Back in August, Nikon introduced its Webcam Utility software that lets you use your DSLR or mirrorless as a fancy web camera. It was in beta and for Windows only, but the full version is now here. And yes, you can use it on both Windows and Mac. Just in time for the second round of lockdowns.
If you’ve already tried the beta version on Windows, I guess you know how it works. But even if you haven’t, it’s not difficult to use it at all. Download the software, install it, and connect your camera to the computer using the USB cable you got with it. If you use an external mic, plug it into the computer’s mic port. Open the video conferencing software that you want to use, select your Nikon camera as the webcam, and there you have it.
I was eager to try out the software and show the full glory of my eye bags at our next staff meeting. But alas, Nikon Webcam Utility isn’t compatible with my ancient Nikon D7000. But it will work if you have some of the more recent models: Z 7II, Z 7, Z 6II, Z 6, Z 5, Z 50, D6, D5, D850, D810, D780, D750, D500, D7500, D7200, D5600, D5500, D5300, and D3500. As for the video call software, Nikon Webcam Utility is compatible with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.