Canon just released ” EOS Webcam Utility Beta ” which lets you use select DSLRs as webcams for either livestreaming or video conferencing. All you need is a supported DSLR and a USB Cable.This software is very fitting at this time since you can’t really buy webcams anymore that easily (without paying a hefty price over regular price) as webcams are facing shortage and are in high demand.
now , Let’s talk about supported Cameras
Canon DSLR cameras that can be used as a webcam
- EOS-1D X Mark II
- EOS-1D X Mark III
- EOS 5D Mark IV
- EOS 5DS
- EOS 5DS R
- EOS 6D Mark II
- EOS 7D Mark II
- EOS 77D
- EOS 80D
- EOS 90D
- EOS Rebel SL2
- EOS Rebel SL3
- EOS Rebel T6
- EOS Rebel T6i
- EOS Rebel T7
- EOS Rebel T7i
- EOS Rebel T100
- EOS M6 Mark II
- EOS M50
- EOS M200
- EOS R
- EOS RP
- PowerShot G5X Mark II
- PowerShot G7X Mark III
- PowerShot SX70 HS
You can also see all of Canon’s products that’s fit for livestreaming here
That’s quite a big range of Cameras supported for Software that’s still in Beta.
It’s only available for Windows 10 (x64) at the moment , Sorry Mac Users
Also to note , it only supports Video (not audio) on most devices.
We recommend using your cameras on USB3.0 supported port on your computer ( if your computer has it.)
How to Use
I personally think this is a great piece of software , it’s almost Plug and play. Here’s Canon’s Official Video on how you can set you camera up to use as a webcam on a Windows 10 Machine.
You can download the software by clicking Here .
With the recent boom in Live-streaming this will save streamers a lot of money as well since they don’t have to buy a capture card (even though capture cards might output stable footage ). If you decide to use this software and your DSLR camera for long periods of time , I’d recommend an AC Power Adapter Kit , which replaces your battery and let’s you connect your camera to a Power Source. Anyways , As I personally own Rebel T6 (1300D) , this is great news and i’d definitely try to upgrade from my Logitech C920 Webcam.
Kudos to Canon for releasing this software.
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