Nikon releases its Webcam Utility Software – but it’s a beta and it’s only for Windows

Aug 6, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Nikon releases its Webcam Utility Software – but it’s a beta and it’s only for Windows

Aug 6, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Recently, Nikon announced that they were going to be releasing a beta of their new “Webcam Utility Software” that allows certain Nikon DSLRs and Z mirrorless cameras to act as webcams when connected to a computer without any type of capture device. All you need is a USB cable. Well, Nikon has now finally released that software. Well, a beta of it.

It’s compatible with all of the Nikon Z mirrorless cameras (including the new Nikon Z5) as well as some of their recent DSLRs including the Nikon D6, D850, D780, D500, D7500 and D5600.

At the moment, there are some limitations with the software. It’s a beta, for a start, but it only works on Windows 10. So, older versions of Windows and Mac owners are just plain out of luck. Officially, anyway. It’s possible that it might still run on older versions of Windows (for those still running Windows 7), but there are no guarantees.

Nikon also notes a number of issues that you’ll need to keep in mind when using the software, too.

  • The camera temperature may rise and live view may end after periods of extended use. Wait for the camera to cool.
  • Using live view increases the drain on the battery.
  • Exit Nikon Transfer 2 and Camera Control Pro 2 before connecting to the camera.
  • When Webcam Utility is accessed from multiple web conferencing apps simultaneously, live view will be available to only one app.
  • When using Nikon Transfer 2 or Camera Control Pro 2, end the connection to “Webcam Utility” in the web conferencing app.
  • You may not be able to adjust camera settings while the camera is connected to a computer. Before adjusting settings, turn the camera off and disconnect the USB cable.

They also note that while operation has been tested with the list of supported cameras, this is still a beta release, so there are no guarantees. But, it’s a start.

There’s no word on when we’ll see a Mac release, but if they’re following in the footsteps of everybody else, I think we may be able to expect one within the next 2-3 months. Or, at least within 2-3 months of the software getting out of beta.

You can download the Nikon Webcam Utility Beta from the Nikon website, and you can see Nikon’s streaming tips here.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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6 responses to “Nikon releases its Webcam Utility Software – but it’s a beta and it’s only for Windows”

  1. Justin Mein Avatar
    Justin Mein

    Lame…and behind again Nikon.

  2. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    I actually was awake when it was released super early this morning. I immediately downloaded and tried it out on Facebook Live, Facebook Messenger, YouTube Live and OBS….it worked great I found, there were a few small very minor quirks I found and I mentioned them in my YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6hGBnjT9R8&t=2s

  3. Silv Garcia Avatar
    Silv Garcia

    Some people still use Windows !! ?

    1. Nermin Huskić Avatar
      Nermin Huskić

      Silv Garcia *Most people

  4. Dennis Harris Avatar
    Dennis Harris

    Uhh… your Nikon download links have been hijacked by some company called “eCamm” selling Mac software. ???

  5. Rafael A. P. Maduro Avatar
    Rafael A. P. Maduro

    Glad for the Nikon users, but sony did promised us first and still nothing so rejoice that you guys got your for real