After Canon was one of the first camera manufacturers to release a first beta version of its EOS Webcam Utility at in April and final Windows version in September, the macOS version is now also final and the Windows version is updated to 1.1. The EOS Webcam Utility allows the use of compatible Canon EOS or PowerShot cameras as a high quality webcam via USB with a Mac or PC.
Canon EOS R6 as Webcam via Utility
An EOS camera connected to a computer via USB is displayed as a USB camera using the EOS Webcam Utility and can be used as an image source in live streaming or video conferencing programs.
Owners of an EOS camera can thus do without an extra capture box or special commercial software to use their Canon camera as a webcam. The following video explains how to install the software, set up the camera and then use it as a webcam in an online video conference software such as Zoom or Skype. A version for macOS is in work and will be released soon.
Now almost all major camera manufacturers have released special software to provide webcam functionality (mostly under Windows and/or macOS) to some of their models. As there are:
- Nikon via Webcam Utility for Nikon cameras of the Z series as well as some DSLRs, the models Nikon Z 7, Z 6, Z 5, Z 50, D6, D850, D780, D500, D7500 and D5600.
- Fujifilm&s Webcam Tool for its GFX and X-series cameras as well as the X-T2/T3 and T4 models
- GoPro for the GoPro Hero 8 Black
- Sony with Image Edge Software for 35 camera models, including the recently introduced Alpha 7S III and many other Alpha models, the new ZV-1 as well as the RX0, RX10 (from version II) and RX100 (from version IV)
-Panasonic with the Webcam Tool for the Lumix models DC-S1H, DC-S1R, DC-S1, DC-S5, DC-GH5S, DC-GH5 and DC-G9
- Olympus using the OM-D Webcam Software for the Olympus E-M1X, E-m1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark II and E-M5 Mark II.
Here is the complete list of all compatible Canon cameras:
EOS-1D X Mark III
EOS-1D X Mark II
EOS 5DS R
EOS 5D Mark IV
EOS 5D Mark III
EOS 6D Mark II
EOS 7D Mark II
EOS M6 Mark II
PowerShot G5 X Mark II
PowerShot G7 X Mark III
PowerShot SX70 HS