All smartphones have cameras for making video recordings, although they cannot only be done with the hardware of the phone: there is the possibility of using external cameras. Models like the Sony ZV-E10 have this option enabled as standard: just connect it to an Android via USB C to expand the multimedia capabilities of the phone.
USB charging ports are not only used for this because, thanks to options like OTG, they can become a data transfer port. And, since the streaming image and audio is data, it is possible to connect to Android from webcams and professional cameras. In general, it is imperative that these devices comply with UVC (USB Video Class) standards. And they can greatly expand photographic and video recording capabilities.
Sony ZV-E10, professional camera also for mobile
Sony Zv E10
Our colleagues from Engadget Photo analyze the latest Sony camera intended for the public who need good equipment for video recordings: the Sony ZV-E10 does not defend itself badly in recordings, nor in photos. And, as they pointed out in the review, the manufacturer highlights the ability to connect the camera to a phone to serve as another media capture device.
As Sony points out in the camera features, “The ZV-E10 can also be used as a high-quality webcam or as a live streaming camera by simply connecting it to a PC or smartphone for greater mobility while on the go. by broadcasting without the need for additional software. “. This feature is not unique to this camera, as the previous model, the Sony ZV-1, also did. And without the need for additional software on Android; as long as the phone supports UVC / UAC through USB C port.
After connecting the camera to the mobile, it can be used as a webcam for video calls, also for live broadcasts without the need for a computer (making it easy to broadcast from anywhere and immediately). This function increases the quality of the image and of the sound, in particular in the mobiles which do not have sufficient photographic material. And without losing sight of the image that is transmitted since it appears on the phone screen.
Mobile USB is not only suitable for cameras like Sony’s, it is also suitable for some webcams or endoscopic cameras, for example.
Direct use of a professional camera on Android is not very common, although there are apps that offer this option on phones (as long as they are compatible with UVC). The USB camera is an example, it should work on most cameras offered with webcam support. Video capture can even be used to convert the HDMI signal to USB.