Developers rejoice, you have another API to play with. In a recent move that should help bring more Sony apps to market, the camera manufacturer has released an API that will allow you to develop remote control apps for 8 of its WiFi-enabled cameras.
The Camera Remote API beta was released as part of the new Camera Remote App Development Program a couple of days ago. The hope, it seems, is that developers will jump on and create apps that will allow users to control their cameras from their smartphone and/or tablet via WiFi.
So far, only 8 cameras made the compatibility list — the NEX-6 is joined by the NEX-5R, NEX-5T, QX100 and QX10 lens cameras, MV1 video camera and two ActionCams — but not all of them are quite ready to be messed with yet.
Developers can already tinker with the QX100 and QX10, but all three NEX models listed must wait for version 2.0 of the Play Memories Smart Remote Control app to come out on September 26th, and one of the ActionCam models (HDR-AS15) will require a software update. Once the API is compatible with all of the initial cameras, more are set to be added to the list.
Interested developers can learn more about the API, access reference guides and check out a sample app on the development program’s website. You’ll also access to developer forums though which you can share ideas and troubleshoot, and US and Japan-based developers get the added bonus of official technical support from Sony itself.