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New Canon utility lets you use your expensive camera as a high-quality webcam

Canon Webcam Utility
Canon Webcam Utility (Image credit: Canon)

What you need to know

  • Canon released a new webcam utility for EOS interchangable lens cameras.
  • The utility lets Canon cameras be used as webcams for video conferencing.
  • The utility is currently in beta and is restricted to a select set of Canon cameras.

If you want to up your webcam game, and happen to have a Canon camera, a new beta utility might be just what you're looking for. Canon announced (opens in new tab) (via The Verge) the EOS Webcam Utility today, which lets you easily turn your Canon camera into a webcam. The utility is currently available in beta, and it's only available for a select set of Canon cameras.

"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 vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, in a press release. "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."

If you're curious about whether your camera is supported, here's the list of cameras that currently work with the EOS Webcam Utility.

Canon Webcam Utility Beta Cameras

Source: Canon (Image credit: Source: Canon)

Canon's utility doesn't necessarily enable something that you couldn't do before. There are several ways to get your camera working as a webcam with streaming software and the like. Howver, it does give you an easy, official way of using your Canon camera as a webcam without much hassle.

If you're curious, you can grab the EOS Webcam utility beta software now from Canon to get started.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

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  • The Canon 5D Mk III and 5D Mk III also work with the software going by reports/third party testing even though they're not officially supported.