Sony is releasing a new application to turn your Sony Z-V1 vlogging camera into a USB webcam

Jun 30, 2020

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Sony is releasing a new application to turn your Sony Z-V1 vlogging camera into a USB webcam

Jun 30, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sony’s ZV-1 vlogging camera, while not perfect, has got a lot of people very interested since its launch in May. It’s an all-in-one camera that offers optical image stabilisation, a flippy out LCD (finally, Sony, thank you!), 4K video up to 30fps, a 24-70mm equivalent field of view lens at f/1.8-2.8 and a microphone socket with a hotshoe on top to mount it.

But it’s about to get even better. During the recent Interview between DPReview and Sony VP Kenji Tanaka, he revealed that a new desktop application is on the way that will turn your Sony ZV-1 into a USB webcam. No HDMI capture device required.

There isn’t much mention of it aside from one line. They don’t say whether it’ll cause your computer to see the camera as an actual webcam so that you can use it in Skype, Zoom, etc. Or if you have to cheat using OBS and a plugin, as with the Panasonic app.

A lot of people will also enjoy the ZV-1 as a webcam when connecting it to a PC via USB. We will deliver a new Desktop application in July to enable this.

Mr Tanaka also did not say whether this would be PC only or if Mac users would also be able to utilise this feature. Hopefully, it means both, but this sort of thing often tends to come to the PC before the Mac, so we’ll see.

No specific date was mentioned as to when the software would be released, just that it would become available at some point during July.

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21 responses to “Sony is releasing a new application to turn your Sony Z-V1 vlogging camera into a USB webcam”

  1. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    Sony is making it more and more tempting to buy one of these and dump my RX100 VII

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Yeah, it will be interesting to see if they end up expanding this capability to the RX100 line eventually.

  2. Massimiliano Schilliro Avatar
    Massimiliano Schilliro

    Useless. Every laptop has already a webcam

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Cameras are useless in general. I mean, you’ve got a phone, right?

      Also, desktops are a thing. :)

    2. Safidy Andrian Avatar
      Safidy Andrian

      John Aldred Well, I think this camera can deliver better video quality than a Phone or a webcam and You can record your video directly into your computer. Can be a good tool for live streaming

  3. Steve West Avatar
    Steve West

    I too hope it will apply to the RX line. But my typical zoom meeting is longer than the battery life of the camera, so I’ll still be stuck using HDMI + framegrabber so that I can use the USB port to keep the camera powered.

  4. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    Never understood why you can’t just plug any dslr or mirrorless straight into any computer.

    1. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
      Duncan Dimanche

      Stewart Norton yep… but that would be too easy ?

    2. Stewart Norton Avatar
      Stewart Norton

      Duncan Dimanche Sparkocam lets you do it so it is literally a simple bit if software why the hell can’t camera manufacturers have the software to do it ?! ?

    3. Ryan Larkin Avatar
      Ryan Larkin

      I completely agree!! I don’t understand why it just can’t double as a webcam natively. If cheap webcams are plug and play, why not the equipment we spend thousands of $$ on do the same thing?

    4. Tunes Firwood Avatar
      Tunes Firwood

      You can: but having the plug isn’t enough. There’s also the tiny matter of writing the software that has to run inside the camera, converting the raw video feed into a format palatable to your PC.

      Which, I’m sure, you’d have been happy to pay extra for when you bought the camera?

    5. Stewart Norton Avatar
      Stewart Norton

      Tunes Firwood Be interesting to see if the Sony App is free if it is and they can do it then hopefully other manufacturers will follow suite.

    6. Tunes Firwood Avatar
      Tunes Firwood

      Stewart: free on a new camera model is likely to boost their sales: I’m not holding my breath for it being free on the camera I already own. :P

  5. Franco Kailsan Avatar
    Franco Kailsan

    Cute caterpillar on the camera…

  6. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    Ah … following in Canon’s footsteps.

  7. Shatko Avatar
    Shatko

    Waiting for this…

  8. Brent Hagy Avatar
    Brent Hagy

    Anyone hear any news about this app being released yet?

  9. therickaustin Avatar
    therickaustin

    July came and went and no status update from Sony. Did they really mean July-ish, Q3, July 2021? Bought the ZV-1 to solve a bunch of problems – webcam being one of them. I understand delays but lack of status update in frustrating.

  10. Duke Favre Avatar
    Duke Favre

    Don’t make me buy a camlink for this…. c’mon

  11. Miguel Kieling Avatar
    Miguel Kieling

    Yes, this wait has been frustrating. A lot of folks bought into the Sony system when they heard this call. Sony shouldn’t disappoint buyers.

  12. Jeronimo Avatar
    Jeronimo

    I’ll be returning my ZV-1 tomorrow (refund window closes next week), and I’m pretty disappointed about this empty promise. Well, other manufacturers can get it done, so…