Along with their latest camera firmware updates, Sony released an updated v3.10 of their Smart Remote Control app which now controls Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and select the Focus Point – along with all the previous functions of shutter release, 2-second self-timer and EV compensation – on WiFi-enabled Sony cameras including the Sony A7, A7R, A7S, A6000, A5100, A5000 and NEX-6 using your smartphone or tablet.
Please Note: Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan is not Supported.
With this update Smart Remote Control allows you to use your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet as a highly functional remote to stream a live feed from your camera to your mobile device and to download Jpegs from the camera to you phone or tablet. The Smart Remote Control app allows you to:
• Trigger the shutter from your phone.
• Control Aperture
• Control Shutter Speed
• Adjust ISO
• Select the Focus Point – touch focus on your phone or tablet
• Adjust EV compensation up to +/– five stops. (This control is disabled when shooting in Manual mode.)
• Turn the self-timer and the image review function on or off.
You can download Smart Remote Control and other apps at the Sony Play Memories App Store
If you haven’t already done so, you need to set-up an account by clicking ‘Create an account‘.
You can then set-up the Smart Remote Control application directly to your camera by selecting
Menu > Application > PlayMemories Camera Apps
Download PlayMemories for iOS or Android
In order to take advantage of the Smart Remote Control application, as well as other wireless and connectivity features that are available with you Sony WiFi-enabled camera, you need to download Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app – available free for SmartPhones and Tablets for both iOS and Android at their respective app stores.
Setting your camera up for Smart Remote Control shooting
1. Select Menu > Apps Menu > Application List > Smart Remote Control
1. You’ll get a screen prompting you to Sync to Smart Phone.
2. Go to Wi-Fi settings on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. Select the device shown on the camera menu. Enter the password shown in the menu.
3. Once you see a spinning “Connecting” icon on your smartphone or tablet – you’re connected.
4. Open the PlayMemories app
Important: How to Save RAWs Using Sony Smart Remote Control
Smart Remote Control has it’s own quality settings separate from those you set on your camera that are reset when you update the app.
By default Quality is set to Jpeg Fine:
To also save RAW to your SD card, here’s what you need to do:
Open Smart Remote Control App on your camera:
Menu > Applications > Application List > Smart Remote Control
Connect WiFi between your camera to your tablet or Smart Phone
Once you connect, press Menu > Smart Remote Control > 2 > Quality > Select : RAW & JPEG
Shoot a frame to be certain this setting is saved.
Boom! You’re good to go…
UPDATE: Sony Smart Remote Control Update 4.10 is now available. Read this to make certain you’re using the latest version of this app.
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