Camera manufacturer Canon has made life a lot easier for many of its users without a nifty piece of software. As you may already know, many people around the world are stuck in their homes due to lockdowns. These lockdowns are, of course, due to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world.
Canon Releases EOS Webcam Utility Beta
Canon has released beta software that lets users turn their Canon cameras into USB webcams. Titled EOS Webcam Utility Beta, it works with select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC) and Powershot cameras. It’s fairly straightforward in its functionality, too. According to the official press release, this beta software requires “one single USB plug to connect the camera to a Windows* operating systems computer.”
As you can see, this software isn’t yet available for macOS users. However, macOS users who own an HDMI capture card might be able to jerry-rig something similar.
Canon Software Make Work-From-Home A Bit Smoother
Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, who is the executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, had this to say about this software:
“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. 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.”
A Huge Upgrade Over Regular Webcams
People who can’t step out of their house are still trying to work from home. As a result, video-conferencing has become even more popular. Apps like Zoom have seen a surge in its number of users during this time.
Many people who are working from home might be stuck using the webcams built into their phones or laptops. While this isn’t a complete disaster, webcams in laptops especially tend to be terrible.
It won’t solve every issue, but users being able to use their high-quality cameras as webcams should make the home-office setup everyone’s working with a little more bearable. It’s a simple, effective method to make working from home a smoother experience.
For a full list of Canon cameras that are compatible with this software, head on over to their support page.