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What is Camera Remote SDK

Camera Remote SDK allows users to control Sony cameras remotely from a computer, from changing the camera settings, to remote shutter release, to live view monitoring. With this SDK, software developers can design bespoke applications tailored to business requirements, integrating professional Sony equipment for size-critical drone and speed camera systems, as well as other medical, education, army, government, and e-commerce functions.
Camera Remote SDK is completely free of charge. It is available for professional and personal use.


Specifications

Software Development Kit Available
SDK Module, API Reference, Sample Code
Supported devices
ILCE-7SM3, ILCE-7RM4, ILCE-7RM4A, ILCE-9M2, ILCE-7C, ILCE-1, DSC-RX0M2 (Ver. 3.00 or later)
Supported Interface
USB, Ethernet
OS
Windows® 8.1, 10 (64-bit only), Linux® 64bit (ARMv8), Linux® 32bit (ARMv7), Linux® 64bit (x86), macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11.1

Latest Updates

We listen and respond to our customers’ needs - quickly. See the latest updates we’ve made to Camera Remote SDK below.

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Sony Expands Functionality of Camera Remote SDK and Increases Range of Compatible Models

- Alpha 1 and RX0 II added to list of compatible Sony’s cameras
- Latest version of SDK extends USB and Wired Ethernet connectivity options, increasing the number of cameras that can be connected and remotely controlled
- x86 Linux compatibility

Sony has launched an update (Version 1.04) to its Camera Remote Software Development Kit (SDK) which extends the list of supported cameras to include the Alpha 1 and RX0 II. The addition of these models opens many new opportunities for companies to utilise the industry leading technology in Sony’s cameras to develop bespoke camera applications to improve their own workflow.

Alpha 1 is particularly suited to content creation and the inspection industry due to its unprecedented combination of resolution and speed with Ethernet control. RX0 II is ideal for 3D scanning and Photobooth usage, due to its ultra-compact body and high image quality made possible by its 1.0-type image sensor.

The latest update now means that up to 20 camera devices can be connected via USB, with the additional benefits of Ethernet connectivity which enables users to operate system over much greater distances.

Camera Remote SDK allows users to control Sony’s cameras remotely from a computer, from changing the camera settings, to remote shutter release and live view monitoring. With this SDK, software developers can design bespoke applications tailored to business requirements, integrating Sony’s professional equipment for size-critical drone and speed camera systems as well as other medical, education, government, and e-commerce functions.

“Since the launch of the SDK in February 2020, demand has been fantastic and we have engaged with new B2B partners across the globe to develop some incredibly interesting applications that take full advantage of the advanced capabilities of cameras such as the Alpha 7S III and Alpha 7R IV”, said Yasuo Baba, Director Digital Imaging, Sony Europe B.V. “Improving the connectivity options for wired multi-camera solutions is crucial for applications in areas such as E-commerce and 3D scanning and we will continue to evolve our offering to best support the needs of our customers.”

“The ability to connect multiple cameras in the same session per machine, will greatly expand our photogrammetry capture rig capabilities,” said Craig Mason, Director, Stasis Media. “The support for the RX0 II gives us capacity to perform full-body scans at high quality, in tandem with face capture, all as part of the same workflow. This is a great addition to the Sony toolset and will allow us to make use of Sony’s high quality imaging sensors for rapid, high quality photogrammetry scanning.”

In addition to the existing support for Windows® 8.1/10, ARM Linux® and macOS®, Version 1.04 of the SDK introduces support for x86 Linux, making integration easy for industry customers traditionally using x86 computers.

ILCE-1
Groundbreaking Alpha 1 Camera Marks a New Era in Professional Imaging

The most technologically advanced, innovative camera that Sony has ever released, the Alpha 1 combines high-resolution and high-speed performance at a level that has never been accomplished in the world of digital cameras. With a brand new 50.1-megapixel full-frame stacked Exmor RS™ image sensor, up to 120 AF/AE calculations per second, 8K 30p 10-bit 4:2:0 video and much more, the Alpha 1 will allow creators to capture what they’ve never been able to before.

Groundbreaking Alpha 1 Camera Marks a New Era in Professional Imaging

The most technologically advanced, innovative camera that Sony has ever released, the Alpha 1 combines high-resolution and high-speed performance at a level that has never been accomplished in the world of digital cameras. With a brand new 50.1-megapixel full-frame stacked Exmor RS™ image sensor, up to 120 AF/AE calculations per second, 8K 30p 10-bit 4:2:0 video and much more, the Alpha 1 will allow creators to capture what they’ve never been able to before.
"We are always listening to our customers, challenging the industry to bring new innovation to the market that goes far beyond their expectations.” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “Alpha 1 breaks through all existing boundaries, setting a new bar for what creators can accomplish with a single camera. What excites us the most – more than the extensive product features – is Alpha 1's ability to capture that which has never been captured before. This camera unlocks a new world of creative possibilities, making the previously impossible now possible.”

