The Fuji X-T200 and X-A7 now work as regular USB webcams – Fuji X Webcam software coming to Mac

Jun 24, 2020

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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.

The Fuji X-T200 and X-A7 now work as regular USB webcams – Fuji X Webcam software coming to Mac

Jun 24, 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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There’s been a big rush from manufacturers lately to let you use their cameras as webcams. Fujifilm recently announced their Fuji X Webcam software that essentially simulates a capture device from your camera’s live view – although, unlike Panasonic’s solution, it actually shows up as a capture device. Well, the big news is on that one is that it’s coming to the Mac next month.

But for Fujifilm X-T200 and X-A7 owners, there’s other big news. A new firmware update allows you to plug those cameras straight into your computer via USB and have them automatically detected as regular old USB webcams without the need for the Fuji X Webcam software. Oh, yeah, and that also works, right now, with a Mac.

The Fuji Guys posted a video explaining the new announcements, but essentially the X-T200 and X-A7 now function as USB webcams. They’re automatically detected as such, and work on both Windows and Mac – just like a regular USB webcam. Of course, there are some caveats. They’re only AF-C and it’s 720p resolution. But, for Skype, Zoom, etc. do you really need 1080p or 4K?

Both firmware updates essentially add the same functionality to each of their respective cameras. A new menu option opens up allowing you to choose “USB WEBCAM” as a USB mode in the camera. When you plug it into your PC (Windows 10 x64) or Mac (macOS 10.40 Mojave or macOS110.15 Catalina) , up it comes as a regular USB webcam.

In the same announcement, Fujifilm also stated that the Fujifilm X Webcam software is under development for macOS based on “overwhelming response from our customers”. It is scheduled to be released at some point during mid-July 2020.

So, good news for X-T200, X-A7 and Mac-owning Fuji shooters!

[via Fuji Rumors]

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5 responses to “The Fuji X-T200 and X-A7 now work as regular USB webcams – Fuji X Webcam software coming to Mac”

  1. Danny Corbett Avatar
    Danny Corbett

    I have been having autofocus issues with my x-t200 in webcam mode. It seems to randomly re-focus on its own regularly. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

    1. Chris Chris Avatar
      Chris Chris

      Same here, very disappointed! Bought it for teaching and the erratic autofocus is not compatible with professional education. I just wished Fuji would add an option to switch to manual focus or actually let us use the webcam app! The big cameras are way to big and heavy to be convenient as webcams – so why restrict the functionality of their smaller cameras? the x-t200 would be ideal.

      1. jkmccarthy Avatar
        jkmccarthy

        Same here … same problem with a new X-T200 bought for webcam purposes (came with firmware v1.1 preinstalled … I upgraded firmware to newer v1.11 — support page says only it’s an update to fix minor bugs — but that made no difference). I tried a few different Fuji XF prime lenses in place of the kit zoom lens, and in webcam mode the X-T200 has the same problem with all of them. Extremely frustrating.

    2. jkmccarthy Avatar
      jkmccarthy

      Have you heard from anyone (or discovered on your own) a solution or workaround for this problem with the webcam mode of the X-T200 ? I’ve been searching on-line with no luck so far.

  2. jkmccarthy Avatar
    jkmccarthy

    I’ve since discovered that, with additional light in the room, the X-T200 actually does a much better job of maintaining focus with the kit XC zoom lens, and when I do change position (changing my distance from the camera), it will refocus, but the image doesn’t go noticeably more out-of-focus in the process. So the initial problems I encountered last night were apparently related to the X-T200’s difficulty maintaining focus (and re-focusing to tweak focus) in my comfortably-lit room at night (i.e., without benefit of any light coming through the windows, as it was dark outside during my initial trial …).

    I’ll experiment one evening soon to see how much additional indoor light it will take to eliminate the troublesome hunting for focus in my home office environment. But another solution I’ve found is to use an inexpensive, non-autofocus-capable, 3rd-party adapter to mount a non-Fuji-X lens onto the X-T200. In this case, the X-T200 defaults back to an aperture-priority mode (which is ideal given there’s likely an aperture-ring on the lens itself, and still the exposure-compensation control on the X-T200 of course). Since the X-T200 can’t focus the lens, that’s something the user must then do manually (fine as long as one is within arm’s-reach of the X-T200 USB webcam). This is certainly a viable way to workaround any auto-focus hunting one may encounter in USB webcam mode, when/if there’s not enough light for the X-T200 to maintain its continuous-AF lock on focus.

    Hope others will find this helpful.