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Apple iPhone 6 Has NFC But Does Not (Yet) Support its Use for Connecting with Cameras

In my books about two of Sony’s compact cameras with Wi-Fi features, the DSC-RX100 II and the DSC-RX100 III, I discuss the fact that, with many Android smartphones and tablets, you can use those devices’ built-in NFC capability to establish a Wi-Fi connection with the Sony camera. NFC stands for near field communication, a feature involving the use of a radio antenna inside the device. When the camera and the phone or tablet are placed in physical contact with each other, their NFC antennas establish a Wi-Fi connection automatically so you can transfer images from the camera to the phone, and control the camera remotely using an app on the phone.

If the phone or tablet does not have NFC, then you have to establish the connection by going to the Settings app on the phone or tablet and selecting the Wi-Fi network that is generated by the Sony camera. The first time you do this, you also have to enter the password for the network. So, NFC cuts through one or two steps, and makes it considerably easier to get the camera connected with the phone or tablet over the Wi-Fi network.

In both of those books, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II and Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III, I discuss the point that many Android devices include NFC capability, but iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad do not.

With the recent release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, both of which were said to include NFC features, I was hopeful that the new iPhone models would be able to use NFC to connect directly to these two cameras (and other cameras that have similar features). But no such luck. It has been disclosed that, at least for the near future, Apple is limiting the use of NFC to its new Apple Pay service, which will let you pay for purchases using the iPhone by pointing it at a device in a store or business that has the necessary equipment. For the time being, Apple is not permitting the NFC capability to be used for other purposes, such as communicating with camera apps.  Here is a link to an article that explains the situation.

I will continue to monitor developments in this area, and, when and if Apple permits the iPhone’s NFC capability to be used for connecting to cameras, I will post an update on this site.

Video: Accessories for the Sony DSC-RX100 III Camera

Today I uploaded to YouTube a short video showing several of the accessories available for the Sony DSC-RX100 III camera, including cases, grips, filter adapter, and remote control. I also showed how you can attach the camera to a telescope or spotting scope using the filter adapter and other adapter rings. Here is the video:

Sony RX100 III Book is Now Available in PDF, iPad, and Kindle Versions

sonyrx1003coversmallAs of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III is available in all three downloadable versions: PDF, ePub (for iPad, iPhone, Kobo, Sony, Nook, etc.), and mobi (for Kindle). You can purchase a bundle of all three versions through this site for $9.95 using the above link.

The book will be available in paperback for $26.95 through Amazon.com and other online sellers by the end of August or early September 2014. I will post further details as they become available.

The electronic versions also are available through the Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Apple, and Google Play online stores.

Please note: If you purchased the PDF-only version of the Sony RX100 III book through this site, you should have received a message providing links to the iPad and Kindle versions. If you did not receive that message, please send a message to contact@whiteknightpress.com making reference to your order number, and I will send you the other two versions.

Sony Announces DSC-RX100 III Camera with Pop-up Electronic Viewfinder

Sony has just announced the DSC-RX100 III, another upgrade to the original RX100, following up on the RX100 II. This time, Sony has concentrated on improving the image quality and built-in features for ease of use. For example, the new camera includes a lens with a wider aperture at the full zoom range, enhanced video capability, and, probably most prominent, a pop-up electronic viewfinder. There is an excellent introduction to the new model at dpreview.com.

Although plans are not definite, at this point I expect to be producing a White Knight Press guide book for this camera this summer.