(No) thanks to the pandemic, a lot of things we do on a normal day are changing in drastic ways. A lot more people are working remotely and studying remotely, and this in turn has created a need for webcams, or rather, better quality webcams, and so to address this need, many camera makers have released software that turns their cameras into webcams.
We’ve seen this offered by the likes of Sony, Canon, Fujifilm, and Olympus, but oddly enough, Nikon was not on the list, at least until now where the company has finally and officially released a software for computers that allows owners of their cameras to use it as a webcam, whether it be for work, study, or streaming.
Why is this a big deal? Prior to this, users could use their DSLRs or mirrorless cameras as webcams, but you’d need to use additional hardware and software to get it to work. However, with the official release of these types of software, it essentially becomes a plug and play kind of situation.
For Nikon owners who want to take advantage of the Nikon Webcam Utility Software, you’ll be able to download the software for free on Nikon’s website. At the moment, not all cameras are supported, but the ones that are include the Nikon Z 7II, Z 7, Z 6II, and Z 6, Nikon Z 5 and Z 50, Nikon D6 and D5, Nikon D850 and D810, Nikon D780 and D750, Nikon D500, Nikon D7500 and D7200, Nikon D5600, D5500, D5300, and D3500.