Many users would love to use their prosumer, DSLR and mirrorless cameras as a webcam. It was a well-needed feature which was possible only by using an Elgato CamLink. Getting a good webcam is an expensive affair now due to COVID-19 lockdown and price gouging. Even before the pandemic, it was a feature many streamers would have loved to have but never seen native support.
It is better late than never. Canon has released an app called EOS Webcam Utility.
Plug-and-play Webcam utility
As the name suggests, this app allows your system to use some of Canon’s DSLRs and mirrorless cameras as webcams. This eliminates the requirement to use capture devices like Elgato Camlink which typically use clean output via HDMI OUT. This webcam utility uses the USB cable that’s usually provided with the webcam. The following are the compatible cameras, a combination of older and newer models.
List of supported cameras
|DSLR Cameras||Mirrorless Cameras||PowerShot Cameras|
|EOS-1D X Mark II||EOS Rebel SL2||EOS M6 Mark II||PowerShot G5X Mark II|
|EOS-1D X Mark III||EOS Rebel SL3||EOS M50||PowerShot G7X Mark III|
|EOS 5D Mark IV||EOS Rebel T6||EOS M200||PowerShot SX70 HS|
|EOS 5DS||EOS Rebel T6i||EOS R|
|EOS 5DS R||EOS Rebel T7||EOS RP|
|EOS 6D Mark II||EOS Rebel T7i|
|EOS 7D Mark II||EOS Rebel T100|
As of now, Canon is the only camera manufacturer to provide this feature. Seeing that this can be enabled easily via USB and cameras used by many streamers, other cameras should follow suit. This way, the requirement to have an adapter disappears. It is unsure if its something Canon will improve on the go and provide as a mainstream option, catering towards a broader userbase and maybe even providing iOS support. The company said the following:
EOS Webcam Utility Beta is a software solution which unlocks webcam-like capabilities for select EOS Inter-Changeable Lens and PowerShot cameras. By connecting your Canon camera to a computer with a USB cable, the camera will be available as a video source for many video conferencing applications. Note that this is a Beta version and it may contain errors. By downloading the EOS Webcam Utility Beta Software, you agree to use the Software subject to and in accordance with the End User License Agreement for EOS Webcam Utility Beta Software terms and conditions. This Software is for use in the U.S. and will not be supported outside that area
You can download the EOS Webcam utility from here.