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Required Downloads

Unless stated otherwise, the file listed below must be installed BEFORE the NEX-5T Camera Firmware Update (Mac) in order for it to work properly. If more than one Required file is listed, install them in the order presented on this page.

This utility is required only for Macintosh® OS X 10.10 and 10.11

Applicable Models

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

This information is for the following models:

  • NEX5T
  • NEX5TB
  • NEX5TL
  • NEX5TLB
  • NEX5TLBBDL
  • NEX5TLS
  • NEX5TLW

About this download

Benefits and improvements

  • This utility updates the NEX-5T camera firmware to version 1.01 and provides the following benefits:
    • Provides support for the following Fast Hybrid AF compliant and future compatible E mount lenses:
      • SELP18105G, SEL35F28Z, SEL55F18Z, SEL2470Z, SEL2870, SEL70200G

        Note: For the following lenses, the Fast Hybrid AF is effective only in the central area of the frame.
        SEL35F28Z, SEL55F18Z, SEL2470Z, SEL2870, SEL70200G

System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X®

File Info

File Name

  • Update_NEX5TV101.dmg

File Version

  • 1.01

File Size

  • 204347720 bytes

Release Date

  • 18-03-2014

Before You Start


Determine if Your Camera Needs the Update 

This update only applies for NEX-5T cameras that currently have a firmware version 1.00. If your camera firmware version is already version 1.01, this update is not necessary.


Check the version of your camera firmware:


  1. Power on the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button.
  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 1.01 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-5T 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.
  • This update process requires the following items for proper updating:
    • A computer with:
      • CPU: Intel® processor
      • Available Hard Disk Space: 200 MB or more
      • Installed Memory (RAM): 512 MB or more
      • A USB port.
      • Mac OS X® version 10.6 - 10.11.
      • IMPORTANT: For OS X version 10.10 or 10.11, please ensure the Mac OS X Driver Loader has been installed before continuing to update your firmware.

    • 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.
  • It is highly recommended that you print out these instructions for use as a reference during the installation process.
  1. Power on the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button.
  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 & Install


Table of Contents 

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Download and Update the Firmware 

  1. Download the Update_NEX5TV101.dmg 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 Update_NEX5TV101.dmg file.
    Note: Do not connect the camera to the computer yet.
  3. On the desktop, double-click the Update_NEX5nV101 icon.
  4. Double-click the "Firmware Updater" icon.
  5. At the Password prompt screen, enter the Name and Password for the administrative account, and then click "OK".
  6. 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.
  7. At the "Firmware Updater" screen, click "Next".
    Connect the Camera Screen
    WARNING!!: Do not power off the camera or disconnect the USB cable until the update process is complete.
  8. When the updater recognizes the camera connection, the following screen is displayed, and the camera screen displays the message, "Follow computer instructions."
    Camera Connected Screen
  9. At the "Firmware Updater" screen, click "Next".
  10. When the following screen is displayed, check the version number at the lower left.
    Current Version Screen
    If the current version is "Ver.1.00", click "Next".
    Note: If the current version is "Ver.1.01", 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.
  11. When the following screen is displayed, reset the camera.
    Note: Do not disconnect the USB cable from the camera or the computer.
    Reset Camera Screen
  12. On the camera, press the center button of the Control Wheel to reset the camera.
    Reset Camera Screen
  13. At the "Firmware Updater" screen, click "Next".
  14. When the following screen is displayed, click "Run".
    Note: The update process takes about fifteen 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.
  15. When the following screen is displayed, click "Finish".
    Update Complete Screen
    Important: After clicking Finish, make sure to wait for the camera screen to turn back on before you continue, this may take a few minutes.
  16. Disconnect the USB cable, power off the camera, then remove the battery pack or AC adapter.
  17. Reconnect the battery pack or AC adapter and power on the camera.
  1. Power on the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button.
  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 1.01, the firmware update was successful.
    Note: If the firmware version number is not 1.01, please download and install the firmware update again.
  6. Press the center button of the Control Wheel to close the version number display.