Consumer electronics giant Sony has released a firmware for its new NEX-3 and NEX-5 interchangeable-lens cameras that enables users to capture 3D panorama shots.

Rather than having to manually line up a panorama sequence of shots, users simply press the shutter-release button and sweep the camera from one side to the other. The camera uses its high-speed burst mode and then does the hard work of not only stitching the images together but also providing a 3D view.

Sony says the 3D output can be viewed on any standards-compatible 3D TV, including its own Bravia sets.

The update is only needed for original-release NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras with the 01 firmware. Users with 02 firmware don’t need to do anything as the update is already preloaded. You can find out which version of firmware your camera has by selecting Menu -> Setup -> Version.

The firmware update also improves 2D panorama capture as well as reducing power consumption when the camera is off.

You can grab the free firmware update from

System requirements are: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2 or Windows 7.

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