Telnet Gets Stubborn Sony Camera Under Control
According to [Venn Stone], technical producer over at Linux GameCast, the Sony a5000 is still a solid option for those looking to shoot 1080p video despite being released back in 2014. But while the camera is lightweight and affordable, it does have some annoying quirks — namely an overlay on the HDMI output (as seen in the image above) that can’t be turned off using the camera’s normal configuration menu. But as it so happens, using some open source tools and the venerable telnet, you can actually log into the camera’s operating system and fiddle with its settings directly.
A grassroots tool for unlocking Sony cameras apparently also unlocks developer options — including a telnet server on its WiFi interface. (There’s a video of the whole procedure on Linux Gamecast Weekly’s web site.)
Venn Stone (the podcast’s technical producer/engineer) is apparently also a long-time Slashdot reader — and also describes himself on the podcast as “not a fan of articial software limitations.”
And he calls this telnet-enabled tweak “the most hack-y thing I’ve done in recent memory” — even creating a playlist of 1990s hacker music to more fully enjoy the moment.
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