Last month Canon excitedly released some free software to turn many of their DSLR and mirrorless cameras into a webcam. However, it was Windows only and the many people the other side of that operating system fence were displeased.
With Zoom, Skype, Discord, and the many other video platforms having their userbases increased tenfold due to lockdown, people are putting more effort into how they look on camera. This is even more true for us photographers. I can't in good faith attend a Zoom meeting in a darkened room, with my phone as my camera, sitting in my lap pointing up my nose. However, it wasn't particularly easy or straightforward to use your DSLR or mirrorless camera until recently.
Last month we saw Canon introduce their software, but it was Windows only. Earlier this week we also saw Fujifilm introduce software too, incase you wanted to use a medium format 100 megapixel webcam (I very much do.) There are also multiple guides out for Sony and other manufacturers too. Well, Canon heard the outcry of Mac users and have released a beta Mac version which you can find (along with the Windows software) here. The list of compatible cameras is as follows:
Do you use your camera as a webcam? How as the experience been? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.