How to use

Overview of Remote Camera Tool (Functions of this application)

Remote Camera Tool is a software for performing remote shooting from a PC via wired LAN.

Once you connect the camera to a PC or switching hub with a LAN cable, you can change the settings of the camera or shoot images.
Although up to 20 cameras can be connected according to the specifications, we recommend connecting up to 6 cameras when you use them simultaneously.

Connection method

Single connection

Connect the camera directly using an Ethernet cable. Disconnect the network beforehand if the PC is connected to other networks, including Wi-Fi. It takes about 30 seconds until the camera is recognized.


Connect the camera via a router using an Ethernet cable.


Multiple connection

Connect multiple cameras via a router or a hub using an Ethernet cable.

How to use

Connecting the camera

  • Camera settings

    When using the ILCE-1

    • Select MENU → (Network) → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [On]
    • Select MENU → (Network) → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote Cnct Method] → [Wired LAN]
    Tip:
    When you connect multiple cameras, use [Edit Device Name] to change the names of the cameras before performing the camera settings, so that you can identify each camera easily.
    Select MENU → (Network) → [Network Option] → [Edit Device Name]

    When using the ILCE-9M2

    • Select MENU → (Network) → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [On]
    • Select MENU → (Network) → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote Cnct Method] → [Wired LAN]
    Tip:
    When you connect multiple cameras, use [Edit Device Name] to change the names of the cameras before performing the camera settings, so that you can identify each camera easily.
    Select MENU → (Network) → [Edit Device Name]

    When using the ILCE-9

    • Select MENU → (Network) → [PC Remote(Wired LAN)] → [On]
    Tip:
    When you connect multiple cameras, use [Edit Device Name] to change the names of the cameras before performing the camera settings, so that you can identify each camera easily.
    Select MENU → (Network) → [Edit Device Name]
  • Camera connections

    Connect the camera(s) to Remote Camera Tool using any one of the above three methods in accordance with the environment for using this application.

Starting the application

Device Selection Window

  • Double click on the Remote Camera Tool icon. The "Device selection window" will appear.

  • Click the [Refresh] button. A list of the camera(s) connected to the PC will appear.

    • 1 IP address dialog box

    • 2 [Connect] button

      If no cameras appear, enter the IP address of a camera in the IP address dialog box (shown by 1), and then click the [Connect] button (shown by 2).

    • 3 [Refresh] button

    • 4 Shortcuts

      You can assign shortcuts to the cameras you wish to connect to.

    • 5 You can change the device names under the [Camera Name] column on this window.

      Note, however, that the name you changed on this window is effective only for Remote Camera Tool. The name of the camera displayed on the [Edit Device Name] menu will not change.

    • 6 Indicates camera status

      connected: The camera is connected.
      disconnected: The camera is disconnected.

    • 7 Pairing

      Done: Pairing is complete. Double-click to connect.
      Not yet: Pairing is incomplete. Double-click to open the pairing screen (refer to “How to pair” below for further instructions).
      - (dash): Displayed when you use a camera with the [Connect without Pairing] setting and set it to [Enable]. Double-click to connect.

    • 8 A list of connected camera(s) will appear.

      * Disconnecting the camera
      To disconnect the cameras one by one, double click the camera selected in the "Device selection window".
      To disconnect all cameras at once, close the "Camera control window".

How to pair

To ensure better security, pairing between the camera and computer is recommended before use. Pairing is only required on the first connection.

  1. : Double-click the device indicated as “Not yet.”

    The screen below will be displayed.

  2. : On the camera, select MENU → (Network) → [PC Remote Function] → [Pairing](When using the ILCE-9M2) to display the pairing standby screen.

    When using the ILCE-1 : Select MENU → (Network) → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [Pairing]

    When using the ILCE-9 : Select MENU → (Network) → [PC Remote(Wired LAN)] → [Pairing]

  3. : Select [Pairing].
  4. : On the camera’s pairing screen, select [OK].
  5. : Turn the power switch of the camera to OFF.
    Once you have turned the power switch to OFF, the pairing information will be saved on the camera. Wait for 10 seconds or longer before turning the switch to ON.

Displaying camera operation screen

When you double click a camera to operate, the "Camera control window" will appear, enabling you to perform various operations.
Do not operate the buttons or dials on the camera while operating the camera using the Camera control window.

