It was available as a beta for some time now, now Nikon's Webcam Utility for Mac and Windows is official. The tool allows some Nikon cameras to be used as a webcam for video conferencing or live streaming. This is Nikon's response to the growing demand for webcams due to the increased use in the home office and for virtual meetings.
The Webcam Utility works with Nikon's Z-series cameras and some DSLRs, the Nikon Z 7, Z 6, Z 5, Z 50, D6, D850, D780, D500, D7500 and D5600. For now, 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 will be able to use it as a webcam.
The corresponding Nikon camera is connected to the computer via USB and can then be selected as a webcam using the Webcam Utility in an appropriate program such as Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams.
Nikon Wb Utility
Here are Nikon's tips for streaming or using cameras as webcams using third-party tools via USB or capturing hardware via HDMI:
Free Webcam Tools of other camera manufacturers
In the meantime, 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:
-Panasonic with the Webcam Tool for the Lumix models DC-S1H, DC-S1R, DC-S1, DC-S5, DC-GH5S, DC-GH5 and DC-G9
-Canon with the EOS Webcam Utility for compatible Canon EOS or PowerShot cameras such as diwe EOS 5D,6D, 7D as well as R5, R6 and R.
- Olympus with 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.
- Fujifilm's Webcam Tool for its GFX and X-series cameras and the X-T2/T3 and T4 models
- GoPro for the GoPro Hero 8 Black
- Sony's Imaging Edge Webcam Tool enables the use of 35 Sony camera models for live streams and video conferencing via USB on the PC, 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).