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Nikon’s Webcam Utility comes to the Mac

By Ng Chong Seng - on 28 Sep 2020, 1:32am

Nikon’s Webcam Utility comes to the Mac

(Image: Nikon.)

A little over a month after releasing its webcam tool for Windows 10 PCs, Nikon’s Webcam Utility is now available for macOS.

Still not out of beta, the utility requires at least macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Like the Windows version, it works with Nikon DSLR and mirrorless cameras such as the Z7, Z6, Z5, Z50, D6, D850, D780, D500, D7500 and D560.

Regarding app support, Nikon says that the utility is compatible with Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Facebook Messenger. Web versions of Teams, Skype, Zoom, Google Meet and Facebook Messenger will also work but you need to use Chrome instead of Safari. Also, any apps that don’t support virtual cameras won’t work.

The release notes for the Mac version also include a few tidbits I don’t see for the Windows version. For example, Nikon cautions that the live view display for the D5600 is small. It also notes that microphones on the cameras won’t work, so you’ve to use an external mic or your Mac’s built-in mic.

Like most such camera-as-webcam software (Fujifilm’s utility is one exception), you can’t adjust the camera settings while the stream is ongoing — you’ve to disconnect the USB cable, change the settings on the camera and then plug it back to the computer.

Source: Nikon (via DPReview).