Sony Releases a Compelling Digital Filter App for Its Mirrorless and High-End Compact Cameras

If you need some high-quality ND filters for your Sony mirrorless camera but you’re baffled and don’t know which ones to pick, wonder no more. Sony may even have a better and more practical solution for you. The company just announced a compelling new app called Digital Filter for its mirrorless and high-end compact cameras.

In essence, the app provides multiple options for controlling the levels of light in your captured images by applying different filters to them including Graduated ND, Reverse Graduated ND, Color Stripe, Blue Sky, Sunset along with two Custom presets. On top of that, it allows you to adjust exposure compensation, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance for individual sections of the image straight in the camera. The quick video overview below showcases the true capabilities of the app in action.

It seems that this piece of software might be the perfect fit not only for professional photographers and enthusiasts alike but also for those videographers predominantly shooting time-lapse videos as the app allows users to modify and process Raw images seamlessly as well. With these built-in in-camera HDR capabilities, the app successfully manages to extend the features of the Sony mirrorless cameras by eliminating the necessity to carry around additional Graduated ND and Reverse Grad filters for those particular occasions.

Unfortunately, you can’t use the app to apply a digital ND filter while shooting video with it, but I’m sure that sooner rather than later, we’ll see this type of functionality successfully implemented as well. If you already had a chance to play around with the built-in electronic variable ND filters available on the Sony FS5 or FS7 cameras, you should be well aware of the fact how powerful this feature could be.

Nevertheless, Digital Filter still has a lot to offer, and it’s clearly a viable option when it comes to shooting scenes containing vastly different brightness levels with the Sony mirrorless cameras out in the field. So, if you’re interested in the software and the price of $30 doesn’t bother you that much, head over to the PlayMemories app store to download the app and learn details.

[via: PetaPixel, source: Sony]

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  • Benn

    I bought it at once. The whole application is very cumbersome. You HAVE to use a tripod, because the camera will always take 2 exposures. The adjustments are very fiddly. And! as you mentioned, its not for video, what would be the much more imortant than for photo. If you are taking landscapes with a tripod, this up can be helpful.