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Sony updates Camera Remote SDK with support for Cinema Line cameras, new functionality for drones

Sony has announced an updated version (version 1.06) of its Camera Remote Software Development Kit (SDK). The updated SDK adds compatibility with Cinema Line cameras, including the FX6, FX3 and FX30. The updated SDK improves functionality to support third-party companies developing bespoke applications built around Sony cameras.

Version 1.06 of the Camera Remote SDK offers new features aimed at inspection and multi-camera production applications. A new Drone GPS sync enables location information transfer, allowing users to link GPS info to still images in real-time. This is accomplished by sending ‘ImageID’ from the SDK.

There are new operational menu settings, including Reset / Save Settings, which improves workflows, ‘especially when multiple takes are needed in a row,’ says Sony. Concerning the FX6, new compatibility offers basic control using Content Mobile Browser that allows for up to five units to be controlled in parallel.

It’s important to contextualize what the Camera Remote SDK can enable for third-party developers. The SDK allows users to remotely control Sony cameras from a computer, including access to camera settings, remote shutter release, and live view monitoring. Using the SDK, software developers can build applications tailored to specific usage scenarios, including many industrial and business operations. By integrating equipment across Sony’s lineup, including the Cinema Line cameras, applications can be built for drones and speed cameras and applications within medical, educational and industrial fields.

Sony also offers extensive support for customers working with the Camera Remote SDK. Interested parties can reach out and discuss how the SDK can help them and what products may be best for a specific purpose. Sony released its first camera control SDK in early 2020, and since then, Sony has continued to expand the list of compatible cameras and the tasks that the SDK can handle.

Press release:

Sony Announces New Updates to Camera Remote SDK, adding enhanced functionality for Inspection and Drone applications

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 12, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. today launched an updated version (version 1.06) of its Camera Remote Software Development Kit (SDK), adding compatibility with Cinema Line Cameras, the FX6, FX3, and FX30 and key functionality to support third parties in the development of bespoke applications utilizing the industry-leading performance of Sony cameras¹.

Version 1.06 of the Camera Remote SDK, which is available to download for free starting today, offers new features that are particularly important in the areas of inspection, and multi-camera production.

A newly added Drone GPS sync with location information transfer function enables linking GPS information to still images in real-time with high precision. This is done by sending “ImageID”² from SDK.

New operational menu settings, including the Reset / Save Settings, provides smooth and efficient workflows, especially when multiple takes are needed in a row.

The new compatibility with FX6 offers basic control³ supported by Content Mobile Browser and allows for up to five units4 to be controlled in parallel.

“We are fully committed to enhancing the SDK experience and maintaining an open policy for partners to find new and different ways to benefit from our industry-leading camera technologies,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “We’ve been thrilled with all the innovation we’ve seen to date from developers and are excited to continue to build this strong momentum.” ​ ​

The Camera Remote SDK can be used to control several cameras in the Sony camera range including newly added Cinema Line cameras, with the full list of compatible cameras available here.

About Camera Remote SDK

Camera Remote SDK allows users to control Sony’s cameras remotely from a computer, this includes 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.

Further details can be found at:


¹ All apps require network services, content, and operating system and software subject to terms and conditions and may be changed, interrupted or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information.

² Arbitrary IDs can be given to captured images, and by recording the combination of GPS location information and IDs at the time of shooting, it is possible to associate captured images with GPS location information after shooting.

³ REC START/STOP, Iris, Shutter, Gain, ND, Zoom, Focus, and so on. Please read API reference for detail.

4 Sony tested connection up to 5 units. Based on Sony tests. The maximum number of units is different depending on the device or system.

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