MELVILLE, NY, April 28, 2020 – As virtual meetings and gatherings become the new norm, you don’t want to be caught in the dark with a low-quality webcam. Fortunately, a new solution – EOS Webcam Utility Beta software** — was unveiled today by Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, for select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC) and PowerShot cameras. To help bring you into the light, this beta version solution converts your compatible EOS ILC and PowerShot camera through a simple USB connection into a webcam. Built by Canon software developers, this beta version software helps consumers to improve their video appearance while using popular video conferencing applications in the market, delivering clarity and high-image quality.
The EOS Webcam Utility Beta software solution requires one single USB plug (which may need to be purchased separately) to connect the camera to a Windows* operating systems computer. Once the software is downloaded and the camera is configured within a video conferencing application, the user will be ready to go.
“In unprecedented times, it’s imperative for Canon to provide our customers with useful, simple and accessible solutions to assist them in whatever imaging needs they have,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “Our goal is that the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software can help reduce some of the remote workday stress for employees who are tasked with video conferencing and virtual meetings.”
To learn more, including whether your Canon EOS ILC or PowerShot camera is compatible, and to download the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software, visit canon.us/livestream.
If you’d like to ask questions or provide feedback pertaining to the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software, please visit our forum, Canon.us/forum-eoswebcamutility.
I have yet to purchase Sparkocam...and I still may do so...but Canon's alternative may be what I need to help my wife put her yoga classes on Zoom from our home (the EF-M 11-22mm lens mated to the M6 Mark II looks to be ideal).
It's been a learning experience so far...with lots of hiccups.
I just tried it with my 5DII and 5DIII in the hope that it might work as well. Unfortunately not. I really hope they make more cameras compatible. I wouldn't mind using an older body as a webcam.
There is a freeware software called DigiCam Control (http://digicamcontrol.com) on SourceForge with quite similar functionality. It works with more cameras such as EOS M, M5 and 5D Mark III (no 5DII, unfortunately). Look into the Cameras menu on the page to see if your camera is supported.
Yes, the af on the camera works the same, it just outputs it to the computer.
After checking EposVoxs Video on it I figured I'd give it another try. The problem is that it is highly Application dependant. (
E.g. it didn't work with Jitsi Meet but OBS works just fine.
I doubt they'll support 5D Mark II or Mark III because I think they're only supporting cameras with continuous video autofocus like DPAF. Then again, the 70D has DPAF but it's not listed.
Actually both Cameras work. See my update above.
I don't mind not having AF for a Webcam, I am happy to just ballpark the focus distance as I don't move around a lot in my chair.