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I am trying to tether my Sony a7 to my mac using the USB cable with Lightroom 5.

But when I start a tethered capture I see a "No Camera Detected" error on the tether panel.

My camera LCD shows "USB Mode" so I am unable to take a picture.

It seems that the Sony a7 is not on Adobe's official supported cameras page.

Could that be the problem? Is there an alternative/workaround to this?

  • You're linking to a Lightroom 4 support page while you've a problem with Lightroom 5. I found this article about Lightroom 5.3 which adds tethering support for the Sony A7. Could you please check your exact Lightroom version, update if necessary and if the problem persists edit your question accordingly? – Saaru Lindestøkke Feb 5 '14 at 0:50
  • The support you are taking about is for camera raw which basically means LR can import and convert sony's RAW format into its own DNG format. – numan Feb 5 '14 at 0:53
  • Oh sorry, my bad. I thought the long camera list belonged to the header Newly added support for Tethered Capture in Lightroom 5.3: in the article. – Saaru Lindestøkke Feb 5 '14 at 3:32
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Yes, it is most probably a problem that the Sony A7 is not listed in the officially supported camera list of Lightroom.

There are several things I found on the web that might help you.

Firstly make sure your camera's USB mode is not set to Mass storage but to PC Remote.

Now you can try using other software to tether your camera. Sony has the Remote Camera Control application available free of charge, and from the site it seems it supports the A7. You can involve Lightroom in this process by monitoring the folders to which Sony's application imports photos. The photos will then show up in LR directly after you shot them so you can develop/inspect immediately. Here it's explained how to set this up.

If you really want to use Lightroom 5 to tether your camera I found a paid plug-in (web archive; original site is dead). I am not related to the company, nor do I have experience with the plug-in, but there is a demo-version (web archive) available so you can try it out first.

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