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How to use Canon DSLR camera as a webcam with your PC
by Rajesh Pandey
With almost all major countries shutting down due to coronavirus outbreak, millions of people across the globe have been forced to work from home. This, in turn, has led to a rise in video meetings and conferences. The problem is that the webcam on most laptops can be of poor quality which means that the video call quality is going to be equally poor. Then, there are people with PCs who don't have a webcam. In both cases, people can buy a webcam from Logitech or any other company to solve the problem. However, there has been a spike in demand for webcams which has led to them being in short supply and their prices increasing dramatically as well.
If you find yourself in a similar situation and have access to a Canon DSLR or PowerShot camera, you can use it as a webcam for your PC. While it is possible to use DLSRs from Nikon, Sony, and Fuji as a webcam with your PC as well, it requires one to buy a capture card which can cost anywhere between $100-$150. Canon DSLR owners though simply need a miniUSB/microUSB or USB-C cable to connect their camera to the PC and a utility from the company to turn their DSLR into a webcam.
Another benefit of using a Canon DSLR as a webcam is that it will offer superior video quality compared to your laptop's webcam. So, if you are giving online presentations or holding classes online, you should consider using your Canon DSLR as a webcam for the superior video quality it offers instead of relying on your laptop's built-in webcam. One thing to note is that this method will only work if you have a Windows PC because the utility from Canon is currently not available for Macs.
The following Canon DSLRs and PowerShot cameras are supported by the EOS Webcam Utility and can be used as a webcam.
Step 1: Go to the Canon EOS Webcam Utility page on your PC and then select your camera model to download the utility. Proceed to install the utility on your PC and restart it after everything is done.
Step 2: Grab your Canon camera, power it on, and set it to Movie mode. Depending on which Canon DSLR you own, you either need to rotate the mode selector dial to the icon that looks similar to a cinema camera or simply toggle between camera and movie mode using a dedicated button. After that, change the ISO levels, shutter speed, etc. as per your requirement.
Image Source: Canon Step 3: Now proceed to connect your camera to your PC using a miniUSB/microUSB or USB-C cable. After that, open the video calling app of your choice like Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Go to the app settings, find the camera option, and select the EOS Web Utility beta from the camera dropdown list.
Step 4: Wait for a few seconds and the feed from your Canon DSLR should show up on your PC. If it does not, make sure to quit Canon's EOS Utility app if you have it installed. If it still does not work, quit the video calling app you are in and repeat the steps again.
You should now be able to use your Canon camera as a webcam for your PC.
Skype users, do note that the version of the app that's available on the app store and the one that comes pre-installed on Windows 10 PCs does not work with the EOS Webcam Utility for some reason. You need to download and use the version of Skype that's available on Microsoft's website.
If you are still facing any issues in trying to set up and use your Canon webcam as a DSLR on your PC, drop a comment so that we can help you out!
Huawei again caught passing DSLR photos as being shot from its own smartphones
by Rajesh Pandey
Back in 2018, Huawei was caught passing off some photos taken from its mid-range Nova 3 when they were actually shot using a DSLR. The company had been caught using similar unethical tactics before as well with its P30 series. Fast forward to a couple of years later and Huawei has again been caught doing the same thing.
Huawei recently ran a photography contest on China's Weibo platform and shared some of the photos submitted to it with the "taken with Huawei smartphones" tagline in a video. However, it was soon discovered that some of the photos select from the competition were taken with DLSRs. The issue was first discovered by Jamie-hua after he thought the photos shared in the video from Huawei looked familiar and eventually he found one of the photos on 500x which was taken from a $3,000 Nikon D850 DSLR and not a Huawei smartphone.
The image in question/ Credit: Su Tie After being called out, Huawei issued an apology saying it was an "oversight" by the editor who "wrongly marked" the photos. The company has since then already updated the original video to remove mention of the photos being taken from a Huawei smartphone. The company claimed that the competition rules did not prohibit users from posting photos taken from other non-Huawei devices.
Huawei smartphones are known to have impressive cameras, so it's unclear why this phenomenon of passing DSLR photos as ones being shot from its phones keep occurring.
By News Staff
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By Timi Cantisano
Elgato Cam Link repurposes DSLRs and camcorders, making them high-quality webcams
by Timi Cantisano
Elgato offers a wide variety of products, but has been recently focused on offering gamers some love with its capture products like the HD60S, Green Screen, and now Cam Link. Cam Link provides a simple and easy to use tool that can transform most DSLRs, camcorders, or action cameras so that they can be used seamlessly to shoot video on your PC or Mac.
It utilizes an HDMI port and channels content to the computer through USB, providing excellent quality up to 1080p at 60fps. Since it is going directly to the computer, it records straight to the hard drive, avoiding the issue of running out of space on a relatively lower capacity internal memory card. Like other Elgato products, you can use the firm's Game Capture software or utilize other supported services like YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitch and more.
Although Cam Link is temporarily out of stock on Amazon, it can still be purchased and will ship when the stock is replenished. Another option is that you can purchase directly from Elgato but you will have to pay for shipping which starts at around $7.95 and can go higher if a faster shipping method is selected.
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You can throw out your DSLR now that LG has introduced a magical new camera in the V30
by Dreyer Smit
When it comes to smartphone cameras, there has always been some trade-offs. Since the advent of the first camera phone, it has been a race to the top with the highest number of pixels. Then, manufacturers pushed for 'bigger pixels', and a wider aperture. Well LG announced that it has built a revolutionary camera for the upcoming V30 smartphone.
According to its press release, LG noted that the integrated dual camera setup in the new flagship will feature innovations usually found in traditional DSLR's. The new camera will have the widest aperture, letting in up to 25% more light with the new industry first F1.6 lens. The company also noted that its 'Crystal Clear Lens' will be superior to the 'plastic lens' found in other cameras, leading to better color reproduction making it ideal for photography.
'Next Level': this is how the new smartphone lens destroys its 'plastic' competitors Juno Cho, President of Electronics and Mobile Communications at LG commented on this 'next level' new technology:
The company further explained that the new camera, even with these advanced new features, shrunk by 30% compared to the one found in the V20 that it launched last year. Moreover, the new lens cuts 'edge distortion' by a third when capturing wide-angle photographs. This makes it ideal for group selfies, interior, and landscape shots.
The new LG V30 is expected to launch on August 31 at IFA 2017, being held in Berlin, where LG has scheduled a press conference. The device is widely expected to have a six-inch QHD+ OLED display with HDR10, and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Other rumored specifications include a Snapdragon 835, 3200mAh battery and IP68 water resistance.
Source: LG | Top image via HitRecord