Sony Unlocks In-Camera Forgery-Proof Technology

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Sony announces the availability of its in-camera forgery proof photo technology for corporate business users. Using digital signatures processed at capture, Sony technology supports detection of any modification to an image, thus protecting it from fraudulent usage.

Following widespread issues with unauthorized editing and misconduct around digital photo data, Sony has developed forgery-proof technology, based on standard cryptography, for corporate users to safeguard images against future misuse.

With Sony’s in-camera signing mode activated, images are immediately cryptographically signed by the camera processor upon capture. Following this, any pixel modification, tampering or potential forgery will cancel the image signature, as the image manipulation will be detected by the customer’s own certificate server during examination.

Available on the Sony a7 IV, with expansion to other models to be considered in sequence, this new functionality streamlines the lengthy process required from image submission through to verification, all with the addition of extra security.

Alpha 7 IV combines a 33.0MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with BIONZ XR™ imaging engine to deliver high-speed processing and outstanding resolution.

Sony’s new forgery-proof signing mode ensures the secure creation and transmission of images based on cryptographic methods, as the fundamental need for certifying unmodified and secure images grows in many applications, across multiple industries.

This technology is particularly applicable for passports and ID verification but goes further in tackling image manipulation in the media, medical and law enforcement fields. For the insurance and construction sectors, this technology will offer a secure foundation for inspection and recording of damage.

Yasuo Baba, Director of Digital Imaging and European Product Marketing at Sony, commented: “It is Sony’s missions to strengthen business solutions with cutting-edge imagery technology and our in-camera digital signing is a real gamechanger for combatting image manipulation and forgery across multiple industries. Whilst appropriate adaptations for each industry need to be made, the digital signature is multilingual and can be used internationally, enabling organizations worldwide to streamline mandatory image signing with Sony technology.”

Currently compatible with the Sony a7 IV, and subject to receipt of a license to enable Sony’s signing mode, this facility will be available for business users with plans for further model expansion to follow. In tandem, Sony will continue to examine how we can utilize our industry-leading imaging technology to further support enhanced security across multiple industries, with plans to expand the line-up of supported cameras hereafter.

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4 thoughts on “Sony Unlocks In-Camera Forgery-Proof Technology”

  1. I have had one of my Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Photos used without my permission by Yosemite I contacted them and they never replied.

  2. Hello Brian
    Could you please shine a little more light on the process and cost for this feature?
    The official article from Sony is not at all specific when this will be available.
    There seems to be very little information as to how exactly this Forgery Proofing method will be implemented in the a7iv.
    Also puzzling why Sony did not find it right to have this feature firstly available in their flagship a1 camera.

    1. That’s all the details in the release – however I can shed light on why it’s available on a7 IV – not a1.
      Sony a7 IV is newer. New cameras are designed to features that may not be compatible previous models – even if those earlier generation cameras cost more.

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