In the past, we’ve interfaced with the Sony QX series of cameras with custom software and hardware, but we were unable to control 2 cameras at once, asÂ the QX camera hosts its own Wi-Fi access point. Â When we came across aÂ reference to “Multi Camera Control”, we had to take a look.
As it turns out, there is very little documentation on this. Â The suggested option from the PlayMemories Mobile application is to enter in the SSID and passkey on the camera, but the QX1 has no screen, nor any entry method. Â Digging a bit deeper, we found that Sony’s Live View Remote claims to pairÂ using WPS. Â Naturally, we grabbed a WPS pushbutton enabled router, and tried it out. Â Turns out it works! Â Here’s what we did to pair 2 QX1s to 1 router:
- Put the QX1s into multi camera mode. Â To do this, tap the Wi-Fi button under the battery cover until the LCD has a block next to the multi camera mode indicator.
- Put the router into WPS pushbutton pairing mode.
- To pair each camera, push and hold the Wi-Fi button until the camera beeps, or until you see an indication on the router that a device has connected. Â Repeat for each camera.
- You should now have your cameras connected to the Wi-Fi router.
If you do this with your phone (we got it working on a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact), you can use the PlayMemories Mobile app to preview and control each camera, and ask them to take a picture “simultaneously”. Â In practice, you’re much better off triggering through the USB port if you want synchronization, but it’s a nice feature to have if your cameras are far apart.
If you do this with a Wi-Fi router, you can look up the assigned IP addresses for each camera, and haveÂ your software to talk to that IP directly. Â Everything else works the same as with one camera.
Happy multi QX1 controlling!