I am a big fan of C1 but I was quite disappointed to find out that Capture One Pro 8 supports "native" tethering for the A7 but without the "live view" function - which is essential to a lot of photographers (myself included). Note that the new Sony A7 MKII and Live View is supported in some kind of limited way (no live view zoom and other little annoyances).
If you're an old Sony Alpha 7 owner, and want to try tethering without live view, here's how you can set things up. Note, you will need the Pro (Sony) or the more expensive "Pro" version of Capture One to enable native tethering.
Sony A7 Tethering Setup Guide
Firstly, you'll need to make a few changes via the "menu" within the camera settings.
- Hit "MENU" and go to the last tab, and sub-menu (4). Under "USB Connection", choose "PC Remote".
- Plug in your "multi" USB tethering cable into the A7, and the other end directly into your computer's USB ports. To avoid dropouts and instability, ensure that you don't have too many devices plugged into your other USB slots. I've noted dropouts when I had my powered USB hub connected to the computer. Once removed, tethering in Capture One was smooth and stable.
- Start a new "Session" in C1, and set up your templates if required, if not just hit "OK".
Now here's a caveat...
A7 Tethering Does Not Work?
Some of you might come across an issue where Capture One 8 does not recognise the camera, and on the back of the A7 it just displays "USB Connecting" indefinitely.
Go to Capture One's "preferences" menu. Then go to the "capture" tab and make sure "Sony" is checked under the "providers" tab. Once you do, the software will ask to restart - just restart it and you should be good to go.
Now tethering should work natively, remotely controlling the A7 camera's settings and all - just without Live View.
I still prefer the native tethering solution compared to the "hot folder" workaround where I had to download Sony's Remote Camera app for tethering then have Capture One pick up the images from a chosen hot folder. With that workaround, the "Next Capture Adjustments" never worked as Capture One wouldn't see the incoming images as an actual capture.
Please share this hot tip if you've found it useful. Thanks!