When Sony launched the long-awaited ZV-1 compact camera last year, it had no doubts about the market it was aiming for. The hardware and software resources were designed for a slightly younger audience, more accustomed to making vlogs or creating video content, something that has had a sudden increase in recent months, even indoors. Interestingly, the camera was not released with features that catered to another favorite online activity, live streaming, an error that Sony is correcting with a new firmware update for the camera.
To some extent, the Sony ZV-1 could have been used for live streaming, but indirectly. The camera can be used as a webcam when connected to a PC or Mac. This update, however, makes everything simpler, according to Sony.
With the latest firmware update, owners of the compact ZV-1 can take advantage of the camera’s high-quality video and audio capture capabilities for live streaming or even for video calls. You will need to download the installer for Windows or Mac, but it is as easy as connecting the camera to a computer after doing so.
In fact, you don’t even need to use a PC or Mac to stream live. The announcement indicates that the ZV-1 can be connected to a compatible Sony Xperia phone for live streaming anywhere and use the phone as a secondary screen for chats. For now, only Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II are compatible and must be running Android 11.
The feature uses standard UVC and UAC technologies, so any live streaming platform compatible with these technologies can take advantage of the ZV-1 camera’s capabilities. Sony promises that this feature will be implemented in other cameras in the future.