Following the rush to use webcams for teleworking and video conferencing with family and friends, Fujifilm now offers to turn your digital camera into a webcam. All it takes is a simple USB cable and installation of the Fujifilm X Webcam application.
The recent widespread use of video conferencing has highlighted the poor quality of webcams on laptops. Image definition is often limited, and the lens is at best passable. The result is an image that is often pixelated, blurred and unflattering. These webcams are often sufficient for an occasional video call with a loved one, but the confinement and widespread use of teleworking has changed the situation.
The health crisis has led to a rush on webcams with out-of-stock items, and those still on sale are sold at exorbitant prices. Fujifilm has decided to come to the rescue of those who own one of its X-series or GFX-series digital cameras. The manufacturer proposes to transform it into a webcam for video conferencing using a new utility for Windows computers, simply called Fujifilm X Webcam.
A simple USB cable is all it takes
This solution does not require any additional hardware and allows you to enjoy better image quality as well as the camera’s functions and filters. Simply install the software and then connect the USB DSLR to your computer. The utility is compatible with the GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3 and X-T4 models. Employees of the company have put online an explanatory video in English that shows how to make the settings.
Fujifilm is not the only brand that allows a camera to be used for videoconferencing. Canon had recently announced a similar solution with its EOS Webcam Utility Beta software on Windows-based PCs. Sony also makes it possible to access the stream via its utility, even if you need to install the third-party OBS Studio software to use it as a webcam. For other DSLRs, there is a more expensive solution: buy a capture card or box to capture the stream directly from the HDMI output of the device.