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The idea is to enable B2B and industrial system developers able to integrate an Alpha into their designs. Specifically, it will let developers access the cameras and the image data captured with them. For example, you can control the camera settings, shutter release and live view monitoring in software apps.

Sony writes:

The support for developers and integrators has been highly reinforced from the current Camera Remote API and allows developers and integrators to design bespoke applications to remotely control Sony cameras for tailored usage requirements. The applications provide remote control functions from a host PC and facilitate transmission of the image data back from the Sony cameras.

The SDK is initially for the Alpha 7R mark IV (pictured right) and the Alpha 9 mark II, but Sony says other models will follow. Compatible with Windows 8.1, 10 (64-bit only), it comprises an SDK Module, the API Reference and some sample code.

The new Camera Remote SDK can be downloaded from the Sony website. The kit available comprises an SDK Module, the API Reference and some sample code. Those who pursue this further would be supported by the Sony Image Sensing Solutions Division, says the company.

Note that support for Sony’s current Camera Remote API will be terminated.

One reason this caught my eye was I remember the launch of the first Sony Alpha, back in the early 2000s. How time passes. It was Sony’s move into digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) market, I remember. The latest versions, mentioned above are now mirrorless.

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