Setting up your DSLR, mirrorless or compact camera as a webcam can be a bit of a fiddly process involving weird workarounds or even extra hardware. However, Canon has just released a beta version of software that will make the process incredibly straightforward for owners of its cameras.
Canon just launched EOS Webcam Utility Beta (Windows only at present), a piece of software that allows you to connect a Canon camera to your computer using a USB cable so that it can be used as a webcam. At present, 25 cameras are supported, ranging from the EOS 1D X Mark III to the PowerShot SX70 HS. Here's the list in full:
This is a greatly appreciated move from Canon at a time when many of us are trying to present a professional face via the internet while working from home.
Setup seems refreshingly simple: download and install the software and plug in your camera. EOS Webcam Utility Beta will then show up in the list of webcam options when using services such as Zoom or Facebook Live. Being a beta version, it’s currently Windows-only but it's expected that other operating systems will be supported in the near future. This is the second significant software release from Canon in the last few weeks, the other being image.canon which offers a means of uploading files directly from the camera to the cloud.
Having recently tried to set up my Sony a7 III as a webcam (it works, but not very well), this certainly seems to make the process dramatically easier. Let’s hope that other camera manufacturers follow Canon’s lead.
Have you tried Canon’s new software? Do you want Nikon, Sony, Fuji, and Panasonic to do the same? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.