Operating the camera from a computer (PC Remote Function)

Uses a Wi-Fi or USB connection, etc. to control the camera from a computer, including such functions as shooting and storing images on the computer.

When the camera and a smartphone are connected, you cannot control the camera from a computer. Make sure that the camera is not connected to a smartphone beforehand.

For details on [PC Remote Function], refer to the following URL:

https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/support/tutorial/ilc/ilce-7m4/l/pcremote.php


  1. MENU (Network) → [Transfer/Remote][PC Remote Function] → Select an item to set, and then select the desired setting.
  2. Connect the camera to the computer, and then launch Imaging Edge Desktop (Remote) on the computer.
    You can now operate the camera using Imaging Edge Desktop (Remote).
    • The connection method between the camera and the computer depends on the setting for [PC Remote Cnct Method].

Menu item details

PC Remote:
Sets whether or not to use the [PC Remote] function. ([On] / [Off])
PC Remote Cnct Method:
Selects the connection method when the camera is connected to a computer using [PC Remote]. ([USB]/[Wi-Fi Direct]/[Wi-Fi Access Point])
Pairing:
When [PC Remote Cnct Method] is set to [Wi-Fi Access Point], pair the camera with the computer.
Wi-Fi Direct Info.:
Displays the information needed to connect to the camera from the computer when [PC Remote Cnct Method] is set to [Wi-Fi Direct].
Still Img. Save Dest.:
Sets whether or not to save still images to both the camera and the computer during PC Remote shooting. ([PC Only]/[PC+Camera]/[Camera Only])
PC Save Image Size:
Selects the file size for images to be transferred to the computer when [Still Img. Save Dest.] is set to [PC+Camera]. The original-sized JPEG/HEIF file or a 2M-equivalent JPEG/HEIF file can be transferred. ([Original]/[2M])
RAW+J PC Save Img:
Selects the file type for images to be transferred to the computer when [Still Img. Save Dest.] is set to [PC+Camera]. ([RAW & JPEG]/[JPEG Only]/[RAW Only])
RAW+H PC Save Image:
Selects the file type for images to be transferred to the computer when [Still Img. Save Dest.] is set to [PC+Camera]. ([RAW & HEIF]/[HEIF Only]/[RAW Only])
PC Save JPEG Size/PC Save HEIF Size:
Sets the image size to be saved to the computer when [Still Img. Save Dest.] is set to [PC+Camera]. ([Large Size]/[Small Size])


How to connect the camera and the computer

When [PC Remote Cnct Method] is set to [USB]

Connect the USB Type-C terminal on the camera to the computer with a USB cable.


When [PC Remote Cnct Method] is set to [Wi-Fi Direct]

Use the camera as an access point, and connect the computer to the camera directly via Wi-Fi.

Select MENU(Network) → [Transfer/Remote][PC Remote Function][Wi-Fi Direct Info.] to display the Wi-Fi connection information (SSID and password) for the camera. Connect the computer and the camera using the Wi-Fi connection information displayed on the camera.


When [PC Remote Cnct Method] is set to [Wi-Fi Access Point]

Connect the camera and the computer via Wi-Fi using a wireless access point. The camera and the computer need to be paired in advance.

Select MENU(Network) → [Wi-Fi][WPS Push] or [Access Point Set.] to connect the camera to the wireless access point. Connect the computer to the same wireless access point.
Select MENU → (Network) → [Transfer/Remote][PC Remote Function][Pairing] on the camera, and then use Imaging Edge Desktop (Remote) to pair the camera and the computer. Select [OK] on the pairing confirmation screen displayed on the camera to finish pairing.

  • Pairing information is deleted when you initialize the camera.

Note

  • When an unrecordable memory card is inserted into the camera, you cannot record still images even if [Still Img. Save Dest.] is set to [Camera Only] or [PC+Camera].
  • When [Camera Only] or [PC+Camera] is selected and no memory card is inserted into the camera, the shutter will not be released even if [Release w/o Card] is set to [Enable].
  • [RAW+J PC Save Img] and [RAW+H PC Save Image] can be set only when [File Format] is set to [RAW & JPEG] or [RAW & HEIF].