Together with the world in lockdown, more people are relying on video conferencing programs to stay in contact with friends and coworkers.
Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet are proving incredibly popular, but people are also discovering that their laptop webcams aren’t cutting the mustard.
Sure, you can upgrade your webcam, but there might be a better method. You could possibly employ your camera instead.
That is currently possible with an extra purchase of something like Elgato’s Cam Link (a fantastic bit of kit for streamers) but now camera makers are making it feasible in different ways.
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Canon recently published its EOS Webcam Utility allowing folks to use some of its DSLR, Mirrorless and PowerShot cameras as webcams.
Panasonic has launched a free piece of software that lets you utilize some Panasonic cameras for live streaming.
Lumix Tether for Streaming (Beta) is a free download for Windows which allows a”Live View” mode which can be used for streaming after the camera is connected to a PC using a USB cable.
There are a few provisos though. Firstly, it’s worth keeping in mind that the program is currently in beta and in development. Secondly, it’s only compatible with these Panasonic cameras:
If you tick all the ideal boxes however, the Lumix Tether software is certainly a great way to upgrade your visuals and better your calls or live streaming endeavours!