With the rise of video calling this year Canon has rolled out new software to use most Canon cameras as a webcam. This is great for Canon users who may have an extra camera laying around or anyone who wants to upgrade their webcam camera quality.
Today we’ll go over how to use your Canon camera as a webcam using the EOS Webcam Utility (beta).
This will work to use your Canon camera in any app like Zoom, OBS, and even Google Chrome.
Things you’ll need:
- Compatible Canon camera (see below)
- Window/Mac computer
- Wire to plug your camera into your computer
Best of all you don’t need any additional to use this new software from Canon.
Now this software won’t work for all Canon cameras. But luckily most newer models are supported like the Canon EOS R and M50. Users have also reported that older cameras like the Canon 70D work but oddly aren’t in their supported camera list.
Here is the full list of compatible cameras from Canon’s site. For the latest supported cameras read the list on their site.
Now let’s dive into installing and using the software.
Installing EOS Webcam Utility
The first think you’ll need to do is download the EOS Webcam Utility. Just head to their site and click what camera you plan on using it with and you’ll be able to find your Mac/Windows download.
The software is easy to install but it did make my Macbook restart so be prepared for a restart after it installs.
Once your computer restarts your read to use your Canon DSLR or mirrorless as a webcam. In all applications that let you select a webcam you’ll see “EOS Webcam Utility Beta” as a camera option.
Note the EOS Webcam Utility will always show up regardless if you have a camera plugged in or not. Once you select the camera you’ll be broadcasting a static image that says “EOS Webcam Utility” until you connect your camera.
After your camera connects boom!
You now should have crystal clear DSLR/Mirrorless quality footage for your video calls.
Now the software is currently in beta so it does seem to have issues in some programs for example Zoom work perfectly fine but FaceTime did not. Here are a few application I tested with the EOS Webcam Utility. (If you find apps that do/don’t work let us know in the comments!)
Tested applications that work:
- Google Chrome (Facebook video call)
- Streamlabs OBS
Tested applications that do not work:
- QuickTime player
Improving Video Quality
It’s important to note that the EOS Webcam Utility does not feed the full resolution of your camera to your computer. You’ll be getting a 1024×576 resolution video feed from your camera. This should be plenty for video calls and even streaming on sites like Twitch though.
If you want to do that you need to use HDMI and a capture card like the Elgato Camlink. There are also capture cards that will allow you to capture 4k footage as well and use it as a webcam. I go over this more in my EOS R livestreaming guide.
That being said we’re going to go over a few options you can change on your camera to ensure a good looking video feed.
Changing Your Camera Settings
Regardless of your Canon camera it’s best to set the camera to video mode. If you aren’t too familiar with camera settings you can keep this on auto but we’ll dive into what settings I recommend changing on your camera.
Set your camera to video mode on manual with the shutter speed of 1/50, ISO 100-400, and the lowest aperture possible to exposure the image correctly.
Additionally I recommend setting your white balance manually for the best results.
Lighting, Tripods, Etc
If you want to improve the quality of your video even more you can upgrade your lighting as well.
- NEEWER 160 LED
- Elgato Key Light Air
- Lume Cube Video Conference Lighting Kit
- On a budget? just use a lamp and put it near your camera
And of course to hold your camera you can look into desktop tripods.
And just like that you’re now using your Canon DSLR as a webcam (or mirrorless camera).
If you have any issues or feedback let me know in the comments below!