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How to livestream using your Nikon camera

Nikon has released the first non-beta version of its free webcam utility for macOS and Windows computers.

Back in July, Nikon announced it was working on a webcam utility that would turned select Nikon cameras into webcams with compatible videoconferencing and streaming software. In August, they followed through on that promise with the release of a beta utility for Windows 10 users. Nikon confirmed a macOS version was on the way, but that has yet to be seen—until today. In addition to being the first non-beta version of the app for Windows 10 users, Webcam Utility Software version 1.0.0 is also available for macOS computers.

As with previous versions of the software, all you need is a compatible Nikon camera, a USB cable for plugging the camera into your computer and a videoconferencing or streaming app that supports external webcams, such as Facebook Messenger, Google Meet, Skype, Zoom, OBS and others. Below is a full list of compatible cameras:

  • Z7
  • Z6
  • Z5
  • Z50
  • D6
  • D850
  • D780
  • D500
  • D7500
  • D5600

You can download Nikon’s Webcam Utility Software version 1.0.0 for macOS and Windows 10 computers on Nikon’s website. Additional information and a full list of compatibility notes can also be found on Nikon’s website.

Nikon Product & Training Specialist Chris Ogonek shares his tips for elevating your livestreams using a Nikon camera. Whether you’re just starting to try out livestreaming or you’ve been doing it for quite some time, your Nikon camera may already be equipped with features so you can stream high quality video through third-party software and/or hardware. There are two convenient options for connecting your Nikon camera to your computer and using it as a high quality webcam: USB Plug-n-Play, and the more advanced HDMI Output method.

00:35 – Nikon Camera vs. Webcam Quality
01:19 – How to Get Creative with your Livestream
01:42 – Focal Length for Livestreams
01:52 – Picture Control Settings
02:17 – Camera Livestream Tools
03:14 – How to Connect Camera with USB Cable
03:40 – How to Connect Camera with HDMI Cable
04:24 – HDMI Video Signal Capture Devices
04:43 – Compatible Streaming Software

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