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Saturday, April 27, 2013

NEX-5R / NEX-6 Direct Upload Issues to Facebook

If you are having problems authorising Playmemories Cameras App on Facebook through your NEX-5R/6 cameras, I have found a solution to overcome this problem.

This solution worked for me and I have tried it using my two difference Facebook accounts and now I can upload to either from my NEX-6.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how I got mine to work:

Step 1. Press Menu and go to Application

Step 2. If you haven't downloaded the Direct Upload app, download it first.

Step 3. The Direct Upload app will show you the photos that you have on your memory card, press the square checkbox on the left to select the photos you want, press NEXT

Step 4. At the moment the only available Network Service is Facebook, Sony said that there will be more in the future.

Screen showing that it is trying to connect to Facebook

Step 5. You will be presented with the Facebook login page. Enter your Facebook credentials and press Login.

Step 6. This is the ISSUE.  You are presented with a blank screen (others have reported not seeing anything at all except a blank white screen).  Basically you're stuck on this screen.


This is where the programmer in me kicked in.  I know that FB apps have ID's and if I can find it, I can just use my browser and use that to authorise the app instead of Sony. I found the URL by logging in and turning off my Internet Connection :) The whole URL is about 341-characters long excluding my session-id.  I have shortened it for you

Jump into your browser and click this link.  I have written it down and tested it so the link should work for everyone. Authorise PlayMemoriesApp on FB using your browser.

Step 7.  Enter your username / password in Facebook. The site is the mobile site of Facebook, it doesn't really matter as we are only here to authorise the app and nothing else.

If you logged in succesfully, you will see this screen. Just press OK. This screen is asking you to allow the PlayMemories Cameras App to access your profile, friends list, News Feed, etc.
This next screen is asking you to allow the PlayMemories Cameras App to post on your behalf.  YES we do want it so press OK.
This screen appears afterwards.  I don't really know why it is coming up with a security warning but the text above it says SUCCESS. 

To check that it has been authorised, you should see it on your APP SETTINGS on your Facebook acount.

NOW BACK TO OUR NEX CAMERAS 

You will need to login again to FB but this time you won't see screen 6 (see above).

This screen allows you to place the photo you are uploading to a specific album! Good thinking Sony!



And that's it.  I have uploaded two photos already and have remove the app from my Facebook and did the same steps and it works.

I hope it works for you.  Please let me know by leaving a comment below



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NEX-6 external mic solution

One of the things that's missing in the NEX-6 is the mic input jack.  Sony has introduced on CES2013 an  external mic, the Sony ECM-XYST1M that uses the new multi interface hotshoe.  It retails for around US$149.00


Sony USA is accepting pre-orders with a delivery date of March 15, 2013.


image from Sony USA website

I am not sure yet if the power is drawn from the camera or it can be powered on its own.  I would love to test this and try it against the Zoom H1 which I currently use.

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