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Tethering Sony with Capture One

Tethering a Sony Alpha series camera to Capture One can be challenging. The camera has different ways to communicate over USB and peripherals, and only one way is right. In addition, Capture One now support tethering via WiFi and Ethernet for selected models. Saving images on a card is also a hidden gem in most models. About this and more you read here all you need to know.

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Tethering Sony With Capture One

Sony cameras can shoot tethered to your computer with Capture One Pro. To shoot tethered, you need to configure the camera properly.

In addition to shooting tethered, I also cover the ability to save images to the memory card during tethering. This ability is a feature of the camera, not Capture One Pro. Over the years, the menus of the different models have changed slightly, making it harder to troubleshoot tethering issues.

I owe a big thank you to Cameraland, Alkmaar, The Netherlands, for lending me the Sony cameras to test and translate the proper settings. And as a unique service to our Dutch readers, I include the Dutch menu settings next to the English settings.

List of Cameras

As of June 2022, I cover the following Sony models in this document.

  • Group 1 – A7/A7 II + A7R/A7R II + A7S/A7S II
  • Group 2 – A7 III + A7R III + A9
  • Group 3 – A7C/A7R IV-IVa + A9 II
  • Group 4 – A7S III + FX3
  • Group 5 – A1
  • Group 6 – A7 IV

To make life easier, I have grouped them into six groups based on similarities in the menu structure.

Camera Settings

In general, there are three steps involved for successful tethering Sony with Capture One via USB, Wired LAN, or WiFi:

  1. disable control with the smartphone
  2. enable the connection as PC Remote
  3. enable pairing (in specific scenarios)

I have seen reports that you should prevent a WiFi connection from your camera, and I have not investigated this option as I did not encounter any issues. I am happy to update this document when this seems appropriate. In case of any doubt, enable Airplane Mode.

I also did not look into tethering via WiFi. Capture One currently does not support this option for Sony cameras, but it might in the future.

Finally, you can save images to the card during tethering for supported models. I discuss this in a separate section at the end.

Tethering Via USB

Look up your camera in one of the five groups and configure the settings accordingly in the menu.

Group 1 – Settings for A7/A7 II + A7R/A7R II + A7S/A7S II

In English:

MENU → [Setup] → [USB Connection] → [PC Remote]

In Dutch:

MENU → [Instellingen] → [USB-verbinding] → [PC-afstandbedien.]

Group 2 – Settings for A7 III + A7R III + A9

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Off]
MENU → [Setup] → [USB Connection] → [PC Remote]

In Dutch:

MENU → [Netwerk] → [Bedien. via smartph.] → [Bedien. via smartph.] → [Uit]
MENU → [Instellingen] → [USB-verbinding] → [PC-afstandbedien.]

Group 3 – Settings for A7C/A7R IV-IVa + A9 II

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Off]
MENU → [Network] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [On]
MENU → [Network] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote Cnct Method] → [USB]
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the new menu structure of the Sony A7 IV: Network > Transfer/Remote

In Dutch:

MENU → [Netwerk] → [Bedien. via smartph.] → [Bedien. via smartph.] → [Uit]
MENU → [Netwerk] → [PC-afstandbedien.f.] → [PC-afstandbedien.] → [Aan]
MENU → [Netwerk] → [PC-afstandbedien.f.] → [PC-afst.b.-verb.meth.] → [USB]

Note that for the A7R IV and A9 II, you need to update the firmware to use live view via the USB-C port.

Group 4 – Settings for A7S III + FX3

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Transfer/Remote] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Off]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [On]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote Cnct Method] → [USB]

In Dutch:

MENU → [Netwerk] → [Overdr./op afst.] → [Bedien. via smartph.] → [Bedien. via smartph.] → [Uit]
MENU → [Netwerk] → [Overdr./op afst.] → [PC-afstandsbedien.f] → [PC-afstandsbedien.] → [Aan]
MENU → [Netwerk] → [Overdr./op afst.] → [PC-afstandsbedien.f] → [PC-afst.b.-verb.meth.] → [USB]

Group 5 – Settings for A1

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Smartphone Connect] → [Smartphone Connection] → [Off]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [On]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote Cnct Method] → [USB]

In Dutch:

MENU → [Netwerk] → [Smartph.verbind.] → [Smartphoneverbind.] → [Uit]
MENU → [Netwerk] → [Overdr./op afst.] → [PC-afstandsbedien.f] → [PC-afstandsbedien.] → [Aan]
MENU → [Netwerk] → [Overdr./op afst.] → [PC-afstandsbedien.f] → [PC-afst.b.-verb.meth.] → [USB]

