First published on PASM Workshop on 9 August 2011
[Update: 20 June 2011] The Firmware is OUT finally, check it out from your respective country’s Sony Site. I linked the manual here for your reference, same as previous.
[15 May 2011] If you’re a Sony NEX Camera user, you probably knows the blog Sony Alpha NEX Cameras and E mount Lenses. Couple days ago they posted details of the new Sony NEX Firmware Version 04 details, link here.
The new features, the picture effects and the manual focus assist are definitely gonna turn some heads, be it existing owners or others considering buying the NEX cameras.
Manual Focus Aid
- Peaking Level (High, Medium, Low, Off) – Enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color in manual focus. This function allows you to confirm the focus easily.
- Peaking Color (White, Red, or Yellow) – Sets the color used for the peaking function in manual focus.
The download link for the manual is here, http://www.filedropper.com/sonyalphanex-blogspot-com-firmware04-manual
So far, no news as to when the firmware is coming out but my guess is anytime now, stay tuned.
This from dpreview forum member, Bikr. He developed this cool app, NexRemote, which offers two shutter release signal from the iPhone via the earphone jack connected to an IR device to trigger the Sony NEX camera. The App was just launched and Bikr is already working on the 2.0 version which promise intervalometer and maybe even bulb mode. Also in works is the Android version. Check out the App description below –
“NexRemote allows you to control your Sony Nex5 camera using a super inexpensive home made or store bought ir dongle that plugs into your headphone jack.
We will soon be adding detailed instructions on making your own, but quickly: you simple need to solder a IR LED, available at any radio shack, to a minijack cable. You can just strip the cable from an old pair of headphones etc and there will be 3 wires inside. 2 insulated and 1 ground wire. You need to attach one of the 2 insulated wires and the ground wire to the poles of the LED. Plug in and you’re good to go.
Shutter lets you control the shutter in any mode, including bulb. click once while in bulb to open the shutter and again to close it when ready..
2 sec initiates the Nex5’s 2 second shutter timer and beeps to let you know it’s coming, great for hiding your phone back in your pocket when taking self portraits.”
Source – NexRemote
Okay, you probably have a Sony NEX-5 like I do, or the new lines of DSLR capable of shooting Full HD video like the Sony A33, A55, Nikon D3100 or Canon EOS 550D and you like me are probably looking for some sort of stabilization accessories so to enable you to shoot smoother video.
Of course one can go the professional way with systems like Redrock Nano (US$387.50 and up), Steadicam Merlin (US$849), Zacuto Target Shooter (US$475) and the list goes on and on, but these close to professional steady systems do cost a fortune. One alternative I found over the weekend, is this ModoSteady585 from Manfrotto launched way back in 2007, some three years ago.
Originally designed for small video camcorders, the ModoSteady 585 can carry loads up to 750g or 1.7lb and the newer line of video DSLR fits just right in. The ModoSteady 585 cost around HK$790 (US$100) and it sure does the job albeit mixed reviews since it was introduced. I tried it out with my Sony NEX-5 and it just fits perfectly although the quick release plate is bit wide for the slim body of the NEX5 where the circular plate sticks out on both the front and rear sides of the camera. There are tons of video on the ModoSteady 585 on YouTube, check it out for yourself and see if this works for you. It works for me.
Some pics of the ModoSteady 585 after the jump.
Shortly after releasing their NEX line mirror-less camera, the NEX-3 and NEX-5, Sony announced the all new NEX-VG10, the world’s first consumer interchangeable lens HD camcorder which utilizes the same E-mount lens. Like the NEX-3 and NEX-5, this camcorder can use the alpha lenses as well by using the alpha-mount adapter. The NEX-VG10 will start shipping this September at just under US$2000. For a complete preview, check out this article over at image-resource.com.
Thanks Maverick for the video link. This baby is looking sweet.
Shortly after SOny released their mirroless NEX-3 and NEX-5, they released the first firmware upgrade today. Got my Sony NEX-5 two days ago (review and pics later), and I can say this update came at the best time. So what’s new with this firmware? Sony added 3D sweep panorama (but only viewable on their own Sony Bravia TV, gee!). Apart from that,
- Improvement of ‘normal’ 2D Sweep Panorama shooting;
- Decreased power drain when the camera is switched off;
- Quicker start-up in low-light conditions.
You can find the download page here. Oh, one more thing, the firmware upgrade is for PC only, Mac users, eat your heart out.
Source – Sony