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NEX-5N new firmware improves AF speed!


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#1 A.Y.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:36 AM

5N's AF speed is much improved with the new firmware. Here's a video showing before and after firmware update: 5N AF speed comparison

I think all of the 5N users on this forum will be interested!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:19 AM

I tried the update on my mac and it is not working with 64 bit-I can reboot into 32, but it is a pain!

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:13 PM

I tried the update on my mac and it is not working with 64 bit-I can reboot into 32, but it is a pain!

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Has anyone gotten this to work? I'm interested in hearing if it is a noticeable difference in real life.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:21 PM

I updated fairly easily on a Windows 7 machine but it's a weird way to update compared to say Canon's firmware update. You need to restart the camera in order for update to proceed after the software verifies that the camera needs updating, they couldn't just start the update after verification. Had to do it twice before I realized why it didn't work.

AF from near to far seemed slightly improved, had no issues locking on to stuff in my basement studio, the NEX-5 had issues at times but the 5n got positive lock.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:29 PM

Has anyone gotten this to work? I'm interested in hearing if it is a noticeable difference in real life.

Cheers,
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The UK version that supports 1080 50p is available.

The US version that supports 1080 60p is not yet released! Hopefully, it will be soon! I'm most interested in finding out if the video AF is also improved.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:33 AM

5N's AF speed is much improved with the new firmware. Here's a video showing before and after firmware update: 5N AF speed comparison


Just updated 5N's firmware, and the AF speed is noticeably faster with much less "hunting" back and forth just like what was shown in the video.

The firmware also fixed one annoying video AF problem - with the "Center Focus Area" selected, the video AF no longer locks focus onto higher contrast areas off to the side. Video AF transitions very smoothly from foreground to background with less "hunting" also.

NEX-5N U.S. firmware 1.0.1

FYI, I booted OS X 10.6.8 into 32 bit by holding down the "3" and "2" keys.

Edited by A.Y., 13 March 2012 - 10:35 AM.


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:06 AM

Just posted two short 5N's video autofocus tests done after the firmware update. The contrast-detection video AF is camcorder quality - pretty smooth and steady, but not fast like the Sony Alpha SLT cameras with phase-detection video AF.

First part: Using touchscreen to select AF areas
Second part: Using just the center AF point

Length: 45 seconds http://alyudesign.co..._nex5n.html#vaf

Edited by A.Y., 08 April 2012 - 05:26 PM.