Canon Makes Webcam Utility Official, Adds More Cameras and Applications
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The Windows version is out of beta. In addition, the mirrorless cameras R5 and R6 are now supported.

Five months ago Canon launched its webcam utility beta software, which turned compatible cameras into a live streaming webcam. During the height of the pandemic, this was a no-brainer, and almost all of the major DSLR and mirrorless camera manufacturers followed suit. While this first version was the beta version of Window, it worked exceptionally well, and a macOS version followed a few weeks later.

Canon has now released and updated the official software for Windows to be compatible with 40+ camera models and a dozen different applications including YouTube, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live and Slack.

Using the software is straightforward. After you've downloaded and installed the program on your Windows 10 computer, all you need to do is connect your camera to the computer with a USB cable. Once connected, users can use the utility to access almost all of the camera's functions and settings, including auto focus and operating modes. Either the camera's microphone or the computer microphone can be used for audio. All you have to do is make the microphone selection in the application it is connected to.

With the official release, Canon included the EOS-1D X, R5 and R6, as well as some classics like the 7D, Rebel T3i, T5 and T5i. You can download the official version from the Canon website. If you need troubleshooting tips, Canon has an FAQ page and how-to forum.


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