Camera manufacturers like Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony, and Fuji have launched their webcam software this year. However, they may not support your camera model, so you’ll need to find another solution. Duncan Dimanche has one that is simple, cheap, works for most camera models, and on both Windows and Mac.
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.
The team at Loupedeck have launched a new product called the Loupedeck Live. It essentially looks like the top half of the Loupedeck CT, because it pretty much is, but comes in at a much lower price point.
As with Loupedeck’s previous consoles, they see it as an extension of your keyboard, mouse and pen to offer easier access to your commonly used shortcuts and tools. While the name would suggest that it’s designed primarily for live streamers (and it is), it also offers much of the same functionality as the Loupedeck CT for photographers and content creators.
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.
I think this is the last of them now, but along with the new Nikon Z5, Nikon has also announced that they’re releasing the beta for a “webcam utility software” in August that lets you use “many” of its DSLRs and Z mirrorless cameras. The software will be free, and available initially for Windows 10.
Up until now, if you wanted to stream with a Nikon, you’re relying on 3rd party software like ControlMyNikon and then capturing it with OBS to fake a webcam device to use in Skype, Zoom, etc (similar to Panasonic’s current solution – for now). But it looks like Nikon is going to offer webcam capture device support directly with some cameras.
As you can see from the embedded YouTube video above, Blackmagic is going live in a few hours to announce “new developments in cameras”. Blackmagic does “camera updates” like this fairly regularly, but usually, they come with a pretty big announcement. Sometimes it’s a major firmware update that adds major new functionality and sometimes it’s a whole new camera.
If it is a new camera, though, what could it be? With all the talk of the EOS R5 over the last few months and its full-frame 8K RAW, might Blackmagic be getting to release a new challenger? Could they be announcing an update to the Pocket 6K? A “Pocket 6K Pro” with a full-frame sensor that doesn’t overheat after 20 minutes?
Canon has just released EOS Webcam Utility Beta software that lets you turn your DSLR, mirrorless or PowerShot camera into a webcam. With most of us working from home now, the demand for webcams has increased immensely, so this solution could be great if you just want to use the camera that you already have.