What you need to know
- Sony released a new app call Imaging Edge Webcam.
- The app allows you to use Sony cameras as webcams for your PC.
- The app supports a wide range of Sony cameras and is free.
You can now use Sony cameras as webcams for your Windows 10 PC, thanks to a new piece of software from Sony called Imaging Edge Webcam. The app allows you to connect several models of Sony DSLR and mirrorless cameras to your PC as a webcam. Sony is the latest camera manufacturer to release a piece of software to let you use your camera as a webcam, joining the likes of Panasonic and others.
Imaging Edge Webcam is free and available for Windows 10 PCs running a 64-bit version of Windows 10. TechRadar reached out to Sony to see if a macOS version is coming out, but the company has not shared any details about any other versions at this time.
The process of connecting your camera to your PC varies a bit depending on the camera that you have. Generally, you connect your supported Sony camera using the camera's PC Remote function. Then you connect your camera to your PC through USB. You'll also need to switch your camera on and off and restart the app you want to use the camera on. During the process, you'll need to make sure smartphone control is turned off. Sony has a full set of instructions on its website, including the different steps needed for various camera models.
Using Sony's new app allows you to use the expensive camera that you purchased as a webcam, which should improve video quality.
If your camera isn't supported or if you have a PC that isn't running Windows 10, you can use a device like an Elgato Cam Link 4K to connect your camera to your PC.
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Is it support Handycam too?
Nikon did the same recently. These guys are behind the curve! In any case, a Sony (or a Canon) as a webcam is probably better than a Nikon due to video autofocus superiority.
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