Sony announced the release of its new free desktop application called Imaging Edge Webcam, which enables users to easily turn any compatible Sony digital camera into a high quality webcam by simply plugging it into a Windows PC via USB. There are currently 35 Sony camera models compatible – most compact Alpha DSC mirrorless models and even some Alpha DSLR bodies.
Due to the lockdown in many countries triggered by COVID-19, we've seen a massive increase in live streaming and video conferencing this year. In order to get better picture quality, some people used DSLR and mirrorless cameras for this purpose. Until recently, this solution required an HDMI-> USB capture device such as the popular Elgato Cam Link 4K.
However, most camera manufacturers responded to the growing trend by releasing software that can convert their cameras into web cameras using a USB cable. We have seen solutions from Canon, FUJIFILM, Olympus, Panasonic, SIGMA and GoPro. It took Sony a while to get on the bandwagon, but here it is – the Imaging Edge Webcam has finally been released. How does it work?
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Sony Imaging Edge webcam
The free Sony Imaging Edge Webcam desktop application enables users to live stream and video conference with compatible Sony cameras by simply connecting them to the computer with a USB cable. In short, there are two things to consider if your operating system and camera are compatible.
Imaging Edge Webcam is currently compatible with 35 Sony camera models:
- Mirrorless Sony Alpha models: A9 II, A9, A7R IV, A7R III, A7R II, A7S III, A7S II, A7S, A7 III, A7 II, A6600, A6500, A6400, A6100, A6300, A5100
- Sony Alpha DSLR models: a77 II, a99 II, a68
- Digital photo cameras (DSC-): RX100 VII, RX100 VI, RX100 V, RX100 VA, RX100 IV, RX10 IV, RX10 III, RX10 II, RX0 II, RX0, ZV-1, HX99, HX95, RX1R II, WX700, WX800
I think this could be particularly interesting on one of the latest Sony cameras because of its very powerful eye autofocus. (In particular Sony a7S III, a7 III, a7R IV and a9 II).
To install, simply select one or more camera models on the Sony Imaging Edge webcam website, click Download, and install the app. Sony has also created an in-depth guide on how to use this new desktop app. There is still no word from Sony about a possible MacOS version.
What do you think of the new Sony Imaging Edge webcam application? Have you tried already Would you also like to see a macOS version? Let us know in the comments section below the article.