Sony Camera Remote SDK Enhances ZV-E1 Vlog Camera

Sony Camera Remote SDK Enhances ZV-E1 Vlog Camera


San Diego, CA—Sony Electronics launched a new version (Version 1.08) of the Sony Camera Remote SDK (software development kit) that enables remote operation and setting changes of Sony cameras.

Moreover, Version 1.08 widens the range of potential applications with new features, as well as expands compatible models. Consequently, the SDK can be used with the recently introduced ZV-E1 full-frame interchangeable-lens camera.

“With each SDK release, we are integrating learnings from customers and expanding the functionality and magnitude of applications and capabilities,” said Yang Cheng, vice president, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc.

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“The updated SDK allows our cameras to be used in more industrial and B2B applications, ranging from photogrammetry or medical companies, to inspection, and e-commerce. We are excited for professional clients to have the ability to explore new functionalities.”

Sony Camera Remote SDK New Features

As a result of v1.08, processing speed is improved. In repetitive shooting scenarios, the processing speed for setting, shooting as well as transferring files is reduced by about 20%. The improved workflow efficiency will benefit e-commerce applications, where users need to take 360º continuous pictures of an object or model for web publishing.

Furthermore, capturing more frames in a shorter time means battery life is optimized. This is particularly important for drone applications, such as mapping or surveying.

The new version also adds support for shutter trigger by electrical signal and remote power on/off on the ZV-E1. In photogrammetry or photo booths, an electrical signal improves the accuracy for triggering image capture. This is as opposed to a software-based trigger. Sony-Camera-Remote-SDK-diagram

In addition, Version 1.08 supports remote menu settings for video. This includes picture profile settings and timecode (TC)/user bit (UB) settings on compatible cameras. The goal is to create an enhanced workflow for video making as well as widen possibilities for existing photo-based applications.

Finally, a new “overheating warning” status notification allows the camera to 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 can monitor the cameras more precisely.

With this SDK release, software developers can also design bespoke applications tailored to specific requirements. For instance, for integrating Sony’s equipment for size-critical drone and speed camera systems, as well as other e-commerce applications.

This SDK will continue to be available free of charge. The Camera Remote SDK will enable control of several cameras in the Sony camera range. This includes Cinema Line cameras. For a full list of  compatible cameras available here.