How to use your DSLR, mirrorless camera, or GoPro as a 4K webcam with a capture card

How to use your DSLR, GoPro or mirrorless camera as a 4K webcam
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With many of us still stuck indoors as the coronavirus crisis continues, keeping in touch with people online for work and play has become more crucial than ever. Upgrading your laptop's built-in camera for Zoom, Google Hangouts, Twitch, and so on, has become something that many people are doing. And for this reason many of the best webcams are still hard to find in stock in many stores.

So why don't you just plug in your own DSLR, GoPro or mirrorless camera and use this as your camera source to keep in touch over video chats with friends and video conferences with colleagues?

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.