You Can Now Use Your Sony Camera to Look Less Like a Potato on Video Calls

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Given the spike in Zoom calls driven by the global pandemic, several camera-makers have released apps to help you turn your camera into a webcam. Sony is the latest. Today it released new software that lets you hook up your Sony camera to a Windows 10 computer with just a USB cable.

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The app is called Imaging Edge Webcam, and is compatible with 35 Sony cameras, including their DSLRs, compacts, and mirrorless cameras. (The full list of compatible devices can be found here.) To set it up, you just have to select your specific camera model, download the app, and then follow the instructions Sony provided on this page to adjust your camera settings. Once you do that, you can connect via a USB cable and launch your preferred video conferencing software of choice. The app is also free, so you don’t have to buy anything extra provided you have a compatible camera, USB cord, and a Windows 10 PC.

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Unfortunately, there’s no indication if Sony will make this feature available to Mac users—though they might get around this by buying a capture card.

Don’t be too bummed if you have a non-Sony camera, either. Sony may be the latest to offer a webcam app, but plenty of other camera-makers have done the same. Olympus, Canon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, and GoPro have all offered webcam apps of some sort.

As for buying a separate webcam, you could do that, but they’ve also been hard to find since literally everyone rushed out to buy one at the onset of the global pandemic. If you have a camera on hand already, this is a good way to make use of it while also looking 10 times more glamorous than everybody else you’re on a video call with.

So go forth, Sony camera owners, and un-potato yourself. I’ll sit over here with my laptop’s potato-cam and try very hard not to be jealous.

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mrfurious72
Mr. Furious

I was all excited to do that with my Olympus OMD-M10 Mark III (via HDMI and an Elgato Cam Link 4K), only to learn that there’s no way to prevent the battery icon from being displayed in the HDMI feed. Only the M1 and M5 have clean HDMI.

At least the GoPro Hero 8 has a webcam mode now. Still not nearly as nice as the Olympus would’ve been, but better than the dedicated webcams I have (built-in MBP FaceTime camera, Logitech Streamcam Plus, Logitech C930e). And I have a Canon camcorder (shut up) that actually does output clean HDMI, so I can use that with the Cam Link 4K.