Sony Releases Imaging Edge Software Suite


Sony releases Imaging Edge Software Suite with three photography applications: Remote, Viewer & Edit including Sony a7R III Raw & Pixel Shift Support. Imaging Edge applications have a simple clean user interface. We used it to tether at the a7R III Launch.

[Imaging Edge Support List of Sony E-mount, A-mount & Cyber-shot cameras]

remote [REMOTE]: Shooting via Live Viewing on PC or MAC

Remote shooting application that lets you perform shooting operations while checking the images in Live View on the large screen of a computer.

Composition adjustment(Grid, Guide, Live View)
The Grid, Guide, and Overlay functions allow you to make detailed adjustments to the composition.

Focus adjustment (Aria focus, zoom display)
You can efficiently make detailed focus adjustments with Aria focus, zoom display, and manual focus functions.

Display Overlay, Display Grid and Display Guide
Image is automatically exported to PC, where you can use RAW development features such as checking, selecting, and adjusting quality.

viewer [VIEWER]: Image Selection

Enables viewing images in list display, to select and add ratings:

• The result of shooting image can be quickly displayed by working together with [Remote]. File import is not necessary because it can reference folders. It also enables you to check the shooting image by using grid and guides.
• Shows image data such as RAW and JPEG in list display. In [Edit] you can select images to develop RAW file.
• Rating information can be transformed to XMP*(Adobe compatible), therefore can be transferred to Adobe Bridge and Photoshop.

edit [EDIT]: RAW Development

RAW development application achieves high quality developed image:

• Adjust image brightness, color and white balance.
• Adjust the image quality of ARQ-format images generated by Pixel Shift Multi Shooting and develop them into TIFF, JPEG, or other formats.

Pixel Shift Multi Shooting (Remote, Viewer and Edit)

This new feature takes advantage of the advanced in-body image stabilization system control capability available in the a7R III, precisely shifting the sensor in 1-pixel increments to capture four pixel-shifted images containing a total of approximately 169.6 million pixels* that are later composited using a computer to achieve overwhelming subjective resolution in a single image. Still images are captured with true-to life details, texture, and color, with minimal moiré and color artifacts. Even the atmosphere of the subject and surroundings are reproduced with breathtaking fidelity, making Pixel Shift Multi Shooting an ideal technology for archival images of art, architecture, and more. * Image size after compositing is approx. 42.4 million (7952 x 5304) pixels


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59 thoughts on “Sony Releases Imaging Edge Software Suite”

  1. Thanks for info and link.

    In the screen shot, the software looks rather plain compared to the Capture One 10 software, Sony has been providing to its camera owners so far…

    I’m definitely curious how this develops and if or when Sony’s Capture One deal gets phased out.

    1. Sony’s not phasing anything out. Just upgrading their own free offering for those who don’t want to pony up $50 to buy the Capture One Pro version for tethering. Imaging Edge is also the only software that supports Pixel Shift. Capture One won’t.

      1. Ah, got it. I was rather happy to hand over the $50, as that software is fantastic.

        I do still wish for an old fashioned way of saving just the image I’m working on – while the software expects you to be going through the entire roll and then “export” any edits you made…

        Without changing that, they could still offer a one-off “save as” button for those who are not using that software often enough to immediately remember the non-standard method of getting your edited image saved to whatever media.

  2. not to impressed i’m afraid, the edit suite is just the same as playmemories and equally slow and stuttery when dealing with large raw files.
    The remote function either tells me i need to set the usb to remote pc which it already is or if it opens the remote screen, it shoes the camera settings but no live view and worst of all I get a screen message saying the program had a problem and windows need to shut the program , stick with C1 methinks.

    1. Which camera are you using? Live View tethering is camera dependent. If Capture One supports Live View, so does Remote. The warning to set the USB connection is because many users fail to do that. There should be a way to turn off those “tips”

    2. USB is sometimes iffy with Sony cameras. Sony kept using some ancient (and slow) USB tech in their cameras until very recently. I read that writing to memory card was also bottlenecked because of this.

      Most computers have different USB ports, like a mix of 2.0 and 3.0 or 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1 or older systems may have even 1.x ports.

      Its usually worth-while trying to use a different USB port – best if you look up what socket is what type of port in your system’s or mainboard’s documentation

      Anything more specific on USB issues, Google will serve up, but most likely eat up an hour of your time to dig through, to find something you can use.

