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Firmware Update Adds 3D Sweep Panorama Mode for Sony NEX-3/5

July 1st, 2010 · 10 Comments · Shooting in 3D


As expected Sony has just released a new firmware update that brings some 3D shooting capabilities to the company’s NEX-3 and NEX-5 interchangeable lens digital cameras. The new firmware update adds several performance enhancements plus the so called 3D Sweep Panorama mode that will allow you to take stereoscopic 3D panorama photos by just sweeping your camera around the scenery you want to capture. The 3D Panorama Sweep mode works just like the already available mode for taking panoramic photos inside these cameras and the new mode just extends this functionality further, so it is just a software improvement not requiring any additional hardware. Have in mind that the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 digital cameras are not true stereoscopic 3D cameras like the Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W1 for example and they do have just one lens and sensor and not two. So the only 3D photo mode that you have available in the one for taking photos in stereo 3D of panoramas, however you can still manually take two pictures with a little offset of the camera to produce a stereoscopic 3D photo after some editing with a free software like the StereoPhoto Maker. Then again this manual 3D shooting can be done with just about any normal camera, the problem is that it is not so easy and requires some experience and knowledge in order to produce good stereo 3D photos. But the 3D Sweep Panorama mode does everything automatically, you just need to move the camera and it will do the taking of pictures and sticking them into a nice stereo 3D panorama. 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.

Bear in mind that the firmware update version 02 for the Sony NEX-3/5 that is already available for download is intended only for NEX-5/NEX-3 cameras with Version 01 firmware currently installed as newer cameras may ship with the new firmware pre-installed, so there will be no need to update it if you are yet to purchase one of these cameras. You can check the current version of the firmware installed on the camera by selecting MENU / SETUP / VERSION. And if you do have one of these camera and update the firmware you are more than welcome to share some 3D panorama images here, as I personally do not have any of the two models to try it.

Download the firmware update 02 for the Sony NEX-3/5 with 3D Sweep Panorama mode…

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Akiross // Jul 7, 2010 at 18:32

    I have some images on NEX-5, but i cant play with my nvidia 3d…
    I need some help!
    It’s say….no stereoscopic info inside…or something else…

  • 2 Bloody // Jul 7, 2010 at 18:37

    Can you please upload them and post the link to see what format are they exactly and how the photos can be played?

  • 3 Akiross // Jul 8, 2010 at 03:29

    I have posted at my homepage the 2 images, one of those a normal image, and the other, a MPO image, and i can’t play it with the Nvidias photo player…
    http://www.akiross.es/DSC00200.JPG

    http://www.akiross.es/DSC00200.MPO

  • 4 Bloody // Jul 8, 2010 at 10:02

    The 3D Vision photo player supports the MPO file format, but it seems that Sony is using something a bit different that makes the player unable to recognize the file. I’ve tried with some other programs designed to convert or manipulate MPO files and some of them also had issues recognizing the file. However the good news is that the SterePhoto Maker opens the MPO file without problems and you can save it in a Side by Side JPS format. Nvidia will probably soon release a fix for this, but meanwhile you can use the SterePhoto Maker to convert the MPO files…

    Download the SterePhoto Maker – http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/stphmkr/
    And here is the 3D panorama photo converted to JPS – http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/5470/31dsc00200.jpg

  • 5 Akiross // Jul 8, 2010 at 18:29

    Thanks for your support, I fix this issue, by opening with SterePhoto Maker and save again like MPO file.
    Now I can load those files.
    Thanks for your support!
    Would you some images on 3d stereoscopic? I woud send you a couple of those!

  • 6 Bloody // Jul 8, 2010 at 18:31

    Feel free to share some 3D photos taken with the camera ;)

  • 7 Akiross // Jul 8, 2010 at 18:47

    Ready for Nvidia’s photo Viewer.
    El gaucho.MPO
    El gaucho, Spain.

  • 8 Bloody // Jul 9, 2010 at 17:11

    Thanks, can you also share some 3D panorama photos of more distant objects or share your experience with such… I’m especially interested in how the depth of more distant objects looks like, not on so close ones.

  • 9 Akiross // Jul 11, 2010 at 18:51

    3D outside:
    http://www.akiross.es/DSC00348.mpo

  • 10 Bloody // Jul 11, 2010 at 19:30

    Thanks, but I was asking about something like a panorama picture of lets say the houses around going back in the distance form your balcony for example. In order to be able to see how things look in 3D for objects that are like 50-100-200+ meters away from your standing point.

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