The newly developed image sensor is built with integral memory and paired with an upgraded BIONZ XR imaging processing engine, making it capable of shooting 50.1-megapixel images continuously at an astounding 30fps with up to 120 AF/AE calculations per second. The Alpha 1’s shooting capabilities are further enhanced by a 9.44 million dot OLED Quad-XGA electronic viewfinder, with a refresh rate of up to 240 fps , ensuring no black out. Additionally, for the first time in an Alpha series camera, 8K 30p 10-bit 4:2:0 video is available. The Alpha 1 is also capable of 4K 120p / 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 recording and includes S-Cinetone colour. The Alpha 1 is also packed with features that support field professionals with faster workflow, including 3.5 times faster wireless FTP transfer speed and more. The compatible Camera Remote SDK will be available in the future.

Read the full press release here

  • Field of view is fixed at 33° and resolution is UXGA when selecting frame rate at 240 fps.
  • 3.5 times faster when compared against the Alpha 9 II.

α7C Compact full-frame camera
Sony introduces the α7C and zoom Lens - the world’s smallest and lightesti full-frame camera system

The α7C is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame body with uncompromising performance, featuring advanced autofocus, high-resolution 4K videoii capabilities, and more. When paired with the world’s smallest and lightestiii FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 standard zoom lens, this versatile combination delivers an experience unlike any other, maximising portability and versatility without sacrificing any of the power of full-frame imaging.

“We are committed to creating the best tools possible based on the needs of our customers,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “The new Alpha 7C camera and FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 zoom lens pack many of our most advanced imaging technologies in a brand-new design that is the smallest and lightest full-frame camera and lens system in the world. This opens up a new world of possibilities for creators, giving them the uncompromised power of a full-frame system in the palm of their hand.”

The new α7C features:

  • Outstanding full-frame image quality - Standard ISO extends up to 51,200 and is extendable up to ISO 50-204,800iv for low-light captures with low noise.
  • Advanced autofocus - Using AI-driven technology, including Real-time Tracking.
  • Expanded video capabilities – Includes 4K video, HDR, S-Log/S-Gamut support, and Slow & Quick Motion.

The α7C is fully compatible with Camera Remote Software Development Kit (SDK) for Third Party Developers V1.02.

Find out more about the new α7C and zoom lens, along with full specifications here.

  • Among full-frame interchangeable-lens digital cameras with optical in-body image stabilization mechanism, as of Sept. 2020. Sony survey.
  • A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC card is required for XAVC S format movie recording. UHS speed class 3 or higher is required for 100 Mbps recording.
  • Among interchangeable zoom lenses for 35mm full-frame format digital camera bodies, as of Sept. 2020. Sony survey.
  • ISO expandable to 50 – 204,800 for stills, 100 – 102,400 for movies..

Sony Alpha7S II case study
Highly anticipated Sony Alpha 7S III combines supreme imaging performance with classic “S” series sensitivity

The new Alpha 7S III empowers creators with 4K 120Pi video, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, 15+ stop dynamic range, improved AF performance, and more.

Sony has announced the long-awaited addition to its acclaimed Alpha 7S full-frame mirrorless camera seriesi — the Alpha 7S III (model ILCE7SM3). Features include:

  • Newly developed BIONX XRTM image processing engine with eight times more processing powerii
  • Brand new 12.1-megapixel (approx.) back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor
  • Ultra-high sensitivity with ISO range expandable from 40 – 409,600iii
  • 4K 120pi, 10 bit 4:2:2 colour depth, All-Intra recording, XAVC HS format with H.265 codec, and more
  • 15+ stop dynamic range for moviesii
  • 4K 60p 16-bit RAW video HDMI output for the first time in the Alpha™ series
  • Fast Hybrid AF system with 759-point phase-detectioniv AF sensors covering 92% of image sensor
  • Enhanced Real-time Eye AF
  • New heat dissipating mechanism and dual slot relay recording enables over one-hour long 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 movie shooting until battery endsv

The Alpha 7S III is fully compatible with Camera Remote SDK. See full product details here.

