It’s pretty gratifying to review footage from the adventure at the end of the day. Here’s how to connect your Sony camera to a TV. Follow these easy methods to quickly display your footage and photos on your television.
There are four ways to connect your Sony camera to a TV. These methods include connecting with an HDMI cable, USB cable, wirelessly, and a direct connection. These simple methods don’t require any special skills and limited gear. You’ll require a TV with USB or HDMI inputs.
Here is the breakdown for each of these connection methods. For more details on any of these methods, check out our full guide: How to Connect Camera to TV which covers details for all camera brands.
What HDMI connector will you need? Most Sony cameras have a Micro HDMI port. Sony cameras don’t ship with HDMI adapters, you’ll have to pick one up. I like this HDMI adapter. Once you have the adapter, you can use any HDMI extension cable.
- Connect your Camera. Insert the micro HDMI cable end into your Sony camera. Connect the other end of the adapter into your full-length HDMI cable.
- Connect to your TV. Plug the other end of your HDMI cable into your TV.
- Turn on Your Camera and TV.
- Select the corresponding HDMI source input. This should enable a live menu or live preview from your camera.
For both of these methods, you’ll want to make sure that your battery is charged up. Here are 4 ways to charge your Sony camera battery.
- Connect your camera to TV. Plug the micro USB end into your camera and the other cable end into your TV USB port. If your cable isn’t long enough, you can use an USB extension cable. While the supplied cable isn’t very long (24″ with the ZV-1), it was workable with my wall-mounted Samsung 50″ TV.
- Turn on both devices. Turn on your camera and TV if they aren’t on already.
- Your camera should appear on screen as a data source. On my TV, I was given the choice to Browse the contents of the SD card.
- Navigate to DCIM Folder. Once connected, you’ll see a file structure, the same as if you were viewing your files on your computer. Navigate to the DCIM folder to view your photos and video clips.
Which USB cable do I need? You will likely need a Micro-USB B. The required cable will be the same as the one that shipped with your camera.
Here’s a brief tutorial by Sony to navigate the “View on TV” settings and menu.
If you try this feature and don’t love it – don’t worry. You can use one of the other three methods. And because the other connections are wired and direct, you can bypass many of the frustrations of wireless TV connections.
- Remove your SD card from your Sony camera.
- Insert your card directly into your TV. You can also use USB SD card reader if you don’t have an SD card slot on your TV.
- Once inserted, your memory card will appear as an external storage device, the same as if you connected your camera via USB. You’ll see the familiar folder structure as when using your computer to view files.
- Navigate to the DCIM folder to view your images and footage.
Want to use your computer instead? Here’s how to connect your Sony camera to a computer.