Sony has finally joined its camera competition by releasing desktop software that allows you to use (some) of its cameras as high-quality webcams, without the need for accessories such as capture cards. video.
The new Imaging Edge Webcam app is currently Windows only and requires you to be running Windows 10 64-bit. We’ve asked Sony if it’s also developed for Macs and will update this story when we have a response.
If you have a Windows machine, you should now be able to use your Sony camera to step up your video conferencing game or live streaming.
We say “should” because the Imaging Edge Webcam app is naturally not compatible with all Sony cameras, although the initial list (see below) is quite comprehensive.
Newer Sony Alpha are supported – this includes full frame models like the Sony A7R IV, Sony A7 III and Sony A7S III, as well as APS-C cameras like the Sony A6600 and Sony A6100. Compact cameras are also welcome on webcam night, with the Sony ZV-1 adding webcam skills to its already impressive video resume.
One notable absent, however, is the Sony A6000, which is a real shame as it’s a very popular mirrorless camera which we believe is also one of the best beginner cameras you can buy right now. , despite his age.
How to use the Sony Imaging Edge webcam app
However, if you have a Windows PC that is running Windows 10 64-bit, plus any of the cameras listed above, the process should be relatively direct.
Sony has listed full instructions on the official Imaging Edge Webcam software page, as there are slight differences depending on which camera you have. You may also need to install a firmware update. But Sony promises that you’ll be able to use all of the camera’s autofocus powers during live streaming or video calls, even if the audio can only be handled by your computer or an external mic.
The basic process is to first connect your Sony camera to your camera using the PC Remote feature in the menus (after disabling smartphone control). You then connect the camera to your PC via USB, launch the video conferencing software of your choice and choose your camera as the source.
Once done, you apparently need to open Imaging Edge Webcam, turn your camera off and on again, then restart the video from your conferencing software. So yes, a bit tedious, but much cheaper and simpler than buying an external video capture card.
That said, there are still some advantages to using something like the Elgato Cam Link 4K, especially if you have a Mac or a camera that is not supported by the Imaging Edge webcam. For full instructions on how to use it or use cameras from other manufacturers as a webcam, see our full guide on using your camera as a webcam guide.