Good afternoon. You bought your SONY Cameras in foreign countries? and You’d change menu language? Well unfortunately, SONY cameras only support limited languages like English or Japanese according to where you bought the cameras.
Well, you’re in the right place. It’s not officially supported, but you can change menu languages in simple way.
Supported models and available languages
This method supports most of SONY Cameras like;
- Mirrorless interchangeable-lens Cameras
- α7 II ILCE 7M2
- α6500 ILCE-6500
- α6300 ILCE-6300
- α6000 ILCE-6000
- α5100 ICLE-5100
- Compact digital Cameras
- Cyber-shot DSC-RX 100 M 5
If you have SONY Camera that are not mentioned above, please check here for all supported models.
Many languages are supported in this method. Supported languages vary by your camera, but my A5100 has 35 languages.
Major languages like English, French, Chinese, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Korean and Japanese are fully supported. Of course, you can change your Japanese model to English.
How to change Language setting
Basically, your SONY Camera already has multiple languages. However, some languages are locked and you cannot unlock them, even though you update firmware.
But because there are multiple languages already installed, all you need to do is to unlock them. With application called Open Memories-Teak, you can easily unlock full languages.
First step is to download the app from developer’s website. Windows and Mac are both supported.
How to download the app
All you need is app named “pmca-gui-v0.17-win.exe”. If you’re using Macintosh, please download “pmca-gui-v0.17-osx.dmg”.
OpenMemories-Tweak is application that unlocks functions in your camera. With this app you can do;
- Change menu languages
- Unlimits max recording time (it is limited to 30 minutes)
- Unlocks “PAL/NTSC” menu
- Enables telnet, adb daemons
Installing OpenMemories-Tweak is very simple. Once you finished downloading, please run the program.
After you run the program, please turn on your camera and connect to computer with USB.
You can see the screen as below, please go on to “Install app” tab.
Choose “OpenMemories:Tweak” in the “Select an app from the app list” menu.
Click “Install selected app” and when “Task completed successfully”, the program is installed in your camera.
Then go on to the settings in your camera.
Settings in the Camera
Once you installed the app, please change settings in your camera. In this article, I’m going to explain with my A5100, but you can refer this for your camera.
Go on to the “Application List” and select “OpenMemories:Tweak”. *If your camera is in Japanese, go on to the “アプリ一覧” and select “OpenMemories:Tweak”.
Once you run the app, you can see your camera information.
Go on to “Protection” menu.
Check “Unlock protected settings”
If you not check this option, error will occur when you try to unlock language menu.
Go on to “Region” menu.
Check in “Unlock all languages” and you will be able to change languages.
After doing this, go on to your camera’s original setting menu.
You can find “Language / or 言語” in your setting option.
Select your desired language in language menu, and you’re done.
How to restore settings
You cannot restore or factory reset by deleting this app. The changes will remain even you delete the app.
If you want to restore to default, please redo the above in backways, and uncheck all changes.
After that, do factory reset for initialization.
You can change languages in 35 languages with this method. If you are having trouble with language settings in SONY Cameras, you can change it with this method.