How to Tether a Sony Camera with Capture One Software

Posted by: on Apr 16, 2018 | 3 Comments

Tethering is an essential part of the modern photography landscape, and a must if you’re working with a client. It allows a photographer to view the photos in greater detail, work in collaboration with others on set such as an art director or stylist and view the session’s photos without needed to upload them to a computer first.

For Sony shooters there is arguably no better software solution than Capture One for shooting tethered. A professional RAW converter, Capture One renders with precise colors and incredible detail. It contains flexible digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customizable and integrated solution. Capture One’s simplicity, intuitive organization and speed provides an array of powerful tools.

Sony camera owners also have the unique option of downloading Capture One Sony 11, often referred to as Capture One Express Sony. Created by Phase One, the software download includes a 30-day trial and is just $69 dollars to upgrade to Capture One Pro Sony at the time of this writing.

Compatible cameras include the most popular Sony cameras including the A9, a7R III, a7R II, a7R, a7S II, A7S, A7 II, a7, a6500, a6300, a6000, a5100, a5000, a99 II, a99, a77 II, a68. For a full list of compatible cameras and which offer Live view support visit the compatibility page.

Starting a Tethered Session

Setting up a tethered session is easy. Simply connect your camera to your computer using a TetherPro USB cable, open the Capture One software and create a new Session.

  1. Choose File > New Session
  2. Name the Session
  3. Check Location of the session and the naming of the individual Session folders
  4. Connect your USB cable to your camera and computer, the Camera Tool tab will be activated indicating a connection
  5. Every new capture will be stored in the capture folder of the Session

Live View with Capture One

Capture One also has a Live View feature for most compatible cameras enabling a photographer to see what their camera is seeing on their tethered laptop or computer. This is incredibly useful for still-life photographers providing the ability to make small adjustments and checking composition without taking a new shot each time.

Capture One is remarkably intuitive, and Phase One provides a vast array of video tutorials and webinars that cover how to get started as well as take a deep dive on retouching features on their YouTube channel.

For more information on Capture One Sony and to download a 30-day trial visit


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3 thoughts on “How to Tether a Sony Camera with Capture One Software”

  1. Hi, l downloaded the Capture 1 Pro/Sony, but cannot get it to work with my A6500, with latest firmware. I have a MacBook Pro, late 2013 and latest Sierra software. When connecting USB, Capture 1 immediately finds what is on my SD card, but does not recognize the camera even after making a file as shown in the video. I have had the software for about three weeks and no joy. If you can help me, then I would like to try another trial as this one never worked. Glad I didn’t buy as so far it doesn’t tether for me.

  2. I have the same problem. I installed Pro Capture One / Sony but it cannot recognize my Sony A6500 when I plugged in even though the computer recognized the camera. Any update on how to fix this?

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