I’m completely confused by the pairing function of the A7rIII with my iPhone. I’m not understanding what the phone is doing, and why all pairing appears to be through wi-fi connections of both the phone and camera to my home system. As far as I can tell, they cannot talk directly to each other when outside of a network. Is that right? If so, great, because I can stop messing with this as the function is useless.
What I want is for the phone to control the camera when I’m in the middle of nowhere without wifi. If it cannot do that, I’ll buy a remote shutter release.
When I see Bluetooth, I assume this means the two devices will talk to each other directly with no other network, like how my phone and car can talk to each other. But when I try “Pairing” with the Sony in bluetooth, it tells me to first connect through the Play Memories app (PMM).
I went to the PMM app on my phone, and eventually got the phone and camera paired. But the way I did this was by connecting both of them to my house wi-fi network. Then I got a QR code on the camera and finished the pairing.
As soon as I left the house (and wi-fi network), The PMM app says “Not connected to a camera”. If I go into the Sony Bluetooth settings and select “pairing”, it once again tells me to make a connection with the PMM app. PMM cannot pair without a QR code, which I can only get through a wi-fi network on the camera.
Round and round I go, and I’m wondering if these devices are not supposed to be able to do what I’m trying to do.
Can anyone help me here?