Closely following the heels of many of its competitors, Sony is making its cameras work like webcams, helping all those who are working-from-home look better in Zoom calls. The multinational firm has just released the latest version of a webcam app, which aids in converting many of its mirrorless, compact and DSLR cameras into webcams. The latest version of the Imaging Edge Webcam app built for Windows 10 should work on the following camera models:
- Sony A7S camera that came in 2014
- Sony A7R IV camera, that launched recently.
- Sony A6600 camera, recently released.
- Sony RX100 IV camera
- Sony A68 camera, released in 2015. That is a DSLR camera.
It is quite surprising that the app has not been made compatible to work with the Sony A6000 model, as it is considered to be one of the most sought-in mirrorless cameras to date. Even now, people can look forward to purchasing this camera despite it being a little old. This camera is well-suited for beginners.
Presently, this app has been designed to work only for a Windows 10 OS running on 64-bit. Sony is yet to confirm if the app is suited for Macs.
How to convert a Sony camera into a webcam?
Sony has listed out all the instructions on the official Imaging Edge Webcam software page. Users may also need to have a firmware update. Hence, it is always better to install it. Sony states that one would be able to take complete advantage of the camera’s autofocus features during a live streaming session or even make video calls. It is possible even though the audio functionality is taken care of by the computer or a mic that has been externally connected.
To convert the camera into a webcam, one needs to select his/her camera model. After this, the software needs to be downloaded and installed on the computer/PC. Depending on the camera model, the camera settings need to be adjusted accordingly.
After all of this initial setup is complete, the camera needs to be connected to the computer/USB with the help of a USB cable. Once the camera has been connected to the PC, one can launch Zoom, WebEx, or any other video conferencing app. From this app, one needs to select his/her Sony camera that appears in the list of webcam options.
After all of this has been done, it is recommended that one needs to visit the Imaging Edge Webcam app. From there, the camera must be switched off, and then it should be switched on again. After this, the video from the videoconferencing app needs to be restarted. With this done, the Sony camera can now work as a webcam. It is much better and less costly when compared to an external video capture card.
Currently, Sony hosts a list of popular mirrorless cameras. However, quite surprisingly, it has been amongst the last ones to launch a webcam app. Before Sony, many of its rivals, like Canon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, GoPro, amongst many others, have already released this feature.
Webcams have been quite less during this pandemic phase. And with more and more people opting to work from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, the demand has increased for videoconferencing and webcams. In such a scenario, a webcam app would turn out to be extremely useful. A software of this sort would be very beneficial for people to get into video conferences and even more than anything else-look one’s best when doing so.
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