Sony will now allow you to use a digital camera as a webcam As work from home has become increasingly new, the need to have better quality webcams for video conference calls has increased. Panasonic and Olympus have already launched software to enable them to turn their mirrorless cameras into webcams, and now Sony is about to join the latest optical company pack. It has released a new desktop application called ‘Imaging Edge Webcam’ which allows users to easily connect their Sony digital camera to a high-quality webcam by connecting to a PC via USB. This new software is compatible with the latest Sony DSLR and mirrorless models. The app currently only works on Windows 10 PCs or laptops. This means that if you have a Mac machine, you will not be able to use the new solution.
Sony says the ‘Imaging Edge Webcam’ is compatible with 35 Sony camera models, including: Alpha 9 II, Alpha 9, Alpha 7R IV, Alpha 7R III, Alpha 7R II, Alpha 7S III, Alpha 7S II, Alpha 7S, Alpha 7. III, Alpha 7 II, Alpha 6600, Alpha 6400, Alpha 6100, Alpha 5100, RX100 VII, RX100 VI, RX0 II, RX0, vlog camera ZV-1, and more.
To use these Sony cameras as a webcam, download the ‘Imaging Edge Webcam’ app on your Windows 10 PC or laptop and install the software. Once installed, adjust the camera settings based on your preferences (the standard ratio is default 16: 9) and connect to the computer using a USB cable. Users can then launch Zoom or other compatible video conferencing apps and they should be able to see the Sony camera as one of the webcam options. This helps to raise the video quality to many levels in conference calls as even the current webcam solution on high-end laptops does not match the standard offered by DSLR.
As mentioned, Olympus has launched similar software to enable the use of its camera with popular video conferencing apps such as Zoom. The software is compatible with Olympus OM-D models such as the E-M1X, E-M1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark III, and E-M5 Mark II. Panasonic has introduced a similar solution, but it is only compatible with its six mirrorless cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5, Lumix DC-G9, Lumix DC-GH5S, DC-S1, DC-S1R, and DC-S1H.
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