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Sony Follows the Competition by Turning Alpha Cameras to Webcam with Imaging Edge Webcam

Sony ElectronicsPublished on 21 Aug 2020Last Edited on 23 Jan 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng
Keywords: a-mountcompact-camerae-mountmirrorlessnew-featuresoftwaresonywebcam
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Three months after Canon introduced the EOS Webcam Utility Beta, Sony is introducing Imaging Edge Webcam ver 1.0 that allows owners of Sony Alpha mirrorless (E-mount), DSLT / DSLR (A-mount), and compact cameras to use them as webcams on Windows 10.

Pros & Cons

While the Imaging Edge Webcam software is easy to set up, it is only capable of outputting a resolution of 1024 x 576 pixels, slightly lower than most modern webcams, via USB connection. Audio is also not provided.
An advantage that the Imaging Edge Webcam provides is the ability to use more interesting lenses to achieve unique effects, such as strong spatial compression provided by a telephoto lens or ultra-wide distortion provided by a fisheye lens.

Supported Cameras

E-mount

  • A7 II, A7 III
  • A7R II, A7R III, A7R IV
  • A7S, A7S II, A7S III
  • A9, A9 II
  • A5100, A6100, A6300, A6400, A6500, A6600 (APS-C)

A-mount

  • A99 II
  • A68, A77 II

Compact camera

  • HX95, HX99
  • RX0, RX0 II
  • RX100 IV, RX100 V, RX100 V, RX100M5A, RX100 VI, RX100 VII
  • RX10 II, RX10 III, RX10 IV
  • RX1R II
  • WX700, WX800
  • ZV-1
At launch, Sony Imaging Edge Webcam is only compatible with Windows 10 64 bit. It can be downloaded for free here.

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