How to Use Sony a6000 as a Webcam

Don’t want to spend extra money on a dedicated webcam, or just want to make the most of your Sony a6000 series camera? In this very brief and concise guide, we’ll go over how to use a Sony a6000 for streaming.

If you’ve read any other guides on this subject, most talk about how you can use the “imaging edge” program from Sony, but unfortunately that does not support the now quite old Sony a6000, thus we have to go with a slightly more complicated method. Let’s jump in.

Gaming PC setup for streaming.

First, we need an HDMI capture device.

In order for us to use the Sony a6000 as a webcam, we need to route it through something called a video capture device. There are plenty of options from plenty of brands, but I, along with some streamer friends, have found the Elgato Cam Link to work best. It’s a small, thumb-drive sized USB device that plugs into your computer.

Second, we need a cable.

This part is rather simple. The Sony a6000 uses a micro-HDMI port whilst most computers (or in this case, the capture device), use a full-size HDMI port. For my setup, a 6-foot micro-HDMI to HDMI cable works best, but there’s literally thousands of options here, so pick whatever fits your needs.

Third, we need a way to charge the camera.

It may seem obvious but, yes, the camera does need to have a source of consistent power while recording. I’d suggest a pretty standard power adapter such as this one on Amazon. Simply plug it into an outlet, then slide the fake “battery” into the camera.

Lastly, we need to change some settings

Now you simply plug your camera into the capture device and it should start showing up under webcam options on your PC. Now, the last thing to do is to go into settings and turn off the “HDMI Info. Display” to ensure that the settings/histogram don’t show up on your stream. Simply go to the final section of the a6000 settings menu, then page three, and then scroll down and switch it to off.

Just like that, you are ready to start using your Sony a6000 for streaming.

To recap, here are the three items you’ll need.

Prefer B&H? Here you go: Elgato Cam Link / Micro-HDMI to HDMI Cable / a6000 Dummy Battery


Final Notes

It is important to note that you’ll need both good lighting and a decent lens in order to surpass the quality of a typical webcam. For streaming, I’d suggest something wider such as the Sigma 16mm F1.4 (my review here) or even just the cheap kit lens.

Additionally, you’ll need at least a small tripod for stability. You will also need to consider some sort of lighting solution if you lack good light otherwise. Finally, also considering investing in a quality microphone, whether that be on-camera or connected to your PC.

Suggested additions to boost your streaming game:

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Sigma 16mm F1.4 (or any wide angle lens)
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E (402965)
Generic Desktop Tripod
MT-16 Extendable Mini Camera Tripod, 4 Levels Adjustment 360° Ball Head Cold Shoe Lightweight Portable Vlog Travel Selfie Stick Handle Grip Desktop Webcam Tripod for Akaso DSLR Gopro 5 6 7 8 910 11
Generic Monitor-Mounted Light
Ring Light for Laptop Computer, Ruyilam Video Conference Lighting Kit with Clip and Tripod, Desktop PC Selfie Dimmable Light with Stand Ring Light for Live Streaming, Video Recording, Makeup
Dedicated Microphone
Logitech for Creators Blue Yeti USB Microphone for PC, Podcast, Gaming, Streaming, Studio, Computer Mic - Silver
Description
The best wide lens for the a6000, but the Sony 16-50mm kit lens is a good budget choice.
Just a small generic tripod to mount the camera on.
Good light is important and honestly doesn't cost that much.
Audio is often overlooked but just as important as the visuals.
Sigma 16mm F1.4 (or any wide angle lens)
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Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E (402965)
Description
The best wide lens for the a6000, but the Sony 16-50mm kit lens is a good budget choice.
Generic Desktop Tripod
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MT-16 Extendable Mini Camera Tripod, 4 Levels Adjustment 360° Ball Head Cold Shoe Lightweight Portable Vlog Travel Selfie Stick Handle Grip Desktop Webcam Tripod for Akaso DSLR Gopro 5 6 7 8 910 11
Description
Just a small generic tripod to mount the camera on.
Generic Monitor-Mounted Light
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Ring Light for Laptop Computer, Ruyilam Video Conference Lighting Kit with Clip and Tripod, Desktop PC Selfie Dimmable Light with Stand Ring Light for Live Streaming, Video Recording, Makeup
Description
Good light is important and honestly doesn't cost that much.
Dedicated Microphone
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Logitech for Creators Blue Yeti USB Microphone for PC, Podcast, Gaming, Streaming, Studio, Computer Mic - Silver
Description
Audio is often overlooked but just as important as the visuals.

Prefer B&H? Sigma 16mm F1.4 (Wide Angle Lens) / Small Tripod / Ring Light


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