Applicable Models

This information is for the following models:

  • ILCE-6000

About this download

Benefits and Improvements from the latest update

  • Improves stability of the AF operation

Previous Benefits and Improvements

The following benefits and improvements are also included in this update:

  • v3.20 (7-26-2016): Optimizes the performance of lens SEL70200GM
  • v3.10 (3-17-2016): The system software update for optimizing the new lenses performance. (Applied to lenses released after 2016 March)
  • v2.00 (6-16-2015):
    1. Startup time is shortened.
    2. This update enables shooting movies in 60p/30p/24p due to the XAVC S format that supports high bit rates.
      • For NTSC model: 60p/30p/24p
      • For PAL model: 50p/25p(PAL mode),60p/30p/24p(NTSC mode)
      • When shooting a movie in the XAVC S format, ensure that an SDXC card of Class 10 or faster is used after formatting the card using the unit updated with the system software.
      • If you format the memory card, all the data will be erased. Please ensure that the data on the card is backed up before formatting.
  • v1.21 (4-6-2015): Improves camera function and provides picture improvement for the new lenses (SEL35F14Z, SEL24240, SEL28F20, SEL90M28G)
  • v1.10 (10-30-2014): Improves the power-on time after downloading the Smart Remote Control application of the PlayMemories Camera Apps™

File Info

File Name

  • ILCE-6000 System Software (Firmware) Update Ver. 3.21 (Mac)

File Version

  • 3.21

File Size

  • 214.9 MB (214,920,547 bytes)

Release Date

  • 03-19-2019

Before You Start

Check the system software version

Follow the iinstructions below to check the system software version. If the system software version is Ver. 3.21, the update is not required.

  1. Select Menu > Setup subpage [6] > Version on the camera.
  2. The system software version is displayed as illustrated below.
    System Software Version

System Requirements

Operating Systems

The latest version of the system software update is compatible with the following Macintosh versions:

  • Apple® macOS® 10.12 – 10.14

Computer Hardware

The latest version of the system software update is compatible with the following hardware:

  • Hard drive space: 600 MB or more
  • RAM: 512 MB or more

Other Hardware

  • Power source: Fully charged rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
    Note: The update can only be performed when the battery power level is Battery Power Level (three bars) or more. We recommend that you use a fully charged battery or the AC adapter AC-PW20 (sold separately).
  • USB cable supplied with the camera
    Note: Update functionality is not guaranteed with any other USB cable.

Download & Install

Important Notice

  • Please close all other application software before updating the system software.
  • Use a fully charged rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50.
  • Do not remove the battery during the update; as the sudden loss of power may render the camera inoperable.
  • Remove the memory card from the camera before starting the update process.
  • Prevent your computer from entering Sleep mode.
  • Do not connect the camera to other any other devices except your computer.

How to download the Updater:

  1. After reading the disclaimer, click Download.
  2. The file [Update_ILCE6000V321.dmg] file will start downloading.
  3. Save the file to the desktop of your computer (recommended).

Step 1: Start the Updater

  1. Close all currently running programs on your computer.
  2. Double-click the [Update_ILCE6000V321.dmg] file you downloaded. Do not connect the camera at this point.
  3. [Update_ILCE6000V321] is expanded.
  4. Double-click the [UpdateSetting Tool] icon UpdateSetting Tool.
  5. To load a kernel extension, the message prompts you to allow the application to make changes. Type the password for the administrative account.
    Enter the User Name and Password
    • For macOS 10.13 or 10.14 users:
      • After the message from the system is displayed, the security and privacy screen will be displayed.
      • If the following message is displayed before "Security and Privacy" is displayed, press the [OK] button.
        Press the OK Button
      • Open the "General" tab on the "Security and Privacy" screen and allow reading of "Sony Corporation" system software.
        Security and Privacy screen
        Note: If you approved in the past, the security and privacy screen will not be displayed.
      • If you are asked to restart macOS after pressing the [Allow] button, please restart and return to the beginning of the update procedure.
      • If the "Security and Privacy" screens remain displayed, please close the window.
      • If the message displayed together with the "Security and Privacy" screen remains displayed, close both with the [OK] button.
        System Extension Blocked screen
    • For macOS 10.12 or lower users:
      • Connect the camera to the computer.
      • A dialog for USB connection will be displayed.
        Connect the device to the computer with the USB cable
      • Connect the camera and PC with the USB cable(supplied). "USB Mode" appears on the LCD monitor of the camera.
      • Click [OK]. If the message is displayed, close with the [OK] button.
        Press the OK Button
        Note: Never turn off the camera nor disconnect the USB cable while updating.
  6. The System Software Updater starts.
    System Software Updater
    Note: If System Software Updater does not start up, double-click [System Software Updater] in the [Update_ILCE6000V321] - [Resources] folder to start up.
  7. Turn on the camera.
  8. Following the iinstructions in the System Software Updater window, on the camera, select Menu > Setup subpage [4] > USB Connection and check if Mass Storage is selected.If a mode other than Mass Storage is selected, please select Mass Storage.
    Setup3 - Mass Storage
  9. Connect the camera to the computer with the supplied USB cable. "USB Mode" appears on the LCD screen of the camera.
    Note: If the computer cannot find the device, the message "Could not find the camera for this update" is displayed on the computer screen. Please try the following:
    • Disconnect the USB cable and connect it again.
    • If the computer has multiple USB terminals, try with the other terminals.

    Sometimes when the camera is connected to the computer with the USB cable, a message prompting you to restart the computer may be displayed. If this happens, remove the battery pack from the camera, reboot the computer, and follow the iinstructions from "2. Start the System Software Updater".

  10. Click [Next]. The current version number and updated version number appear on the lower left side of the screen. After confirming that the current software version is "Ver. 3.20 or earlier", click Next. If the current system software version is 3.21 or later, the update is not required. If this happens, disconnect the camera from the computer and click Finish. Turn off the camera, remove the battery pack, reinsert the battery and turn the camera back on.
    Update is required:
    Current Version and Updated Version Numbers
    Update is not required:
    Update is not required
  11. The following screen appears. Follow the camera’s screen to press the center of the control wheel, then click [Next] on the computer screen.
    Reset the camera
    Press the center of the control wheel
    Note: The Loading icon may not be displayed depending on the OS version that you are using.
  12. Start the update
    After automatically resetting, the following screen is shown and the update starts. The progress bar appears during the update process (approximately 15 minutes).
    Note: Never turn off the camera or disconnect the USB cable while updating.
    Update Progress Bar
  13. Complete the update
    When the update is complete, the camera will automatically restart. Make sure that the camera is turned on and wait until the LCD screen appears again.Click Finish when the LCD screen appears and disconnect the USB cable.
    Click Finish
    Note: After restarting, a data recovery warning is sometimes displayed. This is normal. Please wait until this warning disappears.
    Recovering data. Please wait...

Step 2: Confirm the system software version of your device is Ver.3.21.

  1. On the camera, select Menu > Setup subpage [6] > Version
  2. The system software version is displayed as illustrated below.
    Updated System Software Version

Questions & Answers

The update does not complete

When the monitor remains black for more than 15 minutes, follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. Disconnect the USB cable from the computer.
  2. Remove the battery and AC adapter from the camera, leave it for a few minutes, then insert the battery again or connect the AC adapter.
  3. Restart the computer.
  4. Turn on the camera and perform the installation process again.