Today part 2 in my series of looking at the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact phone.
And this time it’s a small update and tip that will probably work for more phones.
Setting up is pretty easy and straight forward just connect to the camera via wifi in the setup of your mobile device, start playmemories and go, but it can always be easier.
The NFC function is also cool btw when you shot a cool shot on location and want to edit it quickly with for example the free snapseed and share it. Just touch the phone and camera and transfer. This means that you don’t have to wait till you’re back in the hotel to share some images. Do remember that the NFC connection is actually a bit less stable than when doing it with the wifi method so if you have a lot of interference in the area you shoot you should test it before using it, sometimes wifi will work flawless and NFC will loose connection. On the other hand I’ve demoed on trade shows where even a wifi connection with a dedicated grip was next to impossible and I had to use the cable (at that time I was still shooting the Canons tethered).
Nowadays I don’t really like wifi tethering for the RAW files, it’s simply put way too slow, but as a learning tool and showing the small (2MP) previews on screen it’s a great tool, the RAWs will be stored on the card, sending full res files is nice when you want to upload a quick shot to a client, or to internet. I see the NFC as an added bonus, not something that you can’t life without, the Wifi setup with the A7r works fine, but it’s incredibly easy to just click the two together and have an instant connection.