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Can I Use The Sony a6400 as a USB Webcam?

Yes, you can use your Sony a6400 (also known as the ILCE-6400) as a webcam using a USB cable and the Imaging Edge Webcam software. 

All you need is:

  • The correct USB cable 
  • The correct software 
  • A compatible webcam application

How Do I Use My Sony a6400 as a USB Webcam?

To use your Sony a6400 as a USB webcam you will need to:

  1. Have the right USB cable – Use the one supplied by Sony or a replacement cable which has data transfer. (See examples further down)

  1. Have the Sony Imaging Edge Webcam software.

  1. Have a compatible application to use such as Zoom, Skype or OBS Studio.

This post will teach you how to achieve high quality video by using your Sony a6400 as a webcam using USB. 

What USB Cable Do I Need to Use My Sony a6400 as a Webcam?

The Sony a6400 has a Micro USB port and you should have been supplied with a Micro USB cable when you bought the Sony a6400.

You should use this Micro USB cable that came with the camera to connect the camera to your PC. 

If you have lost the USB cable the camera was supplied with, then you should be able to use a replacement Micro USB cable with data transfer capabilities.

Just make sure that you get one that can also fit into your computer/laptop. It’s likely your PC either uses ports that fit USB Type-A or USB Type-C.

Below are some example cables for different scenarios.

What Software Do I Need to Use My Sony a6400 as a USB Webcam?

You will need to download and install the latest Imaging Edge Webcam software.

Here’s how to do that.

  1. Go to the support website for the Imaging Edge Webcam software.

  1. Click on ‘Download’.

  1. Scroll down to the section where it asks you to choose your camera model. You will want to choose the ILCE-6400 which is the product code for the Sony alpha 6400.

  1. Scroll further down and click on ‘Download Windows’ or ‘Download Mac’ depending on what type of device you have. 

  1. Choose a suitable location to save the application on your device. The file should look something like ‘IEW111_2108a.exe’ if you are on Windows. The file will probably end in ‘.dmg’ if you are on Mac.

  1. Once it is downloaded, open up the downloaded file and it should start going through the installation and setup wizard. 

  1. Follow the instructions that are shown until setup and installation is complete.

  1. Once installation is complete you should restart your computer.

Now we will move on to show you how to set up your Sony a6400 to work as a USB webcam with the software you just downloaded.

How to Set up Sony a6400 as a USB Webcam

There are specific instructions you need to follow to ensure that the Sony a6400 can work correctly with the Imaging Edge Webcam software.

  1. Make sure the Sony a6400 camera is not connected to a smartphone. You can do this by doing both of the following on the camera:
    • MENU -> (Network) / (Wireless) -> [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] -> [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] -> [Off]
    • MENU -> (Setup) -> [USB Connection] -> [PC Remote]

Now that the settings are correct you can move on to the next step.

  1. Adjust the camera settings until you have your desired look in ‘Movie’ mode.

  1. Connect the USB cable we mentioned above to the Sony a6400. Connect the other side of the cable to your PC.

  1. If you are unable to connect, then make sure you are not using ‘Imaging Edge Remote’. If you are, then exit ‘Imaging Edge Remote’ and try to connect the camera again.

  1. Now open up your compatible application on your computer. This could be something like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype etc. Most video conferencing/streaming programs should work fine.

  1. Locate the Imaging Edge Webcam feed in your video settings for your webcam app. This should connect your camera’s video feed to your live streaming or video conferencing app.

  1. You should now have a much better quality image for your online video conferences or live streams. 

Things To Note

Audio

This method will not use audio from the camera or an external microphone on the camera.

It will allow you to use your PC’s built-in microphone or an external microphone connected to your PC.

Resolution

The maximum resolution when using Imaging Edge Webcam is 1,024 × 576 pixels.

Power

If you plan to use the Imaging Edge Webcam for a long period of time then it is recommended that you make sure the camera is fully charged beforehand.

You can also set your [USB Power Supply] setting to [On].

Further Resources

The video below shows you how to do the above with a Sony a6600, but it is essentially the same process for the Sony a6400.

Just keep in mind that when the video was recorded the Mac version was not yet available.

Since then Imaging Edge Webcam has been updated so that Mac devices can be used.

You can also see more details at the Imaging Edge Webcam website below.

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