Three ways you can move your pictures and videos from your Sony RX100 to your computer.

So you just got your Sony camera and have taken a bunch of pictures. How do you move them over to your computer for post processing?

By default, Sony RX100 V is treated as a device on Windows. When you put in the micro USB, Windows File manager will list it as a named device. If you click on the device name, you will be able to navigate the folder structure and copy the files to your computer.

Treating the Camera as a Mass Storage Device

However, just because its a device, you will not be able to delete folders and files using File Manager. Every folder and file is marked read only and you cannot change its properties. You can only use the camera’s menu interface to delete files and format the SD card to get rid of them.

The problem is, if you take a lot of pictures and videos, deleting batches of movies and pictures from the camera interface is a total pain in the ass. Its slow, tedious, and just plain stupid!

To get around this, you can treat the camera as a USB storage device. You do this as follows:

  1. Click the Menu button
  2. Navigate to the briefcase
  3. Go to USB Connect and change it to Mass Storage

The camera will now be treated as a Windows drive. You will then be able to delete folders and files. The advantage is, you don’t have to open up and remove/insert the card. The disadvantage is, you have to use the microUSB cable and attach it to the camera and computer.

Using a SD Card Reader

The problem with the mass storage device method, is that you have to put the USB connector in the camera. I am one to believe that the less you plug in and out a cable, the better.

First, the end of connector plugs wear over time. If you damage the mini USB port that is in the camera, you now have an expensive repair job along with the inconvenience in down time. Second, pressing the buttons on the camera to delete photos and videos cause wear and tear too. The less you have to interact with the physical elements of the camera when working with files, the better.

What you can do is buy a USB SD card reader. Remove the SDXC card from the camera and stick it into the card reader and transfer the files to the computer. This way, you prevent Sony from forcing the files to be read only.

Using Wifi to Transfer to Computer

Another way is to use the Wifi feature. While this may be the best of all world’s, there is a little bit of extra steps involved.

Before you even try monkey around with your camera, understand the benefits:

  1. You don’t have to open up or remove/insert the SDXC card
  2. You don’t have to insert/remove USB cables

Everything is done through air. No wear and tear!

To start, you first go to the Menu and select the connection tab. Select the Access Point Set menu item and choose the one you wish to connect to. You will need to know the SSID and password of the wireless network in order to access. On this wireless network, there will be devices such as tablets, smartphones, and computers. I am only going to talk about how to connect to a Windows computer.

To do this, you must install Sony’s PlayMemories Windows software on the computer you want to transfer your files to. Go download the PlayMemories software and install. If you run into a problem of not being able to install (many people do) and get the message “Cannot install because a program or installer related to PMB”, you can take these steps to resolve the issue. It took me a good 2 hours to figure all of this out so you can thank me later:

  1. Go to Windows task manager and look for any tasks that have Windows installer running. These are left over processes that need to be disabled.
  2. Click the End task button on those processes to remove them from running state.

Sony PlayMemories on Windows

Sony PlayMemories for Windows will constantly monitor your Pictures and Video folder on your computer.

For one time only:

  1. Turn your camera on
  2. Run Sony PlayMemories
  3. Connect the camera with the micro USB cable

Sony PlayMemories should then detect the camera and put up a thank you box. Hit the OK button to register the camera with Sony and PlayMemories. PlayMemories will then list your camera in the left panel as confirmation.

Now I’m going to make your life way easier. I spent too much time trying to get all of this to work by trial and error. So listen up!

To setup PlayMemories to make WiFi imports easier, go to Tools | Settings in PlayMemories.

For Import:
Check everything off

For Wi-Fi import:
Check everything off

Then hit the OK button for the settings to take.

I set things this way so that I have full control over the importing. I ran into too many problems and buggy behavior with the various settings checked. Instead I’d rather click the Import media files button and select exactly what I want to transfer, as you will see below.

Import media files PlayMemories

Now, whenever you need to move files over, do the following:

  1. Do not connect the camera with any USB cable
  2. Run Sony PlayMemories
  3. Turn your camera on
  4. Notice that the camera is not listed in the panel
  5. Press the menu button
  6. Navigate to the Wifi tab
  7. Select Send to Computer
  8. Wait for a WiFi connection to be established
  9. Click Import media files
  10. Select files to import
  11. Click the Import button to begin transfer
  12. Photos and videos will be moved over one by one to your Pictures and Video folders

If you have problems transferring, you may have to turn off your firewall and anti-virus software.

To delete folders and files off the camera, simply format the SDXC card. Before you do this, make 100% sure you have all your assets moved over to the computer. Everything will be lost when formatted.

  1. Press the Menu button
  2. Select the briefcase
  3. Navigate to the Format menu item
  4. Select the Enter button

Summary

You have three ways to transfer files over to your computing device. My preferred way to do this is based around saving the wear and tear on my camera.

I choose to take the WiFi approach. Although it is a little more complicated and slower in data transfer, it allows me to avoid opening up the memory cover and connecting/disconnecting cables.

The added benefit is that you can let PlayMemories be your asset manager while they sit on the computer. If you want to share any video or picture with someone, you can move it over to PlayMemories Online from within the software.

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