As part of its developer program to bridge the worlds of smart devices and its cameras, Sony is making available its Camera Remote API (Application Programming Interface). This will allow developers to create and publish apps on Android and iOS that will let users control various aspects of compatible Sony cameras right from their WiFi-enabled phones or tablets.

The Camera Remote API provides several features that can be used in apps that will control Sony cameras. These include the basic ability to shoot still images and videos as well as being able to see the real-time views of the camera display right on their phone or tablet screen. The API also provides functions to control cameras’ self-timer and zoom functions.

Sony lists only 8 cameras as being compatible with the Camera Remote API. The list includes the Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30 and the HDR-AS15, Sony music video recorder HDR-MV1, as well as interchangeable lens cameras that are compatible with Sony’s PlayMemories Camera apps such as the NEX-6, NEX-5R, and NEX-5.

The Camera Remote API as well as sample codes and documentations can be downloaded from Sony’s Camera Remote Apps Developer Program site. Some of the listed cameras, however, still require software updates be compatible with the API, some of which will roll out by September 26.