How can you use your Sony Z1 camera as a webcam?

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Looking to know how to Improve your webcam quality while you are atttending an online class or meeting? or maybe you are looking for an easy livestreaming setup. If you have a Sony ZV1, here’s how you can make it possible by using your camera and the microUSB provided with it.

I bought this camera in 2020, and at the time, it was not possible to use it as a web camera. In 2021, Sony released a firmware update for the Sony Z1, which now gives this camera the ability to use as a webcam by directly connecting the micro USB cable to the laptop.

Although it is not as simple as it is on the Insta 360 One R., You will first have to make sure that you have updated your camera with the latest firmware, which will tell you that it’s on version 2.0 or 2.1 or whatever, earlier it was on version 1.

Download page of Sony ZV! Firmware Update, you will also get the Sony camera driver on the same page.

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And before you can upgrade from there, you will need to download the Sony drivers, which can be downloaded from the official website. So, it is 10 to 15 minutes of work before your Sony ZV1 is capable of being used as a web camera.

Once you are done with that, go to the second camera icon and Setup 4, where you will find the streaming option. When you click on that, you are ready to stream. Just connect the cable with your computer, and you will be able to find the camera as a webcam in any of your software.

And yes, if the USB power supply option is turned on in the ZV 1 camera, it will also be charging the battery while you are streaming, which is good.

I am currently recording this video using the Quicktime Player’s setup.

What I liked

I liked the Sony Z1 as a webcam much better than the Insta 360 One R. It has got optical zoom to set the frame, not my entire room is showing like it was in the Insta 360 1 hour.

I also have other controls like setting up the ISO, Shutter speed, and F stop, even while using it as a webcam.

What I did not like

I didn’t particularly appreciate using Sony Z1 as a webcam because it only gives you an output of 720p, which is basically like every webcam built into a laptop. The quality is still much better than the inbuilt webcam on the MacBook Pro the M1 base Macbook Pro, where the web camera has been improved.

If you have got a Sony Z1, now you know how you can use it as a web camera, but if you have got any other digital camera, make sure you search for it as well. Because in these times, almost every camera manufacturer is bringing this option, thanks to the worldwide shutdown.

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