Canon has released free webcam software, EOS Webcam Utility Beta, to turn many EOS and PowerShot cameras into high-quality USB webcams without the need to purchase any additional hardware.
While EOS Webcam Utility Beta is still in beta, and is limited to Windows operating systems, it offers a solution for anyone working from home and struggling to take part in video meetings with their smartphone or laptop camera. It's also a great option for those wondering how to set up a virtual hangout on Zoom or other apps with better quality video.
The software is a good alternative to buying one of the dedicated best webcams for your computer. However, if you want to make use of your camera's clean HDMI out (or if you want to use a non-Canon camera as a webcam), you can also check out our guide on how to use your DSLR, GoPro or mirrorless camera as a 4K webcam.
Once you've downloaded EOS Webcam Utility Beta, simply connect your camera to a Windows computer with a USB cable. Then just configure the camera with your video conferencing software of choice and you're ready to go! The full list of compatible cameras is as follows:
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Canon EOS 5DS R
Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS R
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Canon EOS RP
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 90D
Canon EOS 80D
Canon EOS 77D
Canon EOS Rebel T7i / Canon EOS 800D
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / Canon EOS 750D
Canon EOS Rebel T7 / Canon EOS 2000D
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / Canon EOS 1300D
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / Canon EOS 250D
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / Canon EOS 2000D
Canon EOS Rebel T100 / Canon EOS 4000D
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Canon EOS M50
Canon EOS M200
Canon PowerShot G5X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III
Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
“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 Kano, executive VP of Canon USA's 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.”
For more information and to download the software, visit the Canon microsite. Bear in mind that, as a beta product, there may be some errors, and the software isn't supported (but will still work) outside the US.