In this video, Ed from theDigitalDigest takes a look at the Sony NEX-5R and does a great hands on walkthrough of it’s Wi-Fi and Smart Remote Control App systems (which are also available on the Sony NEX-6).
Sony’s smart remote control app allows you to use your iOS or Android device as a real-time preview monitor and shutter control for your NEX 5R/6.
Ed states that “While this may seem like a simple function, it is nothing short of revolutionary.”
Sony proves WiFi isn’t just for sharing when it comes to the NEX-5R/6L. Enjoy! -TDD
Although this video was posted last October (2012) and some of the info is not up to date (The Samsung Galaxy Camera has been launched and is now available – Learn more HERE), it is nonetheless, one of the best live demos we’ve found on the net, so we definitely wanted to share it with our readers.
My 2 Cents – Wi-Fi Edition
Wi-Fi cameras are the wave of the future, and I expect that over the next 12 to 24 months, most if not all new cameras will be wi-fi equipped. Of course, at the time of this posting there are very few cameras that are so equipped, including the Sonys, the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the aforementioned Samsung Galaxy Camera, which has the most mature wireless system of all these cameras as it runs off the Android Jellybean OS (unfortunately, as a camera it’s not so great).
So… Is it worth it to pick up a Wi-Fi camera even though the technology is technically first generation? In a word… Absolutely!
From what we’ve seen and experienced hands on, the Wi-Fi systems of these cameras work very well, and even though there are very few apps at this point, the ones that do exist (such as the Sony Apps or Panasonic’s Free Lumix Link App) also work very well and open up many new possibilities for in camera control and creativity. Even though the menu for existing apps is limited at present, that will not always be the case – and with a Wi-Fi enabled camera, you have a device that actually has the potential to become better than it was on the day that you bought it – and it won’t be too long until the applications are virtually unlimited.
If you recently purchased or are considering purchasing a camera that is not Wi-Fi capable, take heart. You can always get a Wi-Fi Memory Card, like those from Eye Fi or Transcend, which will allow you to enjoy connectivity between your camera and smart device or to the internet (where a wi-fi network is present). This is a great solution if you’re not yet ready to pull the trigger on a new, Wi-Fi camera.