Group 6 – Settings for A7 IV

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [Off]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote Cnct Method] → [USB]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [On]

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the new menu structure of the Sony A7 IV: Network > Transfer/Remote > PC Remote Function > PC Remote > On

In Dutch:

MENU → [Netwerk] → [Overdr./op afst.] → [PC-afstandsbedien.f] → [PC-afstandsbedien.] → [Uit]
MENU → [Netwerk] → [Overdr./op afst.] → [PC-afstandsbedien.f] → [PC-afst.b.-verb.meth.] → [USB]
MENU → [Netwerk] → [Overdr./op afst.] → [PC-afstandsbedien.f] → [PC-afstandsbedien.] → [Aan]

Enable [PC Remote] locks the [PC Remote Cnct Method] setting. It should read USB. If not, you must first disable [PC Remote] before you can change the connection method.

On the A7 IV, you can skip the USB Connection Mode setting, like [Mass Storage] or [PC Remote] that you used to configure in the A7 III/A7R III, A9/A9 II, A7S III, and A1. The reason is that when you configure the network settings described below, the camera sets [USB Connection Mode] to [PC Remote]. For reference, check the following setting:

In English:

MENU → [Setup] → [USB] → [USB Connection Mode] → [PC Remote]

In Dutch:

MENU → [Instellingen] → [USB] → [USB-verbind.modus] → [PC-afstandsbedien.]

If you like to change this setting, you must disable [PC Remote] in the network settings, as mentioned above.

In the A7 IV, you can skip the step to switch off [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] because this setting does not exist.

Tethering Via Network

Instead of wireless tethering, I call this section tethering via network because some cameras allow you to tether via the Ethernet cable (A9 II and A1). Capture One 22 (build 15.3) and later support the wireless and wired network connection for tethering.

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Group 3 – Settings for A7C/A7R IV-IVa + A9 II

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Off]
MENU → [Network] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [On]
MENU → [Network] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote Cnct Method] → [Wired LAN] / [WiFi Direct] / [WiFi Access Point]

In the last step, you can choose between [Wired LAN], [WiFi Direct], or [WiFi Access Point]. Note that the [Wired LAN] option is only for the Sony A9 II.

Group 4 – Settings for A7S III + FX3

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Transfer/Remote] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] → [Off]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [On]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote Cnct Method] → [WiFi Direct] / [WiFi Access Point]

In the last step, you can choose between [WiFi Direct] or [WiFi Access Point].

Group 5 – Settings for A1

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Smartphone Connect] → [Smartphone Connection] → [Off]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [On]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer/Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote Cnct Method] → [Wired LAN] / [WiFi Direct] / [WiFi Access Point]

In the last step, you can choose between [Wired LAN], [WiFi Direct], or [WiFi Access Point].

Group 6 – Settings for A7 IV

On the Sony A7 IV, you can only set the type of the PC Remote Connection Method when PC Remote is switched [Off]. After setting the connection method, you switch PC Remote to [On].

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [Off]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote Cnct Method] → [WiFi Direct] / [WiFi Access Point]
MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [PC Remote] → [On]

In the last step, you can choose between [WiFi Direct] or [WiFi Access Point]. For further details, please refer to the corresponding section below.

Wired LAN

At this time of writing, only the Sony A1 and A9 II models are equipped with an Ethernet port for a wired LAN connection. You can use this connection for PC Remote connections to Capture One, or for an FTP connection to an FTP server on the network or the internet.

I am currently looking into a PC Remote connection via the Wired LAN option with a Sony A9 II. You connect your camera to the same network as your computer with Capture One. Your camera receives an IP address from your router or another device that hands out network addresses dynamically. If necessary, you can configure an address manually.

Note

You should not connect the camera directly to the computer as you do with a USB cable. That does not work.

I plan to update this section shortly.

WiFi Direct

After selecting the [WiFi Direct] option, a message appears on your screen:

You can check information required for connection to the PC in "WiFi Direct Info".

Go to [WiFi Direct Info]. Dependent on your camera, you will find it in:

MENU → [Network] → [PC Remote Function] → [WiFi Direct Info]

Or:

MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [WiFi Direct Info]
The camera is now a WiFi access point. Connect your computer to the WiFi signal with the information from the [WiFi Direct Info] screen. Open Capture One > Camera tool and notice the connected camera. You are now ready to shoot tethered without an external access point wirelessly.

