Sony’s new API Lets you Create your own App to Control Wifi Functionality

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Sony’s new API will let you control your camera’s WiFi features directly from your smartphone or tablet.

To round out Sony Week here at the blog, we’re throwing you a bit of a curve ball.

Sony has released an API that allows developers to create their own apps, allowing full control of the Wifi functionality on a whole slew of Sony products. This unprecedented move from Sony gives consumers the power to use their cameras in exactly the way they want.

More from Sony’s Press Release:

API specification, sample codes and related documents required for application development are available for download from the website. Using the app developed with this API, users will be able to shoot still images and movies, see real-time views of camera displays on the screens of smartphones and electronic tablets as well as operate the camera self-timer and zoom functions using mobile devices via Wi-Fi.

The following eight Sony cameras are compatible with the Camera Remote API beta:

・ Action Cam HDR-AS30, HDR-AS15*2

・ Music video recorder HDR-MV1

・ Digital still camera Cyber-shot® DSC-QX100, DSC-QX10

・ Interchangeable-lens digital camera α ® NEX-6, NEX-5R, NEX-5T compatible with PlayMemories Camera Apps*3

More models will be added to this list in the future.

Developers can utilize the API specifications and related documents in accordance with the application development guidelines listed on the developer’s website, “Camera Remote Apps Developer Program”.

Sony’s always been known as a tech innovator, so this move begs the question: is this the beginning of a larger industry trend?

What do you think?