Sony’s upcoming webcam feature must extend beyond the ZV-1

The Sony ZV-1 has been announced. The only thing that surprised me was the price. I was expecting at least $1000, yet the camera will sell for $800. Better still: if you order it before June 28, you’ll spend $750.

Sony has also announced they’re developing an app that will make the ZV-1 a webcam suited for live streaming. Here’s the text from the press release:

Transform the ZV-1 into a webcam by connecting it to a PC via USB, which allows content creators to interact with their followers in real-time while also utilising the advanced imaging technology and unique features of the ZV-1. This new Sony’s PC software will be available in July 2020.

Since the ZV-1 is basically an RX100 underneath, there’s no reason for the new app not to be compatible with other Sony cameras. It will rely on the old microUSB standard, a port every Sony mirrorless has had since the NEX-5R.

As a MacBook user, I hope they’ll make a version for macOS as well.

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