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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?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ 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? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 5, 2014 at 0:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ 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. \$\endgroup\$
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    Commented Feb 5, 2014 at 0:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ 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. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 5, 2014 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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  • \$\begingroup\$ if someone is having problems installing the plugin (like i did) try this dslrsoftware.com/q1.php \$\endgroup\$
    – numan
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 16:21
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I am adding a new answer to this, as the problem still persists (2023). Update May 2024: Current Lightroom Classic Version starting with Lr Classic 13.3 adds Sony Support.

The Problem

Adobe Lightroom does not natively support the Sony a7, a9 or a1 cameras before Version 13.3. And then only for fairly recent models.

Solution: Sony Imaging Edge Software

This solution is the cheapest, as you have all the stuff needed for it already at your hands or can get it for free.

  1. Get Sony Imaging Edge Software from their homepage
  2. Set up your camera to use PC remote
  3. Set the Software to save each image to a folder on your computer
  4. Set up Lightroom to watch this folder and auto import any image in here
  5. Start up Software, Lightroom and connect your camera
  6. Start shooting.

Any image should now be saved to your drive, then imported into Lightroom.

Note: This solution is slower than direct tethering support.

Solution: Smart Shooter Software

Tethering Tools offers a software called Smart Shooter (currently version 5, Windows & Mac) which offers a way better shooting experience than the Sony software and includes a Lightroom Plugin for direct tethering.

With that it is simply setting up the camera for remote PC connection, connect and start a tethering shoot in Lightroom.

(This is my preferred for years. I will try the native tethering eventually as my camera is now supported by Lightroom.)

Solution: Capture One

Not a direct solution: Capture One, as an alternative to Lightroom, offers native support. The approach of Capture One is quite a bit different. You might or might not like it. It has some strengths over LR in some areas, while lacking in others. However, Tethered shooting is a strength of it.

Disclaimer: I am neither affiliated with Smart Shooter, nor Capture One.

Solution: Update to Lightroom Classic >= V13.3 if you have a newer camera

In May 2024 Adobe added tethering support to current Sony mirrorless camera models. Please refer to this article, which models are supported. Please note that earliest supported model of the a7 series is the a7 IV.

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/sony-tethered-support.html

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