It’s Official, No More Beta!
On November 11, 2020, Canon announced the release of their beta-free version of ‘EOS Webcam Utility,’ for Mac systems after releasing the beta version in April 2020.
This new release promises more compabiltiy and stability with streaming and video-conferencing software, and support for over 40 Canon camera models.
Recording is now availble while streaming or video-conferencing, by pressing the record button on the camera.
Support for international users has been made available for those outside of the United States.
To download the free software, click here.
Original Post from April 28, 2020
Use your Canon DSLR as a Webcam
On April 28, 2020, Canon U.S.A., Inc. released, ‘EOS Webcam Utility Beta,’ a free software download which enables specific EOS and PowerShot cameras to function as webcam on a PC with a USB cable.
A month later, after much demand from the public, Canon has released EOS Webcam Utility Beta software for Macintosh computers, “After tens of thousands of downloads and comments from Canon brand loyalists, the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software has expanded, and is now available for macOS users”(2).
According to Canon, the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software, ‘converts a compatible Canon camera into a webcam through a simple USB connection’(2).
— Canon USA Pro (@CanonUSApro) May 28, 2020
In the initial press release from Canon, Executive Vice President, Tatsuro Kano, confirmed its release was a response to the COVID-19 web conferencing,
“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” (1).
In my opinion, this is a long overdue feature, and is a representation of Canon’s unwillingness to release features that are already built-in to their products, although I am happy that Canon created this software, but am frustrated it took this long.
To download Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility Beta software, click here.
CURRENT COMPATIBLE PRODUCTS
Full Frame Cameras
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR CameraCanon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR CameraCanon EOS 5DS R DSLR CameraCanon EOS 5DS DSLR CameraCanon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR CameraCanon EOS R Mirrorless CameraCanon EOS RP Mirrorless CameraCanon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR CameraCanon EOS 90D DSLR CameraCanon EOS 80D DSLR CameraCanon EOS 77D DSLR CameraCanon EOS M6 Mark II Mirrorless CameraCanon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with EF-M 15-45mm lensCanon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm STM LensCANON EOS REBEL SL3 DSLR CameraCanon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II LensCanon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM LensCanon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm LensCanon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR CameraCanon EOS Rebel T100 / 4000D DSLR Camera w/ 18-55 III
“New Canon U.S.A., Inc. Software Solution Allows Select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras to Function as High-Quality USB Webcam.” Press Release Details, Canon U.S.A., Inc., 28 Apr. 2020, www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/about/newsroom/press-releases/press-release-details/2020/20200428-Webcam/20200428-Webcam.
“You Asked, Canon Delivers: The EOS Webcam Utility Beta Software* Now Available for macOS1 Users.” Press Release Details, Canon U.S.A., Inc., 27 May 2020, www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/about/newsroom/press-releases/press-release-details/2020/20200527-webcamutility/20200527-webcamutility.