WiFi Access Point

The camera searches for a WiFi network, and after selecting one, you enter the password for that network. The camera remembers the connection and will connect the next time automatically. Next, a message that appears on your screen:

Pairing with the PC is required to use PC Remote function. You can pair in "Paring".

Wait for the camera to connect to the WiFi access point and open Pairing. Dependent on your camera, you will find it in:

MENU → [Network] →  [PC Remote Function] → [WiFi Direct Info]

Or:

MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [Pairing]

Once you start paring, wait for the camera to appear in Capture One > Camera tool. Check the drop-down list in that tool. You are now ready to shoot tethered with an external access point wirelessly.

Note that pairing may fail in hotspots and guest networks in public places. This failure is the result of how these networks are set up. Each device that connects is separated from other devices for security reasons. Use your access point or revert to the WiFi Direct option if this is the case.

Settings For Storage On Memory Card

Depending on your camera model, you can enable a setting to store the images on the memory card while tethering Sony with Capture One. Choose [PC Only] to save images in Capture One Pro only or [PC+Camera] to store pictures both on the card and in Capture One.

Look up your camera in one of the five groups and configure the setting accordingly in the menu. Note that cameras from group 1 do not support this feature.

Group 1 – Setting for A7/A7 II + A7R/A7R II + A7S/A7S II

These models do not support storage on a memory card during tethering

Group 2 – Setting for A7 III + A7R III + A9

In English:

MENU → [Setup] → [PC Remote Settings] → [Still Img. Save Dest.] → [PC Only] or [PC+Camera]

In Dutch:

MENU → [Netwerk] → [PC-afstandbedien.f.] → [Opsl.bestem. stil. bld] → [Enkel PC] of [PC+camera]

Group 3 – Setting for A7C/A7R IV-IVa + A9 II

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [PC Remote Function] → [Still Img. Save Dest.] → [PC Only] or [PC+Camera]

In Dutch:

MENU → [Netwerk] → [PC-afstandbedien.f.] → [Opsl.bestem. stil. bld] → [Enkel PC] of [PC+camera]

Group 4 – Setting for A7S III + FX3

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [Still Img. Save Dest.] → [PC Only] or [PC+Camera]

In Dutch:

MENU → [Netwerk] → [PC-afstandbedien.f.] → [Opsl.bestem. stil. bld] → [Enkel PC] of [PC+camera]

Group 5 – Setting for A1

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [Still Img. Save Dest.] → [PC Only] or [PC+Camera]

In Dutch:

MENU → [Netwerk] → [PC-afstandbedien.f.] → [Opsl.bestem. stil. bld] → [Enkel PC] of [PC+camera]

Group 6 – Setting for A7 IV

In English:

MENU → [Network] → [Transfer Remote] → [PC Remote Function] → [Still Img. Save Dest.] → [PC Only] or [PC+Camera]

In Dutch:

MENU → [Netwerk] → [PC-afstandbedien.f.] → [Opsl.bestem. stil. bld] → [Enkel PC] of [PC+camera]

Cable Connection

The A7 and A7 II series, including the R and S models, only have a micro-USB port with USB 2 connectivity. You use this port for tethering.

Later models, from the A7 III series and up, have a micro-USB and a USB-C port with USB 3.1 or 3.2 connectivity. You use the USB-C port for tethering.

Please use a cable of good quality. Note that the maximum length for USB 3 is 3 meters/10 feet without amplification.

Capture One Settings

To tether successfully into Capture One Pro, you can check several settings.

  • Capture One version
    do your version support tethering and raw conversion for the model you use? Often, users buy a new camera but forget to update or upgrade their software; Capture One does not yet support new models that enter the market
  • Capture One license
    some camera-specific licenses only support cameras of a specific brand, like Sony, Fujifilm, Nikon, and Phase One. The free Capture One Express does not support tethering. Check your activated license from inside Capture One to see whether you have the proper license.
  • Camera provider
    inside Capture One is a little piece of software code; the provider handles the connection for tethering; in Capture One, go to Preferences > Capture tab and check whether the appropriate provider is enabled; restart Capture One if you change a provider setting.
  • Camera tool
    inside Capture One, Capture tool tab, Camera tool, check for the connected camera; if no camera model is displayed, check the drop-down box at the top of the tool.

Last but not least, prevent other software from hijacking the connection between the camera and Capture One. Typically, do not install the Sony Imaging Edge suite or deinstall the software if installed. In particular, the Sony software can prevent a connection with Capture One on Windows systems.

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