Sony NEX-6 Smart Remote Control in 90 Seconds

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I upgraded my camera to the Sony NEX-6 today, and I am already loving it. At $899 for the body and lens kit, the NEX-6 is pricey. But for the size, speed, and image quality — it really can’t be beat. One of the new features on both the NEX-5r and the NEX-6 is built-in WiFi. This lets you add apps to your camera and do such things as send images from the camera directly to your smartphone or tablet. Another app-powered feature is the Smart Remote Control. This feature allows you to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote viewfinder and trigger for your NEX-5r or NEX-6. Sound like a gimmick? Not even close.

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As Sony explains,

This lets you control the camera with a smartphone. You’ll find it a great help for group photos when the camera is mounted on a tripod. You can control exposure and shutter release — all from your smartphone! And for added convenience, photos shot using the application will be automatically sent to your smartphone for on-the-spot sharing.

Check out this brief Gear Diary in 60 Seconds look at the app, and why I am so pleased to have the feature on my newest device.

I can see the Smart Remote Control being handy in a variety of ways — not the least of which is in future Gear Diary in 90 Seconds clips! Learn more here.

About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

1 Comment on "Sony NEX-6 Smart Remote Control in 90 Seconds"

  1. I love this sort of functionality! I use an app on my Android devices called DSLR Controller, that lets me control everything on a Canon DSLR (shutter, aperture, ISO, auto forcus, etc) from my device while seeing a live preview. It works great when I’m shooting cars.

    Looking forward to trying it out over WiFi with a 6D!