Sony PlayMemories timelapse review with the A6000 and A7r
Sony Playmemories timelapse review with the A6000 and A7r
Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps recently released a few new apps; I thought my photography trip to the Azores would be an excellent way to do a Sony Playmemories timelapse review. I used the new Sony A6000 and the Sony A7r with the SEL2470z lens. The app has eight programs dependent presets to choose from. Each preset can be adjusted to a varying degree in the Application Settings 5-page menu (accessed by pressing the MENU button):
- Exit Application: you have to go into the menu system to exit
- Application Top: goes to the preset menu
- Application Settings: you’ll find most of the essential customizing features here (see below for a full breakdown)
- Self-timer: sets how long it takes before the first capture starts
- Interval priority: When the theme you selected is either Sunset, Sunrise, or Custom, you can set Interval Priority to either On where the camera shoots images at the same shooting interval value that was set. Or to Off where it shoots pictures at the shutter speed range when the shutter speed is longer than the shooting interval value that was set.
- Image Size: select the regular Jpg and RAW storage options
- Aspect ratio selects the image dimensions
- Quality: choose the regular Jpg and RAW storage options
- Movie size: full HD (1920×1080) or HD (1280×720)
- Focus Mode: Automatic (A), Continuous servo AF (C ), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M)
- Focus Area: Wide (179 points phase-detection AF, 25 points contrast-detection AF), Zone, Center-weighted, Flexible Spot (Small, Medium, Large)
- Exposure Comp: Exposure Compensation: +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
- ISO set the ISO to Auto or manually to the desired value
- White Balance: choose a custom white balance
- Creative Style: choose between Sony’s original color styles, the movie (or images) generated will have your preferred color style
- Picture Effect: choose between Sony’s built-in image effects, , the video (or images) generated will have your preferred effect style
- Zoom: the amount of zoom you want to use the focus magnifier (set in the camera’s menu system)
- Focus Magnifier: check the focus of your shot by zooming into your subject
Application Settings on page 1
This is probably the most useful page where you can set all the basic tweaks for your selected preset.
- The file format choices are 24p,30p, or still images that save the individual images for processing with third party software.
- Interval from 1 second to 60 minutes
- Number of shots from 1 to 990
- Auto exposure can be set to lock with the AEL lock button. Focus on the spot for which you want to set the exposure, press the AEL button to fix the exposure. Or AE tracking from low to high.
Now we got the basics out of the way; we’ll take a look at the different presets available forSony Playmemories timelapse review. I’ve added an example when available.
Cloudy Sky shoots a scene of dynamically flowing clouds for 20 minutes at 5 second intervals for a total of 240 shots at F8 ISO 100. AEL mode
Night Sky shoots the movement of the stars. Effective for shooting from a dark place can be well seen in the sky for 2 hours at 30 second intervals for a total of 240 shots at F4 ISO 1600. AEL mode
Night scene shoots the lights of the city at night. Including the lights of cars moving on the streets and the movement op people for 12minutes at 3 second intervals for a total of 240 shots at F5.6 ISO 100. AET-LO mode
Sunset shoots the brightness of the setting sun and the dramatic color changes of this scene for 40 minutes at 10 second intervals for a total of 240 shots at F8 ISO 100. AET-LO mode
Sunrise shoots the brightness of the rising sun and the dramatic color changes of this scene for 40 minutes at 5 second intervals for a total of 240 shots at F8 ISO 100. AET-LO mode
Miniature uses the miniature effect to shoot people and car rhythmically. Effective with compositions like looking down on the city street from a high place. For 8 minutes at 2 second intervals for a total of 240 shots at F5.6 ISO 100. This preset has some horizontal vignetting on the top and bottom, I don’t like it for this scene, but perhaps it might look nice on a more appropriate subject.
Standard shoots with ISO Auto, lowest possible aperture for 4 minutes at 1 second intervals for a total of 240 shots at F5.6 ISO 100. AEL mode
Custom allows you to set aperture and shutter speed manually.AEL mode I’ll be adding some new examples of the different presets in my Sony Playmemories timelapse review this week when I find a suitable subject. You can subscribe to my site if you want to keep updated.
The menu system is a bit confusing at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of it. After that, it is an easy app to use, and the time-lapse movies generated are excellent. It is a bit expensive though; this app will set you back 10 Euro.