Sony’s new Camera Remote SDK version introduces faster processing speed & enhanced function support

Apr 17, 2023

Sony announced a new version (Version 1.08) of the Camera Remote Software Development Kit (SDK) that enables remote operation and setting changes of Sony cameras. This SDK will continue to be available free of charge.

Version 1.08 widens the depth and breadth of potential applications with new features, as well as expanding the compatible models: Version 1.08 means the SDK can be used with the ZV-E1 full-frame interchangeable lens camera, announced on 29th of March.

“With each SDK release, we are integrating learnings from customers and expanding the functionality and range of applications”, says Christie Patel, B2B Marketing, Sony. “The SDK means that our cameras are now being used in more and more industrial and B2B applications, ranging from Photogrammetry or medical companies, to inspection, and including e-Commerce”.

Key new features include:

  • Improved processing speed:  In repetitive shooting scenarios, the processing speed for setting, shooting, and transferring files is reduced by approximately 20%, improving workflow efficiency. This will be perfect for e-Commerce applications, where users need to take 360 degrees continuous pictures of an object or model for web publishing, with quick turnaround times. Capturing more frames in a shorter time also means that battery life is optimized, which is particularly important for drone applications such as mapping or surveying.
  • Added support for shutter trigger by electrical signal and remote power on/off. In photogrammetry, photobooths or even road traffic management, an electrical signal will improve the accuracy for triggering image capture, as opposed to a software-based trigger.
  • New remote settings support: Version 1.08 supports remote menu settings for video, including picture profile settings and timecode (TC)/user bit (UB) settings. This will create an enhanced workflow for video making and widen possibilities for existing photo-based applications.
  • “Overheating warning” status notification: This function sees the camera notify remote users of any significant increase in temperature. In outdoor applications such as desert roads or systems where the camera is embedded in a wider computer infrastructure with high heat due to processing, users will be able to monitor the cameras.

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

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