  • 10% of view cropped
  • S-Log3 movies, Sony internal tests
  • When compared to the BIONZ X™ image processor
  • When compared to Alpha7S II
  • 40 to 409,600 for stills and 80 to 409,600 for movies. Sony test conditions

Highlighted Products
Alpha 1 – Sony’s most technologically advanced camera

Brand new 50.1-megapixel full-frame stacked Exmor RS™ image sensor together with the BIONZ XR™ engine makes Sony’s anti-distortion shutter possible, minimizing rolling shutter effect. 15 stops dynamic rage for smooth natural gradations, a SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB3.2) port for high speed transfer, and a CFexpress Type A compatible media slot for higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds, we recommend this camera mostly, for photogrammetry, inspection and the drone industry.

A9 II – Built for speed

With high-speed continuous shooting at up to 20fps, the 24.2MP full-frame stacked image sensor stores data in integral memory for lightning-fast readout. The electronic shutter provides vibration-free, sound-free shooting with speeds up to 1/32000 second*, far surpassing mechanical shutters. At 678g (including battery), the A9 II is lightweight, and an ideal speed camera dev kit.
*Selectable only in S and M modes.

A7R IV – Incomparable image quality and processing power

The 61MP full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS sensor combined with BIONZ X™ imaging engine delivers high-speed processing and unprecedented resolution. Weighing just 665g (including battery), the A7R IV is incredibly light, making it an ideal drone camera. From scanning to measurement to e-commerce product photography, this camera is made for remote shooting, capturing the tiniest details. The vibration-free electrical shutter ensures complete silence and no camera-shake blur.

A7S III – Supreme sensitivity, even at night

Ultra-high sensitivity (expanded ISO up to 409600), 15-stop wide dynamic range, 4K 120p*, fast autofocus, and extra-strong image stabilisation, the A7S III is a powerful security camera and infrastructure monitoring tool, reliable for both day and night shooting. Compatible with the latest version of Camera Remote SDK, this interchangeable lens camera enables full remote control.
*With 10% image crop.

α7C – Compact size, full-frame power

This is the world’s smallest and lightest* interchangeable-lens camera, making it ideal for drone use. The full-frame sensor captures spectacular image quality for both stills and video, with fast, wide and steadfast AF, and rapid-fire 10 fps continuous shooting. With Camera Remote SDK, you can control full operability of the α7C from Linux and Windows.
*Among full-frame interchangeable-lens digital cameras with optical in-body image stabilisation mechanism. As of September 2020 press announcement. Sony survey.

RX0 II – Tiny but tough

These super compact cameras provide a precise, accurate solution for 3D scanning, by connecting multiple cameras is the same session. Also, with their 1” sensor and their 200kgf/440lbf/2000N crushproof and 2.0m shockproof body, the RX0 II not only makes working in extreme conditions possible, but it is doing so with a superb image quality, making it ideal for the drone industry, especially when it comes to confined spaces.

Industrial solutions

An in-depth range of component cameras and image sensing products in the most demanding applications. Our industry-leading products include 4K and Full High Definition cameras, HR video cameras for digital vision systems, and the latest Global Shutter CMOS cameras.

Case Studies
Lidar Lounge - “Realistic, detailed replicas of real-world objects and people.”

Offering a highly complex, niche 3D scanning and VFX service, Lidar Lounge is a major player in their field, particularly in film and TV. From photographing and scanning dinosaur skeletons for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, to scanning Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone and other priceless artefacts at the British Museum, they’ve built a reputation for producing the highest quality data, much of their work secured via personal recommendation.

Traditional scanning can take days (if not weeks) but with the highest resolution Sony cameras for fast and reliable capture methods, alongside extreme processing power, Lidar Lounge is able to produce realistic, detailed digital replicas of real-world objects and people with mere hours or seconds on-set.

Lidar Lounge - “Realistic, detailed replicas of real-world objects and people.”

About Lidar Lounge

Offering a highly complex, niche 3D scanning and VFX service, Lidar Lounge is a major player in their field, particularly in film and TV. From photographing and scanning dinosaur skeletons for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, to scanning Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone and other priceless artefacts at the British Museum, they’ve built a reputation for producing the highest quality data, much of their work secured via personal recommendation.

How Sony helps them deliver

In this specialist field, high quality resolution, time efficiency and budget management are essential. Traditional scanning can take days (if not weeks) but with the highest resolution Sony cameras for fast and reliable capture methods, alongside extreme processing power, Lidar Lounge is able to produce realistic, detailed digital replicas of real-world objects and people with mere hours or seconds on-set.

The A7R IV is their chosen camera for its supreme resolution and fast capture rate, and they have installed multiple Sony cameras into their full body capture system. 100mm and 85mm lenses are used to capture details on an actor’s face and 24mm lenses capture full 360˚ body data. Lidar Lounge implement their own custom code to trigger the cameras with lighting in a specific photometric sequence, the mirrorless Sony technology securing little delay between captures so multiple flashes can be fired in quick succession.

