I have owned an old Sony α5000 for a long time, which has a built-in application store from Sony. That’s right, why add all the features by default when you can sell them? Recently, I needed to make an accelerated (time-lapse) video, 400 rubles for this was not a pity, but it turned out that Sony not only ruined the lives of consolers, but you can no longer buy additional software in the camera. They themselves push their users to look for workarounds, so after spending some time, I still found a not quite legal, but very simple and free way to add a time-lapse application, as well as unlock the video recording duration limit as a bonus, and this works on 49 camera models by Sony
During the search, Google actively sent me to Sony, or to forums where they discussed the use of a computer for time-lapse photography, and only by some miracle found instructions on github for installing third-party applets through the terminal, and then a utility with a graphical interface, thanks to which this can be done in a couple of clicks.
First you need to make sure that the USB mode is selected in the USB settings. MTP
Next download Sony-PMCA-RE from GithubYou can see the full list of supported devices here
On the first tab, you can get information about the connected device
In the second tab, third-party applications are installed, you just need to select the one you need, click install selected app and wait for the installation process to finish, it does not take much time
Disconnect the cable, go to the application list and see Timelapsewhich we just installed. In appearance, the interface is simple, but there are all the settings necessary for work. We select the shooting interval and the number of shots, just below it will be displayed how much the process will take in real time and how long the final cut will be at a given frame rate. Even lower, the checkboxes allow you to fix the shutter speed, turn off autofocus, white balance, with BRC3 turned on, several shots are taken with different exposures, and DOFF I don’t know what it affects, I didn’t notice a difference in work
After pressing the button start the screen displays only information about the current progress and the remaining battery power, unfortunately there is no preview as in a proprietary application, so you need to carefully configure the desired mode before starting the time-lapse. On the other hand, this should save battery life.
Without flash and manual focus, the camera lasted more than two hours, shooting about 500 shots.
I also installed OpenMemories Tweak, which allow you to get into the settings hidden from the eyes of the user
The first tab displays information about the device
The second tab is the most useful, here you can turn off the video recording time limit, but it is advisable to periodically check the temperature of the camera during the shooting process, because. it can get pretty hot
In the third, you can unlock all languages, and not just those that the manufacturer has chosen for the region of sale, in the fourth, some settings are blocked, but I did not find anything new in the menu, maybe they are not in my model. Well, the latter has WiFi activation on an ongoing basis, Telnet and ADB
All the same can be done in the application in the Tweaks tab
I also found out that nothing bad will happen if the camera model is not supported. In my case, a warning just came out that my old A58 is not suitable, which means you can not be afraid that instead of a timelapse or removing the video recording restriction, you will get a brick, at least I have not seen such complaints. The stock store also does not break.
The method is working, and most importantly safe and everyone can handle the installation, so use it to your health)