Setup guide

For details on the connection, also refer to the following:

Operating the application

Camera control window

Full Live View mode
Full Live View mode

Space-saving Live View mode
Space-saving Live View mode

Control View mode
Control View mode

Space-saving Control View mode
Space-saving Control View mode

Camera control window / Description of each part

  • 1 Focus operation

    This function is used for DMF mode and MF (Manual Focus) mode.

    When the focus area is set to Flexible Spot, the focus frame moves to the position where you click on the image.

  • 2 Shooting images

    Click the [CAPTURE] button.
    If you select [Camera Only] as the save destination (Still Image Save Destination), once the release is complete, “Captured” will be displayed to the upper left of the button, and a green frame will appear around the live view screen.

  • 3 Func Button

    When you click the Func button, the following "Function window" will appear. 

  • 4 Touch operation (ILCE-1 and ILCE-9M2 only)

    By clicking on a part of the image, you can operate the camera just like you would operate the touch screen on the camera itself.
    To cancel tracking, click [Cancel].

  • 5 AF active button (ILCE-1 and ILCE-9M2 only)

    Turning on the AF active button when touch operation is turned on allows you to operate the AF function by touching any location in the live view screen.

  • 6 Shutter Speed:Variable Shutter (ILCE-1 and ILCE-9M2 only)

    When you select the [Variable Shutter] button, the following dialog box is displayed. Select [On] to adjust the shutter speed.

  • 7 APS-C / Full Frame Switch Button (ILCE-1 only)

    You can record at the angle of view of the APS-C by setting this button to APS-C.

Function window / Description of each part

Note: For some camera models, the names displayed on the menu may differ somewhat.

  • 1 Specifying the save location

    Specify the save location of shot images.
    You can set a different location to save for each camera.

  • 2 Setting the filename and file No.

    To specify your desired filename or file No., change them in these dialog boxes.

  • 3 Formatting the SD card (ILCE-1 and ILCE-9M2 only)

    This function is available only when an SD card is inserted in the camera, and when [Still Image Save Destination] is set to [Camera Only] or [PC+Camera].

  • 4 Selecting the FTP server (ILCE-1 and ILCE-9M2 only)

  • 5 Dual-slot recording menu (ILCE-1 only)

    You can enter separate settings for each slot when connected to a camera.
    To use these settings, select MENU → (Shooting) → [Media] → [Rec. Media Settings] → [Recording Media] → [Sort Recording] on the camera beforehand.

Deleting the pairing information

Pairing information is stored on both the camera and the computer (Remote Camera Tool). Select [Remote Camera Tool] → [Delete All Pairing Informationn] to collectively delete all of the pairing information on Remote Camera Tool.

  • Pairing information cannot be deleted individually.
  • To delete pairing information on the camera, reset the network settings by selecting MENU → (Network) → [Reset Network Set.].

List of keyboard shortcuts

Functions Target Mac Windows
Shutter release Camera 1 [1] [1]
Camera 2 [2] [2]
Camera 3 [3] [3]
Camera 4 [4] [4]
Camera 5 [5] [5]
Camera 6 [6] [6]
Camera 7 [7] [7]
Camera 8 [8] [8]
Camera 9 [9] [9]
Camera 10 [0] [0]
Camera 11 [q] [q]
Camera 12 [w] [w]
Camera 13 [e] [e]
Camera 14 [r] [r]
Camera 15 [t] [t]
Camera 16 [y] [y]
Camera 17 [u] [u]
Camera 18 [i] [i]
Camera 19 [o] [o]
Camera 20 [p] [p]
All Cameras [Space] [Space]
Group1 [z] [z]
Group2 [x] [x]
Group3 [c] [c]
Group4 [v] [v]
Group5 [b] [b]
Align Camera control windows Group1 [Option]+[z] [Alt]+[z]
Group2 [Option]+[x] [Alt]+[x]
Group3 [Option]+[c] [Alt]+[c]
Group4 [Option]+[v] [Alt]+[v]
Group5 [Option]+[b] [Alt]+[b]
All groups [Option]+[,] [Alt]+[,]
Show Device selection window on the top [Option]+[.] [Alt]+[.]
Cancel the alignment [Option]+[/] [Alt]+[/]
[Focus Magnifier] Magnified image position control Move up [↑] [↑]
Move down [↓] [↓]
Move left [←] [←]
Move right [→] [→]
Window control Display Live View [fn]+[↑] [Page Up]
Hide Live View [fn]+[↓] [Page Down]
Display Setting items [fn]+[←] [Home]
Hide Setting items [fn]+[→] [End]
AF button Cancel [esc] [Esc]
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