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Camera Remote Control
via Notebook and WiFi
Software

Camera RC

Camera RC is an application for remote controlling Sony cameras from a notebook over WLAN with the WiFi protocol. You can download similar software from Sony's homepage: But the first one (PlayMemories Mobile) is running only on smartphones and not on PCs, and the second one (Imaging Edge) needs an USB cable connection. The USB program can show the live view in the meantime, but this was not possible at the time I developed the application. Mainly this last shortcoming caused me to develop the software.

The software is based on Sony's Camera Remote API available on some higher priced Sony camera models. May be the software is running with all of these cameras - but I could test it only with my Alpha 7 II and an HX60. The current version is quite usable but not perfect. Showing auxiliary lines or histograms would be nice features e. g.

The program is written in Java and has been successfully tested under Windows, Linux and macOS. On the camera Sony's camera app Smart Remote Control must be running; see the manual for details.

Features

  • Live View of the current camera picture.
  • Setting of shutter speed, aperture and ISO value and all parameters available in Sony's programming interface.
  • Setting the focus point for the camera's autofocus.
  • Rotation of the live view for pictures in portrait format etc.
  • Trigger the camera (still image and movie).
  • Timer.
  • Transfer the files from the camera to the notebook.
  • No installation necessary, unpacking the ZIP file is sufficient if the Java Runtime Environment is installed.
  • User interface and manual only in English yet.

Screenshots

In the the user interface's standard view you can adjust the most important settings (aperture, shutter speed, ISO value) and trigger the camera:

Camer-RC-Benutzeroberfläche

Further settings are available in a separate window, a special timer dialog allows the time controlled, automatic triggering of the camera in more detail than the self timer built-in into the camera, and you can transfer files from the camera to your notebook's harddisk:

Kamera-Einstellungen und Timer

Download

File
SizeDescriptionVersionPlatform
CameraRC_100_Setup.exe 2367 kB Camera RC for Sony Alpha 7 II, Java-Binary with Windows installer 1.0.0 Windows
CameraRC_100.zip
2573 kB Camera RC for Sony Alpha 7 II, Java-Binary without installer 1.0.0 JRE 1.8.0 or newer

Attention: To use Camera RC you need additionally the current Java Runtime Environment. Download it at www.java.com (ca. 50 MB).

Change Log

30 October 2018, Version 1.0.0:
  • New dialog Transfer Files for copying and moving files from the camera to the PC is available. All basic functionality Sony's API provides is implemented now.
  • Tooltips for the control elements added.
  • Some minor bugfixes.
7 July 2018, Version 0.9.5:
  • Documentation updated: Successful test with a Sony HX60.
9 April 2017, Version 0.9.4:
  • New dialog Camera Settings is available; all camera parameters provided by Sony's API can be set now.
  • New dialog Camera Commands is available; it replaces the former Generic Methods split pane in the main window.
  • Shortcuts for all buttons available.
  • Event handling improved.
8 November 2016, Version 0.9.3:
  • The live view and the taken picture can be rotated (in steps of 90 degree). Useful if the camera is mounted in portrait format on a tripod.
  • The live view's and the displayed taken picture's colors can be inverted. Useful when copying negative slides.
  • Some shortcut keys are defined.
5 June 2016, Version 0.9.2:
  • "Touch AF" functionality added: You can set the point where the camera's autofocus is working on.
  • Reentrancy problems with the underlying JSON parser solved - making the application more stable.
27 April 2016, Version 0.9.1:
  • Timer dialog added.
15 April 2016, V.0.9.0:
  • First published release.

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