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Touchless Shutter App

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount News and Rumors' started by WoodWorks, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    In case any of you hadn't heard, there's a new, free, PlayMemories app that allows anyone with a newish Sony camera (that has a viewfinder) to activate the shutter by just waving your hand across the viewfinder. It works great, and makes it easy to take shots where you don't want to physically touch the shutter and cause vibration. On the A7S and A7ii (but not on any other Sony camera) you can even use the Bulb mode by waving your hand once to open and another time to close the shutter. I've been playing with it, and you only need to get your hand within about 3 cm to activate it. It's now in beta, and I have no idea if Sony will start charging for it once it's ready for release.
     
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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Cool !!!
    Thanks for the insight ;)
     
  3. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    I just updated my A6000 to 1.20 and updated all it's app's along with installing this - very handy for long exposures - shame I don't get BULB mode though. They've also updated the Time-lapse app to dim the screen when taking the pics to reduce the drain on the battery - I always found it dumb it left it on so I'm pleased about that as well :)
     
  4. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Nice! But darn....no Bulb for the a6000.
     
  5. southy

    southy TalkEmount Veteran

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    Feb 5, 2014
    Australia
    I really like the idea of this app but no bulb mode on A7 is disappointing. That is a feature I would use most. Hope when the full version is released that will be rectified.
     
  6. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Thanks David for the heads-up. Working on my A7 but it doesn't accept the 2 memory functions as a setting. Mildly annoying but the app is still handy as a last resort when I wouldn't have a remote within reach.

    These apps have a very annoying "feature" in common: they restrict the functionality of the camera, sometimes to an unacceptable degree. A feature like Touchless shutter could have been included in the firmware without any difficulty I imagine, leaving the camera fully operative. The software interface between app and camera is due for a fundamental revision IM(not-so-humble)O.
     
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  7. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    really? that seems odd that it wouldn't have BULB mode.
     
  8. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    As Ad suggests, I think the API is a bit limiting for these apps. I wonder if the A7S and A7ii have an extra ability in their firmware which other cameras don't have (but might get with an updated firmware if we are lucky!).
     
  9. riskinstrument

    riskinstrument TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 20, 2014
    Dallas, Texas.
    Thanks for the info.
     
  10. riskinstrument

    riskinstrument TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 20, 2014
    Dallas, Texas.
    Bulb is available on A6000 and A7/A7II but only in manual mode. Can't be used in some of the specialty modes where more than one shot is taken.
     
  11. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    I can't imagine using bulb in any mode other than Manual!
     
  12. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I just tried it on my A7, it's not available while using the touchless shutter. And Sony's web site says it's only available on the A7II and A7S. How are you able to use it on the A6000 and A7?
     
  13. riskinstrument

    riskinstrument TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 20, 2014
    Dallas, Texas.
    Unlo made the comment of no bulb function on the a6000. I was addressing that, not whether or not it was available in the app.
     
  14. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    Unlo made comment about no blub function on the a6000 in the app.
     
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  15. riskinstrument

    riskinstrument TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 20, 2014
    Dallas, Texas.
    Not how I read it.
     
  16. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Well, this thread is about the app. ;)
     
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  17. riskinstrument

    riskinstrument TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 20, 2014
    Dallas, Texas.
    Yes and the link makes it clear it's not supported.
    He didn't say not supported, he said no bulb.
     
  18. izTheViz

    izTheViz TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 10, 2013
    Paris
    Yannis Marigo
  19. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
  20. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    I think you are taking things too literal.
    I was reiterating it here after visiting the site. I meant that the beta app won't work for bulb with the a6000.
    Sorry if anyone else misunderstood me.