It was already announced, now it&s finally here: Nikon&s Webcam Utility Beta, which allows some Nikon cameras to be used as webcams for video conferencing or live streaming. Nikon reacts to the increasing demand for webcams due to the increased use in the home office and for virtual meetings
The Webcam Utility Beta mirrorless works together with Nikon&s Z-series cameras and some DSLRs, the models Nikon Z 7, Z 6, Z 5, Z 50, D6, D850, D780, D500, D7500 and D5600. For the time being, the free tool will only be available for Windows 10, but a Mac version will follow soon. Also future mirrorless cameras and digital SLR cameras from Nikon should be able to be used as webcams with it.
The corresponding Nikon 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...