How To Tether Capture Sony A99 with Lightroom 4 on Mac

Just added the Sony A99 to our arsenal and our crew is just having a ball with it.  Today, we finally got it tethered to the Mac. via Sony’s Remote Camera Control and Lightroom.  Well, although Lightroom does not support tether capture natively with the Sony A99, there is a work around.  Here’s how it works.

1. First install two files in the MAC folder on your Sony A99 CD-Rom, RCC_INST.pkg and IDC_INST.pkg.

2. Now you should have Remote Camera Control App in your Applications Folder, fire it up.

3. You should see the app window like the following, click on the save in box as shown to set up a new folder to save the capture pictures.

Step 3

4. Once you set up a new folder, fire up Lightroom.

5. Once in Lightroom, make sure you are in the Library module.  From the File menu, select Enable Auto Import under Auto Import, then go to Auto Import Settings afterwards.

6. Under Watched Folder, choose the same folder you set up in Step 3 above.

Step 6

7. Click the check box “Enable Auto Import” and Voila, you’re done.  Hook up your Sony A99 and take a few snaps and your pictures should show up in Library Mode under the “Auto Imported Photos” folder.

Hope the above works for you.  Leave a message if you have any questions.


  1. Carl October 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    I’ve been considering switching to Canon/Nikon for a while for two major reasons: much larger lens selection and tethering ability. This may mitigate one of those issues. Thank you.

    • Jonahan S. October 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      Apparently Sony hasn’t allowed this sort of tethering since the a700, but hopefully they’re moving more towards the professional market with their feature sets. I agree about the lenses vis-a-vis the competition, but figure Sony will come around since they’re still relatively new to the game. In the meantime, there’s always the third-party market to fill the gaps.

      • Lofote October 29, 2012 at 5:47 am #

        Actually this is not true, as the A900 and the A850, which were released later than the A700, also did feature tethered shooting. But the A77 (the successor to the A700) misses it and that was a huge (negative) surprise for many users.

        • Jonathan S October 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

          In particular, I’d like a high quality wide-angle zoom for full frame, something in the 12-24 range, preferably fast. Plus a full-frame fisheye. I’d like a quality tilt-shift selection, say 50mm, 85mm and 100mm. I’d also like some less-expensive options in the super-telephoto range. And, oh, I’d like at least my Zeiss and G lenses to be weather and dust sealed.

    • Lofote October 29, 2012 at 5:49 am #

      Is there anything you are specifically missing in the Minolta/Sony lens collection? In my opinion the quality is much more important that the quantity, unless you need a specific lens. And quality is there with some AF-capable Zeiss lenses (which noone else has) and the best portrait lens in the world – the 135STF F2.8 T4.5, which offers a really unique and special bokeh.

  2. Jonahan S. October 28, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    Can you use the remote camera control to take time lapse? Does it do it natively or are more workarounds required, such as stitching the images together into a movie?

    • admin October 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      According to the Manual, you can do time lapse with the Remote Camera Control App.

      • Jonahan S. October 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

        Thanks! I’ll have fun playing with that when my a99 arrives in the next couple of days.

  3. Agni October 29, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    Any chance of getting this to work with NEX-7?

  4. David O October 29, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    Love this! Anyone figure out a way to do this with an A77 by any chance?

  5. George December 22, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Greetings Admin. Thank you very much for that work round, much appreciated you sharing it.
    Is there a program which allows you to see through the camera and adjust the capture?

  6. An December 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    It would be better if you are using what I have been using for years.

    Shooting wirelessly instead of tethered.

    ATG AK1 Un-Tethered Systems is what most events, fashions, studios, close-up/macros, portraits and wedding photographers are using.

    ATG AK1 Un-Tethered Systems
    You only need to buy just one not like Canon WFT or Nikon WT.
    Beside Sony, Leica, Hasselblad, Olympys 4/3 and Pentax do not make wireless transfer still/video/audio products for dslrs or slts.

    I have checked with ATG and they said the following Sony cameras are supported:
    1. ATG Sony NEX-FS700
    2. ATG Sony NEX-VG900
    3. ATG Sony SLT-A99V
    4. ATG Sony SLT-A99V IR
    5. ATG Sony A7r
    6. ATG Sony A7r IR
    7. Sony SLT-A99
    8. Sony SLT-A99v
    9. Sony A900
    10. Sony A850
    11. Sony A700
    12. Sony SLT-A58
    13. Sony A7r
    14. Sony A7

    I have no problems shooting wirelessly with my ATG Canon EOS-1D C and ATG Sony SLT-A99v on a modified Alienware 32GRAM laptop up to 20fps.
    You should have no problem using any of those above cameras listed.

    AK1 Un-Tethered Systems is fully compatible with Canon & Nikon that have tethered features to become wirelessly.
    Using Canon, one gets two live-views (one on LCD, one wirelessly to Windows)
    And you also can control all camera/flash settings from computer wirelessly which Adobe Lightroom or any other products for that matter can not do.

    If you have any questions, please send to my email. Since I don’t always have time to read all these sites.


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