I was wondering if there is a way to programmatically control a Sony DSC HX-200V camera via its USB port. I tried to find anything on Internet (Google, that is :)) but there seems to be nothing.

I do not have high hopes but StackExchange has never failed to give an answer :)

  • what do you mean programmatically control ?
    – Sid
    Dec 21 '12 at 3:43
  • what I mean by "programmatically control" is to be able to use a program / script on a PC (Windows / Linux) which would trigger via the USB port actions on the camera (take a picture for instance).
    – WoJ
    Dec 21 '12 at 7:56

What you are trying to do is called tethering

This function can be developed in a software if the camera manufacturer allows the use of its firmware (like opening-up the source code), in this model NOT. Even the new Adobe Lightroom does not support it. So you have to everything manually.

  • The camera software does not need to be open source - one can develop alternate firmware like CHDK for Canon cameras. Since apparently there is neither such firmware for Sony, nor the original one permits to tether the camera I will close the subject (thanks for the answer)
    – WoJ
    Dec 21 '12 at 19:24

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