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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.

Full-Color Guide Book to Sony DSC-RX100 II Camera is Now Available to Order in Paperback from Amazon.com

1937986187As of today, the paperback version of Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II is listed for sale at Amazon.com. If you would like to visit the book’s product page at Amazon, you can click on this link to the page, or you can click on the button below, which also will take you to that page. The list price of the book is $25.95, but Amazon may offer it at a slight discount from time to time.

The book also will be available in three downloadable formats: PDF, mobi (for Kindle), and ePub (for iPad and other Apple devices, as well as Sony, Kobo, and other compatible e-readers). Those versions are still being developed; if you order them now, they will be sent to you as soon as they are ready, probably about October 23.  For more information about purchasing those versions of the book, please visit the book’s information page at this site.

In addition, you can order the book directly from White Knight Press through my eBay store. Here is a link to the book’s page on eBay. I will be receiving my shipment of books within about a week, and any books ordered on eBay will be shipped as soon as I receive them.

Controlling the Sony DSC-RX100 II Camera with a Smartphone through Wi-Fi

I received my new Sony DSC-RX100 II (also known as the RX100M2) camera a few days ago and am getting familiar with its new features as I work on my guide book for this updated model. (I hope to have the new book finished by late September or early October.)

One of the major enhancements to the camera, as compared to the original RX100, is built-in Wi-Fi capability. With this feature, the RX100 II is able to connect to a computer, smartphone, or tablet for transferring images. Also, you can use a smartphone or tablet to control the camera remotely, to a limited extent. Specifically, once the connection is established, you can use an app on your phone to see what the camera is aimed at, zoom the lens in and out, turn the flash on or off, activate the self-timer, and capture a still image or video.

I tried out this function over the past couple of days using my iPhone 5 and I have put together a video that shows how it works. The video ends with some footage of hummingbirds that I took with the RX100 II while I was controlling it with the iPhone. Being able to control the camera from a distance seems to be a helpful way to get images and videos of birds and other wildlife that might be scared away by seeing a human standing nearby with a camera.

Here is the video, as posted today on YouTube: