There are a couple of different ways to turn your Nikon or Canon or Sony DSLR into a webcam for PC. The connection could be based on HDMI or USB as well as if you’re connecting using a PC, a MAC, or ChromeOS.
It is recommended that you use a tripod to keep the feed steady and have a power supply all the time connected. There could also be different audio recording options available to you. One best option is an external microphone because the in-cam mic is not always a great choice for crisp and clear audio.
There are camera-specific apps provided by Nikon and Canon. The limitation of these apps is that they don’t support all the camera models. For example, Nikon supplies Nikon Webcam Utility for PC and Mac. While Canon Webcam Utility is useful if you have one of the supported cameras. Sony has Imaging Edge Webcam for this purpose.
But what if you have a camera that is not the one in the list of supported cameras? Read below!
Let’s talk about the best all camera supported app present out there. digiCamControl is the best and free solution. This piece of software can help you connect any DSLR as a webcam.
- Control your camera settings remotely from your Windows PC via USB.
- Trigger image capture via the release button on the camera or remotely from your computer.
- View histogram and photo metadata.
- Review images in full screen.
- See the image live through the camera on your computer monitor before shooting.
- Record video
- Generate a time-lapse video.
- Countdown counter for delayed capture
- See a live view of the camera on the screen
How to use?
There are 3 variants of the digiCamControl app. The first one is the stable version with all the advanced features. The second is the lite version with webcam features like a live display from the camera to the PC screen. It lets us set Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed, Focus Mode, and Exposure Metering directly through this app. The download page can be found here.
For the purpose of using DSLR as a Webcam, the second version can do the job perfectly. Just download and install it. Plug in your DSLR with a USB provided with it and voila! You can see the live view feed from your camera to your PC screen.
The first version has advanced features like taking pictures, live view, viewing metadata and histogram, and setting a lot of other things. You can set image size, view battery percentage, set location of image storage, use presets, and plugins.
You can also find the list of supported cameras in the list located here – http://digicamcontrol.com/cameras
Keep video calling! 😉