge the image when "Release w/o Lens" is set to "Enable"
  • Adds the 3D Sweep Panorama™ function (More information about supported 3D functions.)
  • Improves the Sweep Panorama function
  • Resolves an issue where the battery may be drained even if the camera is turned off
  • Reduces start-up time under low light conditions
Applicable Products and Operating Systems (see full list...)

IMPORTANT: This file is only for use with the models identified. Not all models are sold in all countries.

Table of Contents 
Determine if Your Camera Needs the Update 

This update only applies for NEX-3 cameras that currently have a firmware version 01, 02, 03, or 04. If your camera firmware version is already Version 04, this update is not necessary.


Check the version of your camera firmware:


  1. Power on the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button (upper soft key).
  3. At the "Menu" screen, use the Control Wheel to select "Setup", and then press the center button of the Control Wheel.
  4. At the "Setup" screen, use the Control Wheel to scroll to "Version", and then press the center button of the Control Wheel.
  5. The firmware version is displayed on the LCD screen.
    Firmware Version Screen
    If the current firmware version is 05 or higher, the camera does not need this update.
  6. Press the center button of the Control Wheel to close the version number display.
Important Notes 
  • WARNING!!: This utility is only for use with the Sony® NEX-3 camera. Do not install this utility with any other model.
  • WARNING!!: This Digital Camera firmware update and any changes incurred by it are permanent. It is not possible to return to a previous firmware version after updating this firmware. By continuing this update process and downloading and updating this firmware, you acknowledge that you are aware and understand that this update cannot be reversed.
  • To use the auto focus function with Supported A-mount Lenses, you must also download and install a firmware update for the LA-EA1 Mount Adapter (Mount Adapter sold separately).
  • This update process requires the following items for proper updating:
    • A computer with:
      • Available Hard Disk Space: 200 MB or more
      • Installed Memory (RAM): 512 MB or more
      • A USB port.
      • One of the following Microsoft® Windows® operating systems installed:
        • Windows 8
        • Windows 7 (with Service Pack 1)
        • Windows Vista® (with Service Pack 2)
          Note: Starter Edition of Windows Vista is not supported.
        • Windows XP (with Service Pack 3)
          Note: 64-bit and Starter Editions of Windows XP are not supported.
    • Camera power supply:
      • When performing the firmware update, use a fully charged NP-FW50 rechargeable battery pack, or the AC-PW20 AC adapter/charger (sold separately).
        WARNING!!: The camera may not operate properly if the power is interrupted during the update.
    • USB cable:
      • Use only the USB cable supplied with the camera.
        IMPORTANT: Update functionality is not guaranteed with any other USB cable.
  • To ensure that no other program interferes with the installation, save all work and close all other programs. The Taskbar should be clear of applications before proceeding.
  • It is highly recommended that you print out these instructions for use as a reference during the installation process.
Supported A-mount Lenses 

The SAM and SSM lenses support auto focus when used with the NEX camera and the LA-EA1 Mount Adapter (sold separately).
Note: This feature also requires a firmware update for the LA-EA1 Mount Adapter.

SAM Lenses

  • DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM (SAL1855)
  • DT 28-75mm F2.8 SAM (SAL2875)
  • DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM (SAL55200-2)
  • DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM (SAL30M28)
  • DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)
  • DT 50mm F1.8 SAM (SAL50F18)
  • 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28)

SSM Lenses

  • Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z)
  • Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL2470Z)
  • Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (SAL24F20G)
  • 70-200mm F2.8 G (SAL70200G)
  • 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM (SAL70300G)
  • 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G)
  • 300mm F2.8 G (SAL300F28G)

Note: With an A-mount lens attached, the auto focus speed will be slower than when an E-mount lens is attached. It takes approximately 2 to 7 seconds (based on Sony’s measurement standard) and may vary depending on the subjects or brightness of the shooting environments.

Prepare the Camera for the Firmware Update 
  1. Power on the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button (upper soft key).
  3. At the "Menu" screen, use the Control Wheel to select "Setup", and then press the center button of the Control Wheel.
  4. At the "Setup" screen, use the Control Wheel to scroll to "USB Connection" and verify that "Mass Storage" is selected.
    Mass Storage USB Setting
Download and Update the Firmware 
  1. Download the NEX-3V5_Update1112a.exe file to a temporary or download directory (please note this directory for reference).
  2. Go to the directory where the file was downloaded and double-click the NEX-3V5_Update1112a.exe file to begin the Firmware Updater.
  3. Connect the camera to your computer using the supplied USB cable.
    Note: The LCD screen on the camera will turn off when it is connected to the computer. If the LCD screen of camera does not turn off, disconnect and reconnect the USB cable to the camera. If the computer has additional USB ports, try connecting the USB cable to different USB port.
  4. Verify that the remove hardware icon Remove Hardware Icon or Remove Hardware Icon is displayed in the task tray at the lower right-hand corner of the computer screen.
  5. At the "Firmware Updater" window, click "Next".
    Connect the Camera Screen
    WARNING!!: Do not power off the camera or disconnect the USB cable until the update process is complete.
  6. When the updater recognizes the camera connection following screen is displayed, and the camera screen displays the message, "Follow computer instructions."
    Camera Connected Screen
  7. At the "Firmware Updater" window, click "Next".
  8. When the following screen is displayed, check the version number at the lower left.
    Current Version Screen
    If the current version is "Ver.1", "Ver.2", "Ver.3, or "Ver.4", click "Next".
    Note: If the current version is "Ver.5", your camera does not need this update. Stop the USB connection, click "Finish", then remove the battery or disconnect the AC adaptor briefly, and then power on the camera again.
  9. When the following screen is displayed, click the remove hardware icon Remove Hardware Icon or Remove Hardware Icon in the task tray to stop the USB connection.
    Note: Do not disconnect the USB cable from the camera or the computer.
    Reset Camera Screen
  10. Press the center button of the Control Wheel to reset the camera.
  11. At the "Firmware Updater" window, click "Next".
  12. When the following screen is displayed, click "Run".
    Note: The update process takes about four minutes to complete.
    Run the Update Screen
    WARNING!!: Do not power off the camera or disconnect the USB cable until the update process is complete.
  13. When the following screen is displayed, click "Finish".
    Update Complete Screen
  14. Click the remove hardware icon Remove Hardware Icon or Remove Hardware Icon in the task tray to stop the USB connection, and then disconnect the USB cable.
  15. Power off the camera, then remove the battery pack or AC adapter.
  16. Reconnect the battery pack or AC adapter and power on the camera.
Check the Firmware Version After Updating (optional) 
  1. Power on the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button (upper soft key).
  3. At the "Menu" screen, use the Control Wheel to select "Setup", and then press the center button of the Control Wheel.
  4. At the "Setup" screen, use the Control Wheel to scroll to "Version", and then press the center button of the Control Wheel.
  5. The firmware version is displayed on the LCD screen.
    Firmware Version Screen
    If the current firmware version is 05, the firmware update was successful.
    Note: If the firmware version number is not 05, please download and install the firmware update again.
  6. Press the center button of the Control Wheel to close the version number display.
Download
NEX-3V5_Update1112a.exe  (61.95 MB)

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NEX-3V5_Update1112a.exe
Date: 12/15/2011
Version: 05
Size: 61.95 MB
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