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Sony ZV-1 Firmware Update Enables Live Streaming for Windows/Mac

You can now download firmware v2.00 for MacOS and Windows

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Image by Sony

Sony releases a firmware update allowing users to live stream with the Sony ZV-1 by directly connecting the camera via USB to a PC or Mac.

Firmware v2.00 lets users connect the Sony ZV-1 to a PC (or compatible MacOS machines) via USB and live stream in high-quality video. In addition, users also benefit from the quality built-in microphone for crystal-clear audio to bump-up the production quality of your Zoom calls or live streams on social media. 

Live Stream to Xperia Mobile Devices Also

Additionally, when the camera is connected to one of Sony’s Xperia smartphones (Xperia 1 II or Xperia 5 II), users can livestream on the go. Additionally, users can utilize the Xperia smartphone as a secondary display to read comments and monitor the live feed.

Furthermore, according to Sony, this capability will also be added to additional compatible cameras in the future. 

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What’s New in Firmware Update v2.00 for Sony ZV-1

  • USB Live Streaming function added
    • Connecting over a USB cable to a PC or Xperia smartphone allows you to conduct livestreaming and online communication with the high video and audio quality
    • This applies to Xperia 1 II smartphones or Xperia 5 II smartphones that have been upgraded to Android 11. Update availability varies by region. (As of February 9, 2021)
    • Use a commercially available USB cable or terminal conversion adaptor
  • Improves the overall stability and performance of the camera

A quick note on the Mac version of this firmware – the latest BigSur MacOS is (for some bizarre reason) currently not supported.


Supported Mac operating systems include:

  • macOS 10.13 – 10.15

This is a but disappointing especially for those using the latest M1 chip enabled Macs, including the new Mac Mini or MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air laptops.

However, it is possible that an updated version of this firmware may be released in the near future with support for MacOS 11, but that’s still in the air. 

You can download firmware v2.00 directly from Sony’s support pages here for Windows and MacOS.

via Sony


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