Camera Remote API

Develop apps to remotely control Sony cameras.

* Camera Remote API has now been archived. Developer World no longer offers updates and active support for Camera Remote API.

Sony has announced a new Camera Remote SDK on Feb 11, 2020. For details, please visit the following URL:

Wirelessly access Sony cameras with the Camera Remote API beta

Sony’s Camera Remote API beta SDK allows you to control a number of Sony cameras, including Sony Action cams, Sony Alpha cameras and Lens Style cameras, wirelessly from another device.

This opens up for a number of exciting use cases, such as zoom control, remote viewfinder, self-timer settings, still image capture and recording start and stop.

The Camera Remote API is a flexible API that builds on commonly-used protocols such as HTTP and JSON. And you can develop apps for any operating system, such as Android, iOS or Microsoft® Windows®.

Camera Remote API has been archived

From now on, updates and active support for Camera Remote API at Developer World are no longer available. However, the API still functions as expected on its supported devices. For a full list of supported features for each device, please visit Supported API features.


Thanks to all of you who supported and showed interest in Camera Remote API.

The Camera Remote API uses JSON-RPC over HTTP. You can therefore use the Camera Remote APIs with any operating system, such as Android, iOS or Microsoft® Windows®.

There are three main steps to get started:

  1. Download the Camera Remote API beta SDK and unzip it on your computer. Bring up the sample code provided and connect the remote device (for example a phone) to the camera over via Wi-Fi®.
  2. In your app you need to use SSDP (Simple Service Discovery Protocol) to discover the camera and get the endpoint URL needed to call the API, as well as information about the supported functionality in the camera.
  3. You can now call the APIs by HTTP POST with JSON.

In the following sections, you’ll get to learn all the details involved.

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