Step By Step Process on How to Use a Canon Camera as a Webcam

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Are you interested in enhancing your video quality over Zoom calls and other video meetings? You can now go online with your DSLR cameras and look amazing in high definition! This article brings you the answer to the question: How to use a Canon camera as a Webcam? 

The Covid-19 pandemic has got us all sitting at home working remotely. It has skyrocketed the use of online video meeting apps, andCanon saw the opportunity in this and made the best of it. It launched a new Beta software called “EOS Webcam Utility.”  This software is compatible with only Windows 10 for now, and Windows users can download it for free from Canon’s website. The Canon company quotes “Mac compatibility currently pending” on their website. Hence, we are still awaiting an update for the same.

EOS Webcam Utility Software

To use your Canon camera as a webcam, you need to download this software on your device. Canon claims it to be an easy plug-and-play software. All you need is a compatible cable that connects your camera to your PC.

Windows users can use this software with pretty much every video conferencing app including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, BlueJeans, etc.

However, the software is only supported by selected and newly launched models of Canon cameras. The camera models that support the software are listed below.

EOS DSLR Cameras

  • EOS-1D X Mark II and III
  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EOS 5DS
  • EOS 5DS R
  • EOS 6D Mark II
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • EOS 77D, 80D, and 90D
  • EOS Rebel SL2, SL3
  • EOS Rebel T6, T6i, T7, T7i, and T100

EOS Mirrorless Cameras

  • EOS M6 Mark II
  • EOS M50 and M200
  • EOS R
  • EOS RP

PowerShot Cameras

  • PowerShot G5X Mark II
  • PowerShot G7X Mark III
  • PowerShot SX70 HS

If you don’t already have one of these Canon cameras, you can refer to this buyer guide for the best Canon camera to invest in.

Only some of these cameras include a cable to connect to your PC. Thus, you will have to buy a cable separately for the other cameras.

What Else Do You Need To Use Your Camera As A Webcam?

Once you have got hold of your camera and cable, you will need a nice set up to make this work perfectly. There are a few other technical requirements to be fulfilled for the perfect video, too.

1. Computer System Requirements

The computer system should have Windows 10 64-bit. It should have an Intel Pentium 1.6GHz or faster processor. The system should have a minimum of 2GB RAM. The display screen resolution should be 1024×768 pixels or more and the screen colors should be of 16-bit.

2. Light Requirements

Using a Canon camera as a webcam will enrich the quality of your video to a great extent. Now, imagine what magic adding lights will do to the setup?

You can set up your system near a window to use the natural light to brighten up your face and darken the background. Alternatively, you can invest in LED lights. Look for some small, portable, and rechargeable lights and place them at your desk.

Make sure you set everything up in a way that the light falls directly on your face.

3. A Tripod For Help

You can consider investing in a normal tripod or just a tabletop tripod to hold your camera in place at the required height. It will work better if you place it at eye level. Check the distance and final the position of the camera beforehand.

4. Add A Microphone Too

With a dashing high-definition video quality, an average sound quality might just ruin all the effort. The built-in microphone in the camera does not function while you are using your camera as a webcam. Thus, you continue to use your PC/Laptop’s microphone for audio input.

It is suggested to invest in a high-quality headset as it will improve the quality of your voice input more than tenfold. 

Steps To Use Your Canon Camera As A Webcam

It is very easy and fuss-free to use your camera as a webcam. The step-by-step process to set up your Canon Camera as a Webcam is given below.

Step 1: Visit the Canon EOS Webcam Utility webpage and select your model of Canon Camera from the list. Download and install the software for your camera on your PC.

Step 2: Switch your Canon camera on and set it to the movie mode. Then adjust the shutter speed and the ISO levels as per your need and the light that you’re using.

Step 3: Use the aforementioned USB cable to connect your camera to your PC.

Step 4: Open the video conferencing app of your choice, for example, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. Go to the settings menu on the app and look for the “Camera Settings” dropdown. It will allow you to choose between your Integrated Webcam or any externally connected camera. From that dropdown, choose the “ESO Webcam Utility Beta” option.

After a few seconds, you may start seeing the feed from your camera on your PC screen.

That is how easily you can set up your Canon camera as a Webcam.

Cons Of The Software

As mentioned, the software is still a Beta. This makes it prone to bugs and glitches.

The Beta version is still not available outside of the US (although it might work just fine). The software is still not available for the Mac users either, but they are using their Canon cameras as webcams through other hacks.

A Relief From The Stress

The pandemic has got the best of all of us. For all of you,  who love presenting yourself neatly and formally in hand-picked outfits, it is such a bummer. Using this technology of using your camera as a webcam can help you get back into your form. It will boost your confidence over online meetings and help you get through all of the stress you’re facing. 

So, grab your gadgets and enjoy looking the best among the group again!