Do you want to record videos without a 30-minute time limit? Maybe you plan to create a timelapse? Many Sony cameras do not give this option, but there is a way. Free!
At one time, cheaper Canon models were very popular among filmmakers. Not only because of the fact that they were making good films. Also because users have created an unofficial Magic Lantern overlay, after which the user received options as in a professional camera. Sony cameras have not got such a software yet, but many free applications have been created that allow them to add a lot of functions and remove a few restrictions. Here are the best applications that you can have for free.
Sony A6300 / A6500 and timelapse
Why did not Sony give you the option of shooting timelabses in the camera? Probably to be able to offer it in the form of an application for which we have to pay $ 10. However, there is also a completely free TimeLapse application. Its operation is very simple. With its help, set the interval, ie the time interval with which pictures will be taken, and how many photos should be saved. The app shows how much time we need to devote to creating material with a specific length. For example, when taking photos every 5 seconds, we will need 31 minutes to record 15 seconds of material, which will then be rendered in 25 frames. In addition, we can turn on the electronic shutter so that when a large number of photos, the mechanical does not wear out and does not make any sound. We put the ready photo packet into the assembly program and it's ready.
Removal of the 30-minute recording limit
Anyone who has ever had to record a longi for a long time knows how annoying the 30-minute limit of a single video file can be. In many new cameras this limit is being disposed of, the older ones are still struggling with it. Fortunately, with the help of the OpenMemories: Tweak application, we can get rid of it. This free application removes the recording limit , which means that we can record without restrictions. Also disables the annoying PAL / NTSC recording message.
Photo processing in the camera
Sometimes we want to quickly and easily improve the picture, and we do not have the time or the opportunity to use a computer and a graphics processing program. Photo Retouch comes with the help. This free application allows basic photo processing: changing saturation, contrast, cropping or smoothing the skin. For this we can change the exposure to slightly brighten or darken the picture. Basic possibilities, but very useful.
Additional filters for photos
Sony cameras offer a basic and not very rich set of creative filters that can be expanded with the Picture Effect + application. It adds 6 new effects . We can choose two colors and leave the rest of the picture in black and white (without the application we have only one color), the Soft High-Key + function allows you to add a bit of misty, bright light to the pictures. The Toy Camera + option allows you to combine the familiar functions of the toy camera and retro style for more interesting effects. In turn, Watercolor and Illustration modes give your photos a custom, cartoon look.
For photographs with a long exposure, such as night scenes, the smallest camera shake will result in a blur. To prevent this, use a wireless trigger and do not touch the physical shutter. You can free it from the application on your smartphone, but it will be easier and faster to use the Touchless Shutter application. It allows you to trigger photos by holding your hand in front of the digital viewfinder.
Easier framing of photos
The Snapshot Me app is designed to help you framing your photos. It facilitates, among others, setting the characters in strong points . The application allows you to visualize the size of the person in the picture. It also allows you to set a specific point and if the face is at this point, a green frame will appear around it.
Pictures for proof
All you need is a white wall, a camera with a flash and a printer with the right function to take pictures of different kinds of documents for yourself and save 30 or 40 zlotys. However, the problem is framing itself, because there are exact requirements for what is to be found in a given picture, for example in which frame the characters' eyes are to appear, etc. The ID Photo application helps us to make such photos, thanks to which we will crop the picture in the right a way that it would not be rejected later in the office.
How to install applications
All applications listed in the text are completely free. To download them, go to the Play Memories page and create an account. Then connect the camera to the computer via the USB cable. With the help of a special Sony tool, we can choose the application and install it directly in the camera. In the case of the Timelapse and OpenMemories: Tweak applications, they should be downloaded from another page , as these are unofficial applications.