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New firmware lets Sony ZV-1 livestream over USB

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Sony has released a new free firmware update for its vlogging-focused ZV-1 camera which now lets you use it as a webcam simply by connecting it to your PC via USB. Firmware version 2.00 makes it possible to livestream video and audio without the need for additional software or hardware (not even a HDMI cable).

Once you’ve installed the firmware, simply plug in the included USB cable and fire up your favourite video conferencing or livestreaming app.

The new firmware allows you to take full advantage of ZV-1’s high-quality video and audio capabilities, utilising the UVC/UAC5 protocol.

As an added bonus, you can even connect the ZV-1 to a supported Sony Xperia smartphone and livestream on the go.

Prior to this, you could use the ZV-1 for livestreaming but you would need to install Sony’s free Imaging Edge Webcam software. The software supports a plethora of Sony cameras including the Alpha 9 series, Alpha 7S and 7R series, RX100 series, RX0, and more.

The new ZV-1 firmware is available now and can be downloaded at:


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