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How to Use a Sony DSC-W5 as a webcam?

by barone2 / June 27, 2005 4:43 AM PDT

I have a Sony DSC-W5, and I love it. However, I don't want to spend extra on a webcam, when I have an awesome camera. Is is possible to use it as a webcam, and if so, how?

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Look at the supplied software.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 27, 2005 4:51 AM PDT

And try the Yahoo/etc software but beware that most cameras are not built to run as a webcam. The designs are for size and wieght so the cameras tend to overheat and expire. If they don't tout the webcam feature, then you know why.


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I still need help
by barone2 / June 30, 2005 4:12 AM PDT

Thanks, but no thanks, I can't find a trace of info in the supplied software, but i need a webcam. Plz. help!!!

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 30, 2005 8:30 AM PDT
In reply to: I still need help

The last time I was in Staples, they had three different webcams for under $20

Most major camera makers have abandoned the webcam ability. You have to have special drivers and the camera firmware must be able to handle webcam duties.
Very few camera manufacturers bother to write that type of firmware anymore.


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