Canon saves the day for millions of users struggling to look better in video meetings
One of the biggest issues with video conferencing right now is the lack of good camera hardware on laptops. It’s true. No matter the high-end specs of your laptop, the camera included in it is probably of moderate quality.
Thankfully, Canon is making an effort to help the world make better video calls in these hard times. The company has released an EOS Webcam Utility software for Windows that enables select Canon EOS camera models to be used as a webcam in video conferencing apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and many more.
Which Canon Cameras are supported by EOS Webcam Utility?
The follow Canon EOS DSLR, EOS Mirrorless, and PowerShot camera models are supported by the EOS Webcam Utility software.
EOS DSLR Cameras
- EOS-1D X Mark II
- EOS-1D X Mark III
- EOS 5D Mark IV
- EOS 5DS
- EOS 5DS R
- EOS 6D Mark II
- EOS 7D Mark II
- EOS 77D
- EOS 80D
- EOS 90D
- EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 / Kiss X9
- EOS 250D / Rebel SL3 / Kiss X10
- EOS 1300D / Rebel T6 / Kiss X80
- EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / Kiss X8i
- Canon EOS 800D / Rebel T7i Kiss X9i
- EOS 850D / Rebel T7i / Kiss X10i
- EOS 3000D / EOS 4000D / Rebel T100
EOS Mirrorless Cameras
- EOS M6 Mark II
- EOS M50
- EOS M200
- EOS R
- EOS RP
- PowerShot G5X Mark II
- PowerShot G7X Mark III
- PowerShot SX70 HS
If you own a Canon DSLR camera mentioned in the list above, you can use it as a webcam in video conferencing apps using the newly launched EOS Webcam Utility software. If not, you may try a third-party app like SparkoCam.
Note: EOS Webcam Utility is currently in beta and Canon is working on bringing support for more Canon EOS camera models as the software continues to develop. If your camera supports the ‘EOS Utility’ software by Canon, it’ll most likely get support for ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ as well.
Download EOS Webcam Utility
Canon has released the EOS Webcam Utility as beta software for interested users to test and try on their systems.
Supported platforms: Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit only.
EOS Webcam Utility for Mac and other Windows versions isn’t available yet.
Below is a direct download link of EOS Webcam Utility from Canon’s servers, but you can also go to the support site to download the software by selecting your Canon camera model.
The above link will download a
EOSWebcamUtilityBeta-WIN0.9.0.zip file, you need to unzip it to get the
EOS-Webcam-Utility-Beta.msi installer file.
How to Set Up EOS Webcam Utility
To get started, install the EOS Webcam Utility on your Windows 10 computer by running the
EOS-Webcam-Utility-Beta.msi installer file that you extracted from the .zip file downloaded in the step above.
Click the ‘Next’ button on the installer window that opens and follow through the installation process. Once completed, click the ‘Close’ button to exit the installer window.
Important! Restart your computer after installing the EOS Webcam Utility or you won’t find it as a camera input device in video conferencing apps.
The EOS Webcam Utility doesn’t have a user interface. You won’t find it as an app that you can launch on your computer. Instead, it’ll be available to select only as a camera input device in video conferencing apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and others.
Setting up your camera for use in EOS Webcam Utility:
✅ Turn on your Canon DSLR camera
✅ Put your camera into Video Recording mode.
✅ Connect your camera to the PC using the USB cable that came with it in the box (Type A to Mini Type B cable).
Important Note: If you’ve the ‘EOS Utility’ software installed on your computer. You must disable the ‘Start EOS Utility automatically when the camera is connected’ option in the app and keep it closed while you want to use ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ in a video conferencing app. Otherwise, the webcam utility software won’t show your camera feed.
Using EOS Webcam Utility in Zoom
Once you’ve installed the EOS Webcam Utility on your computer and have your Camera connected over USB in video recording mode, you can use it as the camera input device for Zoom meetings.
Open the Zoom app on your computer and click on the Settings gear icon on the top-right corner of the app.
Note: If the Zoom app was open before you set up the EOS Webcam Utility, you will need to restart Zoom to be able to use your Canon camera in the app.
Click on ‘Video’ on the left panel in the Zoom settings window to open video settings for Zoom.
Click on the drop-down next to ‘Camera’ option and select ‘EOS Webcam Utility Beta’ from the available options. This is only a one-time setup. You won’t have to change these settings every time you run Zoom. The settings will stay the same until you choose to change them.
Right after you select the ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ as your camera device, you’ll notice a significant improvement in the quality of your video. Most importantly, that sweet natural background blur of a DSLR camera will super enhance your face in a video meeting.
Combine this with Zoom’s ‘Touch up my appearance’ option in the video settings, and you’ve a great video call set up.
Using EOS Webcam Utility in Google Meet
If you use Google Meet for your video conferencing needs, you can use your Canon DSRL in Google Meet as well using the virtual camera created by the ‘EOS Webcam Utility’.
Open Google Meet by going to meet.google.com. Then, click on the ‘Setting’ icon on the upper right corner of the screen.
Click on the ‘Video’ tab on the pop-up box to access Google Meet video settings.
In the video settings tab, click on the drop-down menu below ‘Camera’ and select ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ from the available camera devices.
In the video preview, you should be able to see video from your DSLR camera. The improvement in quality should be significant compared to your laptop’s webcam feed.
Note: If ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ isn’t available in the list of options, refresh the page.
Using EOS Webcam Utility in Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is the ultimate collaboration tool for managing remote teams. The software has every feature your team needs to work together online, and video conferencing is a part of it.
If you happen to own a Canon DSLR, you can now use it as your camera in video meetings on Microsoft Teams with the help of the ‘EOS Webcam Utility’.
In the Teams app, you will need to set the ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ as your preferred camera device. You can change these settings during a call, or before. To get started, open the ‘Teams’ app.
Click on the ‘Profile’ icon on the Title Bar in Teams app, and select ‘Settings’ from the menu.
Then, on the Settings screen, select ‘Devices’ on the left panel to change video input device in the app.
Scroll down on the Devices settings screen and click on the drop-down menu under the ‘Camera’ option. Select ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ from the available camera devices.
Note: If the ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ device isn’t available in the list of camera devices, restart the Microsoft Teams app.
If you have already joined the call, don’t worry. You can switch to the ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ stream during an ongoing call as well. In the call, click on the ‘More options’ icon (three-dot menu) and select ‘Show Device Settings’ from the menu.
The Device settings screen will open on the right side of the screen. Go to ‘Camera’ and select ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ from the drop-down menu. You will only have to change these settings the first time you use EOS Webcam Utility in a Teams meeting. The settings will stay the same until you change them again.
The EOS Webcam Utility lets you use a Canon DSLR camera as a webcam on your computer so you can appear your best in video conferencing apps. The most significant benefits of using a DSLR as webcam is exceptional image quality as well as optical background blur which does wonders and puts your face in focus with the right amount of natural differentiation from the background.