Sony NEX hack is go – 46Mbit 1080p tested

NEX 5N hack a real possibility

I have set up a dedicated forum for the Sony NEX Hack here

A guy named Someone 1.00 is able to hack the NEX series of Sony mirrorless cameras for higher bitrates in video mode and more.

The video after the break shows the hack in action, and proof that it can be done.

Discuss the hack here and support Someone 1.00 in his efforts.


Essentially the NEX is built in the Linux CE operating system, the files for which you can see revealed in the video and the firmware source code opened up for editing.

The NEX cameras are extremely affordable and yet the NEX 5N and 7 use the same sensor size and recording format as the FS100. The 5N is also pretty nifty in low light and the stills are some of the best you can get on a mirrorless camera.


However the video mode is only 24Mbit, and 28Mbit in 60p. This means that in 1080/60p especially you’re losing a lot of detail and getting quite muddy compression, compared to the hacked GH2 at 88Mbit or 176Mbit.

The hack could open up the possibility of a Sony FS100 hack too.


Sources say that this hack can allow 46Mbit on the older NEX 5 without too much trouble and it is still early days yet, so we could see stuff like intra-frame recording and improvements to HDMI out, or even 4:2:2 colour in MP4 mode and higher resolutions. (Please note this is just my speculation and nothing is confirmed yet).

Now Someone 1.00 needs your support.

To hack the newer Sony cameras like the NEX 5N, he needs the body to dump the firmware. I’ve decided to help by providing a sub-forum and community area at EOSHD to get everyone collaborating, discussing, testing and networking together on the hack.

If anyone is willing to set up a donation fund for a NEX 5N using PayPal for this feel free to arrange this on the forum.

Updated with clarification: the NEX 5 is the subject of the video not the NEX 5N