Sony has disclosed a Software Development Kit (SDK) that will give developers remote access to “key camera controls and still image data,” so they can develop their third-party applications for controlling Sony’s mirrorless full-frame cameras remotely.
As indicated by Sony, the Windows-just SDK is focused on “commercial customers” who have been looking at Sony’s cameras for use in territories like broadcast and sports. Organizations like Telemetrics Inc., who make remote-controlled pan/tilt heads and other propelled gear for controlling cameras from a far distance.
“The customer’s voice is critical to all aspects of our business,” explains Deputy President of Sony Imaging Americas Neal Manowitz. “After receiving many requests, we’re excited to finally be able to open our platform in this manner. Companies will now be able to custom develop applications to control our cameras remotely, allowing them to take full advantage of the many innovations in Sony’s lineup including industry-leading autofocus, shooting speeds and much more.”
As everyone referenced over, the SDK gives developers remote access to key camera controls and still picture information. This incorporates “adjustment of camera settings, shutter release and lives view monitoring.” That way they can “create customized software applications to control Sony cameras remotely from a host PC and get the image data captured with Sony cameras.”
This should make Sony cameras much more appealing (or at least more usable) for high-end sports applications specifically—where remote camera control is a must and Nikon and Canon DSLRs are as yet the gold standard.
The one significant downside is that the SDK just supports the Sony a7R IV and Sony a9 II, however, Sony has guaranteed that it “plans to gradually expand the lineup of supported cameras hereafter.”
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