If you want to be serious about shooting long exposures, you are going to need to find a way of triggering your camera without bumping or moving your camera at all. Most people use some type of cable trigger or, if their camera supports it, their phone. But Sony has just introduced a new app for their cameras that wins the ‘Coolest Shutter Release’ award.

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The new app, called ‘Touchless Shutter‘ allows camera users to trigger their shutter via the eye sensor on their Sony mirrorless camera. On some cameras, like the A7 II, you can even do a bulb mode shot in this app (basically the shutter would stay open as long as your hand is in front of the eye sensor).

While I am sure that it has its quirks, this could be an infinitely more convenient way for people shooting landscapes or the night sky to get their shots without having to lug around cables and other easy to lose accessory triggers. For backpackers, with whom mirrorless cameras are already a huge draw, this could be a selling point because it means less gear they have to carry.

If you want to give it a try on your Sony camera, you can find the new Touchless Shutter app over on the Sony Play Memories website.

What are your thoughts on this new app from Sony? Is it just a gimmick, or actually useful? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!