My Name is Mike Hendren and I’m a new Author. Jay and I met through the amazing internet and share a lot of the same passions as it relates to Sony and Photography. We’re both enjoying the New Sony Camera Technology, and writing articles about it. I was invited to share some of my experiences here at SonyAlphaLab and I’m excited to participate!!
One of the New Innovations in Sony’s NEX-5R and NEX-6 is a feature called PlayMemories!! The ability to download and install Applications directly to your new Sony Camera! Plus, you can do this by connecting your camera to your computer OR setting up the camera on your Wifi network.
So far, Sony has provided six apps with the promise of more to come, soon. Here’s the first six that have been made available (Most are free but a couple of them are reasonably priced at $4.99.):
- Direct Upload (Free)
- Picture Effect+ (Free)
- Photo Retouch (Free)
- Multi Frame NR ($4.99)
- Bracket Pro ($4.99)
- Smart Remote Control (Free)
So, now that you have your new NEX, let me simplify the “app” install process just a little bit for you by suggesting the first thing you do is to setup your accounts on the Sony websites.
Start by going to the PlayMemories Camera Apps website at: https://www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal/ and setup your account. The same login information for this website should also apply to the PlayMemories Online website (www.PlayMemoriesOnline.com) where you will also need to have an account. The App store is where you will go to download the camera applications and you will also find user manuals for each app, there.
The PlayMemories Online website is one of the places your photos (and videos) can be sent when you use the Direct Upload app on your camera. Here you can also share an album or send a postcard with an image and message of your choosing via email (messages on the card are rather limited at 50 characters).
So with your accounts already set up, just log in to the PlayMemories App store on your Nex-5R or Nex-6, select the app you want (I started with the Smart Remote Control app), select the “Install” link on the left side of the screen and follow the instructions. Essentially they just tell you to turn the camera on and connect it to your computer with the supplied USB cable. After the download, it automatically installs on your camera and you’re ready to go. If you want more apps now, just leave the camera connected and select the next app you want.
Forget the cable.
Never again be stuck with your photos on your camera instead of where you want them. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile™, app. Share your photos, view them on large screen TVs, or save them to your PC without the hassle and clutter of cords11.
Stay tuned to SonyAlphaLab for coming posts about setting up Wifi on your camera and actually using some of these Camera Applications!!