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    Posted: 13 April 2019 at 09:38
I havenít visited, let alone contributed, a lot here lately so apologies if it has been discussed previously and I missed it. A quick search didnít show up anything.
Putting this here in case anyone is interested.

Not overly long ago I stumbled upon the OpenMemories framework and a bunch of free opensource apps available to run on a whole bunch late model Sony cameras:
https://sony-pmca.appspot.com/apps

Turns out the cameras run a version of Android and some clever reverse engineering has made a lot of the cameras functions available in whatís essentially an API.

List of supported cameras: https://github.com/ma1co/OpenMemories-Framework/blob/master/docs/Cameras.md

The apps are easily Ďsideloadedí on the camera with a (portable) windows utility:
https://github.com/ma1co/Sony-PMCA-RE/releases/download/v0.17/pmca-gui-v0.17-win.exe

Iíve never been a fan of PlayMemories and found the WiFi upload function to be rather cumbersome. I happen to have a Synology NAS so I was pleased to find an uploader app for that, Iíve also had success with the timelapse one.

Disclaimer: Install and run these at your own risk (but Iíve tried about half a dozen on my A6000 and have had no issues).

Request I dabble in a bit of android development and have made some additions to the Synology uploader that allows the user to select individual images for upload. I have asked the original developer (today) if he/she wants to include in the release, but in the meantime if anyone here has used this app and is keen to help me test my version please PM and we can agree a way to get the APK to you.
 



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Interesting idea, I can think of a few changes I'd like to make to the firmware in my cameras. However, there seem to be no A mount bodies on the list of cameras with Android.

The website is not very informative as to which specific camera runs each app or how they work (I presume a new menu item is added).
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Interesting idea, I can think of a few changes I'd like to make to the firmware in my cameras. However, there seem to be no A mount bodies on the list of cameras with Android.


I'm 99% sure the firmware itself is not overwritten in anyway. I'm unsure about A-mounts and Android sorry.

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

The website is not very informative as to which specific camera runs each app or how they work (I presume a new menu item is added).

Any custom apps appear in the Application list.




Although some of them may adjust some settings within the camera's firmware that cause new or different menu options to show up. The OpenMemories TweakUI app covers a lot of this:
https://github.com/ma1co/OpenMemories-Tweak


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I suspect third-party (unofficial) app development was the primary reason for Sony discontinuing support for user-installed apps in all recent camera models.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote floydbloke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2019 at 21:26
The developer of the original app has now compiled my version of the Synology Uploader but his camera has died so he can't test it.

There doesn't appear to be a lot of interest in it here on Dyxum, but if by
chance someone here uses a Synology NAS and is willing and/or keen to test it so the enhanced version can be released, the link to a download for the APK can be found here:

Synology uploader with file selection
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