Finally Nikon follows the example of other big camera manufacturers and releases a tool to use some of its cameras as webcams for video conferencing or live streaming.
In August, the beta version of the so-called Webcam Utility for Nikon's mirrorless cameras of the Z-series as well as some DSLRs, more precisely the models Nikon Z 7, Z 6, Z 5, Z 50, D6, D850, D780, D500, D7500 and D5600, will be released. For the time being, the tool will only be available for Windows 10, but a Mac version will follow soon. Future mirrorless cameras and digital SLR cameras from Nikon should also work with it. The camera is connected to the computer via USB and can then be selected as a webcam using the Webcam Utility in a corresponding program such as Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams.
Here are Nikon's tips for streaming or using cameras as webcams with third-party tools via USB or capturing hardware via HDMI
Before Nikon, most of the big camera manufacturers have already published some special software in order to provide some of their models with some webcam functionality (most of the times under Windows and/or macOS). As there are:
- Olympus using OM-D Webcam Software for the Olympus E-M1X, E-m1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark II and E-M5 Mark II.
- Fujifilm's Webcam Tool for its GFX and X-series cameras and the X-T2/T3 and T4 models
- Panasonic with Lumix Tether for the Panasonic GH5, G9, GH5S, S1, S1R and S1H
- GoPro for the GoPro Hero 8 Black
- Canon with its EOS Webcam Utility for cameras such as the EOS-1D II/III, 5D Mark IV, 6D/7D Mark II, EOSR/RP, PowerShot G5X II, G7X III and SX70 HS.
Now only Sony is missing...