To ensure the best service for their clients, Lidar Lounge value a quality supplier they can trust. As the technology evolves, they intend to use the SDK to secure even more precision, incorporating 6K+ video into their captures.

Wingtra - “Without the Sony RX1R II 42MP full-frame camera, Wingtra One couldn't achieve the results it does.”

Combining the strengths of both multirotors and fixed-wings, the WingtraOne vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) mapping drone is leading fast and accurate surveying over large areas, serving a customer base of end users and service providers working in surveying, mining, construction, infrastructure, and agriculture. To bring their ground-breaking advances in safety, efficiency and image quality to the market, they employed the Sony RX1R II. This camera collects high-resolution nadir images that can be processed into orthomosaic maps, 3D models, and other digital twins, the superior quality enabling the ground sampling distance of the map to go down to 0.7 cm (0.3 in). In combination with post-processing kinematics technology, this results in survey-grade accuracy down to 1 cm (0.4 in), previously only possible with terrestrial mapping devices.

About Wingtra

The WingtraOne VTOL mapping drone is a leading UAV for fast and accurate surveying over large areas, serving end users and service providers working in surveying, GIS, mining, construction, infrastructure, and agriculture.

Its superior design sets it apart from competitors, combining the strengths of both multirotor and fixed-wing to give their customers the technological advantage of completely autonomous drone missions in a wide range of environments, from vast rugged worksites to confined spaces.

The WintraOne is the backbone of many operations, including notable projects in road construction, land management and urban planning. Here, a survey firm in Switzerland explains how they use WintraOne to map villages; the results were so good, they use WintraOne for cadastral surveying.

How Sony helps them deliver

To bring their technological advantages in safety, efficiency and image quality to their customers, Wingtra employed the Sony RX1R II. This 42MP full-frame camera collects high-resolution nadir images that can be processed into orthomosaic maps, 3D models, and many other digital twins of the environment, the superior quality enabling the ground sampling distance of the map to go down to 0.7cm (0.3in). In combination with post-processing kinematics technology, this results in survey-grade accuracy down to 1cm (0.4in), previously only possible with terrestrial mapping devices.

It was important for Wingtra to find a camera that wouldn’t compromise aerodynamics. The lightweight RX1R II provided this reassurance, and with smooth integration of the equipment, WingtraOne customers can operate both the camera and drone easily.

Sony continues to support Wingtra, providing the surveying and mapping industry with the highest-class drone-camera configuration on the market.

Orbitvu – “Cutting-edge technology.”

Orbitvu is the largest company in the photo automation market with global reach and representation in over 40 countries worldwide. Their typical customers are e-commerce businesses, service providers looking for the competitive edge when creating packshots or rich content with 360-degree spins and other advanced video techniques, or museums, police departments, government agencies, and other professional settings that require consistent, quality content.

To deliver their impressive production workflow – the fastest in their industry – Orbitvu is working on the addition of Sony cameras to their systems for several reasons: quality of lenses, advanced video capabilities, convenience in size, weight and performance, full remote camera control, and the possibility to work with Sony developers on future technological advancements.

About Orbitvu

Orbitvu is the largest company in the photo automation market with global reach and representation in over 40 countries worldwide. Their typical customers are e-commerce businesses, service providers looking for the competitive edge when creating packshots or rich content with 360-degree spins and other advanced video techniques, or museums, police departments, government agencies, and other professional settings that require consistent, quality content.

Their sheer scale of business sets them apart. All key technologies and software are designed and manufactured in-house, allowing them full control of procurement, manufacturing and quality assurance, and their unique technologies such as IQ Mask (for reliable background removal), content templates, batch processing and batch publishing enables them to offer the fastest production workflow.

One of Orbitvu’s largest successes was undertaken for an online retailer making approximately 1.5 million images of shoes annually. Using Orbitvu automation, the retailer was able to significantly increase their packshots per shoe with an even lower budget per image.

How Sony helps them deliver

Orbitvu discloses that Sony cameras are extremely beneficial for a number of reasons:

  • Quality of lenses, providing superior resolution and sharpness with less distortion – essential for producing professional results, even prior to post-production.
  • Advanced video capabilities and power zoom, enabling Orbitvu to photograph everything from large sofas down to small pieces of jewellery.
  • Convenience in the size, weight and performance of camera, particularly when working with equipment such as motorised turntables.
  • Full camera control during operation and throughout workflow, reducing the risk of human error and increasing overall speed and business efficiency.
  • The possibility to work with Sony on future technological developments.

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