How the PlayStation Camera Works

PlayStation Camera Specifications

The PlayStation Camera is a rectangular black device that plugs into the back of the PS4. It's tiny, measuring approximately 7.32 inches (186 millimeters) in width, 1.06 inches (27 millimeters) in height and 1.06 inches (27 millimeters) in depth, and weighing around 5.93 ounces (183 grams).

The Camera actually houses two high-definition stereoscopic wide-angle cameras. Each has a maximum resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels (approximately 720p, although with a slightly different aspect ratio), which they can achieve at 60 frames per second (fps). They are also capable of 640 by 400 resolution at 120 fps and 320 by 192 resolution at 240 fps. The lenses are fixed focus, meaning you cannot adjust the focus manually.

The Camera's lens aperture is f/2.0, its capture range (or focusing distance) is 11.81 inches (around 30 centimeters) and its diagonal field of view is 85 degrees. It captures RAW and YUV uncompressed video.

It also has an array of four microphones that span the device (two on either side of each camera lens) for quality sound capture and voice control of the PS4.

The device has an attached cord of approximately 6.56 feet (2 meters) in length, which ends in a proprietary connector that can be inserted into the auxiliary (AUX) port on the back of the PS4.

The angle of the Camera can be adjusted up or down 35 degrees in either direction by holding the fixed right side of the camera and twisting the body. It also comes with a conveniently foldable stand that can be attached to the Camera and adjusted in a variety of ways. It can stand up like a little raised platform, bend to support the device on top of a television or lay straight to enable you to place the Camera on a flat surface, making it easy to put it where you like, provided it's facing the right direction.