Sony's proposition for backing up and viewing photos and videos, Sony PlayMemories Home Free lets you transfer files from your camera or hard disk to an online cloud to which you can then easily connect from a PC, camera, Sony Bravia TV, PS3, or Android/iOS device. It works well enough.
To the point: Sony PlayMemories Home Free and its online service do not pretend to be everything to everybody but target casual users who want to avoid backup headaches. The software is strictly limited to photos and videos and includes extremely basic editing functions.
Device integration: We like the fact that Sony has gone to great lengths to include a wide range of viewing devices, even if some may be restricted to Sony products.
Storage limitations: The 5GB free storage cap is probably enough for a number of photos but grossly insufficient as a permanent storage solution.
Practically non-existent editing functions: Basic photo and video editing is well within the sphere of activities of even the most amateur consumers. Resorting to other editing software even for basic tasks is inevitable.
Sony knows that just selling hardware does not cut it these days, hence Sony PlayMemories Home Free represents interesting albeit basic cloud-based software for mainstream consumers. Through software and cloud updates, Sony will definitely be able to offer upgrades as customer needs increase. For the time being, this is a useful and enjoyable software and cloud service as long as you remember its limitations.
Sony PlayMemories Home
Access photos and videos from your smartphone, tablet and other devices at any time.
Share photos and videos in public or private albums or upload them directly to social networking sites.
Organize, archive and protect photos and videos quickly and easily.
Enhance the way you shoot and edit with apps that help you capture and create the perfect shot.
At the heart of the PlayMemories suite, PlayMemories Online is a cloud-based service that gives you unprecedented access to your photos and videos.