You can now use your Nikon DSLR as a webcam

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As work from home orders were issued following lockdown being implemented many started to look for tools to use for work.

One of these tools was a webcam as video conferencing became the preferred method of communication for most.

Following this we saw the likes of Sony and Fujifilm issuing software updates that allowed users to turn their camera into a webcam. Now Nikon has added the functionality as well.

Unfortunately for Linux users, the Nikon Webcam Utility is only supported on Windows 10 and macOS for now.

“With an increasing demand to live stream, connect remotely and participate in online meetings, the Nikon Webcam Utility Software will allow Nikon Z series and DSLR owners to use their cameras as high-quality webcams. By installing the Webcam Utility and connecting a compatible camera to a computer, users can enjoy superior image quality and flattering depth of field when streaming live, teleconferencing or gaming,” Nikon wrote in a press release.

You will need to connect your camera to your PC or Mac via a USB cable.

Nikon also outlined which models of its cameras support the utility. These include the following models:

  • Z 7II
  • Z 7
  • Z 6II
  • Z 6
  • Z 5
  • Z 50
  • D6
  • D5
  • D850
  • D810
  • D780
  • D750
  • D500
  • D7500
  • D7200
  • D5600
  • D5500
  • D5300
  • D3500

Future releases from Nikon will also carry this functionality.

The utility can be downloaded directly from Nikon at this webpage.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.