      1. It took a fairly strong push to get Sony to convert to USB 3.1 Type C for their tethering connection. You’ll get the speed boost if your computer supports it.

        1. Ahh, nice that they went all the way to 3.1 🙂
          My computers have 3.1, but I forgot if my little RX100IV already has the USB upgrade…
          I think probably not. Images come up fast enough in capture one, but they don’t seem to have the kind of snap normally afforded by USB 3.1

          1. USB-C is short for USB 3.1 Type C.

            Sony a7R III is the first Sony camera to add that connection. I’m hoping it’s the new Sony standard connection.

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  7. Hi Brian,
    Thank you for the info and link.
    I’ve just installed these on my iMac (Sierra 10.12.6) for my Sony A7RM2.
    When I launch the Remote, there’s a warning pop up told me that no camera is connected and told me to set the usb mode to PC Remote, which I already done.
    The Remote software cannot detect my A7RM2.
    After waiting for around 20-30 seconds, finally my camera can be detected and I can use the Remote software.
    Any idea about this slow detection problem?
    Thanks in advanced,

    1. It may have been a loose connection at first. It generally takes around 10 seconds to detect a camera – not 20-30. But at least it found it.

      I prefer Capture One Pro for Sony ($50/50 Euro) for tethering, but Remote is the free option.

          1. Yes it’s A7rii .. and I tried it on capture one 11 pro .. I have no idea what’s going on

          2. would you recommend a certain hdmi to card recorder that records video with s-log2 profile?

  8. I just downloaded this to check it out and it’s amazing to have a free tethering program. The Remote software works for everything on my camera except focus. I’m using a metabones adapter with Canon and Sigma lenses and the autofocus works perfect but the focus panel doesn’t even display so I can’t use Remote for manual focus – any idea what the issue may be? I figured it was because I’m not using a Sony lens but the AF still works so that doesn’t make sense. Both my A7ii and Metabones are running current firmware.

      1. The comparison was done with a JPG file converted from from a Sony .arw raw file.
        In settings one can change from RGB (none color management) to a specific profile. I have a calibrated monitor but changing to that profile in Viewer makes no (obvious) difference. Strange, because when the system uses the calibrated profile, the difference is clear.

  9. Hi Brian,

    Thank you for sharing nice article. I decided to download to use with my Sony A7II which i read from the support chart said it works with my camera. Unfortunately, I have tried to connect many times by following the instruction carefully, still can’t using this software. Even it said i have to set the USB mode to PC Remote, still doesn’t work. Do you have any idea or solution with my issue.

    Thank you

    1. It’s one of two things. Most likely you need to update your a7II firmware. The other possibility is that the USB cord you’re using is not compatible.

    2. I have the same issue even using the original supplied short usb cable and with the latest firmware, all i get is instruction to set the usb to remote (which it already is) I can connect to the original pc remote software and capture one with no issues.

  10. We’ve tried the last couple of versions of Imaging Edge for Windows 10 64-bit to shoot tether with an a7R III, and have been pretty disappointed. The first version of Remote crashed if the camera was shut off or disconnected, and could not be made to work again without rebooting the computer. The most recent version, downloaded today, hangs randomly, but can be restarted after cleaning up the wreckage with Task Manager. The zoom function in viewer is not really usable. Neither version adapts to Windows’ display scaling; on a 2560×1440 monitor, some of the text is too small to read. All in all, Imaging Edge strikes me as typical free software from a hardware manufacturer – clunky, frustrating, and almost too buggy to be useful. It’s shameful – it’s not as if Sony doesn’t have the resources to hire the best programmers, or cut a deal with Adobe. We’re using LightRoom to sort through images, but LightRoom only supports Nikon, Canon, and Leica cameras for tethering. Looks like we’re going to try Capture One next.

      1. In my humble opinion, this current version isn’t worth the frustration for anyone. In software, there’s 1.0, and there’s beta; this has the look and feel of alpha, not ready to go live, never mind prime time. Freeware can be robust and reliable; it doesn’t have to be foisted on the customer base in such an unfinished state, so some mid level Sony executive can put another bullet point on his quarterly deck of PowerPoint slides.

