As Nico Ernst reports at Heise, the full use of the EOS Webcam Utility in the US will be charged. The tool, released at the start of the Covid pandemic, allows Canon DSLM, DSLR and Pocket cameras to be used as webcams via USB. There is still a free version with a maximum 720p resolution - but only the extended Pro version offers many features that sound particularly exciting for regular live streams.
As with a live mixer, up to five cameras can be controlled with predefined scene transitions. The Pro version continues to handle wireless streaming, 1080p60 as well as watermark insertion. It should also be possible to output to multiple streaming platforms at the same time. The list of supported platforms is long:
Canon thus enters direct competition with the widely used open source tool OBS. The latter sometimes seems a bit cluttered and confusing - obviously, Canon wants to convince users to switch with a simpler handling here. The following comparison between the free version and the Pro version provides a quick overview of the integrated functions:
Canon also offers a first impression of the new functions with the following promotional video:
Who wants to use the Pro version, must pay in the USA 4.99 US Dollar in the month or 49.99 US Dollar in the year. Available is the new version for Windows 10 & Windows 11 as well as macOS 12, 11, 10 including Apple Silicon Macs.
As Canon Germany confirmed to Heise upon request, this only applies to the USA so far. In German-speaking countries, the previous tool is to remain available free of charge. This can be interpreted as the subscription model will be introduced at a later point in time.
The list of supported cameras is surprisingly long with over 40 models. In detail, these are:
EOS-1D C, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D X Mark III, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R, EOS 6D, EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 70D, EOS 77D, EOS 80D, EOS 90D, EOS M200, EOS M50, EOS M50 Mark II, EOS M6 Mark II, EOS R, EOS R3, EOS R5,EOS R6,EOS R7, EOS R10, EOS Ra, EOS RP, EOS Rebel SL1, EOS Rebel SL2, EOS Rebel SL3, EOS Rebel T5, EOS Rebel T5i, EOS Rebel T6, EOS Rebel T6i, EOS Rebel T6s, EOS Rebel T7, EOS Rebel T7i, EOS Rebel T8i, EOS Rebel T100, PowerShot G5X Mark II, PowerShot G7X Mark III, PowerShot SX70 HS