You can now use a Nikon mirrorless or DSLR camera as a webcam on Mac
Nikon has just launched an initial beta of its Webcam Utility software for macOS users, bringing the field of view and clarity of their DSLR and mirrorless cameras to your FaceTime and Zoom calls.
The new Webcam Utility for Mac follows the similar beta launched for Windows users in August. It supports Nikon's DSLR cameras as well as its Z line of mirrorless cameras. That includes the just-launched — and reviewed — Nikon Z5.
During the work-from-home boom, users have been flocking to video conferencing software such as Zoom but were limited on the quality of their video meetings, in part, by their Mac's integrated cameras. By utilizing the larger sensors and glass of a dedicated camera, users are able to get a much sharper image, a higher resolution image, and an increased depth of field.
Nikon isn't the only one releasing a webcam utility for Mac users. Canon, Olympus, and GoPro have also released similar applications.
System requirements for the new Nikon Webcam Utility
- macOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra
- Intel Core or Xeon series, 1 GHz or better
- 2GB of RAM or more
Nikon cameras compatible with the Nikon Webcam Utility
- Nikon Z7
- Nikon Z6
- Nikon Z5
- Nikon Z50
- Nikon D6
- Nikon D850
- Nikon D780
- Nikon D500
- Nikon D7500
- Nikon D5600