  11. Brian i can’t have any success with Image Edge. If i buy Capture One for tethering, does it save the images to the Camera and Hard Drive or is Capture One just reading the card in the camera?

    1. Depends on the camera. Only a7 III & a7R III can save to PC AND SD Card. All others will only save to PC when tethering. Doen’t matter if you use Capture One Pro or Imaging Edge that’s controlled by hardware not firmware.

      1. is there some sort of specialised setting to make that happen?
        luckily for me i have bother the a7iii and the a7riii 🙂 i will look into buying Capture one then. You should be an ambassador for them!

  12. For my a7R III, it’s no problem to save to both the SD card and the PC hard drive with Capture One. I have noticed that downloading an image causes the Live View to pause until the download is complete, which can be sort of frustrating if you are trying to shoot tether at a faster rate than the images download. If memory serves, the Sony Imaging Edge Remote software has a slower frame rate and lower resolution images for Live View, and I didn’t notice the same issue, but the other irritations were more than sufficient to push me over to Capture One.

  13. Dear Brian:

    I am sure I am wrong in some way, and would appreciate correct information.

    Am I correct in intepreting the EULA (terms and conditions) in Imaging Edge to mean that Sony captures and uploads data from my computer if I install and run the software?
    I have not installed the software to avoid the privacy loss.
    My only use would be to try pixel shift for landscapes with A7rIII (which has not fared well in reviews). I use up to date Photoshop in CC suite.

    If there is a way to block the sending, that would be nice.
    If the paragraphs in question do not apply to Imaging Edge, then it would seem appropriate to remove the boilerplate.

    Apparently the new GDPR rules are not applicable, perhaps because IE is “free” software, although it only works with Sony products one must purchase.

    As always, thank you for being an accurate and generous source of information,
    and ensuring a polite environment.

    1. I’m not aware of any photo processing software (free or paid) that does not collect user data – but I suppose you could shoot JPEG and only view the images on an air-gapped computer.

  14. I have a Sony a6500 and am trying to use Imaging Edge Remote with it. It keeps complaining that I have not set up for PC to get the images. I have tried to get this to work for about 3 hours. The camera is set up in PC Remote Settings for destination and type of images. Remote won’t open just fuss. Does this work for the alpha 6500? I want to do astrophotography, Any thoughts?

  15. Is there a way to record video with this software too? I would love to record my videos and be able to see myself on the screen of my laptop. I also have a Sony a6000, so hopefully it’s all conplaitable.

  16. I have developed an image both with Capture One 12 and Sony Edit. Their interpetations are very different and the Sony Edit software seems. To produce a less noisy file. Image was shot at night. Can you provide any explanation and if you do not tether nor “develop” tons of images, which would you use.

    Thank you

    1. You can also enter the password by pressing the C4 button when the QR Screen comes up. Then just select the camera from your WiFi Settings. Your smartphone or tablet will remember the password.

  17. Hi Brian, I have installed Remote on my Mac with A7R2, everything seems to work but I can’t see a focus point in Remote to click on the Live View image on my Mac where I want the camera to focus (like touch shutter/focus point on the mobile app which works fine with the A7R2). The FAQ says I should see the focus point in Remote if I select flexible spot on the camera – I have and still no joy. Is this a know issue?

      1. Sorry Brian do you mean I should be able to click on the screen in Remote to select A7R2 focus point or not, because currently what I’m saying is I can’t.

  18. Ah ok, well in that case this totally doesn’t work for me sadly. The focus point does not appear in Remote. I gotta say Sony make some amazing hardware but their software interfaces are always a let down to some extent. My mind constantly boggles at the A7R2’s menu system (sorry totally off topic now!) Canon have the simplest solution to this with their user ‘favourite menu items’ page. If Sony had implemented something like that it would have instantly simplified things. Instead I rely on a kind of muscle memory to remember where all my favourite features are (ok sorry went on a total off topic rant there!). Always enjoy your page Brian, thanks for the info, maybe an update to Remote will fix this for me or maybe another user could explain how they see the focus point on Remote (on OSX) with the A7R2.

  19. I have tried Imaging Edge for my Sony A7M3 images and it sucks. The colors are awful: blue sky is too purple, yellow is too green…
    JPEG’s direct from camera are brilliant but JPEG’s or TIFF’s from Imaging Edge are awful. I have used Adobe Bridge to convert my ARW’s.

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