When the pandemic hit, nearly every major camera manufacturer jumped into action developing software to enable cameras to be used as webcams. It was a great idea that many of us took advantage of and wondered why it wasn't standard from the start. Now that there are software options directly from top camera brands, it makes it easier to turn compatible cameras into a webcam instead of relying on third-party software. 

Sony has released a firmware update (v2.0) for the ZV-1 that allows shooters to use it as a livestreaming device by simply connecting it to a Windows or a Mac via USB.

When connected, the ZV-1 allows you to take advantage of the compact camera's high-quality video and audio to use for video calls or livestreams. Better yet, it also allows you to livestream with the camera connected to the Xperia smartphones, including the Xperia 1 II or Xperia 5 II. When connected, you can use the smartphone as a display monitor. 

During the livestream, the ZV-1's autofocus features like Face Detection and Continuous AF are also available. The update supports Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, as well as macOS 10.13-10.15 and macOS 11.0 users. 

You can download the latest software by visiting the Sony support page