What available ways are there to output a live feed from the Sony DSC HX60 camera showing what is on its display? For example, can this be done using a cable from the HDMI port on the camera to an HDMI-to-USB dongle in one of the laptop's USB ports, or to an HDMI-to-eSATA dongle in its eSATA port, or perhaps to something that goes into its ExpressCard slot? (The laptop has both HDMI and VGA ports, but as far as I know they are both output only.) Ideally I would like to be able to shoot stills and video with the camera while viewing on the laptop what's on the camera's display, but I don't need to control any of the camera's functions from the laptop.


To solve this problem there are multiple ways to do it. The first and probably the easiest is to use a USB capture card like this and then record it on the computer with a software but I don't know if this also shows the HUD of the camera (and if you want this). This method has the advantage that you can use your camera normally like you would do without the cable.

Another way to do this is to use software which detects your camera as a webcam. An example for this can be found here. This method only has the problem that the camera here is in PC mode and your usage from the camera side is limited to be controlled only by software on the PC.

The HDMI and VGA ports on your laptop are only the output from your graphics card.

Another option how to do this is show and explained in this YouTube video

  • Many thanks for these suggestions. I'm not sure that Elgato's Cam Link works with this camera. The camera is not on their list, but their list may not be comprehensive so I've asked them. Sparkocam say their program works with Canon and Nikon DSLRs. I tried it with my Sony and it doesn't work. Am currently trying OBS Virtual Cam. Last, the Ninja Flame is very expensive!
    – user77703
    Sep 17 '18 at 18:17
  • The elegato cam link is just a capture card which captures anything that comes in its hdmi input. So it does not matter if your camera is in their list as long as the camera uses a default hdmi output(to test this just connect it to a screen With a normal hdmi cable. You could also connect a game console or another computer to it if you like. So this should not be the problem
    – LuZel
    Sep 18 '18 at 6:01
  • I don't know if this also works for your camera and if you can use your screen at the same time as showing it on the computer but you could also try qDslrDashboard. its a free software available as app, pc and mac and its mostly used for remote control but worth a shot: dslrdashboard.info/introduction
    – LuZel
    Sep 18 '18 at 6:39

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