In the spirit of BYOC, Sony will enable users to turn their camera into a webcam, just as Canon, Fujifilm, GoPro, and Nikon have done. The release of the Imaging Edge Webcam utility supports 35 of Sony’s cameras and looks to be full release rather than beta.
New Atlas reports that among the range of models where operation has been confirmed by Sony is the new Alpha 7S III, the vlogging ZV-1 and the Alpha 99 MkII. The webcam application works with Windows 10 (64-bit) computers and the camera will need to be connected via USB. It will need to be set to auto mode, then movie mode and the livestreaming application launched.
As with utilities from other camera makers, Sony’s application allows users to tap into the company’s high resolution image quality and autofocus, as well as feature sets from each compatible camera. The Imaging Edge Webcam software does not handle audio though, so users need to use the computer’s microphone or connect an external mic.